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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/29/24

Applications Due04/19/24

Vacancy ID152534


AgencyOffice of Cannabis Management

TitleSenior Attorney (VID 152534) (NY Helps)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

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

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $114444 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Erie

Street Address 535 Washington Street, Suite 201

City Buffalo


Zip Code14203

Minimum Qualifications This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS)* and applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications to be considered for this position:

This position may be filled through a traineeship, leading to the journey level title of Senior Attorney:
• Assistant Attorney 1 (equated to SG-18): Law school graduation and/or eligibility for NYS Bar Admission.
• Assistant Attorney 2 (equated to SG-20): Admission to NYS Bar with less than 12 months of post-Bar satisfactory legal experience.
• Assistant Attorney 3 (equated to SG-22): Admission to NYS Bar and 12 months, but less than 24 months of post-Bar satisfactory legal experience.
• Senior Attorney (SG-25): Admission to NYS Bar and two years of post-licensure professional legal experience.

You may also be appointed to this position if you are currently a New York State employee with one year or more of qualifying permanent service in a position allocated to a Grade 23 or above and eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 or 70.1 of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Juris Doctorate degree, have good standing with NYS Bar admission, and two-years of post-bar experience.

Duties Description Reporting to an Associate Counsel, the incumbent of this position will serve in the Office of Cannabis Management's Office of General Counsel and will manage a portion of the legal portfolio, including but not limited to matters involving legislation and statutory interpretation, regulatory development, licensing, compliance, enforcement, administrative hearings, external litigation, contract review, and other matters fundamental to governmental administration. More generally, the incumbent will assist with carrying out general legal responsibilities for the Office of Cannabis Management (Office) and the Cannabis Control Board (Board), including researching, analyzing and interpreting laws applicable to the Office and Board. The incumbent will also be expected to attend meetings as needed, provide legal advice to Office staff, and communicate well internally and externally.

The ideal candidate will be able to work independently and as a member of a team focused on building an equitable, safe, and legal cannabis industry in New York State. The incumbent should enjoy a fast-paced environment, in which novel issues of law are presented for legal review and analysis on a regular basis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda with opinions and citations and legal precedents in support of Office and Board programs.
• Represent the Office in administrative matters, including administrative hearings, conduct interviews and prepare witnesses, present evidence, and draft necessary briefs and motions.
• Manage assigned cases and prepare periodic status reports.
• Provide legal counsel, advice, and strategies in support of the Office and Board.
• Respond to daily requests arising from interaction with Office business units or as assigned by the Associate Counsel and General Counsel.
• Participate in and assist with the design, development, and implementation of Memoranda of Understanding, Service-Level Agreements, or other agreements.
• Prepare program bill packages as requested including bill summary, text of legislation and supporting memoranda relating to laws affecting the Office and Board, and evaluate, comment, and make recommendations on legislative proposals in this area by other agencies and the private sector.
• Assist as necessary with preparation and finalization of rules and regulations in support of the Office and Board’s business units including processing in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.
• Handle and process FOIL requests on behalf of the Office and Board.
• Other duties may be assigned as appropriate.

Additional Comments *There is no examination required for appointment to a NY HELPS position. Candidates hired before May 2024 will be appointed on a temporary basis. In May 2024, satisfactory employees will receive permanent, non-competitive appointments and will begin a probationary period.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected that NY HELPS employees will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to take an exam. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: Employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the agency’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

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

Name Human Resources/AS

Telephone 518-473-5282

Fax 518-486-1631

Email Address


Street NYS Office of General Services, HRM

31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12242


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications. Indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number of each position you are applying to.

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