At Way Finders, we light pathways and open doors to homes and communities where people thrive. The largest nonprofit housing provider in Western Massachusetts, Way Finders also specializes in housing counseling, financial and first-time homebuyer education, employment training, neighborhood revitalization, and a variety of other services throughout the region. The need for Way Finders’ programs and services is great, and continues to grow each year. Whether a person is experiencing a housing crisis, in need of rental assistance, or ready to purchase a first home, our Housing Centers provide a welcoming, accessible space for counseling, assistance, training and placement, and ongoing support. During our last fiscal year, Way Finders services impacted 47,000 men, women, and children in the region. Stable housing is the platform upon which we work with our clients to help them to meet their own goals and to thrive. As families thrive, so do the communities in which they live.
Way Finders is a mission-oriented, nonprofit organization offering a fast-paced, professional work environment focused on achievement. We employ individuals with a strong commitment to excellence, a collaborative nature and the desire to make a difference. Way Finders currently has an exciting opportunity for a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney will report directly to the Chief Legal Officer.
- Assist the Chief Legal Officer with legal issues as needed for Way Finders, its subsidiaries, and boards
- Work on contracts, grants, policies, statutory, and regulatory issues
- Provide legal services on regulatory matters, including but not limited to, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Assist the organization by staying abreast of new and current legal requirements through written publications. Prepare and lead training seminars for organizational staff and board members on various legal issues and prepare memoranda.
- Assist with document reviews for responsiveness, case issues, and privilege responses to discovery requests and to identify privileged documents, documents for redaction
- Conduct presentations and trainings internally and to community-based organizations and other service providers as directed.
- Perform legal research relative to federal, state, and local statues, ordinances and regulations.
- Monitors changes to statutes, regulations, and related that may impact rights of victims of domestic violence.
- Identify and suggest process improvements on an ongoing basis
- Provide advice and risk analysis concerning applicability of and compliance with all federal/state statutes and regulations that may impact agency programs, policies, operations or spending activities;
- Perform careful and accurate legal research and analysis, using both online and book resources and preparing legal memoranda
- Perform other necessary related, or unrelated, duties as may be assigned by supervisor.
- Admitted to MA Bar, or admittance within 6 months of hire;
- Minimum 5 years’ experience, including litigation, ideally with 2+ years in fair housing, real estate, social justice, social service fields, and a background in negotiating challenging matters
- Strategic thinking and creative problem solving. Must be self-aware and curious, committed to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Must be ambitious and able to work collaboratively. A successful candidate will be detail oriented with the ability to communicate with and build relationships across differences easily
- Excellent legal research, writing, and oral argument skills
- Must be flexible, able to manage short deadlines & multiple priorities
- Excellent tech/computer/software skills
- Must be able to demonstrate good judgment in decision-making and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Demonstrated ability to follow written and oral instructions.
- Demonstrated ability to manage, prioritize, and complete simultaneous assignments from various judges.
- Demonstrated ability to work well independently while maintaining productivity and demonstrating good judgment.
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and otherwise complete assignments in a timely manner.
- Familiarity with legal research resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with others in a professional setting, including judges and court staff.
Wage between $65,000-$82,000 depending on education and experience. Applications accepted until position is filled; interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter.
Way Finders is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse staff in order to reflect our community and those we serve. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation or veteran status. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.