Position Summary: The Labor Relations Attorney conducts legal activity, or engages in difficult and complex legal work having significant financial, procedural or policy consequences for the Department of Education (DOE). Performs related work.
Reports to: Deputy Director of Labor Relations
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Establishes and maintains an informational and operational labor relations liaison relationship between the Office of Labor Relations (OLR) and the principals and supervisors of the community school districts, high schools and other divisions, and bureaus and offices within the DOE to assist them with disputes regarding the interpretation and application of various collective bargaining agreements.
A Labor Relations Attorney may be designated to work in one of the following two assignments.
Level 3 Assignment
- Prepares for and/or arbitrates or tries complex cases involving large amounts of money, significant precedents, novel and complicated determinations of law and fact, or cases having significant legal, policy or financial implications.
- Prepares and argues difficult cases and appeals in arbitration; Administrative Tribunals and in the courts.
- Determines the advisability of presenting witnesses, admissibility of types of evidence and matters of legal strategy.
- Confers with subject matter specialists, technical experts, and other attorneys, including counsel for litigants.
- Assesses risk and recommends settlement on all assigned cases. Conducts legal investigations, holds informal hearings, and examines prospective witnesses.
- Conducts research and prepares legal briefs and memoranda on labor and employment law issues.
- Reviews and analyze collective bargaining agreements.
- Reviews and provides interpretations on complex, important or highly technical laws, rules or regulations.
- Reviews, revises and approves agreements prepared by other attorneys.
- Analyzes, studies and reports on the effects of city, state and federal legislation.
- May supervise subordinate attorneys on a case by case basis.
- May hear and decide cases as a DOE hearing officer.
- Admission to the New York State Bar; and
- Three years of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar
Note: Selected candidates must remain Member of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
- Ability to rapidly understand provisions of applicable law and regulations.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely.
- Ability to conduct legal research efficiently.
(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.
As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. More information can be found in Executive Order 75.
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.