Minimum Qualifications Candidates must have a law degree from an accredited law school and admission to, and be a member in good standing of, the New York State Bar, and should have four years of experience in the practice of law subsequent to their admission to the Bar.
Preferred Qualifications: The preferred candidate will have experience with immigration law, governmental grant administration, and Freedom of Information Law (FOIL); strong written and verbal skills.
Duties Description The Associate Counsel will serve the Department of State as the program attorney for the Office for New Americans (ONA), and will also serve as backup FOIL Counsel for the Department.
As ONA Program counsel, the Associate Counsel will provide ONA with legal assistance and guidance on a variety of topics including immigration law and policy and grants administration. Tasks will include research and writing, document development and review, and staying up to date on changes to immigration laws and regulations. The Associate Counsel will work directly with ONA’s management and staff to stay updated on program activities and provide advice and assistance as needed.
As backup FOIL Counsel, the Associate Counsel will assist the Department’s FOIL Counsel and Records Access Officer to timely respond to FOIL requests and facilitate communication between the Department and the Executive Chamber pertaining to such requests and work closely with assigned program counsels to review information requests under FOIL, the Personal Privacy Protection Law and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The Associate Counsel may also be assigned to other program areas or special projects as needed and at the discretion of the General Counsel.
Additional Comments Salary will be commensurate with experience.
The Department of State is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other category protected by law.
We are happy to provide reasonable and religious accommodations during the hiring process for those in need. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please send a request to HRM.Recruitment@dos.ny.gov.
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