Under general supervision, the Agency Attorney Level 2 candidate will perform legal work within the Administration for Children’s Service’s Employment Law Unit, including, but not limited to the following:
- Collect and analyze evidence of employee misconduct under section 75 of the Civil Service Law, including but not limited to extensive child protective case records, assess evidence of employee unfitness to perform job duties under section 72 of the Civil Service Law, proceed with such matters as appropriate;
- Draft disciplinary charges and draft summaries of employees’ unfitness for City medical examiners;
- Prepare cases for trial and argue them at internal hearings and before administrative bodies including but not limited to NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and;
- Participate in investigative interviews of witnesses and subjects;
- Determine the advisability of presenting witnesses, admissibility of types of evidence and matters of legal strategy;
- Recommend settlements and negotiate, draft, and process stipulations of settlement;
- Conduct legal research and prepare briefs, memoranda, and other documents;
- Investigate and respond to charges of discrimination filed with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, New York State Division of Human Rights and New York City Commission on Human Rights by preparing position statements based on facts and applicable law;
- Attend arbitrations and acts as liaison with the New York City Office of Labor Relations;
- Serve as liaison with the New York City Law Department on lawsuits involving employment discrimination and discipline, and liaise with other government agencies as needed;
- Collaborate with other ACS divisions and program areas, including but not limited to Personnel, ACS Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, ACS Office of Labor Relations, and assist in providing training regarding employment law issues to ACS supervisors and managers.
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.
The preferred candidate should be a motivated and organized self-starter with a background in employment law, child welfare law, or juvenile justice. Candidate should have experience in legal research and writing, as well as litigation experience. Candidate should possess the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Familiarity with ACS and its mission and/or experience with a comparable large government agency would be very helpful.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers Committed to Diversity
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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.