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Assistant Counsel, NS (Management/Confidential)

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Counsel is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Counsel.  The Assistant Counsel will assist the Department’s Counsel in providing necessary legal services to the Board of Regents, the Commissioner of Education and Department staff.  Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Perform research for and draft Commissioner’s decisions in administrative appeals, including, but not limited to, appeals of actions or decisions of local school district officials brought to the Commissioner for resolution under Education Law §310 and removal proceedings brought under Education Law §306;
  • Represent the Department or assist the Office of the Attorney General in administrative and court proceedings challenging the Department’s actions, policies or administrative determinations;
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on a wide variety of issues relating to elementary, middle, and secondary education, cultural education, higher education, adult, career and continuing education services and licensed professions, as requested by the Counsel;
  • Perform a variety of legal services, with minimal supervision, including legal research, preparing legal briefs, negotiating and preparing legal documents and similar functions;
  • Review and assist in the preparation of legislation and regulations; and
  • Handle litigation and special assignments as requested by the Counsel or management team.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Candidates must have a J.D. degree and be admitted to the New York State bar. Candidates must have at least two years of progressively responsible legal experience, excellent analytical and writing skills are required.

Preferred Qualification: 

Knowledge of Education Law is preferred.

Conditions of Employment: 

This position is in the exempt class and the incumbent will serves at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education. Filling of this position is contingent on Division of the Budget approval.

*Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email submissions are preferred).  You must include the Box number (CFO-424/00110) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

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*Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
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Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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