Assistant Counsel

New York, NY
Full Time
Job #: 379378 Exp.: 1 - 3 Years
The Department of City Planning (DCP) plans for the strategic growth and development of the City through ground-up planning with communities, the development of land use policies and zoning regulations applicable citywide and by sharing its perspectives on growth and community needs with sister agencies in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

DCP’s six strategic objectives include: (a) catalyze long-term neighborhood improvement through integrated planning and targeted accompanying public investments; (b) encourage housing production, affordability, and quality; (c) promote economic development and job growth; (d) enhance resiliency and sustainability of neighborhoods; (e) ensure integrity, timeliness and responsiveness in land use reviews; and, (f) supply objective data and expertise to a broad range of planning functions and stakeholders.

Central to its mission, DCP supports the City Planning Commission in its annual review of approximately 450 land use applications. The Department also works closely with OMB in developing the Ten-Year Capital Strategy, and helping administer the $1 billion Neighborhood Development Fund, geared toward ensuring growing neighborhoods undergoing rezoning have accompanying infrastructure investments.

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The Division
The Counsel's Office provides counsel to the Department of City Planning (DCP), the City Planning Commission, other governmental agencies, and private entities on all issues related to zoning, land use review, planning, environmental review, and agency administration and procedures.

The Position
The Assistant Counsel, under supervision, with some latitude for independent judgment and unreviewed action and decision, performing more sophisticated agency legal work, will:
  • Provide legal guidance in connection with private and city-sponsored zoning and land use applications and related City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) documents, including determining which legal and/or other questions require more legal analysis or review and referring them to the proper authority;
  • Negotiate and draft notices of restrictions, restrictive declarations, correspondence and other documents associated with zoning and land use applications and CEQR;
  • Research legal cases, opinions and decisions and abstract salient points and references;
  • Analyze legal documents and assist in preparing and reviewing DCP contracts;
  • Assist in the review and interpretation of existing laws, rules and regulations, and in the preparation of new legislative or regulatory proposals applicable to DCP;
  • Assist staff with compliance with agency policy and professional standards, as well as DCP compliance with FOIL and other administrative requirements;
  • Participate in conducting special studies and projects;
  • Provide assistance to City’s Law Department with regard to litigation involving DCP, including drafting and reviewing affidavits and memos of law;
  • Assist in training and supervising the activities of subordinate staff;
  • Assist with agency personnel and disciplinary matters;
  • Perform related tasks.

Minimum Qual Requirements
  • Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
  • One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
  • 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
  • Experience with New York Civil Service Law and related labor and employment law matters a bonus.

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