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Senior Associate Counsel, Real Estate Development

Job ID: 6252
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Real Estate Development
Date Posted: Jun 11, 2024


JOB TITLE:                Senior Associate Counsel – Real Estate Development
SALARY RANGE:      $165,000 – $190,000
HAY POINTS:             1056
DEPT/DIV:                  General Counsel
SUPERVISOR:           Deputy General Counsel Unit Chief Real Estate Planning & Development
LOCATION:                2 Broadway 
HOURS OF WORK:   9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (7 1/2 hours/day)
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.
The position will represent MTA in connection with real estate, contracting, transactional and commercial related legal matters so as to protect and preserve MTA’s legal interests and help monetize its real property interests, by assisting with and overseeing complex joint development and transit-oriented transactions, capital projects and transit improvements. The position will work collaboratively with the MTA real estate transit-oriented development and planning department within MTA C&D as well as with the MTA real estate department and other MTA attorneys to efficiently and cost-effectively facilitate the use, acquisition and disposition of real property interests and other assets on development projects, public-private partnerships with a transit improvement components, capital projects and securing subway entrance enhancements and accessibility initiatives.
  • Review, analyze, draft and negotiate a broad variety of complex real estate related contracts and documents, including easements, leases, land disposition agreements, licenses and permits.
  • Provide legal and business advice with regard to complex enterprise-wide contract negotiations for real estate related matters.
  • Assist with the administration of the Real Estate Development legal group, including (i) management and control of and responsibility for drafting/updating of real estate boilerplate form documentation and a real estate form library, with a heavy emphasis on leases, licenses, easements and permits and (ii) implementation of legal training program.
  • As time permits, provide legal support in other practice areas in support of MTA’s mission, including proposed and enacted legislation, contractor responsibility, corporate issues and state and federal rules and regulations.
  • Provide legal support to the MTA Real Estate Transit Oriented Development and MTA Construction & Development teams.
  • Advise MTA Real Estate Transit-Oriented Development team and business unit clients regarding legal and business risks.
  • Select, develop and motivate personnel within the department. Provide career development for subordinates. Provide prompt and effective coaching and counseling. Responsible for discipline/termination of employees when necessary. Review performance of staff. Create a professional environment that respects individual differences and enables all employees to develop and contribute to their full potential.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Excellent negotiating, drafting, and practice-management skills and business judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on contract negotiations of significant size and complexity, manage multiple projects and clients in a fast-paced environment, and work on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement, manage, organize, and update real estate legal documentation form files and database.
  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, problem solving, organizational, drafting and communication skills.
  • Ability to identify creative, business-oriented solutions to legal and business risks.
  • Intellectual curiosity and a desire to continue to learn and think creatively.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with all internal levels within a given organization, including the MTA Board.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact well with external agencies. External agencies may include the Governor’s Office for New York State, New York City government, elected and other public officials, as well as any staff located at other federal or state agencies or authorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a high-profile, high-pressure environment effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with key internal and/or external stakeholders.
  • Must have strong managerial skills to effectively direct a staff of professional and technical employees in implementing the short- and long-term goals and direction for the area of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete short- and long-term projects effectively and as efficiently as possible.
  • Demonstrated analytical capabilities and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite or comparable applications, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Familiarity with the MTA’s policies and procedures
  • Law Degree. Must possess a NYS license to practice law.
  • Minimum eight (8) years’ experience of relevant legal experience at a large law firm or supporting a large governmental or private section required
  • Minimum six (6) years’ experience on sophisticated real estate development transactions.
  • Pertinent experience drafting and negotiating contracts under NY law.
  • Working knowledge of New York Real Property Law, New Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, New York Lien Law, New York Public Authorities Law and pertinent provisions of New York General Obligations Law.
Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).
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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