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The SCA's Legal Department provides legal services to all divisions and departments of the SCA.? The Department's responsibilities include: advising the Board of Trustees, officers and employees of all legal requirements of the SCA's construction program and business operations; managing litigation and defending the SCA in administrative matters; mediating construction claims and disputes; drafting and negotiating SCA contracts, license agreements, memoranda of understanding, and other legal documents; responding to requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL); managing the SCA's public works lien system; and providing assistance with regards to the City's Conflicts of Interest laws.

Job Description Summary:
The Attorney reports to the Director and Lead Real Estate Attorney and is responsible for providing legal advice and recommendations regarding legal actions, strategies, problems and issues facing the various divisions of the Authority. The Attorney will be responsible for negotiating, drafting and reviewing various legal documents, and coordinating with Real Estate Services staff, and other departments within the Authority with respect to the construction and rehabilitation of public schools.

Job Description:
Responsibilities include:
  • Negotiate, draft and review contracts, Letters of Intent, Memoranda of Understanding, Contracts of Sale, Licenses, Leases and SNDAs.
  • Negotiate, draft and review license agreements to allow SCA to install protection on neighboring properties during construction.
  • Draft assignment and assumption agreements between the NYC Department of Education and the Authority.
  • Negotiate, draft and review easements, zoning lot development agreements (ZLDAs), zoning declarations, zoning exhibits, condominium documents, and other real estate related documents.
  • Advise Authority staff on various legal matters concerning real property transactions.
  • Research complex legal issues.
  • Review conflict of interest reports and waivers, and advise Authority staff on conflict of interest matters.
  • Provide legal support to various divisions of the Authority, particularly regarding real estate acquisitions and construction.

Candidates should be eager to enhance their real estate knowledge and build an understanding of local and statutory processes.

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Admitted to the NYS Bar
  • Three years of full time and progressively diverse experience after admission to the New York State Bar.

Preferred Skills:
  • Real Estate, construction and/or land use experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, problem solving and interpersonal skills, negotiation and drafting skills, and the ability to handle multiple assignments, and results within tight deadlines.

Posting Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Civil Service Classification: Non-Competitive

Salary Range: $71,475.00 - $115,000.00

  • Juris Doctor

Certifications (if required)
  • BAR - NYS Office of Court Administration

Work Experience:
Three years of full time and progressively diverse experience after admission to the New York State Bar.

The New York City School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) 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. In addition, the NYCSCA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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