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Senior Attorney, Grade 25 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Higher Education is seeking candidates for a Senior Attorney position in the Office of School Personnel Review & Accountability (OSPRA). This Office is responsible for preparing and prosecuting cases against teachers and school administrators who lack the moral character to hold such a credential pursuant to Education Law. OSPRA is also responsible for making determinations concerning whether employment clearances for school district employees should be issued based upon fingerprint supported criminal history background checks. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare and prosecute cases against teachers and administrators who lack the requisite moral character to hold such credential pursuant to Education Law Section 305 and 8 NYCRR Part 83;
  • Assist investigators with review of case files to determine legal sufficiency;
  • Prepare legal documents, notices, motions, subpoenas, correspondence, memoranda of law, discovery, appeals, Freedom of Information Law responses, and conduct legal research as needed;
  • Interview victims and witnesses and otherwise fully prepare evidence and testimony for administrative hearings;
  • Communicate effectively with school officials, law enforcement, courts and the general public;
  • Represent the Department at Part 83 administrative hearings consistent with the State Administrative Procedure Act, Education Law, Correction Law and Department regulations, including delivering opening/closing statements; conducting direct/cross-examination, making appropriate objections, and preparing appeals;
  • Maintain and stay current with assigned administrative caseload; and
  • Review 8 NYCRR Part 87 criminal histories to determine suitability for employment, draft appropriate due process correspondence, review responses, and prepare files for appeal.
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 Civil Service eligible list for this title. 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: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a title allocated SG-23 or higher eligible to transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law. Candidates must also possess Juris Doctorate degree AND be admitted to the Bar to practice law in New York State or in a state with Bar reciprocity. to qualify for transfer. For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website.

55b/c Appointment: This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/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. Fingerprinting through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Division of Criminal Justice Services is required for employment. Fees associated with this process are at the Department’s expense.  

* Leads to a maximum salary of $111,111 based on annual performance advances and traineeship advances.


Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email submissions are preferred). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (OHE-997/14710) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.

Grade Level: 
Grade 25
Negotiating Unit: 
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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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