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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 03/01/24

Applications Due03/15/24

Vacancy ID152707


AgencyAttorney General, Office of the

TitleLegal Assistant 1 (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade14

Bargaining UnitASU - Administrative Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $53262 to $64693 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 8 AM

To 5:30 PM

Flextime allowed? Yes

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Oneida

Street Address Utica State Office Building

207 Genesee Street

City Utica


Zip Code13501

Minimum Qualifications NY HELPS:
This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. 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.

Non-Competitive Minimum Qualifications:
An associate degree (or higher) in in a paralegal/legal assistant program or a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program where the degree was granted from a regionally accredited college or university, or college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Graduation from an accredited (ABA approved) law school with a degree required for NYS Bar admittance will be accepted as meeting educational requirements.

For appointment to this title, you must provide proof of an associate degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program where either the degree or certificate was granted from a regionally accredited college or university, or college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).

Non-qualifying degrees include, but are not limited to, degrees in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Business Administration and Business Management.

CURRENT NYS EMPLOYEE: Reachable on the Department of Civil Service eligible list for Legal Assistant 1 or permanent or contingent-permanent status as a Legal Assistant 1 or eligible to transfer.

Duties Description We are seeking a talented and motivated Legal Assistant/Paralegal to work with our attorneys in the State’s law firm. The selected candidate will be part of a fast-paced office, gaining experience while providing public service on behalf of the State of New York. The Attorney General serves the public interest of all New Yorkers in matters affecting their daily lives, enforcing laws to protect consumers, tenants, patients, workers, investors, and charitable donors. The office coordinates statewide civil and criminal investigations, promoting economic and social justice, encouraging harm-reducing public health strategies, and preserving the state’s environment.

This position is in the Utica Regional Office.


• Perform receptionist duties, including making appropriate referrals and responding to inquiries from the public pertaining to office procedures and general consumer fraud information.

• Perform general office duties as assigned, such as preparing routine correspondence, opening and closing files as directed, assisting attorneys with travel forms when requested, scheduling meetings and depositions, maintaining office equipment, ordering supplies and processing purchase orders.

• Provide clerical and organizational support for legal and investigatory staff.

• Produce a variety of legal work, including orders, judgments, answers, motions, subpoenas, etc.

• Confer with document originator to establish contents of document.

• Edit legal work to comply with court rules and regulations, and attorneys’ stylistic preferences.

• Enter documents, store on computer; retrieve specific data for reports.

• Maintain statistics related to document preparation.

• Verify citations and other legal references.

• Organize and maintain records and indices of law cases.

• Maintain dockets and/or other filing systems and assist with e-filing, calendaring, etc.

• Assist in training interns/volunteers pertaining to office procedures, data entry, and consumer fraud program.

• Assist attorneys in case preparation, legal research, and drafting, as needed.

• Assume duties of LDDS and/or Administrative Assistant 1 or 2, in their absence as needed.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Comments Careers with the State offer multiple benefits including paid vacation leave (13+ days per year), sick leave, paid State holidays off, health insurance including vision & dental, entry into the NYS retirement (pension) system, education and training, eligibility for public student loan forgiveness, and job stability with promotional opportunities. Workplace flexibilities include multiple options for employees including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.

The agency's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, between 8:00 am and 5:30 pm (37.5 hours/week).

Scheduling determinations are dependent upon the needs of each Bureau and will be communicated during interviews.

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

Name Human Resources Management Bureau

Telephone 518-766-2500


Email Address


Street NYS Office of the Attorney General

The Capitol

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12224


Notes on ApplyingTo apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a statement describing how you meet the minimum qualifications, a copy of your qualifying transcript/degree/paralegal certificate, and a resume to

Please be sure to include Vacancy # and the job title in the subject of your email.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The OAG is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity.

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