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Temporary Attorney

Location: Multiple Locations, WA
Date Posted: 11-16-2017
Position Summary:
The Trust for Public Land is hiring a temporary attorney to provide legal advice to State and Area Directors, and to other project and program staff, working primarily in the western United States. This position is anticipated to last from 4 to 6 months at 40 hours per week, with potential for extension. We are open to applications from candidates in St. Paul, Denver, Seattle and Santa Fe.
Main responsibilities are (i) assisting project/program staff in the structuring of real estate transactions and park construction and development projects; (ii) drafting and reviewing legal documents for real estate transaction work, park construction and development projects; and (iii) managing the closing of real estate transactions. 
Essential Functions:
  • Provides legal advice to project/program staff on purchases and sales of real property, park construction and development, and on legal issues relating to conservation and other non-profit activities.
  • Assists project/program staff in designing, negotiating and completing real estate transactions, park construction and development projects.
  • Participates, when necessary, with project/program staff in landowner negotiations and public agency discussions.
  • Drafts and reviews documents for real estate transactions, park construction and development projects (options, purchase agreements, deeds, easements, escrow instructions, promissory notes, contracts with surveyors, environmental consultants, design professionals, construction contracts, contracts with public agencies, etc.); ensures that these documents are in accordance with laws and internal policies and protocols.
  • Oversees real estate closings.
  • Assists with monitoring property management issues (toxics liability, leases, taxes, insurance).
  • Reviews internal memoranda and makes recommendations to State and Area Directors, Divisional Directors or other project or program staff on assigned projects.
  • Bachelor's degree, Juris Doctor, admission to the state bar. 
  • Minimum 5 years of experience is required. Prior experience in real property transactional law is required and experience in federal, state and local property law (in particular as it relates to tax-exempt organizations and the tax consequences of real estate transactions to and from such organizations), land use regulatory law, construction law, and work with government agencies is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Requires aptitude for independent work exercising judgment within broadly defined policies and practices to select method and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Assignments are complex and substantially important to organization.
  • Requires ability to draft quality legal documents quickly, and to respond promptly and helpfully to the needs of project/program staff.
  • Requires sense of humor and composure when dealing with project/program staff of diverse personalities and work styles, all of whom are under pressure to meet their programmatic and transactional goals.
  • Requires ability to change the thinking of, or gain acceptance of, others in sensitive situations, both within and outside the organization.
  • Requires ability to anticipate problems, identify probable issues of concern in advance.
  • Candidate should be results-oriented and creative in solving problems.
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