Under general direction, with wide latitude for independent judgment and un-reviewed action and decision, this Agency Attorney Level 3 candidate will perform difficult and complex legal work having significant policy consequences in the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Employment Law Unit.
Specific duties will include:
- Represent ACS at disciplinary hearings involving complex cases at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) and appeals at the Civil Service Commission, as well as hearings regarding employee misconduct, under the CBA grievance procedure.
- Analyze allegations of employee misconduct and incompetence, including but not limited to a significant number of incompetence referrals based on alleged practice failures in child protective and child welfare case work, and fraud referrals with reference to case record entries, each necessitating the review of extensive progress notes and other case record documents.
- Draft pleadings and prepare witnesses for trial.
- Draft stipulations of settlement.
- Perform complex legal research and writing on issues relevant to labor, employment, and discrimination law. • Investigate employee misconduct.
- Serve as Hearing Officer at Step I and Step II Employment Law hearings, when needed.
- Prepare legal opinions of major importance and advise management on issues of employee discipline.
- Draft position statements in response to administrative complaints of employment discrimination filed with venues outside of ACS, such as the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the NYS Division of Human Rights and the NYC Commission on Human Rights.
- Collaborate with the NYC Law Department on lawsuits and appeals involving discrimination and disciplinary matters.
- Collaborate with NYC Conflicts of Interest Board, the Department of Investigation, NYC OLR, and other government agencies on civil and criminal cases.
- Participate in special projects as needed including but not limited to reviewing and advising on Agency policy as it pertains to Employment Law; and developing and updating training materials and training Agency program area and executive staff on Employment Law issues.
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.
Experience in Employment law, litigation, and/or Child Welfare Law. Understanding of NYC Civil Service system. Ability to handle complex assignments and turnaround high quality work product quickly. Excellent research and writing skills. Excellent communication skills.
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.