The Employment Law Unit (ELU) provides litigation/counseling concerning employment and labor law issues throughout the Department of Social Services. ELU prosecutes employee disciplinary hearings before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and represents the Agency at Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) hearings and investigations conducted by City, State and Federal EEO enforcement agencies. ELU also counsels Agency staff on issues relating to personnel, labor law, public access to information, conflict of interest rules, licenses for public solicitation, and FOIL requests.
The Office of the General Counsel/Office of Legal Affairs is recruiting to fill one (1) Agency Attorney I position, to function as an Attorney I in the Employment Law Unit, who will:
Minimum Qual Requirements
- Provide legal Assistance to HRA program areas by researching legal questions or problems, interpreting the intent and legal ramifications of laws, rules, regulations and agreements related to the delivery of services.
- Draft legal documents: contract, agreements, pleadings, motions, objections rebuttals, affidavits and/or statements in order to obtain court agreements, stipulations or judgments. Also, may include briefs, legal opinions, memoranda and other legal papers.
- Represent the Commissioner in all judicial proceedings: motions before the courts, hearings, petitions, appeals, etc. to pursue or avert further litigation. May recommend statutory and regulatory revisions related to agency issues.
- Negotiate on behalf of the Agency in order to obtain contracts, settlements or judgments. May determine the advisability of presenting witnesses, admissibility of types of evidence and matters of legal strategy.
- May assist with the staff training on policy, practices and new procedures and/or analyze, study and report on the effects Guides, supervises and/or reviews work of support staff to ensure completeness and compliance with agency policy and professional standards. May also act as liaison with operational staff within the agency.
- Perform other related tasks.
- 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.
- Admission to the NY State Bar
- 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
- Good research and investigatory skills
- Attention to detail required.
- Loan Forgiveness
- The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DSS/HRA/DHS qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.
Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
In addition, the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:
- Generous Pension Plans (The New York Employees' Retirement System);
- 401(k) and Roth 457 Retirement Savings Programs;
- U.S. Savings Bonds Flexible Spending Program;
- Health Benefits, Dental, Vision Coverage, Prescription Drug Program;
- Training and Professional Development;
- Opportunity for Scholarship; College Savings Program;
- Paid Holidays and Generous Annual Leave.
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Monday – Friday; 9 AM – 5 PMResidency 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.