Special Counsel

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Hiring Organization  New York City Housing Authority
Post Name  Special Counsel
Qualification  Any Graduate
Industry  Government
Employment Type  Full Time
Work Hours  8 Hours
Salary  USD 22 To USD 26 Per Hour
 Location   New York City, New York, United States 10007  

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest public housing authority with more than 168,000 apartments and over 370,000 residents. NYCHAs mission is to provide quality housing for New Yorkers that is sustainable.

Inclusive, and safe while fostering opportunities for economic mobility. NYCHA also administers a citywide Section 8 leased housing program that serves over 200,000 tenants. Since the 2019 Agreement between NYCHA, and the Department of Housing & Urban.


Development (HUD), and the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), NYCHA has been working under a Federal Monitor structure. The HUD Agreement sets the requirement to create a new Organizational Plan in collaboration.

The Federal Monitor sets forth various compliance-related targets for NYCHA across major operational Pillar areas including Lead, Mold, Heat, Elevators, Pest, Waste Management, and Inspections.

Your Team:

The Office of Strategy & Innovation (S&I) works with all parts of the Authority to make positive changes in how we deliver services to our residents. Uniting strategic planning and performance management teams, our goal is to ensure that we are using.

Service design and data-driven techniques, as well as introducing innovative tools to improve operational efficiency and the resident’s experience. S&I responsibilities include coordinating the Authority’s efforts with the Federal.

Monitor and lead the organizational planning efforts called The Transformation Plan, which was released. NYCHAs Transformation Plan sets out the strategic vision for NYCHAs ongoing reform efforts.

Your Impact:

The Special Counsel will:


  • Support the Pillar teams, which are the front-line staff responsible for implementing changes required by the HUD Agreement.
  • Ensure that consensus is reached among NYCHA, HUD, SDNY, and the Monitor team on HUD Agreement-based priorities and initiatives.
  • Strengthen connections between Transformation Planning efforts and HUD Agreement Pillar teamwork.
  • Advise on compliance impacts of Transformation Planning efforts and help shape new programs.

Your Role:

The Special Counsel is the primary liaison between Federal oversight partners including HUD, SDNY, the Monitor Team, and NYCHA, and coordinates activities related to the HUD Agreement by working with all parts of the Authority to align efforts on reform and compliance.

Primary Responsibilities of the Special Counsel:

  • The responsibilities of the Special Counsel include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide guidance to operations-based teams on HUD Agreement requirements and help develop plans to achieve compliance.
  • Support operations-based teams in meetings with the Monitor team, HUD, and SDNY.
  • Draft responses to requests for information from the Monitor team, HUD, and SDNY.
  • Help resolve disputes and ambiguities that arise in connection with achieving HUD Agreement goals.
  • Ensure compliance with HUD Agreement deadlines by coordinating across Authority departments to align the work of all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Perform regulatory assessments of operational proposals in order to understand a variety of impacts, including feasibility and fiscal return.
  • Work with NYCHAs Performance Tracking Department to ensure reliable tracking and reporting of NYCHAs progress toward meeting operational and organizational milestones per the HUD Agreement.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive team and other Authority departments on how to improve performance towards HUD Agreement goals.
  • Monitor select capital and operating projects, as relevant to the HUD Agreement, from the planning to completion to ensure appropriate goals and timelines are met.
  • Manage projects related to the Transformation Plan or Pillar Areas as needed to effectuate operational improvements and/or policy changes.

Key Competencies:

  • Ability to quickly absorb complex, technical documents and brief executive staff.
  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively, often under short deadlines.
  • Practiced in facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings designed to achieve consensus on objectives.
  • Ability to perform complex tasks and manage multiple projects with limited supervision and in a timely manner.
  • Experience collaborating with a diversity of cultures and sensitivity to the challenges of low-income populations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including verbal and written communications, executive staff management, and conflict resolution.

SPECIAL NOTE: Effective August 16, 2021, all persons newly hired for employment by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) must provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to beginning their employment.

Except for those who obtain an exception due to medical or religious reasons through the reasonable accommodation process. After receiving a conditional offer of employment from NYCHA, an applicant for employment must.

Provide proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine within a reasonable period of time. Failure by the applicant to provide NYCHA with proof of having received at least one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will result in NYCHA revoking.

The conditional offer, unless the applicant obtains an exception through the reasonable accommodation process. Any person who begins their employment with NYCHA after providing proof of having received only one dose in a 2-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Will also be required to provide NYCHA with proof of receipt of a second dose within 30 days of the first dose. Failure to do so will result in termination. Please read this posting carefully to make certain you meet the minimum qualification requirements.

Before applying to this position. Minimum Qual Requirements Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have.

Been under the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial, or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work. Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

Preferred Skills A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a Juris doctorate. A minimum of 5-10 years of work experience with the local or federal government or at a law firm or legal advocacy organization. Experience in housing or environmental law.

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