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Senior Attorney, Grade 25 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of the Professions is seeking candidates to fill a Senior Attorney position in the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Under the direction of OPR management and a supervising attorney, duties of this position include, but are not be limited to, the following:

  • Provide legal assistance to administrative appellate bodies with respect to procedural, substantive, and evidentiary questions;
  • Prepare and/or comment upon legislation, rules and regulations governing the professions, and review non-Department legislation of concern to the State Education Department (SED);
  • Prepare draft reports for administrative appellate bodies;
  • Provide legal assistance to and prepare draft reports for the Hearing Officer (Regent) in summary suspension   proceedings;
  • Provide legal assistance to and draft reports for the Hearing Officer in violation of probation proceedings;
  • Function as a statutory administrative officer and provide legal assistance to administrative hearing panels, and utilize authority to rule upon all motions, procedures, and other legal objections made prior to administrative hearings;
  • Travel throughout New York State and to conduct administrative hearing virtually as a statutory administrative officer to render rulings on all motions, procedures, and other legal objections, subsequent to hearings, as required;
  • Prepare draft reports for administrative hearing panels;
  • Prepare documents of final SED determinations regarding disciplinary matters;
  • Act as a liaison and legal advisor regarding administrative appellate review committee meetings, and assist the Director in the preparation of legal decisions and reports for recommendations resulting from such meetings;
  • Respond to requests for information regarding final determinations of hearing panels and/or Board of Regents;
  • Respond to subpoenas in pending court proceedings, including necessary appearances before the court; and
  • Respond to requests from the Attorney General involving court proceedings.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney. 

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 to Senior Attorney: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney (Realty). For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website.

Section 52.6 Transfer to Senior Attorney: 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 appointee’s negotiating unit. Applicants 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.

All SED employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19.

* Leads to a maximum salary of $108,935 based on annual performance advances.

Application: 

Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by December 13, 2021 to opjobs@nysed.gov (email submissions are preferred). You must include the Box number (OP-1404/21905) 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.

Location: 
Albany
Grade Level: 
Grade 25
Negotiating Unit: 
PEF
Salary: 
$86,432
Box #: 
OP-1404/21905
Deadline Date: 
Monday, December 13, 2021
Email Address: 
Office: 
Office of the Professions

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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