Closing Date: 22nd July, 2024

Description:

Under the supervision of the Director of the Borough Enforcement Unit, the Agency Attorney will be assigned to at least one Borough office and work on special or enhanced enforcement cases and projects with Borough staff, as well as other units in the Enforcement Division or Department. Work includes performing agency legal duties with the expectation of considerable independent action and decision making. Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Performing all areas of case management, including initial and continuing research, designing an appropriate legal strategy, maintaining a case tracking system, preparing and prosecuting cases or supporting the prosecution of cases in Criminal Court, Supreme Court, both the Hearings and Trials Divisions of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), and other legal forums.
  • Working with various Department staff to identify problem areas appropriate for enhanced enforcement, special cases, and programs.
  • Working with Borough staff to promote more effective enforcement and compliance. May include reviewing procedures, developing statistical assessments, improving coordination and communication among staff, and performing enforcement-related training of Department inspectors, attorneys and other personnel.
  • Providing legal support to the Borough Commissioner and staff regarding code interpretation, zoning and other areas. Rendering legal interpretations and providing legal advice, as appropriate, in consultation with supervisors and General Counsel's office.
  • Conducting or overseeing investigations and research, including in the field.
  • Liaising with Corporation Counsel and other City Agencies on matters involving DOB violations.
  • Assisting in generating and processing administrative access warrants.
  • Working occasionally, and as needed, as a Hearing Attorney at OATH Hearings Division under the supervision of the Administrative Enforcement Unit prosecuting code violators both for compliance and penalty assessment.
  • Working occasionally, and as needed, at OATH Trials Division prosecuting or assisting in prosecution of cases involving licensees or design professional discipline or illegal commercial and/or manufacturing use in residential zoning districts.
  • Preparing reports and related analysis on cases and/or programs.
  • Supporting collection of penalties and fines assessed at OATH Hearings or Court proceedings with other City agencies.
  • Traveling occasionally between various Department offices.
  • Proposing new ideas for overall enforcement initiatives and programs.
  • Managing special projects and assignments.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • 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).