Staff Counsel, Contracts

Job #: 380983 Exp.: 1 - 5 Years
Description:
The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCA licenses more than 81,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCA protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCA empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCA also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCA and its work, call 311 or visit DCA at nyc.gov/dca or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

DCA’s General Counsel Division is seeking an experienced professional to review, draft and manage its work related to contracts. Under the supervision of the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and Associate General Counsel, the Contract Staff Counsel will:
  • Interact regularly with internal stakeholders/clients across multiple DCA Divisions and functional groups, ensuring that all contracting processes are followed, including obtaining and documenting all necessary General Counsel Division approvals required in connection with each contract.
  • Facilitate the resolution of business and legal issues; formulating recommendations using analysis, creativity and the development of new approaches to enable contract execution.
  • Develop, assess and negotiate contracts terms involving non-disclosure, consulting, service, consignments, and terms and conditions for DCA business units, but primarily DCA’s Office of Financial Empowerment;
  • Ensure consistency of contract terms with DCA’s policies and goals.
  • Review and negotiate contracts with a focus of risk reduction and protection of confidential information.
  • Work with in-house attorneys, contract paralegals and company business units to develop contract strategies.
  • Participate in and contribute to the development and on-going review of relevant processes, guidelines and procedures relating to DCA’s contracting activities.
  • Draft Memoranda of Understanding between DCA and other City agencies and public entities.
  • Offer alternative courses of action to advance agency interests.
  • This is a client-facing position. It is expected that this attorney will establish productive relationships with internal and external clients and partners and foster a client-focused approach with respect to the performance of all contracting responsibilities. The ideal candidate for this position has extensive contract drafting and review experience, involving both public and private funding sources; and a desire to utilize legal skills in a non-litigating manner.

Qualification Requirements
  • 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.
  • 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.

Essential Skills
  • JD and at least five years of full-time, relevant experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly with senior business management.
  • Solid relationship management and leadership skills, working collaboratively with cross functional groups.
  • Excellent legal research and advanced writing skills.
  • Expertise in complex legal negotiation.
  • Strong research, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making skills with ability to identify compliance risks.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills.

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