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Senior Vice President Contracts & Deputy General Counsel

Job ID: 7390
Business Unit: MTA Construction & Development
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Construction Contracts
Date Posted: May 23, 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.



Senior Vice President Contracts and Deputy General Counsel


Construction & Development


Contracts/Construction Contracts


Executive Vice President General Counsel & Contracts


2 Broadway


9:00 AM to 5:30 PM or as required (7.5HR/ DAY)




$160,675 to $210,886


Open Until Filled




This position is a high-ranking officer of MTA C&D, reporting to the EVP, General Counsel & Contracts Department Head. 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 Tower Lead, this position will supervise and be responsible for multiple Business Unit leads, who 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 supervise and be responsible for business unit leads for large integrated projects that encompass many of these categories.



Responsible for all Business Units and contracts under its tower, 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 the formal procurement process. This includes:


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


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


Helping 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 holder of this position 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 and must understand the complexities of large infrastructure projects involving transit and rail systems, bridges and tunnels.


The holder of this position 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. 


Further, the holder of this position will be responsible for drafting, soliciting, awarding, and managing consultant contracts to support the capital program.


The holder of this position 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-of-the-art and developing technology and complex data, signaling, and communications systems.


The holder of this position will need to manage 3-4 Business Units, each with a lead and 5-7 staff positions, and be able to analyze problems and develop solutions to perform in this position effectively.  For example, in a single day, the holder of this position will have to review, assess, and make decisions related to complex construction issues on significant 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. 


The holder of this position assumes the responsibilities of the EVP & General Counsel in their absence.


Education and Experience


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

Excellent academic credentials.


At least ten (10) years in high-level legal positions in a law firm, a governmental legal office, or a company's in-house legal department.

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


Significant experience as the lead lawyer on sophisticated public works projects and related litigation matters.


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.


Other Information

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”).

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 those 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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