Deputy General Counsel

Executive – New York, New York
Department Executive
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Experienced


POSITION  Deputy General Counsel


About the Center

The Center for New York City Neighborhoods, Inc. (the “Center”) promotes and protects affordable homeownership in New York so that middle- and working-class families are able to build strong, thriving communities. Established by public and private partners, the Center meets the diverse needs of homeowners throughout New York State by offering free, high-quality housing services. The Center’s current projects support our policy goals and help to keep homeownership affordable by responding to the ongoing effects of the foreclosure crisis, the rising cost of homeownership, predatory scams, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather.


Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial, mission-driven professional with a legal, compliance and program development background to have a meaningful impact on a rapidly growing organization.  


Working with the General Counsel, Executive Director and Leadership Team, the Deputy General Counsel will oversee the Center’s Compliance and Risk Management Program, functioning as an independent and objective coordinator that reviews and evaluates compliance issues and concerns within the organization, identifying any potential gaps and working with staff to ensure resolution.  In addition, the Deputy General Counsel will provide comprehensive day-to-day legal counsel on a variety of general management, programmatic and contractual issues. The position ensures the Board of Directors, management, employees and programs are in compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations of regulatory agencies and contractual obligations and that the Center’s policies and procedures are being followed. For legal department budget and personnel management, the Deputy General Counsel reports to the General Counsel. The Deputy General Counsel is a full time, overtime exempt position.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Partner with the Leadership Team in Program management and development, including  creating and maintaining  policies, procedures and programs related to compliance and risk management  

  • Develop, initiate, maintain, revise and train staff on policies and procedures for the general operation of the Compliance & Risk Management Program and its related activities to prevent illegal, unethical, or improper conduct

  • Partner with the General Counsel and external counsel, the Leadership Team and program staff to ensure real-time, reliable communication on progress against compliance goals.  Integrate adopted compliance policies and procedures into ongoing workflow and board reporting

  • Supervise and project manage the Center’s key compliance processes, with particular focus on new programs and government contracts

  • Manage day-to-day operation of the Legal Department, to include ownership of the legal, compliance & risk management, procurement, lobbying and contract and grant oversight functions

  • Collaborate with other departments to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution

  • Consult with General Counsel as needed to resolve difficult legal and programmatic issues

  • Document, maintain and update key processes, procedures, checklists and forms

  • Liaise with Leadership Team and program staff to ensure comprehensive compliance with all grant and program contracts

  • Respond to alleged violations of rules, regulations, policies and procedures by evaluating or recommending the initiation of investigative procedures. Develop and oversee a system for uniform handling of such violations

  • Act as an independent review and evaluation body to ensure that performance and compliance issues/concerns within the organization are being appropriately evaluated, investigated and resolved

  • Monitor, and as necessary, coordinate compliance activities of other departments to remain abreast of the status of all compliance activities and to identify trends

  • Identify potential areas of operational and compliance vulnerability and risk; develop/implement corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provide general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future

  • Provide reports on a regular basis, and as directed or requested, to keep the Board of Directors and Leadership Team informed of the operation and progress of compliance efforts

  • Ensure proper reporting of violations or potential violations to duly authorized enforcement agencies as appropriate and/or required

  • Institute and maintain an effective compliance communication program for the organization, including promoting understanding of new and existing compliance issues and related policies and procedures

  • Work with the Director of Human Resources and Administration and others as appropriate to develop an effective compliance training program, including appropriate introductory training for new employees as well as ongoing training for all employees and managers

  • Monitor the performance of the Compliance Program and related activities on a continuing basis, taking appropriate steps to improve its effectiveness

  • Other duties as required

Skills & Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree required, JD or Master’s degree encouraged

  • At least 7-10 years experience in a nonprofit or public sector

  • Experience working with government-funded or other restricted grants, especially federal funding.

  • Interest in being involved in all parts of the job at a granular level

  • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines and solving problems in a collaborative manner

  • Exceptional judgment, creativity and resourcefulness

  • Complete confidentiality and discretion

  • Commitment to the Center’s mission and providing outstanding staff support

  • Humility and sense of humor



We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.



To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume through our website at  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled.

 The Center strongly encourages Section 3 residents to participate in this hiring effort. Information to determine if you are a Section 3 resident can be obtained by contacting Michael Hartwyk at (646) 786-0882 or by email at

 Persons requiring reasonable accommodation to participate in this hiring effort are requested to contact Michael Hartwyk at (646) 786-0882 or by email at

 We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Center for NYC Neighborhoods.


Application Deadline

Hiring immediately. Accepting resumes until position is filled.


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