Assistant General Counsel

Job #: 387268 Exp.: 1 - 3 Years
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (OER) designs and implements the City’s brownfield cleanup and redevelopment initiatives. Foremost among these is the NYC Voluntary Cleanup Program (NYC VCP), the nation’s first municipally-run cleanup program, which offers remedial oversight and liability protection to property owners and developers of over 80 sites each year. Brownfields are sites where redevelopment is complicated by the presence of contamination, such as from prior site uses, historic fill, or chemical spills. The office manages the NYC Clean Soil Bank that arranges the reuse of clean soil from deep excavations to provide substantial financial and environmental benefits.

OER also supports Community Brownfield Planning Areas and administers the Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) program, which provides funding for the investigation and cleanup of brownfield sites as well as grants to community-based organizations conducting planning around brownfields. Additional OER programs and initiatives include the E-Designation Review Program for hazardous materials, air quality, and noise; Green Property Certification; and community engagement activities. To learn more about OER, please visit

OER seeks a highly capable attorney to exercise legal knowledge, judgment, and experience to advance the office’s mission and ensure compliance with applicable legal authority. The selected candidate will advise the director on office legal matters, draft legal agreements and declarations, facilitate rulemakings, and coordinate with agencies and real estate development teams as needed.

Duties will include but are not limited to:
  • Advise and provide recommendations to the OER Director on questions of law, fact, and administrative policy;
  • coordinate with OER staff, Mayor’s Office, NYC Law Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and other government agencies on rules and regulations governing the office;
  • draft memoranda of understanding and other legal agreements in support of OER’s programs;
  • draft and review proposed rule amendments and legislation;
  • review and coordinate agency responses to the public pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”);
  • attend and represent the office in interagency meetings, public events, and pre-application meetings with real estate development teams;
  • regularly meet with Director and OER managers to develop and clarify office priorities, standard operating procedures and policies;
  • supervise legal staff and interns.

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
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, analytical, communication and problem-solving skills

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