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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 03/19/24

Applications Due06/30/24

Vacancy ID154063


AgencyMotor Vehicles, Department of

TitleSenior Attorney/Assistant Attorney 1/2/3- (NY HELPS - NO EXAM REQUIRED)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $65001 to $117875 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 6 Empire State Plaza

City Albany


Zip Code12228

Minimum Qualifications NY Helps*:

This position may be filled through a traineeship, leading to the journey level title of Senior Attorney:
• Assistant Attorney 1 (equated to SG-18): Law school graduation and/or eligibility for NYS Bar Admission.
• Assistant Attorney 2 (equated to SG-20): Admission to NYS Bar with less than 12 months of post-Bar satisfactory legal experience.
• Assistant Attorney 3 (equated to SG-22): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2 or Admission to NYS Bar and 12 months, but less than 24 months of post-Bar satisfactory legal experience.
• Senior Attorney (SG-25): 12 months as an assistant Attorney 3, or Admission to NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.


One year of permanent, contingent-permanent, or 55 B/C service allocated to a Grade 23 or higher eligible for transfer and deemed administrative under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law; OR in a title approved for transfer under Section 70.1 of Civil Service Law. The transfer cannot be a second consecutive transfer resulting in an advancement of more than two salary grades.


If you previously served in this title or in a title otherwise transferable to this title, you may be reinstated pursuant to Civil Service Law. If you left state service less than one year ago, the reinstatement request from a state agency will usually be approved by the Department of Civil Service. If you left state service more than one year ago, the reinstatement must also be approved by the Civil Service Commission.

55b/c Appointment:

This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and candidates with 55 b/c eligibility are encouraged to apply. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/c eligibility letter. For 55 b/c consideration, candidates must satisfy at least one of the Open Competitive qualifications listed.

*This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS). For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means NO EXAMINATION IS REQUIRED, but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE A CIVIL SERVICE TEST. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

While temporary, a FULL BENEFITS PACKAGE is available. Please visit to learn more about the exceptional benefits we offer.

Preferred Qualifications:

The preferred candidate should be a highly motivated individual interested in working in public service as part of an active legal team with at least three years’ experience as a New York State Attorney. Preferred qualifications include strong research and writing skills, eager to learn new subject areas, demonstrated sound judgment, excellent oral communication skills.

Duties Description This is a Senior Attorney/Assistant Counsel position in DMV’s Counsel’s Office. This position involves performing a wide variety of tasks, including assisting the Attorney General’s Office in litigation involving DMV in both State and federal courts; defending the agency in discrimination cases; appearing on behalf of DMV in various proceedings and hearings, drafting and interpreting legislation and regulations; assisting in procurements; drafting and reviewing contracts, MOUs, IFBs and RFPs; researching legal issues and providing legal analysis; and advising agency business units on legal matters. The Senior Attorney/Assistant Counsel will respond to correspondence and inquiries from a variety of sources including courts, attorneys, law enforcement, regulated businesses and customers. The position requires serving on agency project teams, including agency teams involving the interpretation and/or implementation of law. This position may also require participation in training of court clerks, judges, and/or members of the law enforcement community. Additional legal duties may be required as needed.

Additional Comments Telecommuting allowed up to 50%. Details to be discussed at the time of interview.

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

Name Personnel



Email Address


Street 6 Empire State Plaza

Room 321

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12228


Notes on ApplyingSend a cover letter (referencing the Vacancy ID noted at the top of this posting) indicating how you meet the qualifications for appointment. Please also include a clear and concise resume. Submit all documents to the email address listed above. Candidates applying from outside DMV may be asked for their Social Security number to verify NYS employment history and transfer eligibility. The Department of Motor Vehicles is committed to diversity and equal opportunity, and to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, and we encourage all qualified individuals to apply, including people with disabilities or any other protected category under the law. Our goal as an employer is to reflect the diverse identities, experiences and geographies of the communities and customers we serve. Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

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