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(Those who previously applied need not re-apply) Position summary: Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel, with wide latitude for independent action, the Teacher Performance Unit Litigation Attorney serves as a legal representative of the Chancellor, performing sophisticated legal work on disciplinary matters and providing training and counsel to school leaders. This team of attorneys will be assigned to handle special disciplinary proceedings as part of a teacher quality initiative and will have the opportunity to work on key policy initiatives in conjunction with the Office of Labor Policy. Performs related work.
Reports to: Executive Deputy Counsel
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Acts as liaison to executives within the Department and to members of other City agencies.
Handles legal issues and cases including recommendations concerning determining the soundness of charges, preparing specification of charges, coordinating the gathering of evidence, and briefing witnesses.
Manages legal cases that are complex and high-profile in nature.
Represents the New York City Department in Education on Law 3020-A proceedings and hearings pursuant to Section 75 of the Civil Service Law.
As part of a team of attorneys, helps devise strategies for providing improved support and training to school leaders around evaluation and discipline, and for spurring the improvement or removal of poor performers.
Provides support, counsel and training to Superintendents, Principals, and their designees on disciplinary procedures, with an emphasis on documenting incompetence and poor performance.
Qualification Requirements Minimum Admission to the New York State Bar AND three (3) years of progressively responsible United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar.
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
Minimum three (3) years litigation experience.
Excellent research, analytical and communication skills.
Ability to rapidly learn provisions of applicable law and regulations.
Ability to write clearly and concisely.
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, alienage and citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex), and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO