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Staff Attorney 

About the Organization A pioneering not-for-profit affordable housing developer and community programs initiator in New York City, Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. has worked since 1969 to create more than 8,700 apartments through 64 affordable rental and homeownership development projects. Settlement Housing Fund presently owns and maintains 36 buildings containing 1,979 apartments in various locations, with concentrations of housing and programs in the Mt. Eden section of the Bronx, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Two Bridges neighborhood on the Lower East Side, as well as at other sites throughout Manhattan. We expect that our portfolio will continue to grow. Settlement Housing Fund is equally committed to bringing amenities, programs and services to communities we serve through the development and operation of affordable housing. Settlement Housing Fund is the parent organization of The Crenulated Company, LTD dba New Settlement which was created in 1989 with the acquisition of 14 abandoned buildings from the City of New York. New Settlement has evolved into a robust social service organization offering a range of community-based services in education, college access, youth development, arts, workforce development, community organizing, wellness and other key services that provide important resources to the neighborhood's youth and families. New Settlement's success has been achieved through close collaboration with a wide range of educational institutions, housing and community development organizations, businesses, youth development and social service agencies - in the neighborhood, Bronx-wide, across New York and nationally. The programs at New Settlement are supported by local, state and federal government agencies, as well as foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals.  

JOB SUMMARY:  The Staff Attorney will report directly to SHF's General Counsel on transactional legal work relating to the development of affordable housing and on corporate work related to the operation of a not-for-profit affordable housing developer.

Job Duties include but not limited to:

  • Representing SHF as an affordable housing developer and provider of community programming.
  • Representing SHF as a nominee Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) fee title owner for affordable housing projects.
  • Preparing for and attending acquisition/loan closings for affordable housing projects.
  • Negotiating with governmental agencies regarding affordable housing projects.
  • Drafting and reviewing legal and loan documents relating to the development of affordable housing.
  • Drafting of construction, purchase and sale, and other contracts.
  • Drafting of community programming documents including partner agreements and government contracts.
  • The submission to the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development of HDFC formation packages for affordable housing projects.
  • The submission of NYS Sales Tax Exemption Application packages for affordable housing projects. 
  • General legal/administrative work relating to the operation of a not-for-profit corporation and the development of affordable housing.
  • Reviewing and revising SHF's corporate operational documents.
  • Overseeing Sponsor Review for SHF with governmental agencies.
  • Supervising outside law firms hired to perform legal work for SHF.
Position Requirements


  • NYS Bar admission required.
  • Minimum of 3 years legal experience required.
  • Dedication to the development of affordable housing required.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills required.
  • Real estate experience strongly desired.
  • New York City affordable housing experience an advantage.
  • Not-for-Profit experience an advantage.
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office Suite)
  • Bilingual a plus but not a requirement
  • Ability to relate to persons of diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to providing affordable housing for low-to-moderate income population


The physical demands/ work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  • The ability to sit, stand, walk and use hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and telephone to talk and hear.
  • The ability to frequently sit and reach with hands and arms.
  • The ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
  • Ability to work Monday through Friday, 9am- 5pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch.
  • Must be able to utilize office equipment such as desktop/notebook computers, copiers, printers, scanners, telephones, and calculators.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

NOTICE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the environment and level of work being performed by this job. This job description in no way states or implies that the duties and responsibilities listed are the only tasks to be performed by the employee in this job. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. This job description supersedes prior job descriptions. When duties and responsibilities change and develop the job description will be reviewed and subject to changes of business necessity.

Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, and considers qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected factor under federal, state or local law.

This job description indicates in general the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions expected of an employee. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of you as an employee. You may be asked to perform other duties as required.

Salary $125,000 - $135,000  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Staff Attorney  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Hiring Manager(s) Jacqueline Tom, Richard Johns  
Location Settlement Housing Fund Inc.  

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