Transactional Matters - Supervising Attorney

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Job Short Description:

The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center seeks applicants for the position of Supervising Attorney in our Capacity Building practice, which currently includes four staff attorneys.

Job Summary & Qualifications:

The Supervising Attorney will supervise staff, fellows, volunteers and interns within the Capacity Building practice of CDP, which provides legal services to grassroots organizations, including nonprofits and small businesses, in a variety of areas such as incorporation and tax exemption, complying with corporate, employment and tax laws, real estate and lease issues. Attorneys in the practice also help groups of workers establish worker-owned cooperative businesses. The position offers a unique opportunity to practice in several innovative areas of the law while building relationships with local community organizers, leaders and service providers. The Supervising Attorney reports to the Director of CDP.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Admission to the New York State Bar.
  • Demonstrated commitment to grassroots efforts for economic, racial and social justice.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with staff in shaping and running the practice.

Background: The Community Development Project (CDP) provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. CDP employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work, and advance our understanding of justice. CDP’s current practice areas are capacity building, consumer justice, equitable neighborhoods, tenants' rights & housing justice, immigrants' rights, participatory research and policy, and workers’ rights.

  • Train, supervise and mentor staff and volunteers to ensure professional development and competency in work being performed, including awareness of applicable ethical rules;
  • Engage in periodic meetings with staff and volunteers to monitor workload, review their projects, and provide guidance as needed;
  • Conduct formal reviews of supervised staff’s work in accordance with CDP policies;
  • Collaborate with the Director and staff of the Capacity Building practice to develop and implement strategic planning for the practice area;
  • Comply with all grant reporting requirements and supporting CDP’s development department to ensure ongoing funding for the work; and
  • Participate in management of CDP together with other CDP managers and the Director.
A competitive salary and excellent benefits package is available, with generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry leading medical and dental coverage. CDP’s staff attorneys are on a fixed salary scale, and the salary for this position will be determined based on years of relevant experience in accordance with the scale.
How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter by e-mail to, Attn: Gowri Krishna.  Please include “Capacity Building Supervising Attorney” in the subject line.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

UJC Description:

The Urban Justice Center serves New York City's most vulnerable residents through a combination of direct legal service, systemic advocacy, community education and political organizing. Our 12 Projects assist clients on numerous levels, from one-on-one legal advice in soup kitchens, to filing class action lawsuits to bring about systemic change, to pushing social justice legislation forward.