Minimum Qualifications Reassignment - Currently in the title and an employee of DEC or
Reinstatement Eligible - Previously held the title on a permanent competitive basis
Transfer Eligible -
For 70.1 - One year of permanent competitive service as a Legal Assistant 2
For 70.4 - One year of permanent competitive service at SG-15 or higher and meet the open competitive minimum qualification as noted below:
Either 1: a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program 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);
Or 2: an associate's degree (or higher) in a paralegal/legal assistant program OR a certificate in a paralegal/legal assistant program where either the degree or certificate was granted from a regionally accredited college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
(ACICS} or one approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) AND two years of subsequent full-time experience as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant (see definition below).
Definition: For the purposes of this examination, a Paralegal/Legal Assistant is someone who applies knowledge of the law and legal procedures in rendering direct assistance to lawyers, clients, and courts; prepares and interprets legal documents and forms; researches, compiles, and uses information from legal materials to provide both written and verbal comments on their findings; and analyzes and handles routine procedural problems independently with minimal attorney oversight.
Substitution: Graduation from an accredited (ABA approved) law school with a degree required for NYS Bar admittance will be accepted as meeting the educational requirements for either examination.
Non-qualifying degrees: Non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to degrees in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Liberal Arts, Political Science, Business Administration and Business Management.
Non-qualifying experience: Non-qualifying experience includes but is not limited to experience which is limited solely to general clerical or secretarial duties performed in a law office. Important: Non-degree certificates of completion or diplomas awarded by a training institution or company not regionally accredited or accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) are not qualifying.
Note: If there is a viable promotion examination eligible list (three acceptors) for this position, candidates who qualify based on 70.4 transfer cannot be considered.
Duties Description The Legal Assistant 2 will be assigned to the Office of General Counsel Remediation Bureau’s section handling State Superfund and Brownfields sites. The primary duties of the Legal Assistant 2 will be to support DEC’s enforcement and compliance efforts regarding inactive hazardous waste sites. Under the supervision of an attorney, the candidate must be able to conduct research on potentially responsible parties, produce potentially responsible party notification letters and potentially responsible party search reports, perform reviews of brownfield cleanup program applications for purposes of eligibility, review and track environmental easements, and assist in coordination of cost recovery litigation with the Office of the Attorney General. The applicant must be able to assist in drafting legal documents including easements and consent orders. The applicant will be expected to maintain the database that tracks consent orders by inputting information about cost recovery, region, and project attorney. Preferred candidates will have a sound knowledge of environmental law, effective writing and communications skills, extensive knowledge in conduct research and reviewing real estate documents, good business sense and work ethics and be organized and detail oriented.
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