Job Description

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons per day of the highest quality drinking water to 8.5 million NYC residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and has a wastewater conveyance and treatment system capable of processing over 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day to protect the environment and the city’s surrounding waterways.

The Agency Chief Contracting Office (ACCO) is responsible for directing and managing the agency’s procurement. The ACCO’s Office works cooperatively with DEP’s operational and support bureaus to manage the procurement process to support their programs and operations requiring capital construction projects, supplies, and services, such as construction and construction-related professional services, primarily, engineering. The ACCO also coordinates with the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS), the Comptroller’s Office, the Office of Management and Budget and other agencies. The ACCO’s Office consists of eight (8) organizational groups: Contract Management, Operations and Special Projects, Contract Administration, Contract Opportunities, Administrative Services, Purchasing Management, Payments and Accounting and Strategic Sourcing. The ACCO’s Office is establishing two more operational groups, Specification and Scope Development and The Contract Negotiation Unit.

The ACCO’s Office is seeking an Agency Attorney to join the new Contract Negotiation Unit. The Unit is managed by a Director of Negotiations and will be responsible for negotiating all professional services contracts for the Agency. Under the supervision of the Director of Negotiations, the Agency Attorney will participate in negotiations conducted by the Unit, and assist the Director in establishing and developing procedures and policies for negotiating professional services contracts. The Agency Attorney will assist in drafting contracts; coordinate with the Senior Program Manager for Contracts; conduct research; and remain current with respect to “best practices” for procurement by government and private entities for construction-related services so as to inform unit deliberations and activities. The Agency Attorney must be able to adapt to a fluid work environment with changing needs and priorities; possess strong analytical and organizational ability; demonstrate effective, clear, and persuasive oral and written communications skills, so as to explore positions and alternatives to reach outcomes that will gain acceptance of all parties. Must be able to articulate and identify issues and to solve both complex and uncomplicated problems; coordinate and collaborate with different stakeholders within and outside of the agency to achieve a negotiated result. While the Procurement/Negotiations Attorney will work under the supervision of the Director, he or she must have independent decision-making skills and the ability to organize and prioritize work.

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

At least three to five years of transactional or litigation experience, preferably construction law and/or applying knowledge of the City’s procurement processes and the authority of various agencies with oversight responsibility. Familiarity and/or experience with the dispute resolution process under the Standard Construction Contract or Professional Services Contracts. Familiarity and/or experience with Contract Administration/Management, in particular, drafting bid specifications. Experience with records management and data compilation and analysis. Excellent desktop computer application knowledge and skills.

Additional Information

Travel may be required, though infrequently by public transportation or by car, within New York City, and possibly upstate, to the offices of other City agencies and DEP facilities.

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our ability to track the success of our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this job.

NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program and also meet the education and experience requirements as listed in the job posting notice. Please indicate on your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program. This position is also open to non 55-a Program candidates who meet the education and experience requirements as listed in the job posting notice.

Appointment is subject to OMB approval.

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35 hours a week.

Work Location

59-17 Junction Blvd Flushing, NY 11373

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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