Deputy Director – Administrative Trials Unit
NYC Department of Education - New York, NY

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Deputy Director – Administrative Trials Unit

Tracking Code 9565 Job Description Position Summary: The Deputy Director – Administrative Trials Unit serves as the representative of the Chancellor performing sophisticated legal work in disciplinary proceedings and provides support to the Deputy Counsel. The Deputy Director will be accountable for the success and performance of team members in assigned practice areas in meeting performance goals and identified objectives. The Deputy Director is designated as the Administrative Trials Unit Assistant Deputy Counsel and performs high-level legal work. Performs related work.

Reports to: Deputy Counsel, Administrative Trials Unit

Direct Reports: Administrative Trials Unit Attorneys and administrative support staff.

Key Relationships: Represents the Department of Education (DOE) in 3020-A proceedings and hearings pursuant to Section 75. Provides legal counsel and training to Community Superintendents and Principals on disciplinary procedures. Confers with subject matter experts, technical specialists, and other attorneys, including counsel for litigants. Acts as liaison with executives within the DOE and with other City agencies.

Responsibilities

Case Management
  • Manages the case load of the Administrative Trials Unit by assigning cases to staff attorneys and monitoring the conduct of Technical Assistance Conferences (TAC), review of charging instruments and potential stipulations of settlements.
  • Reviews Office of Personnel Investigation (OPI) arrest cases to determine if there is appropriate substantiation and evidence for charges.
  • Manages monthly case reviews with office attorneys.
  • Assumes direct responsibility for all phases of complex high profile legal cases. This includes preparing for and/or litigating complex cases involving large amounts of money, significant precedents, novel and complicated determinations of law and fact, or cases having significant legal, policy or financial implications for the DOE.
  • Determines the advisability of presenting witnesses, admissibility of types of evidence and matters of legal strategy.
  • Prepares and argues difficult cases and appeals in administrative tribunals and in the courts.
  • Reviews, revises and approves agreements prepared by other attorneys.
  • Coordinates and assists with professional development for Community Superintendents and Principals concerning the 3020-A disciplinary charges process.

Trial Strategy
  • Handles legal issues and cases including recommendations concerning the soundness of charges, preparing specification of charges, coordinating the gathering of evidence, and briefing witnesses.
  • Develops plans and objectives for the conduct of various Administrative Trials Unit functions; devises methods and procedures for the implementation of approved policies.
  • Recommends settlements pursuant to Department of Education administrative tribunals.
  • Leads trial issues discussions and determination of appropriate charges.
  • Administers trial calendar in conjunction with the Chief Research Attorney.
  • Manages intra-office trial seminars and Center for Law and Education (CLE) training for staff attorneys.
  • Coordinates and assists with professional development for superintendents and principals concerning the 3020-A disciplinary charges process.
  • Manages legal summary informational database for recurring case issues which will be utilized by staff attorneys to complete closing briefs and arguments.

Legal Research
  • Conducts legal investigations, holds informal hearings, and examines prospective witnesses.
  • Conducts research and prepares legal briefs and memoranda on labor and employment law issues.
  • Reviews complex, highly technical laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Serves as the chief research contact on cases and issues “first impressions”, particularly on contract interpretation as it relates to 3020-A issues.
  • Manages and maintains the "Case Decision Bank" used by staff attorneys when completing answers to motions, closing arguments, and related documentation.
  • Plays a lead role in coordinating and/or providing professional development for Community Superintendents and Principals concerning the 3020-A disciplinary charges process.
  • Manages the distribution of decisions of interest and advises staff on any changes of law and controlling authority.

Qualification Requirements:

Minimum

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four (4) years of recent full-time satisfactory, relevant legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.

NOTE: Selected candidates must remain members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of their employment.

Preferred
  • Ability to coordinate and supervise complex legal and labor relations activities.
  • Overall knowledge of the school system and ability to advise and render legal opinions on educational policies and practices.
  • Ability to initiate effective litigation strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with others.
  • Highly organized and excellent problem-solving skills.

Salary: $95,000 +

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through February 26, 2013.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO

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