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Job Description
The Law Department’s Office of Legal Counsel provides legal advice to the agency in legislative, regulatory, compliance, and privacy/confidentiality matters and initiatives; Assists the agency in implementing policies; and provides analysis and support through legal research in a variety of areas. The division also provides legal advice with respect to major initiatives, including NYCHA’s Blueprint for Change. The division also houses NYCHA’s Public Information Division, which responds to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and third-party subpoenas.
The Agency attorney III will report to the Deputy General Counsel of Legal Counsel. Under direction, with wide latitude for independent judgment and decision making, the Agency Attorney III responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
1.     Legal research and analysis concerning proposed federal, state, and local law and regulations, and implementation of new or amended laws and regulations.
2.     Legal research and analysis concerning privacy/confidentiality matters.
3.     Legal research and analysis concerning FOIL requests and subpoenas.
4.     Provide legal advice to the agency on the above issues.
5.     Legal guidance with respect to environmental law, housing, building systems, construction, pest control, and other areas in connection with the implementation of a January 2019 Agreement between NYCHA, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the City of New York (the “Agreement”).
6.     Legal guidance with respect to implementation of NYCHA’s Blueprint for Change.
7.     Prepare policies or directives to implement law, regulations, guidance, or initiatives, in conjunction with affected agency departments and in connection with the Agreement, the Blueprint for Change, and other initiatives.
8.     Coordinate with NYCHA business units in the provision of legal advice and guidance.
9.     Motion practice as needed.
10.   Performing other related duties
Please read this posting carefully to make certain you meet the qualification requirements before applying to this position.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
1.     Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.
2.     One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3.     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. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills
1.     Strong legal analysis, writing, and research skills.
2.     Strong interpersonal skills.
3.     Ability to define and address factual and legal issues in a clear and concise fashion, in writing and orally.
4.     Ability to work quickly and efficiently under pressure.
5.     Familiarity with housing laws and regulations, particularly public housing, Section 8, and other affordable housing.
6.     Familiarity with multifamily housing management, building systems maintenance, and construction law.
7.     Familiarity with privacy and confidentiality law and regulations.
8.     Familiarity with environmental law and regulations.
9.     Administrative law, policy, or legislative background or experience.
10.   Ability to organize teams and to work effectively in team setting.
11.   Ability to devise creative solutions to accomplish agency objectives.
12.   Ability to work independently

Additional Information
1.     Resume, including bar admission date(s) (month and year).
2.     Cover letter.
3.     Two recent writing samples representing the candidate’s efforts, not those of a reviewer.
4.     Three references, listing their professional association and the circumstances under which they became familiar with the candidate’s professional skills.
5.     Copy of law school transcript.
6.     Preference will be given to employees who have served a period of one year in their current title and level (if applicable).
7.     NYCHA residents are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume to www.nyc.gov/careers/search.  Search for JOB ID# 469407.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered NYCHA employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by NYCHA.
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.

 

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