The New York City Loft Board oversees the conversion of Interim Multiple Dwelling (IMD) buildings to safe residences and compels landlords to bring these spaces up to the minimum standards of the New York City Construction Codes.
Under general direction, with wide latitude for the exercise of legal knowledge, judgment and experience, the Deputy General Counsel, Loft Board serves as the deputy to the Executive Director and General Counsel.
The Deputy General Counsel manages the work of the Loft Board attorneys and support staff as they fulfill their duties.
- Oversee the processing and tracking of Loft Board cases, including the transmission of applications and supporting documents to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings for fact finding hearings
- Maintain logs of cases and update the Loft Board's database with new case information;
- Revise and edit proposed orders drafted by Loft Board attorneys, including advising and recommending on questions of law, fact and administrative policy
- Oversee the work of Loft Board attorneys in preparing presentations to the Loft Board
- Draft proposed orders
- Review and comment on court documents written by Corporation Counsel attorneys in Article 78 petitions brought against the Loft Board;
- Develop litigation strategies with Corporation Counsel Attorneys in Article 78 cases;
- Research legal issues involving Loft Board issues;
- Draft and revise correspondence from the Loft Board to the public and elected officials
- Determine case agendas for the Loft Board's public meetings;
- Conduct trainings about the Loft Law and its rules;
- Conduct conferences, mediate disputes and negotiate settlements with owners and tenants;
- Oversee administrative proceedings at the Loft Board and OATH to enforce the Loft Law against owners and if necessary, tenants;
- Prepare legal papers as required;
- Assist in drafting Loft Board rules;
- Comment on proposed legislation;
- Fill in for other legal staff in emergency situations;
- Perform the duties of the Executive Director in his/her absence.
Minimum Qual 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.
- Excellent organizational, analytical and written communication skills
- Computer literacy, including the use of Microsoft applications
- Familiarity with NYC landlord/tenant law, administrative law, the NYC Construction Codes and the Zoning Resolution
- Litigation experience preferred
- Mediation or ADR experience preferred