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Deputy General Counsel

October 29, 2023

If interested in joining our team, complete our brief online application HERE.

About Us:
Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP), a non-profit public agency, works with communities to create innovative policy and financing solutions that provide affordable homes and better lives for the people of Massachusetts. We pioneer new development and financing models that use public resources more effectively, are responsive to local needs, promote racial equity, and achieve greater impact than conventional approaches to affordable housing. MHP focuses on the following programmatic areas: Community Assistance, Multifamily Rental Financing, Portfolio Management, Homeownership and Data & Policy.

MHP is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in our workplace. We seek to hire a Deputy General Counsel who shares our commitment to DEIB and is invested in contributing to and upholding these essential values.

Current Opportunity:
We are looking for a highly skilled Deputy General Counsel with extensive experience in real estate transactions to support our mission of increasing the production of equitable, affordable housing across the Commonwealth. Reporting to the General Counsel, you will provide essential legal advice to our internal teams, the management team, and staff. You will be the lead counsel on real estate matters and closings, both those closed in-house and those closed by outside counsel whom you will supervise. You will also assist in other matters related to MHP’s affordable housing finance programs, and in employment, contracting, interagency, legislative, and other issues that require engagement from the Legal team.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and opinions to MHP staff and external partners as needed.
  • Act as the main contact from the Legal team for the Multifamily Rental Finance and Portfolio Management teams; act as a contact from the Legal team for the Community Assistance, Center for Housing Data, Finance and Administration, and Policy and Communications teams.
  • Actively manage and supervise the members of the Legal team.
  • Lead and project manage the annual goals and internal initiatives of the Legal team, in partnership with the General Counsel.
  • Oversee closings of loan transactions, including in-house closings and closings handled by outside counsel, and serve as the point of contact for multifamily housing finance legal questions from staff, borrowers, agencies, and outside counsel.
  • Oversee, manage, and ensure the consistent use of MHP’s legal forms and agreements for internal teams and outside counsel.
  • Draft, negotiate and review complex loan documents as well as contracts and service agreements with vendors, government agencies, and independent contractors.
  • In coordination with the Compliance team, monitor and analyze relevant regulations, guidelines, and legislation impacting MHP’s programs, and efficiently present findings and proposed solutions, as necessary, to the General Counsel.
  • Monitor and review MHP’s Board meeting minutes and Board packages; assist with corporate and board governance activities, such as drafting resolutions and preparing board reports.
  • Assist in managing legal risk related to employment and personnel matters, and conduct employment investigations as necessary under the supervision of outside counsel and the General Counsel.


The compensation range for this role is $145,000 to $165,000. Any final offer will be based on various factors including job-related knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience. The listed range is just one component of MHP's total compensation package for employees.

Benefits our employees value:  

MHP understands that benefits are an important consideration when looking for a new role. We are proud to offer our employees a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Hybrid and flexible work schedule
  • Health insurance through the state’s Group Insurance Commission
  • 403b retirement plans with match up to 10% and immediate vesting
  • Annual 5-week paid time off (PTO) benefit
  • Fully paid group term life, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Dental insurance through MetLife with 90% of premium covered by MHP
  • Vision insurance through VSP with 50% of premium covered by MHP
  • Medical and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Public transportation reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $10,000
  • Professional development resources and assistance
  • First time homebuyer assistance up to $20,000
  • Generous home office benefit
  • Membership discount for onsite gym

Hybrid Schedule Policy:

The Deputy General Counsel role is designated as Hybrid which includes both in-office and remote workdays. Positions designated as Hybrid are required to work out of the Boston office two days per week. At least one office day must be on the designated Legal team day. The person in this role will utilize an MHP laptop which must be transported to and from the MHP office. MHP’s office is conveniently located minutes from South Station.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school.
  • Admission to the Massachusetts bar.
  • 6-8 years’ commercial real estate and/or affordable housing finance, or similar legal experience, required.
  • Additional experience in affordable housing development, banking/lending, and government is preferred with expertise in at least one required. Experience in employment law also preferred but not required.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, and relationship management skills.
  • Expert drafter of legal documents.
  • Demonstrated experience identifying, navigating, and resolving complex legal and practical problems independently and proactively.
  • Supervisory experience in a team- and client-oriented environment providing real estate and/or lending/banking advice with a commitment to the professional development and growth of team members.
  • Proven ability to research, interpret, and synthesize legal, regulatory, and financial documents and articulately identify relevant legal concerns.
  • Strong ethical standards and the proven capacity to use sound judgement and discretion when gathering and sharing information.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, , able to monitor own work, and regularly solicits feedback to improve performance.
  • Adept in managing competing demands and dealing with frequent changes, delays, and/or unexpected circumstances.
  • Exceptional ability to communicate (verbally and in writing) findings and recommendations.
  • Expert knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


                    Travel is not expected for this role.

                    MHP is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, past or present military service, status as an individual with a disability, or any other legally protected characteristics. MHP is committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

                    If interested in joining our team, complete our brief online application HERE.