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Agency Attorney for the Housing Litigation Division

Job #: 429239 Exp.: 1+ Years Salary: $71,423 - $82,137 Yearly
Description:
About the Agency:
  • The City of New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through programs to develop new affordable housing, preserve the quality and affordability of the existing housing stock, and educate tenants and building owners. HPD is tasked with fulfilling Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York Plan which was recently expanded and accelerated through Housing New York 2.0 to complete the initial goal of 200,000 homes two years ahead of schedule by 2022, and develop and preserve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.

Your Team:
  • The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services (OENS) works closely with other HPD divisions and outside community partners to identify buildings in distress assess and develop appropriate strategies to address those properties, and work closely with responsible owners to develop a plan to improve conditions and return buildings to firm financial footing and physical health. OENS uses enforcement tools within its Division of Code Enforcement, Housing Litigation Division, Emergency Repair Program, the Division of Neighborhood Preservation and the Division of Special Enforcement to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services is composed of 8 divisions:

  • Preservation Services Exec Office (EXEC), Data Management & Technology (DMT), Division of Neighborhood Preservation (DNP), Administration & Internal Compliance (AIC), Housing Litigation Division (HLD), Division of Code Enforcement (DCE), Emergency Operations Division (EOD), Division of Special Enforcement (DSE)

Your Impact:
  • Housing Litigation Division (HLD) initiates actions in the Housing Court against owners of privately-owned buildings to enforce compliance with the housing quality standards contained in the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law and the New York City Housing Maintenance Code. HLD attorneys also represent HPD when tenants initiate actions against private owners. HPD is automatically named as party to such actions. The goal of these court proceedings is to obtain enforceable Orders to Correct, Civil Penalties (fines) and where appropriate Contempt Sanctions, in order to compel owners to comply with the Housing Code.

Your Role:
Under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner and/or Supervising Attorney in the Housing Litigation Division in the Lead Unit. The selected candidate's responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Serving as a Senior Staff Attorney and executing difficult and involved negotiations on behalf of the agency, including cases involving lead paint and owner’s compliance with the New York City Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2004;
  • Litigating cases in the Housing Part of New York City Civil Court and on occasion in NYS Supreme Court;
  • Preparing complex briefs, motions, legal opinions, affidavits, memoranda and other legal papers;
  • Researching and preparing cases for trial and arguing them before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies;
  • Conducting legal investigations and informal hearings and examining witnesses;
  • Advising on legal aspects of enforcement and administration of acts, rules, laws and regulations.

Minimum Qual Requirements
  • 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. 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
  • 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 Intern (30086)
  • Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proficiency with PC software such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
  • Knowledge of the various HPD’s internal databases, including but not limited to: HLD’s Litigation Management System (LMS) and HPDINFO.

To Apply
Apply online.

Work Location
100 Gold Street

Residency Requirement
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.


Closing Date: 30th January, 2020






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