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Senior Attorney

Applications accepted from current state employees, former permanent competitive class employees eligible for reinstatement and 55-b/c candidates. You must meet the minimum qualifications.

Senior Attorney
Category of
Information
Posting Specific Information
Control Number *17-479
Application Due By 11/24/2017
Title Senior Attorney; Attorney Trainee 1 and 2, Assistant Attorney 1 and 2, Attorney 1 and 2. Appointment title dependent upon qualifications of candidate selected.
Location: City
DEC Region
Division/Bureau

Albany
Central Office
Office of General Counsel

Salary:
Grade:
$51,721 - $100,645 (Effective 4/17)
25/NS Salary and appointment grade level dependent upon qualifications of candidate and negotiating unit.
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type *Contingent Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC PS&T 05 (PEF)
Duties/Responsibilities

The Senior Attorney will serve as the Department's Records Access Officer. The duties include tracking all Freedom of Information (FOIL) requests, working with FOIL coordinators in divisions and regions, coordinating FOIL requests, ensuring timely handling of requests, advising and assisting DEC staff and management on legal issues related to FOIL requests, and providing reports regularly. Will also be required to deal extensively with members of the public on FOIL requests. Will be required to become proficient in the use of GovQA, the Department's on-line FOIL system and will supervise support staff in the use of GovQA. Will be required to prepare and/or review case analysis, legal opinions, advisory memoranda, proposed legislation, proposed rules and regulations, and litigation papers related to the Freedom of Information Law. Will also be required to provide various training to DEC staff on issues relating to FOIL.

Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC
or
Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title as indicated under the transfer eligible section on a permanent competitive basis.
or
Transfer Eligible - One year of permanent competitive service at Salary Grade 15 or higher and either:
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.4: Must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below;
or
Eligible for transfer under Section 52.6: Must have current or prior service in a title designated as 52.6 within two salary grades\one M grade of this position. To determine if your title is designated as 52.6 go to the Department of Civil Service website http://www.cs.ny.gov/ and search for your title under GOT-IT. In addition you must be a graduate of an accredited law school with an LLB or JD degree and/or be eligible to take the New York State Bar examination. If you are not admitted to the New York State Bar within two years of appointment, your appointment will be terminated.
or
Eligible for transfer under Section 70.1: Permanent competitive service as a Senior Attorney or Senior Attorney Realty.

55-b/55-c Candidates must meet the open competitive minimum qualifications below and include with their resume or application, a copy of the letter from Civil Service which indicates approval for the 55-b/55-c program.

Open competitive minimum qualifications (provided for 55b/c candidates and 70.4 transfer eligibles): graduate of an accredited law school with an LLB or JD degree and/or be eligible to take the New York State Bar examination. If you are not admitted to the New York State Bar within two years of appointment, your appointment will be terminated.

There is a continuous recruitment examination held for these titles. Information on applying to take the open competitive examination for Legal Specialties can be found on the Department of Civil Service website.
Additional Comments
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the control number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or employment application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038

E-Mail: PostingResponses@dec.ny.gov

Additional Notes:

If you are on an eligible list for this title, please state that information and your score in a cover letter.

State employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.