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Vacancy Details
Position Type:

Administrative and Central Office

Office Title/Functional Title:

Commercial Unit Attorney, Level 3 - 14414

Civil Service Title:

Agency Attorney




Office of the General Counsel

Posting End Date:





Position Summary: Under the direction of the Deputy Counsel of the Legal Services Commercial Unit, the Commercial Unit Attorney exercises independent judgment pertaining to the negotiation, drafting, and review of important legal contracts and agreements having significant financial, procedural, or policy consequences.  Performs related work.


Reports to:  Deputy Counsel, Legal Services


Direct Reports: N/A


Key Relationships:  Division of Information and Instructional Technology, Office of Financial Operations, Office of Capital Budgets and Grants, Office of Financial Strategies, vendors, and other internal and external offices as assigned.




  • Negotiates and drafts complex contracts and agreements for a wide range of goods, services, and equipment.
  • Provides legal advice on the legal sufficiency of procurements and assists in providing legal advice in bid protests.
  • Assists in the development of procurement policies and procedures for the Department.
  • Advises on basic copyright and intellectual property questions.
  • Serves as liaison in commercial litigation cases.
  • Serves as a liaison and provides support to the Division of Early Childhood Education (UPK) on contract and commercial issues.
  • Reviews RFP's, proposals, and contracts, and recommends solutions to mitigate project risks.
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates multi-year standard (form) and non-standard contracts, including software licenses, customer proposals (RFP's), and professional service agreements.
  • Advises the Division of School Facilities of legal issues involving school buildings.
  • Drafts rules and regulations for the Department of Education.
  • Analyzes and reports on the effects of City, State, and Federal legislation.


Qualification Requirements:




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.  All candidates must be able to demonstrate commercial or transactional legal experience.


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




  • Five (5) years’ experience negotiating and drafting contracts.
  • Knowledge of public procurement.
  • Ability to rapidly understand provisions of applicable law and regulations.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Efficient research skills.


 Salary: $106,607 - $111,107


(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)


Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding. 

* New York City Residency is NOT Required *

We encourage all applicants from the New York City tri-state area to apply.


DOE Non- Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness
As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
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