DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL - HOMELESS LITIGATION AND PROGRAM COUNSEL
EXECUTIVE AGENCY COUNSEL
The Office of Legal Affairs is recruiting for One (1) Executive Agency Counsel M-4 to function as Deputy General Counsel M4 for their Homeless Litigation and Program Counseling Unit (HLPCU), who will:
- Under managerial direction of the General Counsel, with wide latitude for the exercise of independent initiative and decision, and utilizing highly specialized legal knowledge and experience, the Deputy General Counsel of the Homeless Litigation and Program Counseling directs a complex unit comprised of three areas that are involved in high profile litigation and legal support to key mayoral The Deputy General Counsel provides legal advice to the Department of Homeless Services. The Deputy General Counsel directs all aspects of HLPCU, providing guidance and legal analysis of key decisions for the General Counsel and agency leadership. The Deputy General Counsel represents the General Counsel at stakeholder meetings with agency leadership and external partners; prepares reports for the General Counsel on all litigation activity involving DHS Legal, Prevention and Temporary Housing Office (PATH) and Adult Family Intake Center (AFIC); manages the attorney staff and has oversight of all litigation concerning the program areas.
- Provide around-the-clock counsel, interpretation, legal research, and written guidance on relevant federal, state and city laws and regulations and policy initiatives to the General Counsel /Chief Legal Affairs Officer, the Commissioner and the Agency’s executive staff. Independently and regularly provide timely and strategic guidance on complex matters of significant impact; press-worthy or of special interest to the program areas, Commissioner’s Office or Mayor's Handle highly sensitive inquiries from advocates, often copying elected officials, that must be responded to immediately.
- Recommend administrative, procedural and policy decisions, setting agency policy and furthering agency objectives. Provide managerial oversight to HLPCU’s three program areas, coordinating requests for new needs including staffing and Marshal and redeploy resources and staff to improve the delivery of legal services to DHS and its clients. Guide the work of subordinate managers, agency attorneys and support staff by reviewing and analyzing litigation strategies and outcomes. Collaborate with subordinate managers, Director of Legal Training and Initiatives to develop and update training manuals and curriculum.
- Provide analysis and report on all litigation activity involving Homeless Services to the General Collaborate with and provides legal support to executive staff in the development of agency policy, procedures and pending legislation; recommend improvement of current policy to further Mayoral Initiatives, Commissioner/ Administrator priorities, program goals and compliance.
- Meet regularly with DHS program staff, state agencies, and agency administrative and program staff to discuss, plan, develop, and pilot the delivery of improved Develop plans for the implementation of proposals including allocation of resources and staff attorneys.
- Serve as a liaison to the New York City Law Department and recommend appropriate case transfer and requests for legal opinions.
- Develop and maintain relationships with external agencies and the Court Administration. Participate in community outreach events and serve as a member on committees of interest to programs.
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.
- Admission to the NYS Bar with extensive legal experience.
- Ability to manage complex litigation, developing and implementing legal strategies to support agency litigation and non-litigation goals and achieving successful outcomes.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a legal unit, including ability to direct, plan and monitor the implementation and operation of critical operations within the unit.
- Ability to write and communicate effectively to advise Senior Executive staff including the Commissioner, the General Counsel /Chief Legal Affairs Officer and the Agency’s Executive staff.
- Ability to interpret intricate City/ Agency policies, federal and state laws and regulations.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
4 WTC, 150 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
Salary Range: $133,676 - $156,443 (Annual)
New York City offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package.
For consideration, please go to http://www1.nyc.gov/jobs and search for Job ID # 483062 to apply.
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