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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 05/07/18

Applications Due06/04/18

Vacancy ID53062

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleSenior Attorney, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

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

Salary RangeFrom $81446 to $102661 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type 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? No

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be employed by New York State to be eligible to apply for this position.

Candidates who have one year of permanent service as a Senior Attorney OR who are eligible to transfer via Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law by having at least one year of permanent service in a qualifying title are eligible to apply.

Candidates must be a member of the bar and licensed to practice in New York State.

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 Litigation. The Bureau of Litigation provides support and legal advice on general litigation issues and provides legal advice and support to counsel, executive staff, and agency personnel to resolve ongoing litigation and minimize potential litigation exposure. Specific duties to be performed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Analyze and prepare legal briefs. Search statutes, decisions, opinions and other sources for use in preparation of briefs or recommendations.

Prepare detailed, accurate, and convincing legal memoranda with appropriate citations in support of actions taken by program administrators.

Advise policy makers and program administrators concerning the legality of their actions or determinations, and suggest changes to ensure conformance with legal requirements and recommend changes in agency rules, regulation, or policy statements to accommodate new legislation and court decisions.

Serve as a liaison with Counsel from other State agencies on issues of concern to OMH and mediate, negotiate, or settle legal issues of concern to OMH.

Assist in defending individual or class action litigation, providing advice to, and developing litigation strategy with the Attorney General’s Office staff.

Prepare and present agency position and arguments and assist in the development of litigation strategy and the development of court briefs and memoranda, preparation of witnesses, etc.

Assist with the implementation of new legislation with OMH policy makers and program administrators, as well as legislators and legal staff.

Perform other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel and the Deputy Counsel for Legislation as needed.

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

Name Nicole Swankey


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 for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #53062 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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