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.
The Real Property and Legal Counsel Unit in the Legal Affairs Division seeks an experienced, self-motivated attorney to handle a range of unit functions. Reporting to the Unit's Chief, under direction with wide latitude for independent judgment and unreviewed action and decision, the Agency Attorney may handle the following:
- Perform legal research on a variety of complex real property matters, including real property tax, real property tax exemptions and abatements, tax liens, in rem foreclosure, tax map modifications, Condominium Act, and other matters that arise under DOF's diverse real property administration.
- Draft memoranda, legal responses, legal forms such as powers of attorney, policy statements and other documents relating to the above matters.
- Review, analyze and apply State and local legislation, policies, and agency rules to cases. Prepare legal opinions on real property tax and exemption and abatement related matters.
- Liaise with the Corporation Counsel, HPD, and other City agencies to preserve DOF interests in litigation.
- Work with DOF staff and provide direction to implement policy changes, legislation and litigation settlements.
- Review and draft appeal determinations for real property programs.
- Advise business centers on the applicability of customer documents to DOF programs.
- Work with other Legal Affairs attorneys on multi-faceted claims.
- Assist with records access cases when necessary.
- Handle and participate on other Legal Affair s projects, matters and assignments as directed by Legal Affairs Directors, Managers or General Counsel.
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 with tax certiorari, assessment or real property tax exemption and abatement matters. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as strong research and writing abilities and a demonstrated ability to successfully balance multiple assignments and projects are also needed.
- Flexible to take on new assignments and participate on varied projects and assignments on an as needed basis. Demonstrated interest in public service and experience handling real property tax administration or related issues is also preferred.
- Must be able to write clearly, concisely, and to be able to 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.