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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 04/25/22

Applications Due05/25/22

Vacancy ID103645

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleDeputy Counsel

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $137883 to $173431 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications A law degree from an accredited law school; admission to, and member in good standing of, the New York State Bar; and eight years of relevant post-bar experience.

Duties Description Under the general direction of the General Counsel, the Deputy General Counsel provides overall direction to the Counsel's office and is responsible for the legal and legislative aspects of the Agency's programs, policies and operations as assigned. The Deputy General Counsel serves as second-in-command and may directly supervise Associate Attorneys, Senior Attorneys and Support Staff.
Specific duties include:

- In consultation with the Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel, plans, directs and administers the legal affairs for the Department and develops policy related to legislation affecting the agency's operations.
-Provide legal counsel, services, and representation to the agency or authority; and in matters of significant importance and sensitivity, personally represent the entity and its leadership.
-Oversee the drafting of legislative proposals and their submission to Governor's Counsel. Answer inquiries from the Executive Chamber and legislative staff on proposed legislation.
-Review all proposed and existing federal, State, and local legislation affecting the agency or authority; and make recommendations for appropriate action.
-Review agency or authority's application of law and related policies and regulations; and render formal opinions to various parties.
-Serve as a liaison between the agency or authority and the Governor's Counsel on matters of legal significance.
-Represent the agency in communications and projects with key stakeholder groups.
-Work with the Attorney General's Office to develop responses to matters in litigation and provide legal counsel to the agency head and executive staff on specific issues under litigation.
-Advise the agency head on laws, rules, and regulations governing the operations of the agency or authority, and duties and responsibilities as a member of special committees.
-Direct the drafting of agreements and contracts and ensure they contain appropriate protections.
-Conduct special studies or participate in special assignments as directed by the agency head.
-Represent the agency or authority at meetings and events of professional associations and civic groups.
-Perform administrative tasks such as overseeing the hiring of employees, writing of budget justifications, and purchasing of equipment and services.
-Supervise and mentor subordinate staff by providing training and evaluation.
- Perform the duties of General Counsel when the General Counsel is unavailable.

Additional Comments Please note:

•As of 10/12/2021 all OPWDD employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19.
•*This location requires the candidate to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time of appointment.
•Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
•In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
•OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Chelsea Williams

Telephone 518-473-4785

Fax 518-474-9902

Email Address


Street 44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter and resume by 5/25/22. Please reference the EOA #2022-162 in all correspondence.

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