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Posted on: 07/19/2024
  1. Full-time



  1. No exam required


Office Of Legal Affairs-NM

$80,387.00 – $92,446.00

Job Description

The Department of Social Services' Office of Legal Affairs provides legal guidance, litigation support, and direct representation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies to the Department of Social Services and all DSS program areas to ensure the delivery of social services consistent with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The Support and Lien Recovery Litigation Unit (SLRLU) provides litigation services and legal counsel to the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) and the Investigation, Revenue and Enforcement Administration (IREA) in accord with Federal, State and City laws and regulations. SLRLU represents the agency in state court actions to establish paternity and support orders on behalf of DSS and assert liens and claims against Public Assistance and Medicaid recipients’ personal injury awards and estate assets. SLRLU defends the agency in state court actions filed against it for its administrative and lien recovery enforcement actions and regularly consults with the NYC Law Department as appropriate.

The Office of the General Counsel of Legal Affairs (OLA) is recruiting for one (1) Agency Attorney II to function as an Attorney II within their Support and Liens Recovery Litigation Unit (SLRLU) Child Support Enforcement Team Office. Under the direction of a Senior Attorney, with latitude for independent and unreviewed action and decision, the Attorney II performs more sophisticated agency legal work in the Office of Legal Affairs.

The Office of the General Counsel of Legal Affairs (OLA) is recruiting for one (1) Agency Attorney II to function as an Attorney II who will:

- Provide legal assistance to HRA and DHS program areas by researching legal questions or problems, interpreting the intent and legal ramifications of, agreements, laws, rules and regulations related to the delivery of services.

- Draft legal documents: pleadings, motions, agreements, contracts or statements in order to obtain court agreements, stipulations or judgments, including but not limited to: objections, rebuttals, and affidavits in order to obtain successful outcomes for Agency litigation. Preparing legal memoranda / advisory opinions as requested.

- Represent the Commissioner in judicial proceedings: motions before the courts, trials and/or hearings, petitions, appeals, etc. to pursue or avert further litigation.

- Negotiate on behalf of the Agency in order to obtain contracts, settlements or judgments. May conduct legal discovery to obtain evidence and research more sophisticated legal issues by reviewing statutes, case law, regulations and other legal material to formulate legal arguments and strategy in furtherance of the Agency' s position.

- May provide guidance to other attorney staff members and support staff, including staff training on policy, practices and new procedures. May also review case files, recommending follow up action, and assuming full responsibility in absence of supervisor.

- Perform other related tasks.

- This position involves travel and a work location within the five boroughs as determined by operational need.

Work Location: 1 MetroTech, Brooklyn, New York, 11201

Hours/Schedule: Monday to Friday 9am – 5 pm with one-hour flex.

Minimum Qualifications

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

- Strong oral and written advocacy skills. - Knowledge of proper courtroom etiquette, family law, estate law and civil procedure. - Ability to articulate the law and advocate on behalf of the agency. - Superior legal research and writing ability and time management discipline. - Prior experience as a supervisor or mentor.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position
Additional Information

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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  1. Experienced (non-manager)

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1 Metro Tech, Brooklyn Ny

  1. Legal Affairs