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Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Posted on: 08/21/2023
  1. Full-time



  1. No exam required


Legal-Office of the Counsel

$79,620.00 – $91,563.00

Job Description

The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States and universally is recognized as the world's busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency. The Department's main goal is to provide fire protection, emergency medical care, and other critical public safety services to residents and visitors in the five boroughs. FDNY not only responds to more than a million emergencies every year, its personnel also strive to prevent them by continually educating the public in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes. Since its inception in 1865, FDNY has helped lead efforts to make New York the safest big city in the nation.

The Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY), seeks a full-time Staff Attorney in the Bureau of Legal Affairs. Reporting directly to the Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Directors of Legal Affairs, the successful candidate will:

-Review and draft contracts, agreements and memoranda of understanding.
-Respond to externally filed Equal Employment Opportunity complaints filed at the Federal, State and City level.
-Handle matters relating to NY State Civil Service Law.
-Respond to internal inquiries and serve as counsel to FDNY on assigned matters.
-Represent the Fire Department before Federal, State, and other City Agencies.
-Serve as liaison to the NYC Law Department in connection with Fire Department and related litigation.
-Train Managers, Supervisors and new employees regarding litigation prevention and management responsibilities.
-Perform other tasks and work as assigned by the Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Directors.

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

-Excellent legal judgment, research and writing skills. -Experience handling EEO matters, contracts and agreements. -Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and additional databases. -Ability to work both independently and as a team. -Ability to perform under pressure and respond to deadlines. -Ability to work with non-legal staff and collaborate with other Legal Units. -Litigation experience is a plus.
55a Program

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.
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.
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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Staff Attorney

  1. Experienced (non-manager)

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9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn N

  1. Legal Affairs