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General Counsel

Location: Boston, MA
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Website: http://www.tcbinc.org/

General Counsel

The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is one of the country’s largest nonprofit developers of mixed-income housing.  Our mission is to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential.  We do this by developing, financing, and operating high quality affordable mixed-income housing, by coordinating access to support services, and by planning and implementing other community and economic initiatives critical to the communities we serve.  We are currently in the search of a General Counsel to serve as the primary legal advisor and a key strategic advisor for the organization.


The General Counsel will be based in the Boston office and will have responsibility for all aspects of corporate and transactional legal services.  TCB is a leading innovator in leveraging public and private financing to maximize community development impact.  The General Counsel advances creative, legally-sound solutions related to development structuring and corporate problem solving.  With TCB’s track record, scale, and commitment to innovation, the General Counsel is part of a team that frequently contributes new public policy ideas to HUD, Capitol Hill and other housing policy leaders.   Specific responsibilities of the General Counsel include, but may not be limited to, the following:


Essential Functions:

TCB Senior Leadership Team Member

TCB has over 500 employees in 14 states plus the District of Columbia. Management decisions about the organization are made by the CEO in consultation with the eight members of the Senior Leadership Team.  The General Counsel is a key Leadership Team contributor on both strategic and legal issues and will help shape our growth and success.


Legal Department Management and Administration

Management and administration of the TCB Legal Team consisting of 5 attorneys and 3 support staff including setting quality and service standards, arranging training, managing the department’s budget, billing, collections and vendors, and managing staffing assignments and workloads


Corporate Representation

Strategic advice and legal oversight of corporate formation and maintenance; counsel regarding TCB’s tax exempt status;  preparation and implementation of corporate governance and compliance policies; drafting, review and/or negotiation of contracts; and compliance and risk management policies


TCB Board Relations

The General Counsel is responsible for assembling votes put before the Board of Directors.  He/She is responsible for taking minutes at Board meetings as Secretary for the organization and is also the primary staffer for the Nominating and Governance Board Subcommittee



Tracking and representation or engagement and management of outside counsel in connection with litigation, defaults, claims, compliance, employment actions, fair housing, and select occupancy related matters


Funding Programs

Legal and strategic advice related to TCB’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program II (NSP II) grant, Capital Magnet Fund Grant, Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, New Markets Tax Credit Allocation, and other funding streams


Legal Services to Development Projects and Operating Entities

Leadership of transactional practice group representing TCB and/or affiliates in the acquisition, development, construction, finance, operation, compliance and disposition of affordable, mixed income and/or mixed use housing developments


Public Policy

Contributions to public policy initiatives that advance TCB’s mission


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

§  Demonstrated ability to be effective and exercise influence in a complex organization, and to exercise excellent legal and business judgment in challenging situations

§  Collaborative and respectful management style

§  Superior academic credentials and excellent analytical, writing and communication skills

§  Admission to bar in MA, CT, NJ, PA, OH, IL, IN, KY, NC, DC, NY, RI, MD, VA and/or WV

§  Facility in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint, etc.)


 Education & Experience:

§  At least 10-15 years experience as a practicing corporate and/or transactional attorney, with demonstrated ability to manage complex transactions or projects

§  Experience training and supervising legal staff and managing budgets

§  Experience with real estate or construction, affordable housing and community development finance, nonprofit organizations, or general corporate and employment law

§  Experience creating and implementing policies or procedures in complex organizations is preferred but not required

§  Commitment to affordable housing and community development and knowledge of Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Housing Choice Voucher Program and other key programs housing through professional or personal experience is strongly preferred


The deadline for resume submission for this position is Monday, March 18, 2013

Interested candidates should send their Cover Letter/Resume to:  resumes@tcbinc.org


The Community Builders, Inc. is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


posted: 2/26/2013

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