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Assistant General Counsel, Loft Board

NYC Department of Buildings – Manhattan, NY

    The New York City Loft Board oversees the conversion of Interim Multiple Dwelling (IMD) buildings to safe residences and compels landlords to bring these spaces up to the minimum standards of the New York City building code.
    Under general supervision with latitude for independent and unreviewed action and decision, the Assistant General Counsel will serve as a senior attorney, performing more sophisticated agency legal work, including the following:
  • Commence administrative proceedings at the Loft Board and OATH to enforce the Loft Law against owners and if necessary, tenants
  • Prosecute owners who violate the Loft Board s housing maintenance rules
  • Prepare legal papers as required
  • Track penalty collections
  • Conduct conferences, mediate disputes and negotiate settlements with owners and tenants
  • Monitor workflow for status of ownership and registration of buildings under the Loft Board s jurisdiction
  • Review and respond to incoming correspondence
  • Assist in drafting agency rules
  • Comment on proposed legislation
  • Research issues of landlord/tenant, administrative and other relevant laws and write memoranda when required
  • Assist the Executive Director with Loft Board matters as needed
  • Oversee work of attorneys and internes

  • Fill in for other legal staff in emergency situations

  • Perform duties of Deputy General Counsel in that person s absence

  • Administer, improve and maintain library of Loft Board opinions

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.
Preferred Skills
  • Excellent organizational, analytical and written communication skills

  • Computer literacy, including the use of Microsoft applications

  • Familiarity with NYC landlord/tenant law, administrative law, the NYC Construction Codes and the Zoning Resolution

  • Litigation, especially prosecutorial experience preferred

  • Mediation or ADR experience preferred

To Apply
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No phone calls, faxes or personal inquiries permitted.
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.

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