Assistant General Counsel
THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE TRIALS AND HEARINGS
Job ID: 581741
Job Title/Level: Agency Attorney Level II
Business Title: Assistant General Counsel
Number of Positions: 1
Salary Range: $71,423 - $90,000 (Annual)
Work Location: Manhattan, NYC
The City of New York’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is the nation’s largest administrative tribunal, holding approximately 400,000 trials and hearings a year. As the City’s central, independent administrative law court, OATH adjudicates a wide range of matters filed by nearly every city agency, board and commission. OATH also houses the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution which provides mediation and restorative justice support to City government agencies and the general public, and the Administrative Judicial Institute, a resource center that provides training, continuing education, research and support services for administrative law judges and hearing officers.
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services and guidance to executive agency staff, tribunal personnel, and the Clerk’s Office. The OGC plays a key role in supporting and strengthening the agency’s legal foundation and mission through legal analysis, research and writing, and advice.
The OGC seeks a dynamic and thoughtful attorney to serve as Assistant General Counsel. This person will have extensive responsibility for all legal matters affecting the agency. His or her primary responsibilities will be to serve as a Records Access Officer.
Additional in-house counsel work may include reviewing policies and procedures, providing legal guidance to management, drafting contracts and memoranda of understanding, and working with Law Department litigators on state and federal lawsuits that involve OATH. Exceptional writing, research, and analytical skills, and good interpersonal and communication skills are required. The ideal candidate pays attention to details, thinks strategically, and exercises sound judgment. Commitment to public service is an asset.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Reviewing and responding to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, subpoenas, and other record requests
- Maintaining logs and reports of record requests
- Developing and maintaining expertise in FOIL through review of caselaw and advisory opinions
- Identifying and researching new or evolving legal issues
- Reviewing and preparing legal documents
- Collaborating with the NYC Law Department on legal matters
- Serving as liaison to other City agencies
- Maintaining a high degree of professionalism; and
- Performing Special Projects as requested by the General Counsel.
The ideal candidate is enthusiastic, professional, works well in a team comprised of attorneys and non-attorneys, and can multitask.
- Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
- One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
- Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
For current City employees, please go to Employee Self Service (ESS), click on Recruiting Activities > Careers, and search for the Job ID 581741. For all other applicants, please go to www.nyc.gov/jobs/search and search for the Job ID 581741.
SUBMISSION OF A RESUME IS NOT A GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW.
APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OVERSIGHT APPROVAL.
No telephone calls, faxes, or personal inquiries please. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.