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Deputy Chief Architect, New York State Office of the Attorney General, New York, NY

The New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is seeking an architect to serve as the Deputy Chief Architect for the Real Estate Finance Bureau (REF) located in New York City.  The candidate shall serve as the deputy to the REF’s Chief Architect.   

REF, through Article 23-A of the New York General Business Law (the Martin Act) and governing regulations, regulates the public offer and sale of real estate securities, including cooperative interests in realty such as cooperatives, condominiums, timeshares, homeowners associations, and syndications.  REF also regulates the conversion of rental buildings to condominiums or cooperatives as well as affordable housing developments that include the offer of cooperative interests in realty.  The Martin Act requires sponsors (or developers) of cooperative interests in realty to submit an offering plan to REF before offering or selling any units or apartments to the public.  REF architects and engineers review building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property submitted to REF as part of the offering plan to ensure compliance with REF’s regulations.

Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:

Applicants must be an architect with a minimum of five (5) years of experience, preferably with new and existing multiple dwellings located in New York City.  Applicants must have experience reviewing drawings for compliance with the New York City Building Code and Zoning Resolution.  Knowledge of the New York State Building Code is also desirable.  Applicants should be familiar with the processes of the New York City Department of Buildings and other similar governmental authorities throughout New York State. All applicants must also have a strong understanding of the design, components, and systems of various building types and have experience with building design and inspection. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  Experience preparing written property reports or other written technical materials is a plus. 

The selected candidate will apply the above skills to reviewing real estate offering plans, including building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property.  Additionally, the selected candidate will assist the Chief Architect with supervision of a team of architects and engineers engaged in regulatory review of offering plans. Supervisory tasks include managing workloads, tracking review deadlines, assisting in training new staff, and working with interns. The selected candidate will also assist REF’s Chief Architect in modernizing REF’s architectural and engineering review process.

Essential Functions:

  1. Review the building plans and specifications, descriptions of property, and building condition reports included in offering plans for compliance with the Martin Act and REF’s regulations.
  2. Review drawings submitted to and approved by the local jurisdictions to ensure the disclosures in offering plans are accurate. 
  3. Prepare and issue written deficiency letters to attorneys for property developers concerning regulatory and statutory compliance within statutorily set timeframes.
  4. Participate in discussions with team members to determine appropriate comments in deficiency letters.
  5. Work closely with REF’s attorneys in ensuring compliance with the Martin Act and REF’s regulations and provide professional opinions to REF’s attorneys on cases and issues related to construction and other architectural matters, as needed.
  6. Assist with the implementation of new policies and regulations for REF.

How To Apply

Applications are being received online. To apply, please click on this link: REF_DCA_NYC_6082; applicants will be taken to the online application page for this position.

Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:

  • Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment);
  • Resume;
  • Transcript if fewer than five (5) years post-graduate;
  • Writing Sample; and
  • List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses.

Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.

If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or you need assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at or phone at (212) 416-8080.

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