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SPECIAL COUNSEL, Financial Information Services Agency and the Office of Payroll Administration (FISA-OPA) of the City of New York, New York, NY

POSTED: 07/18/18

FISA-OPA seeks to hire a self-motivated attorney who, under the general direction of the agency’s General Counsel, with wide latitude for the exercise of legal knowledge, judgment and experience, will perform as Special Counsel for the agency (primarily OPA – City Payroll matters) and assist the General Counsel oversee the legal staff and work on legal and contractual matters affecting the agency. The Special Counsel will be responsible for:


• Providing advice and recommendations on questions of law, fact and administrative policy;

• Overseeing/conducting agency matters relating to employee discipline and grievances, including representing the agency at internal hearings;

• Serving as the agency’s Freedom of Information Officer (FOIL);

• Overseeing the agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity activities;

• Drafting correspondence and other documents for the General Counsel and Executive Staff, as required;

• Negotiating and drafting complex contractual agreements (primarily IT, e.g. software/hardware acquisitions, licenses and maintenance agreement) and other related documents;

• Serving as liaison with the City’s Corporation Counsel and other City and outside entities;

• Representing the agency at administrative hearings conducted by such entities as the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), the NYS Division of Human Rights, the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and others, as appropriate;

• Ensuring the agency’s compliance with applicable laws, rules and policies;

• Supporting the Agency Privacy Officer in his/her duties;

• Interfacing with other jurisdictions regarding payroll matters;

• Processing complex City payroll matters including, but not limited to, Workers Compensation, Deceased Beneficiary and Garnishment matters;

• Responding to court orders and subpoenas;

• Serving as Intergovernmental Affairs liaison and providing legal analysis of legislation impacting the agency and;

• Performing other legal and management duties, as required. 


Minimum Qual Requirements 

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.


Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment. 




35 hours weekly/Day 


Work Location 

5 Manhattan West, NY, NY  10001 


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. 


To apply

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