Website The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Executive Agency Counsel
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Law Department’s Landlord and Tenant Division handles all summary proceedings in housing court throughout the five boroughs. As part of NYCHA’s Transformation Plan, NYCHA is re-envisioning how it handles these cases with a renewed focus on supporting NYCHA’s mission and streamlining and improving NYCHA’s Housing Court litigation practice. This position will manage the development and implementation of a new strategic plan for the Landlord and Tenant Division, as well as the day-to-day assignment and work product of the approximately 10 attorneys and 4 support staff in the Landlord and Tenant Division. The Chief will also be responsible for ensuring that the NYCHA’s process to commence cases complies with applicable court ordered stipulations. The selected candidate will work closely with the Chief of Landlord & Tenant Litigation, report directly to the Assistant General Counsel of Housing Litigation and work closely with the Office of General Counsel regarding general policy guidance and implementation of the Transformation Plan.
The Chief provides L & T’s support and legal advice on inter-departmental strategic planning and initiatives with respect to agency policies, programs and operations. The successful candidate will help manage projects and initiatives that are a priority for the Special Counsel, Managing Attorney, and General Counsel; provide legal advice on compliance, professional development, and other related issues; liaise with all NYCHA departments; and coordinate and follow up on requests, projects and assignments.
Responsibilities of the Chief include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Serve in a leadership role in implementing NYCHA’s Transformation Plan as it applies to lease enforcement.
2. Guide Landlord and Tenant Division’s strategic direction.
3. Serve as Division Chief of Landlord & Tenant Litigation to manage workflow.
4. Develop lawyer and support staff training and professional development.
5. Manage the Landlord & Tenant Division’s attorney and administrative staff’s execution of the required protocol for initiating new cases.
6. Streamline and improve NYCHA Law’s housing court practice.
7. Develop and deliver relevant metrics and reporting to quantitatively inform and assess the division’s successful execution on its mission.
Special Note: Effective August 16, 2021, all persons newly hired for employment by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment, except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process.
After receiving a conditional offer of employment from NYCHA, an applicant for employment must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine within a reasonable period of time. Failure by the applicant to provide NYCHA with proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will result in NYCHA revoking the conditional offer, unless the applicant obtains an exception through the reasonable accommodation process.
Any person who begins their employment with NYCHA after providing proof of having received only one dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine, will also be required to provide NYCHA with proof of receipt of a second dose within 30 days of the first dose. Failure to do so will result in termination.
NOTE: IF THIS APPOINTMENT IS MADE ON A PROVISIONAL BASIS PURSUANT TO §65 OF THE NYS CIVIL SERVICE LAW, NO TENURE OR PERMANENCE ACCRUES TO AN INCUMBENT IN THIS POSITION BY VIRTUE OF SUCH APPOINTMENT.
NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program. For detailed information regarding the 55-a Program, please click on the link below: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/psb/100_1.pdf
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
· Ability to perform complex tasks and manage multiple projects with limited supervision and in a timely manner.
· Experience litigating in New York City Housing Court.
· Experience managing attorneys practicing in New York City Housing Court.
· Experience collaborating with a diversity of cultures and sensitive to the challenges of low-income populations.
· Exceptional interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communications, executive staff management, confidential, and conflict resolution.
Interested candidates may submit cover letter and resume to www.nyc.gov/careers/search. Search for JOB ID# 469360.
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.
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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