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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 05/05/22

Applications Due05/19/22

Vacancy ID104293

AgencyLabor, Department of

TitleAssociate Counsel - Albany

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $101403 to $128142 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address State Office Campus, Building 12

City Albany


Zip Code12240


Admission to the New York State Bar and 4 years of experience in the practice of law subsequent to the admission of bar.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATION: Ability to initiate and maintain relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders

Duties Description STANDARD DUTIES:

The Associate Counsel will provide assistance with regard to legal and legislative aspects of the Department’s programs, policies and operations as assigned. In this capacity, the incumbent will independently manage special projects and activities, represent the goals and priorities of the Commissioner of Labor with local, state, and federal Legislators, agency officials, businesses, unions, community organizations and other stakeholders. The candidate must be able to work as a member of a team, possess good decision-making skills, and must have the ability to handle high-volume activities in a deadline-driven environment. The ability to organize and prioritize a high volume of tasks is critical.

The preferred candidate should be a highly motivated individual who is interested in working in an active legal team environment on matters involving a wide variety of labor issues. Duties include, but are not limited to:

• Speak on behalf of the DOL to expand DOL's relationship with advocacy and coalition groups and partnerships with labor organizations, community groups, worker centers, and legal aid advocates
• Standardize DOL's investigations operations across divisions; developing implementation strategies, providing oversight, and offering recommendations to resolve issues
• Work In coordination with General Counsel on areas of special interest to support the Commissioner of Labor and external relationships regarding DOL specific legislation/current laws and legal matters
• Facilitate high-level conversations with advocates, unions, elected officials, federal partners where needed, especially on General Counsel related topics
• Work with program on workforce development programming providing oversight and review where necessary/helpful
• Research and analyze a variety of issues and topics to prepare background information on complex and often sensitive issues impacting assigned initiatives
• Standardize external affairs with preemptive outreach plans, strategy, management, and implementation maintaining a filing system, tracker system, and deadline system
• Provides up-to-date information regarding policy and rule changes
• Providing legal advice to other divisions within the Department, as needed, on legal aspects of pending cases.
• Review legal papers served or received and program staff’s requests for legal action to determine appropriate responsive action
• Develop standardized procedures for DOL staff to follow in carrying out routine legal tasks for which DOL is responsible.
• Consult with representatives of other local, state, and federal agencies to develop, implement, and educate regarding new or changing workforce development, unemployment insurance, worker protection or other agency programs and initiatives.
• Collaborate with the Communications Office to ensure strategic marketing and communications requirements are met for special initiatives and projects
• Assists General Counsel with research involving programs, policies, procedures, and interpretations by the Department.
• Manage a variety of information of a confidential or sensitive nature with tact and discretion.

Additional Comments Pending Funding Approval

IMPORTANT: All Department of Labor employees are required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 unless they are fully vaccinated. Employees who are vaccinated must provide proof of vaccine status through a secure online portal.

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Name Kristen Symonds

Telephone (518) 457-1020

Fax EFax:

Email Address


Street New York State Department of Labor

Harriman State Campus, Building 12, Room 561

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12240


Notes on ApplyingCandidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Department of Labor is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Department of Labor is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity.

To be considered for this position, interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title, location and vacancy ID # 104293 you are applying for in the subject line of your e-mail. Failure to do so may result in the delay of processing your application. In order to qualify you for the position, when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by the NYSDOL Personnel Bureau for your social security number to confirm your employment history

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