Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the Inspector General
Job Title: Senior Associate Counsel
Salary: $117,785 - $147,232
Open & Closing Dates: 11/09/2023 - Open Until Filled
Agency: Office of the Inspector General/ Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Location: New York City, New York
Hours: 37.5 per week; Full-Time – 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7.5 hours/day)
Office of the MTA Inspector General
The Office of the MTA Inspector General (MTA/OIG) is a New York State Authority created as an independent oversight entity to review the operations of the MTA, MTA affiliates and all their subsidiaries, including: the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR), Metro-North Railroad (MNR), New York City Transit (NYC Transit), MTA Bridges & Tunnels (TBTA), MABSTOA, MTA Bus Company, Staten Island Rapid Transit, MTA Construction & Development (C&D), and MTA Grand Central Madison Concourse Operating Company. The MTA/OIG performs audits and conducts investigations into complaints from any source, including commuters and members of the public who access our MTA network, or upon its own initiative. It is the mission of the MTA/OIG to promote safety, economy and efficiency in MTA agencies and programs while also detecting and deterring waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct.
The MTA/OIG includes attorneys, auditors, investigators, administrative and executive staff.
Reporting directly to the General Counsel, the Senior Associate Counsel supports the OIG’s mission to conduct confidential inquiries and investigations into allegations of fraud, waste and abuse in the operations and management of the MTA, its subsidiary agencies, and contractors by providing legal advice and counsel to management and staff throughout the OIG. The Senior Associate Counsel position is a senior level counsel with extensive knowledge of general legal matters, including but not limited to, litigation, procurement, employment, federal, state and local civil and criminal statutes, regulations and MTA rules and procedures.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- At the direction of the General Counsel, serves as a legal advisor, responsible for several mandatory functions including, among others, handling New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and issues; serving as OIG’s record retention officer; and advising on matters relating to Reasonable Accommodation, Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and other workplace rights.
- Handles all aspects of responding to OIG FOIL requests, keeps appropriate records of OIG FOIL process, and maintains OIG FOIL manual.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of New York State Open Meetings Law and provides assistance and feedback on OIG meetings as needed.
- Maintains awareness of current New York State government transparency developments.
- Handles all aspects of the OIG record retention process, including keeping appropriate records of OIG record retention and disposition process and maintaining the OIG Records Retention Manual.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of applicable New York State record retention laws and regulations and awareness of current record retention techniques and developments.
- Provides leadership, guidance, assistance, training, and feedback to the OIG record retention team on OIG record retention processes.
- Serves as liaison with New York State Archives and other New York record retention agencies.
- Provides guidance, assistance, training, and feedback with respect to OIG reasonable accommodation requests, including review and consultation on any proposed accommodation approvals and denials before issuance.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations concerning medical and disability reasonable accommodations.
- Maintains Reasonable Accommodations Process Manual.
- Handles all EEO complaints at OIG, including processing complaint intake, investigating thoroughly, referring a matter as appropriate, and maintaining appropriate records of OIG EEO matters.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations concerning EEO at the OIG workplace.
- Maintains awareness of EEO investigative techniques and developments.
- Provides guidance, assistance, and feedback with respect to equal employment complaints and issues.
- Provides guidance, assistance, and feedback on OIG office policies.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations concerning office policies at the OIG workplace.
- Assist with reviewing and drafting OIG policies, forms, manuals, and handbooks as needed.
- Provides guidance, assistance, and feedback to the OIG procurement team on OIG purchases and contracts, including reviewing and drafting OIG contracts as needed.
- Maintains familiarity with all aspects of applicable New York State contract and procurement laws and regulations.
- Assists with litigation and represents the MTA OIG in judicial and administrative proceedings.
- Represents the MTA OIG at meetings with external Federal, State, and local agencies, officials of the MTA, MTA affiliates and their subsidiaries and contractors, as required.
- Maintains familiarity with OIG planning, conducting, and reporting on audit and investigative inquiries regarding all MTA-associated operations and management.
- Maintains awareness of current technology developments affecting case and office management.
- Provides legal and technical assistance to OIG Investigative and Audit staff as needed.
- Develops appropriate recommendations to improve OIG operations, cost-efficiency, and safety.
- Develops and maintains professional working relationships and continually gains knowledge of evolving MTA agency operations.
- Conducts applicable legal research and analyzes documents as needed.
- Draft legal documents as needed.
- Attends Senior Staff meetings.
- Travel within the MTA geographic jurisdiction may be required.
- Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel or the Inspector General.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited educational institution and a Juris Doctor from an accredited law school.
- Minimum of ten years of legal experience in, including the substantial experience in state or local government, including litigation, legal research, brief writing, and appeals.
- Admission to the New York State Bar is required.
- Demonstrated analytical skills, critical thinking skills, impartial judgment, and research aptitude.
- Excellent oral and written communication and legal research skills.
- Excellent oral skills for interviewing with experience required.
- Excellent writing skills for documenting interviews, summarizing evaluation findings, and drafting reports.
- Knowledge of NYS Freedom of Information Law and Open Meetings Law.
- Knowledge of NYS government procurement rules and processes.
- Knowledge of NYS, NYC, and federal laws and rules relating to employment, including Equal Employment and Reasonable Accommodations, among others.
- Knowledge of governmental investigative policies and procedures and reporting requirements preferred but not required.
- Knowledge of federal, state, and local civil and criminal laws, rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to civil and criminal investigations preferred but not required.
- Knowledge of investigative practices of Inspectors General or other governmental investigative agencies preferred but not required.
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Ability to work as a member of a team, fostering a supportive, respectful, and collaborative environment with professional, investigative and support staff.
- Ability to handle matters and responsibilities while maintaining careful attention to detail, accuracy, and deadlines.
- Technical proficiency including knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office 365 suite and modules, eDiscovery platforms and case management software.
- Ability to handle multiple projects while maintaining careful attention to detail and accuracy.
- Ability to interact effectively with department and agency staff, senior management and executive staff within the MTA/OIG and external offices and agencies.
- Subject to the approval of the General Counsel, this position is authorized for tele-working.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity.
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, writing sample, 3 references, and cover letter to: