Business Law Unit Agency Attorney

Job #: 364933 Exp.: 1 - 3 Years
Agency Attorneys within the Business Law Unit (“BLU”) are responsible for drafting, reviewing and revising NYC Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) contracts and solicitations which include, but are not limited to, agreements, memorandums of understandings, licenses, cooperative agreements between ACS and other City agencies, leases, requests for proposals and bid book solicitations. BLU Agency Attorney duties also extend beyond the initial contract process to include, but are not limited to, providing guidance on corrective action plans, vendor protest responses and legal questions arising out of signed agreements. Under direction of the Associate General Counsel of the Business Law Unit, with some latitude for independent judgment and un-reviewed action and decision making, the Agency Attorney will provide legal counsel, contract drafting and negotiating services to ACS. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Draft, review, and interpret contracts for the purchase of goods and services entered into by ACS including specifications for solicitations and renewals, extensions, and modification agreements and other agreements between ACS and other parties such as memorandums of understanding with other City agencies.
  • Draft, review and interpret non-disclosure agreements, photograph/video releases and consents, corrective action plans, legal opinions, vendor protest responses, licenses and occupancy agreements.
  • Provide legal counsel to ACS program and administrative divisions on business, contract and procurement law matters.
  • Provide legal counsel with regard to financial services issues, debt collection, and on payments and budget issues.
  • Interpret commercial leases and provide legal support and guidance for facility-related projects.
  • Serve as liaison to the Law Department in connection with contract and commercial law as well as real estate issues and litigation matters.
  • Investigate and prepare reports relating to illegal but equitable claims filed with the Comptroller’s Office.
  • Analyze and identify complicated legal problems and issues by conducting legal research and reviewing applicable laws and regulations.
  • Formulate legal briefs and memorandums.

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 drafting and negotiating transactional contracts is strongly preferred. Ability to handle complex assignments and turnaround high quality work product quickly is also strongly preferred. Knowledge of ACS or New York City contract requirements and procurement rules. Experience preparing contracts for a New York State child welfare agency. Excellent research and writing skills. Excellent communication skills.

Additional Information
  • Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
  • The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers Committed to Diversity

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