Job Description

Within HPD’s Office of Legal Affairs, the Contracts and Real Estate Division (CRED) handles all legal work related to real estate development, land-use planning, and contracts.  The division’s primary responsibility is to provide legal services to the agency’s affordable housing development programs, including by advising on real estate financings, dispositions of City-owned property, and affordable housing regulatory agreements, and by performing closings of real estate transactions.  The division is also responsible for providing legal advice related to planning, pre-development, asset management, and development related policies.

Key Responsibilities:

• Advise the General Counsel, Deputy and Associate Commissioners and other senior staff regarding the land use, zoning, real property law, and other substantive and procedural legal issues that arise in connection with the development and redevelopment of affordable housing projects.
• Analyze federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations regarding the development and redevelopment of affordable housing projects in New York City, including, for example,  leases, licenses, and other acquisitions and dispositions of real property interests by the City of New York, local land use approvals, the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York, the New York State Private Housing Finance Law and local, state and federal required environmental reviews (NEPA, SEQRA, and CEQR).
• Draft, prepare, and/or review complex legal documents.
• Negotiate and coordinate with other governmental entities and private parties.
• Draft and/or review proposed state and local legislation and proposed rules and regulations.
• Supervise other attorneys in designated program areas, and/or handle other complex and difficult legal issues pertaining to the implementation of affordable housing programs.
• The ideal candidate will have a background in affordable housing policy and real estate development and finance transactions, involving typical sources of financing for affordable housing projects.

Minimum Qual Requirements

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

Preferred Skills

• Significant preference will be given to candidates with transactional real estate experience.
• Familiarity with federal, state, and local governmental and quasi-governmental bodies active in affordable housing and economic development.
• Excellent writing, legal research and analytical skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
• Strong organizational and management skills.

To Apply

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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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