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Senior Attorney, Grade 25 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Performance Improvement and Management Services is seeking candidates for a Senior Attorney position in the Office of State Review (OSR). The OSR is responsible for reviewing the decisions of impartial hearing officers concerning the identification, evaluation, program or placement of children who have, or are suspected of having, an educational disability. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Maintain an expertise in special education law, legal research, and legal writing;
  • Analyze the facts and laws in each appeal in light of the extensive procedural and substantive provisions of federal and State law relating to children with disabilities;
  • Prepare written draft decisions which accurately identify the factual and legal issues to be determined, and make recommendations in a clear, concise, and logical manner;
  • Manage assignments to ensure timely completion of quality decisions; and
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with other staff.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Eligible List Appointment:  Candidates must be reachable on the Legal Specialties Civil Service eligible list.  If you are on the Civil Service eligible list for this title, you may receive a canvass letter. You must complete and return it as instructed on the letter.

Section 70.1 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney (Realty).

Section 52.6 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a title SG-23 or above deemed eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Juris Doctorate degree AND be admitted to the Bar to practice law in New York State or in a state with Bar reciprocity. For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website.

55 b/c Appointment: This position is eligible for 55 b/c designation and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55 b/c eligibility letter.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a contingent permanent appointment.  Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit.  Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits.  Verification of degree, Bar admission and work experience will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. Candidates are required to possess and maintain admission to the New York State Bar. Failure to maintain an active registration to the New York State Bar will result in removal from employment. 

* Leads to a maximum salary of $102,661 based on annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by October 29, 2021 to (email submissions are preferred). You must include the Box number (PIMS-519/19335) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify for the position when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by SED Personnel for your social security number to confirm your State employment history.

Grade Level: 
Grade 25
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Friday, October 29, 2021
Email Address: 
Office of Performance Improvement and Management Services

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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