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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/01/23

Applications Due12/11/23

Vacancy ID145256

AgencyTemporary and Disability Assistance, Office of

TitleLegal Assistant 2

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade17

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

Salary RangeFrom $59724 to $76029 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 Division of Legal Affairs

40 North Pearl Street

City Albany


Zip Code12243

Minimum Qualifications Eligible for a lateral transfer or eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 or 52.6 of the Civil Service Law by having one year of permanent competitive service in an appropriate title. Information regarding transfer eligibility is available on the Civil Service Career Mobility Office website at

Promotional/Provisional Qualifications: Eligible for a provisional appointment if candidate meets the promotional qualifications by having one year of permanent competitive service as a Legal Assistant 1.


Either 1: a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program from a regionally accredited college or university or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA); AND one year of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant.

Or 2: an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program where either the degree or certificate was granted from a regionally accredited college or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) AND two years of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant.

Non-Competitive Promotion:

In accordance with Section 52.7 of the Civil Service Law, this notice advises all employees of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) of our option to conduct a non-competitive promotional examination for the position of Legal Assistant 2 at OTDA. If three or fewer interested and qualified promotional candidates respond to this notice, the agency may, at its discretion, nominate a qualified employee for non-competitive promotion.

To qualify, the candidate must be a current OTDA employee and have one year of permanent competitive service as a Legal Assistant 1 Grade 14.

55 B/C: This position is eligible for 55b/c appointment, and candidates with 55b/c eligibility are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for a 55b/c appointment, candidate must be currently enrolled in the Civil Service 55b/c program and meet the provisional qualifications listed above.
Information about the 55b/c program can be found here


Reachable on the appropriate eligible list in Albany.

Preferred Experience:

A minimum of one year experience working in a law office or legal department and familiarity with legal papers, including pleadings, subpoenas, discovery demands, and motions.

Duties Description Working under the supervision of the Deputy Counsel and a Senior attorney in the Division of Legal Affairs, the Legal Assistant 2’s duties include but are not limited to:

• Coordinating Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL) record collection with divisions throughout the agency;

• Reviewing records being prepared for disclosure in response to the large volume of FOIL and the PPPL requests received by the agency, and redacting information exempt from disclosure as necessary;

• Preparing drafts of FOIL and PPPL responses;

• Coordinating the collection of records responsive to the significant number of subpoenas received by the agency;

• Preparing drafts of subpoena responses; and

• Assisting Deputy Counsels with document prep for litigation.

Additional Comments A full-time contingent permanent or provisional appointment will be made. If certified by Civil Service, mandatory reemployment list candidates must be considered first for appointment to this title. This position's work hours are 9 am to 5 pm.

If a provisional appointment is made, the appointee must take the next holding of the Legal Assistant 2 examination and be immediately eligible for appointment from the eligible list to maintain continued employment in this position.

Interested applicants should send an email with their resume attached to and put "Posting #23272A" in the subject line. DO NOT USE THE VACANCY ID NUMBER.

This position meets the criteria for appointment under 55-b and 55-c of Civil Service Law.

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

Name Recruitment Unit

Telephone (518) 402-3991

Fax (518) 474-9374

Email Address


Street Bureau of Human Resources

40 N. Pearl Street

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12243


Notes on ApplyingApplicants will be required to prove their eligibility for employment based upon acceptance of a position in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

If you are a retiree currently receiving benefits, indicate this and the name of the retirement system in your response.

In accordance with state law, Governor’s Executive Order No. 6 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance does not discriminate against disabled individuals. If you are disabled and require reasonable accommodation at the time of the interview, please contact OTDA's designee for reasonable accommodation at (518) 474-7284.

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