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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 07/19/22

Applications Due08/19/22

Vacancy ID108927

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleSenior Attorney, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $88161 to $111111 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive 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? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be admitted to the New York State Bar Association, be licensed to practice law in New York State, and have two years of post-Bar legal experience to be appointed to Senior Attorney, M-1.

Candidates who have graduated from law school and who possess credentials and experience less than that described above will be required to serve in a traineeship leading to Senior Attorney, Grade 25. The length of the traineeship will be determined by the credentials and experience possessed by a candidate as shown below. If you are not admitted to the NYS Bar within two years of appointment, your appointment will be terminated.
Assistant Attorney 1, NS = 18: Law school graduation and/or eligibility for NYS Bar Admission.
Assistant Attorney 2, NS = 20: Admission to New York State Bar.
Assistant Attorney 3, NS = 22: You must have 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 12 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.
Senior Attorney, Grade 25: You must have 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.

Transfer Opportunity:
Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney and be eligible for later transfer; OR
Be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law by having one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as an Assistant Attorney 1, NS; Assistant Attorney 2, NS; Assistant Attorney 3, NS; Senior Attorney (Realty), G-25; or Senior Attorney, Grade 25/M-1.

55b/c Opportunity:
Individuals certified eligible for the 55b/c program under the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities pursuant to Section 55b/c of the Civil Service Law who are a graduate of an accredited law school with an LLB or JD degree will also be considered. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response.

1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis in determining the appropriate appointment level. Also, experience gained subsequent to admission to the Bar in a state having reciprocity with New York State can be credited only after admission to the New York State Bar. Candidates must note such experience and the existence of the admission reciprocity agreement at the time of interview.
2. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. This information can also be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee.

All OMH Central Office employees who are vaccinated for COVID-19 must show proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated means that two (2) or more weeks have elapsed since receiving either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the first and only dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). Those not vaccinated must indicate this. Vaccination is required for many OMH positions but not all. Those not vaccinated for COVID-19 are ineligible for appointment to positions that require vaccination.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting to fill the position of Senior Attorney, G-25, in the Office of Counsel, Bureau of House Counsel. The incumbent of this position will provide legal advice and assistance to OMH Central Office policy makers and program administrators on a variety of issues. The Senior Attorney's will work closely with OMH House Counsel and the Bureau of Procurement Enterprise Services on contract negotiation and formulation, as well as with OMH psychiatric centers on various affiliation agreements. Specific duties to be performed include, but are not limited to, the following:

Oversee legal aspects of contracting and procurement process. Provide legal advice and assistance to agency management and staff on issues related to the procurement, negotiation and drafting of contracts for both State operations and grants, including requests for proposals, vendor responsibility and bid protests.

Serve as chief negotiator of agreements with other governmental entities and private providers.

Provide legal advice to agency management and staff regarding other legal issues that confront OMH.

Engage in legal research and drafting on matters as directed by the House Counsel.

Perform other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel and the House Counsel as needed.

Additional Comments Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where the unique attributes and skills of all employees are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

Name Nicole Landry


Fax (518) 486-3897



Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #108927 in the subject line of your email when applying.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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