Assistant General Counsel - Contracts, Office of General Counsel


The Contracts Unit within the Office of the General Counsel has tasks that include assisting the Department's Agency Chief Contracting Officer and various bureaus in negotiating,drafting and reviewing complex contracts. The attorneys hired for this skilled position will work closely with the agency programs to create contracts, memoranda of understanding, and other agreements with private vendors, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and other government agencies using Contrak and APT, Lexis-Nexis, WestLaw and Accurint applications.

  • Under general direction of the General/Deputy General Counsel and Executive Agency Counsel, with wide latitude for the exercise of independent initiative and judgment, the selected candidate will analyze and draft important and complex legal documents and opinions for the Department.
  • Draft highly difficult and complex contracts, modifications,amendments, and other agreements, and memoranda of understanding with government agencies and private vendors.
  • Provide advice and counsel to agency personnel on contract related matters. Serves as liaison between the Office of the General Counsel and the Agency Chief Contracting Officer (ACCO) on all procurement matters.
  • Negotiate contracts as specifically signed by General Counsel for Health. Obtains Law Departments' approval of contracts.
  • Represent the General Counsel/Deputy General Counsel and Executive Agency Counsel at meetings and conferences with various Federal, State and NYC officials.
Minimum Qual Requirements
Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.
Preferred Skills
Knowledge of Procurement Policy Board Rules;
A strong background in contracts, real estate, and construction law
Experience with trademark and intellectual properties law;
Strong organizational skills; and
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of WestLaw, CLEAR and Lexis Nexis
Additional Information

Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.
  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.
  • Current Resume
  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)
Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements.

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

To Apply
Apply online with a cover letter to In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 3983608.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
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.