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Vice President Associate General Counsel

Job ID: 4296
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Construction Contracts
Date Posted: May 8, 2024


This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


Vice President Associate General Counsel 


Construction & Development




SVP, Contracts & Deputy General Counsel


2 Broadway


9:00 AM to 5:30 AM or as required




$171,091 to $205,309


Open Until Filled



The Vice President, Associate General Counsel is an officer of MTA C&D, reporting to the Senior Vice President Contracts and Deputy General Counsel. This position provides legal advice and leads rapid response contracting services to C&D departments, recommending the best contracting strategy for a given project, managing the procurement process, and helping to realize the full benefits of those contracts post-award. As a Business Unit Lead, the incumbent will lead these activities for all contracts pertaining to a specific category of capital projects: Stations, Signals & Train Control, Infrastructure, Bridges & Tunnels, or Railroads. This position may also lead these activities for one or more large, integrated projects that encompass many of these categories.



Responsible for all contracts under its business unit, from strategy to drafting, soliciting and procuring, negotiating and awarding, and claims and change management.  


Develops strategic and consistent contracts and specifications to reduce risk to budget and schedule. This includes improving the risk allocation between MTA and contractors to ensure that the party most able to 'own' a risk is accountable for its mitigation. Optimizing risk allocation results in lower contract prices.


Provides contracting strategy advice far ahead of formal procurement process.


Collaborates with Development to develop contracts that address market capacity, procurement and contracting timelines and strategies, issues regarding federal vs. state funding, etc.


Collaborate with C&D's engineers and PCEOs to understand vision and draft contracts that are cogent, enforceable, and will deliver desired project benefits.


Help drive for heightened utilization of MWBE vendors in all contracts.


Advises Delivery department leaders on contract enforcement, claims management, and merit determinations. Manages the claims process, including strategy and prosecution/defense as necessary.


The Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director must understand, draft and manage innovative construction contracts involving A+B bidding, design-build, progressive-design build, and other state-of-the-art construction contracting methods to support the MTA’s Capital Programs. The incumbent must also understand the complexities of large infrastructure projects involving transit and rail systems, bridges, and tunnels. 


The selected candidate must understand and enforce all the laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to public works contracting as well as the requirements of the MTA’s funding partners, such as the Federal Transit Administration. This position will be responsible for drafting, soliciting awarding, and managing consultant contracts to support the capital program. 


The incumbent must have a broad range of substantive knowledge of the law, procurement, construction management (including construction scheduling), and the highly technical subjects of the MTA’s projects. Current and upcoming projects require specialized knowledge and understanding of large infrastructure projects, some involving state or the art and developing technology and complex data, signaling, and communications systems. 


The Associate General Counsel & Contracts Director will manage 5-7 staff positions and must be able to analyze problems and develop solutions to effectively perform in this position. In a single day, the selected candidate will have to review, assess and make decisions related to complex construction issues on important construction projects, represent the agency in complex construction disputes, negotiate significant contracts and/or claims with contractors and designers, negotiate construction, work and condemnation agreements with private property owners, or work with FTA and FRA counsel to address compliance concerns.


Education and Experience


Juris Doctor - Law degree, Admission to the New York State Bar.


Licensed to practice law in the State of New York is required.


Minimum of five (5) years experience in legal positions in a law firm, a governmental legal office or a company's in-house legal department.


Experience working on matters involving complex public works projects, construction projects, and/or real estate matters and familiarity with relevant local, state, and federal laws.


Minimum of five (5) years of managerial/supervisory experience.


Experience with federal and state procurement laws, rules, and regulations.


Demonstrated initiative, excellent judgment, and ability to work independently on matters of significant size and complexity.


Ability to manage multiple projects and clients in a fast-paced environment.


Confidence in dealing with senior management and sophisticated counterparties.


Ability to identify creative, business-oriented solutions to legal and business risks


Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, drafting, negotiation, and communication skills.


Proven capability to build and maintain strong client relationships.


Engineering or Construction Management experience preferred.


Excellent academic credentials.


Other Information

As an MTA Construction & Development employee, you may be required to complete the New York State financial disclosure statement – annually if your position earns $108,638 (this figure is subject to change) per year if the position is designated as a policymaker.


Selection Criteria

Based on evaluation of education, skills, experience, and interview.


How to Apply

MTA employees must apply via My MTA Portal. You can submit an online application by logging into My MTA Portal, clicking the My Job Search ribbon, and selecting the “Careers” link. Logging in through My MTA Portal will link your BSC ID number to your job application to identify you as an internal applicant.


Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.


The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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