Legal Assistant 1 - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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Legal Assistant 1

Applications are being accepted from current state employees, those eligible for reinstatement based on prior permanent competitive service, and candidates on an eligible list for the position. Candidates on the eligible list for the position MUST include the list title and score received in a cover letter.

Legal Assistant 1
Category of
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 18-452 (Repost of 18-326)
Application Due By 08/24/2018
Title Legal Assistant 1/Trainee 1 and 2
Location: City
DEC Region Division/Bureau
Central Office
Executive/Labor Relations
$40,324 - $58,028 Effective 4/2018
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC CSEA 02
Duties/Responsibilities The Legal Assistant 1 will perform duties in support of the Office of Employee Relations/ Labor Relations Unit as assigned, including, but are not limited to:

1. Assists in researching and analyzing law sources, arbitration decisions, court decisions and settlement agreements where precedent may be expected;

2. Prepares/assembles documents such as arbitration briefs and settlement agreements for review and approval by Human Resource Specialists;

3. Assists with investigations into Labor Relations issues including disciplinary actions, workplace violence incidents, and grievance matters including reviewing case materials for lines of questioning during interrogations;

4. Assists Human Resource Specialists with Hearing preparations including compiling and tabulating investigative materials and data, witness preparation, and managing exhibits;

5. Maintains case tracking system;

6. Oversees the process of opening and closing files and cases.

Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Candidates must have one year of permanent, competitive or 55b/c service as a Legal Assistant 1 OR

For reinstatement purposes, previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis or held a title eligible for transfer on a permanent competitive basis OR

Be in a title eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law OR

Be eligible to transfer under Section 70.4 Of the Civil Service Law

Candidates must have an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program where either the degree or certificate was granted from a regionally accredited college or university, or college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

The position may also be filled at the trainee level by appointment of a candidate reachable on the Legal Assistant Trainee list or in a title eligible to transfer to Legal Assistant Trainee 1. If filled as a trainee, the selected candidate must successfully complete a two-year traineeship. Trainees will be required to successfully complete courses in specific areas, in addition to on-the-job training activities, prior to completing the traineeship. All trainees are required to successfully complete six courses in paralegal studies and related skills from an accredited college or university. In addition, one or more college or training courses in writing skills will be required.

Additional Comments Must have a valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel, overtime and overnight travel may be required.
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


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.