40 Court Street
Employment Opportunity: GENERAL COUNSEL
Location: Boston, MA
Position Available: Late Spring/Early Summer
Application deadline: Open until filled
Preservation of Affordable Housing, Inc. (POAH) is a highly entrepreneurial
organization committed to community development and to preserving “at‐risk” affordable rental
housing. Now in its 17th year of operation, POAH is a vibrant and growing non‐profit organization
which currently owns and manages more than 9,000 affordable rental homes for families, seniors
and people with disabilities in nine states and the District of Columbia. The consolidated POAH
entities control over $1.1 billion of assets and generate $150 million of annual revenues.
Headquartered in Boston with additional offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C., POAH has
national scope. The company believes that affordable, healthy homes provide the stable
foundation on which individuals and communities can thrive. Its faithfulness to mission is carefully
balanced with attention to the business bottom line. POAH serves its residents well while meeting
the needs of its funders, partners, public agencies and other stakeholders.
About the opportunity:
POAH is seeking an experienced General Counsel to work from its Boston
office. This senior executive will be the organization’s principal legal strategist, and is responsible
for guiding POAH’s legal affairs, ensuring legal compliance, and limiting risk exposure in a variety of
internal and external matters. The General Counsel will advise and work closely with the CEO, board
of directors, legal team, and senior leadership team.
Some of the General Counsel’s specific and essential tasks include:
Structure and manage the Company’s internal legal function and staff;
Develop and oversee corporate policies, procedures and programs and provide continuing
counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters;
Serve as key legal advisor on all major business transactions;
Manage external law firms providing representation to the company in transactional, business
and litigation matters;
Provide guidance and analysis of legal issues to the CEO and Board of Directors and manage the
corporate governance of the company;
Judge the merits of major court cases filed against or on behalf of the company, work with the
appropriate executive(s) to define a strategic defense and approve settlements of disputes
Assume ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the company conducts its business in
compliance with applicable laws and regulations; and
Provide advice on legal aspects of the company’s financing, including assessing and advising on
current and future business structures and legal entities.
Required Education and Experience
J.D. is required.
Minimum of 15 years of experience in real estate law, including particular familiarity and
expertise in the use of: Low Housing Income Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, state and federal
financing vehicles for affordable housing, HUD financing and grant programs, as well as other
affordable housing finance tools.
Knowledge of federal and state requirements applicable to 501(c)3 corporations, including
relevant reporting requirements, governance matters, and constraints and protections
applicable to non‐profits interacting with other entities in the business and political forums.
Other Desired Attributes
Real estate ownership, investment and finance, preferably with significant exposure to the
area of affordable housing;
Structuring, negotiating and bringing acquisitions, restructurings and financing transactions
Management of litigation relating to ownership and operations;
Management of issues related to 501(c)3 corporations;
Regulatory issues related to the affordable housing industry;
Use of computers, including spreadsheet analysis;
Ability to organize and manage many activities and demands occurring simultaneously.
Manage projects and tasks independently;
Scrupulous attention to detail;
Prepare written summaries and briefings of assigned tasks for internal and external
Superior verbal and written communications;
Demonstrate a high degree of accuracy and initiative in work assignments;
Independently manage simultaneous and competing activities and demands on time;
Contribute positively to corporate culture and ability to work in teams;
Remain organized and meet deadlines; and
Maintain high levels of legal expertise and stay current on industry changes and trends.
Periodic flexible hours and overtime are required. Ability to travel is required.
Salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience.
Interested individuals should send a resume with letter of application to email@example.com.
POAH is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace.
Minimum Education Required