Minimum Qualifications Qualifications/Relevant Experience
• A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution and a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
• Admission to the New York State Bar.
• Minimum of six years of legal experience in, including the substantial experience in conducting complex civil or criminal investigations or reviews, including pre-trial motion practice, litigation of trials and hearings, legal research, brief writing and appeals.
• Outstanding legal research and writing abilities.
• Excellent analytical, organizational, inter-personal and oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to articulate the critical issues in a case accurately and precisely both orally and in writing.
• Demonstrated good judgment in assessing legal and investigative issues.
• Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
• Ability to work as a member of an investigative team, fostering a supportive, respectful and collaborative environment with professional, investigative and support staff.
• Technical proficiency including knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office 365 suite and modules, eDiscovery platforms and case management software.
• Excellent oral skills for interviewing, experience a plus.
• Excellent writing skills for documenting interviews, summarizing evaluation findings, and drafting reports.
• Familiarity with reviewing and interpreting high volumes of complex data, including, but not limited to bank and financial records, cell phone records, time & attendance records.
• Ability to handle multiple projects while maintaining careful attention to detail and accuracy.
• Ability to interact effectively with department and agency staff, senior management and executive staff within the MTA/OIG and external offices and agencies.
• Prior litigation experiences (trials, hearings, arbitrations) a plus.
• A two-year commitment is required.
Duties Description Duties & Responsibilities
• At the direction of the EDIG/Legal, serves as the team lead, responsible for the planning, conducting, and reporting on confidential investigative inquiries into complex allegations of fraud, waste and abuse regarding MTA operations and management.
• Provides legal and investigative direction to the investigative and audit team members on confidential inquiries and investigations.
• Identifies issues and avenues of investigative inquiry and develops a plan to assess their significance.
• Conducts interviews of agency and other personnel and prepares clear and concise interview memoranda.
• Develops appropriate recommendations to improve agency operations, cost-efficiency, and safety.
• Reviews investigative case memoranda and prepares professionally written reports on the investigative inquiry.
• Provides leadership, direction, and feedback to non-legal and support staff on the team.
• Responsible for meeting investigative case deadlines.
• Develops and maintains professional working relationships and continually gains knowledge of evolving MTA agency operations.
• Conducts applicable legal research and analyzes documents related to confidential inquiries and investigations.
• Drafts legal subpoenas and other legal documents.
• Drafts comprehensive and accurate case memoranda, case summaries, disciplinary letters and reports.
• Provides accurate and precise case progress reports on the status of the inquiry and avenues of investigation being pursued to the EDIG/Legal and other members of the Executive Staff, including the Inspector General.
• Represents the MTA/OIG at meetings of MTA officials, MTA subsidiary agencies and contractors as required.
• Represents the MTA/OIG at meetings with external local, state and federal agencies, including prosecutors’ offices.
• Coordinates and provides training to MTA/OIG staff on new developments in local, state and federal regulations and law.
• Coordinates and provides training to MTA/OIG staff regarding operations and management of the MTA and its subsidiary agencies, including MTA Labor Relations Disciplinary Procedures and Hearings.
• Assists in preparing MTA/OIG staff to testify at disciplinary hearings and arbitrations and court proceedings.
• Work outside of regular business hours, including evenings, weekends and holidays may be required.
• Travel within the MTA geographic jurisdiction may be required.
• Other duties as assigned by the Executive Deputy Inspector General for Legal or their designee.
Additional Comments Reporting directly to the Executive Deputy Inspector General for Legal (“EDIG/Legal”), the Senior Investigative Attorney directs and conducts confidential inquiries and investigations into complex allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in the operations and management of the MTA, its subsidiary agencies and contractors. The outcome of these investigations is transmitted to the respective MTA agency or subsidiary for appropriate disciplinary action or to outside agencies with subject matter jurisdiction, including local, state and federal prosecutors’ offices.
In order to protect our employees and continue to provide safe and reliable service to our communities, as of November 14, 2021, we are requiring all new MTA hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. MTA will consider exceptions for religious and medical reasons, where appropriate. “Fully vaccinated” means you must have both doses of a 2-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the second dose or have received 1 dose of a 1-dose vaccine and two weeks have elapsed since the dose. Proof of your vaccination status in the form of a CDC vaccine card must be submitted prior to your start date.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to: RECRUITMENTS@MTAIG.ORG
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.