Closing Date: 30th June, 2024


Position Summary: Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel, with wide latitude for independent action, the Teacher Performance Unit Litigation Attorney serves as a legal representative of the Chancellor, performing sophisticated legal work on disciplinary matters and providing training and counsel to school leaders. This team of attorneys will be assigned to handle special disciplinary proceedings as part of a teacher quality initiative and will have the opportunity to work on key policy initiatives in conjunction with the Office of Labor Policy. Performs related work.

Reports to: Executive Deputy Counsel

Direct Reports: N/A

Key Relationships: Acts as liaison to executives within the Department and to members of other City agencies.

Level 3 Assignments
  • Handles legal issues and cases including recommendations concerning determining the soundness of charges, preparing specification of charges, coordinating the gathering of evidence, and briefing witnesses.
  • Manages legal cases that are complex and high-profile in nature.
  • Represents The Department of the Government of New York City on Law 3020-A proceedings and hearings pursuant to Section 75 of the Civil Service Law.
  • As part of a team of attorneys, helps devise strategies for providing improved support and training to school leaders around evaluation and discipline, and for spurring the improvement or removal of poor performers.
  • Provides support, counsel and training to Superintendents, Principals, and their designees on disciplinary procedures, with an emphasis on documenting incompetence and poor performance.

Qualification Requirements:
  • Admission to the New York State Bar AND three (3) years of progressively responsible United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar.
  • Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

  • Minimum three (3) years litigation experience.
  • Excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
  • Ability to rapidly learn provisions of applicable law and regulations.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.