Agency Attorney

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Agency Attorney

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and diverse, thriving neighborhoods for New Yorkers through loan and development programs for new affordable housing, preservation of the affordability of the existing housing stock, enforcement of housing quality standards, and educational programs for 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 achieve an additional 100,000 homes over the following four years, for a total of 300,000 homes by 2026.

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) administers the fifth largest Section 8 Program in the nation. Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, provides Federal rent subsidies to eligible families for decent, safe, and affordable housing. HPD’s Section 8 Appeals Unit (Unit) manages and conducts federally mandated informal hearings and reviews, which are the mechanisms through which Section 8 Program participants/applicants appeal Program decisions concerning their eligibility for rent subsidies. 

The Appeals Unit conducts administrative hearings and reviews concerning participation in the Section 8 program, as related to terminations and denials of assistance, requests for reasonable accommodations, and subsidy standards disputes. The Appeals Unit is comprised of hearing officers, hearing representatives and administrative staff. The ideal candidate is an attorney with supervisory experience within administrative agencies and managing attorneys/hearing officers. The senior hearing officer must have the ability to work effectively within tight deadlines. 

Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:  

• Daily supervision of hearing officers, including reviewing and editing hearing officers' decisions to ensure quality and consistency within the Appeals Unit and compliance with Federal, State and City regulations and the Agency’s Administrative Plan 

• Monitoring informal hearings and reviews to ensure hearing procedures are adhered to and hearings are adjudicated in a fair and impartial manner 

• Adjudicating informal hearings and reviews, performing legal research and analysis, keeping abreast of relevant statutory, regulatory and internal policy changes

• Independently maintaining personal caseload and filling in with hearings whenever needed  

• Managing on-going legal training for current and incoming hearing officers including second seating hearings, maintaining an agency research database, coordinating on and off-site training opportunities and overseeing the work of attorneys, summer interns and trainees

• Scheduling the Appeals Unit's hearing calendar and the coordinating the daily assignments of hearing officers

• Maximizing Unit productivity and updating internal databases or other systems, to effectively manage productivity, timeliness, and staffing needs 

• Coordinating with the Appeals Unit and other relevant external parties on hearing logistics and critical issues 

• Serving as a liaison between the Appeals Unit and the DTR Subpoenas Unit and the NYC Law Department regarding Article 78 proceedings

• Working on special projects as needed, which may include policy and procedural analyses and/or initiatives that result from Agency or Division priorities and strategic plans, handling special assignments and projects including but not limited to oral and/or written presentations, scheduling and participation in policy meetings or trainings or other internal conferences

• Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects in a timely manner 

• Demonstrated supervisory experience 

• Preference will be given to candidates with experience working for or with government agencies and government programs related to affordable housing development and Section 8.

Preferred Skills:

Ability and expertise, as demonstrated by recent relevant legal experience, in adjudicating administrative proceedings of varying complexity . Excellent writing, legal research and analytical skills. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. Strong organizational, management and training skills. 

Supervisory experience and knowledge of Section 8 Program preferred.

How to Apply:

Please go online and apply at . Search for JOB ID# 372295

City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at Search for JOB ID# 372295

Salary range for this position is: $80,000 - $85,000

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

NYC residency required

The Department of Housing Preservation & Development and the City of New York is an equal opportunity employer.  

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement