NYC Department of Finance (DOF) is responsible for administering the tax revenue laws of the city fairly, efficiently, and transparently to instill public confidence and encourage compliance while providing exceptional customer service.
Headed by the agency’s General Counsel/Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, the Legal Affairs Division serves as the in-house legal department for the NYC Department of Finance. The Division provides professional and comprehensive legal advice and services in support of a full range of City tax and other revenue-related matters handled by agency operating divisions. Legal Affairs attorneys and staff handle diverse legal areas including NYC real property tax and administration; business income and excise taxes; collections; parking violations; and other agency legal matters.
Legal Collections Unit supports the agency’s debt collections efforts, handling the collections of business and excise tax warrants, bankruptcy issues, collections of environmental control board violations and may also collect other debt. Reporting to the Director of the Collections Unit, the unit seeks a collections attorney to work independently and capably represent the agency in debt collection matters including ECB debt, tax warrants, legal research, review of debt and other legal and collections related documents for collections, negotiation of agreements with debtors, mortgage foreclosure matters, bankruptcy issues and legal process to enforce judgments.
Legal Affairs is seeking to hire two motivated attorneys to handle the following under the direction and supervision of Collections Director:
- Collect debt, including Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)/ECB violation and tax warrant debt.
- Research debt using DOF computer systems such as the Business Tax System (BTS), the statement generator, data warehouse, CACS and AIMS.
- Prepare, review and/or sign legal collection and enforcement documents including executions, information subpoenas and restraining notices.
- Perform legal research and draft legal memorandum and other documents on debt collection matters, public improvement lien matters, or other matters.
- Handle mortgage foreclosure matters, submit surplus money claims and any claims against an estate. Litigate turnover proceedings
- Provide litigation support to the Law Department
- Contact debtors and their representatives to collect debt including ECB and tax warrant debt. Prepare installment and settlement agreements and help resolve questions
- Work with the Sheriff’s Department on enforcement matters.
- Assist Legal in working with the Collections Division on collections projects and matters.
- Work with the Director and other attorneys, provide legal counsel to the agency’s operational staff.
- Prepare draft legal responses to questions from agency operating divisions. Assignment topics may include legal work relating to the CPLR, public improvement lien issues, collections issues, judgment issues, ECB and other City debt and other areas as needed.
- Handle general legal matters and special assignments including representing the agency in court and administrative proceeding. Research and draft legal responses to claims or actions filed against the agency as needed.
Minimum Qual Requirements
- Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.
- One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
- Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
- Working knowledge of collections law, the CPLR and DOF’s computer systems or willingness to learn the systems including the agency’s collections related databases such as Content Manager, BTS and the Statement Generator.
- Excellent research, communication and interpersonal skills
- The demonstrated ability to successfully balance multiple assignments and projects and work as part of a team is preferred.
- Ability to write clearly, concisely, and present complicated legal issues in a manner that is simple and readily understandable, and attention to detail in preparing and reviewing documents
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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375 Pearl Street
(Current location but could be subject to change)
New York City Residency is not required for this position