Closing Date: 3rd June, 2023

Description:

About DCAS
DCAS's mission is to make city government work for all New Yorkers. From managing New York City's most iconic courthouses and municipal buildings, to purchasing over $1 billion annually in goods and services for more than 80 City agencies — what we do ensures that all agencies can deliver on their mission. Our reach touches every facet of city government and is instrumental to the successful day-to-day operations of the City of New York.
  • Our commitment to equity, effectiveness, and sustainability guides our work providing City agencies with the critical resources and support needed to succeed, including:
  • Recruiting, hiring, and training City employees.
  • Managing 55 public buildings.
  • Acquiring, selling, and leasing City property.
  • Purchasing over $1 billion in goods and services for City agencies.
  • Overseeing the greenest municipal vehicle fleet in the country.
  • Leading the City's efforts to reduce carbon emissions from government operations.

When you work at DCAS, you're not just working for one agency, but in service of them all. It's an opportunity to provide impactful support, quality customer service, and help protect the future of New York City for generations to come. Visit our website at nyc.gov/dcas to learn more about the work we do.

Job Description:
The office of the General Counsel's (OGC) Real Estate Unit executes the agency's mission to acquire, dispose of and manage interests in real property on behalf of the City. OGC's real estate attorneys and supporting staff perform duties related to leasing and licensing of commercial office, industrial, and special use space and negotiated acquisitions of fee interests in real property to meet the City's space needs: to the disposition of surplus non-residential real property by sale at public auction or otherwise; and to the leasing and licensing out of City owned real property, including related landlord/tenant litigation.

The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) seeks to hire an Agency Attorney with substantial experience in commercial landlord/tenant litigation. DCAS manages city-owned buildings with private tenants and licensees and manages the related leases/licenses. As directed by the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for Real Estate, the qualified candidate's primary responsibility is to represent the city as landlord in commercial landlord/tenant summary proceedings for all five boroughs. The qualified candidate will:
  • Provide counsel on commercial lease enforcement issues to the DCAS Real Estate Services short and long-term lease units, which includes directly handling all litigation practice on behalf of DCAS in such matters.
  • Draft rent demands, surrender agreements, lease riders, vacate notices, petitions, affidavits of service pertinent to lease enforcement matters and additional Landlord-Tenant legal documents.
  • Serve as liaison with the NYC Law Dept. on agency and Law Dept. cases.
  • Review pleadings and affidavits prepared by agency employees.
  • Update senior staff on ongoing matters.
  • Handle arbitration proceedings in connection with DCAS's long term lease portfolio.

Minimum Qual Requirements:
  1. 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. 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:
The candidate must be able to manage and prosecute cases with relative independence and recommend legal options involving complicated fact patterns. This work requires considerable familiarity and expertise with respect to the landlord/tenant litigation practice within the five boroughs. At least two (2) or more years of Landlord- Tenant court experience subsequent to admission to the bar is the minimum requirement for this position. Detail oriented, excellent writing and time management skills are required.

To Apply:
  • Please go to www.nyc.gov/jobs or www.nyc.gov/ess for current NYC employees and search for Job ID# 582254.

No Phone Calls, Faxes Or Personal Inquiries Permitted.


Note: Only Those Candidates Under Consideration Will Be Contacted.

Residency Requirement:
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. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

Posting Date - 03/05/2023

Post Until - 06/03/2023

The City of New York 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.