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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 09/13/18

Applications Due12/31/18

Vacancy ID58938

AgencyAttorney General, Office of the

TitleReal Estate Finance Bureau – Deputy Chief Architect- New York City

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $0 to $0 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County New York

Street Address 28 Liberty Street

City New York


Zip Code10005

Minimum Qualifications Applicants must be New York State licensed architects with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in building code and zoning compliance, as well as construction inspection and project management. Applicants also must be familiar with the processes of New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and other similar authorities throughout the State. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. All applicants should have a strong understanding of the design, components, and systems of various buildings. The applicant’s experience should also include working with building design and building inspection. Familiarity with the New York State Building Code is also desirable. In addition to all of the foregoing qualifications, the ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years of experience working with new and existing multiple dwellings, preferably within New York City. The selected candidate will apply the above skills to reviewing real estate offering plans, including building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property.

This is a supervisory position, therefore applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience as a manager, in addition to experience reviewing building plans and specifications. The selected candidate will assist the Chief Architect with supervision of a team of architects and engineers engaged in regulatory review of offering plans. Supervisory tasks include managing workloads, tracking review deadlines, assisting in training new staff, and working with interns. The selected candidate will also assist REF’s Chief Architect in modernizing REF’s architectural and engineering review process, including identifying redundant regulatory oversight already conducted by other agencies.

Duties Description The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an architect to serve as the Deputy Chief Architect for the Real Estate Finance Bureau (REF) located in New York City. The candidate shall serve as the deputy to the REF’s Chief Architect.

REF, through Article 23-A of the New York General Business Law (the “Martin Act”) and governing regulations, regulates the public offer and sale of real estate securities, including cooperative interests in realty such as cooperatives, condominiums, timeshares, homeowner associations, and syndications. The Martin Act requires sponsors (or developers) of cooperative interests in realty to submit a prospectus or offering plan to REF before offering or selling any units or apartments to the public. REF also regulates the conversion of rental buildings to condominiums or cooperatives as well as affordable housing developments that include the offer of cooperative interests in realty. REF architects and engineers review building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property submitted to REF as part of the offering plan to ensure compliance with REF’s regulations.

Essential Functions:

1. Review building plans and specifications, descriptions of property, and building condition reports to ensure disclosure of information is in compliance with the Martin Act and its applicable regulations.
2. Review submitted drawings approved by the local jurisdictions and related reports to ensure disclosure in offering plans and amendments are accurate.
3. Prepare and issue written deficiency letters to attorneys for property developers concerning regulatory and statutory compliance within statutorily set timeframes.
4. Participate in discussions with team members to determine appropriate comments in deficiency letters.
5. Work closely with REF’s attorneys in ensuring compliance with the Martin Act and its applicable regulations and provide professional opinions to REF’s attorneys on cases related to construction and other architectural matters, as needed.
6. Supervise and educate junior staff.
7. Assist with the implementation of new policies and regulations for REF.

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

Salary commensurate with experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified in the “Notes on Applying” section, the “Application Due” date associated with this posting is not the last day applications can be submitted. Applications for this position will be accepted by the hiring bureau on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected; recruitment for this position can be closed or suspended at any time. For the most current information on available position vacancies, applicants are advised to review the Office of the New York State Attorney General website ( or contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at or phone at 212-416-8080.

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

Name Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief



Email Address


Street NYS Office of the Attorney General

Legal Recruitment Bureau - 28 Liberty St.

City New York

State NY

Zip Code 10005


Notes on ApplyingHOW TO APPLY
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit our website at Reference No. REF_DCA_NYC_6082

Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
• Cover Letter (You may address to Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Esq., Bureau Chief, Legal Recruitment)
• Resume
• List of three (3) references with contact information and email addresses
• Writing Sample
• Transcript (if less than five years postgraduate)
Please note: Failure to submit a complete application will delay the consideration of your application.
If you have questions about a position with the OAG, the application process or assistance with submitting your application, please contact the Legal Recruitment Bureau via email at or phone at 212-416-8080.

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