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1 Apr 2022

Full-Time Assistant Counsel

New York City Department of Parks and Recreation – Posted by NYCPARKS New York, New York, United States

Job Description

NYC Parks is the steward of over 30,000 acres of land – 14 percent of New York City – including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses and 14 miles of beaches. Located in Central Park, the Office of the General Counsel is an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a variety of practice areas. Attorneys at NYC Parks handle issues involving labor and employment, art and entertainment, first amendment, environmental, land use/real estate, contract negotiation and drafting, rule-making and litigation in city, state and federal forums.

• Under general supervision, with latitude for independent judgment and unreviewed action and decision, assist in negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements on behalf of the agency, including agreements for operation of the agency’s concessions and the maintenance & operation of park properties and facilities.

• Research and advise agency staff on a variety of legal issues related to the use of agency property, employment law, land use and relations with nonprofit partners.

• Assist in the review and interpretation of existing laws, rules and regulations and in the preparation of new rules and regulations to the agency.

• Perform legal research and draft memoranda and correspondence for the General Counsel’s Office.

• Work with the city’s Law Department concerning ongoing litigation matters, including discovery and witness and trial preparation.

• Respond to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.

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

1. Experience or demonstrated interest in public service.
2. Experience in drafting and negotiating contracts.
3. Litigation experience.
4. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and data management programs.
5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
6. Ability to organize, plan, coordinate and implement large and ongoing projects.

Additional Information

NOTE: All resumes must be received no later than the last day of the posting period.  References will be required upon request.

nyc.gov/parks

MOVEMENT IN THE FACE OF CIVIL SERVICE LISTS IS PROHIBITED UNDER CIVIL SERVICE LAW.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK IS AN INCLUSIVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO RECRUITING AND RETAINING A DIVERSE WORKFORCE AND PROVIDING A WORK ENVIRONMENT THAT IS FREE FROM DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT BASED UPON ANY LEGALLY PROTECTED STATUS OR
PROTECTED CHARACTERISTIC, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO AN INDIVIDUAL’S SEX, RACE, COLOR, ETHNICITY, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, RELIGION, DISABILITY, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, VETERAN STATUS, GENDER IDENTITY, OR PREGNANCY.

How to Apply

Go to nyc.gov/careers/search and search for Job ID# 526697.

Job Types: Full-Time.

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