Overview

Job Description

The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services (OENS) works closely with other HPD divisions and outside community partners to identify buildings in distress assess and develop appropriate strategies to address those properties, and work closely with responsible owners to develop a plan to improve conditions and return buildings to firm financial footing and physical health. OENS uses enforcement tools within its Division of Code Enforcement, Housing Litigation Division, Emergency Repair Program, the Division of Neighborhood Preservation and the Division of Special Enforcement to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

Key responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner and/or Supervising Attorney in the Housing and Litigation Division.    The selected candidate’s responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following:  
• Serving as a Staff Attorney litigating complex cases in the Housing Part of New York City Civil Court and on occasion in NYS Supreme Court;
• Executing difficult and involved negotiations on behalf of the agency;
• Preparing complex briefs, motions, legal opinions, affidavits, memoranda and other legal papers;
• Researching and preparing cases for trial and arguing them before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies;
• Conducting legal investigations and informal hearings and examining witnesses;
• Advising on legal aspects of enforcement and administration of acts, rules, laws and regulations.


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

• Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.
• One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
• Six months of satisfactory service as an agency Attorney Intern (30086)
• Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
• Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proficiency with PC software such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
• Knowledge of the various HPD’s internal databases, including but not limited to: HLD’s Litigation Management System (LMS) and HPDINFO.


To Apply

Apply Online.


Work Location

100 Gold Street


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.



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