NYC Department of Finance (DOF) is responsible for administering the tax revenue laws of the city fairly, efficiently, and transparently to instill public confidence and encourage compliance while providing exceptional customer service.
The Legal Affairs Division serves as the in-house legal department for DOF, providing professional and comprehensive legal advice and services in support of a full range of city tax and other revenue-related matters. Legal Affairs Division attorneys and staff handle a wide range of legal issues, including real property taxes and exemptions, business income and excise taxes, collections, parking violations, treasury, land registry, FOIL, and employment law.
Within Legal Affairs, the Collections Unit supports the agency's debt collections efforts, collecting City business and excise tax warrants, OATH/ECB violations, and handling bankruptcy and foreclosure issues. Reporting to the Director of the Collections Unit, the unit seeks a collections attorney to work independently and capably represent the agency in debt collection matters involving legal research, review of debt and collections documents, negotiating of agreements with debtors, mortgage foreclosure and bankruptcy issues and preparing and handling issues relating to legal process to enforce judgments.
Under the direction of the unit Director, with wide latitude for independent judgment, the selected attorney will handle the following:
- Perform legal research and draft memorandum, legal responses and other documents on debt collection matters, including complex matters. Assignment topics may include legal work relating to the CPLR, collections issues, judgment issues, OATH/ECB and other City debt and other areas as needed. Liaise with the Law Department on assigned agency collection litigation.
- Research and review debt for collections using agency computer systems such as BTS, DOF's statement generator, data warehouse, CACS and AIMS.
- Review, analyze and draft legislation, policies, regulations and statutes.
- Prepare and sign legal collection and enforcement documents including executions, information subpoenas and restraining notices. Fully handle mortgage foreclosure matters, surplus money claims, turnover proceedings and any claims against an estate. Collect debt, including ECB and tax warrant debt and provide legal services in support of debt collections efforts.
- Collaborate with the Sheriff's Department on complex enforcement projects to issue executions, restraining notices, information subpoenas and other documents as needed.
- Under the direction of the Director, General Counsel or other manager, work with attorneys, provide legal counsel to the agency's operational staff. Handle general legal matters and special assignments including representing the agency in court and administrative proceedings as needed. Research and draft legal responses to claims or actions filed against the agency as needed.
Minimum Qual Requirements
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.
- Knowledge of collections laws, the CPLR and DOF's computer systems or willingness to learn the systems including the agency's collections related databases such as Content Manager, BTS and the Statement Generator.
- Legal experience in successfully collecting debt.
- Excellent research, communication and interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to successfully balance multiple assignments and projects and work as part of a team.
- Ability to write clearly, concisely, and present complicated legal issues in a manner that is simple and readily understandable.
In compliance with Federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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While we appreciate every applicant's interest, only those under consideration will be contacted.
Unless otherwise indicated, all positions require a five-day workweek.
375 Pearl Street
(Current location but could be subject to change)
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.