Special Education Unit Appeals Attorney (Level 3)
Compensation: $115,716.67 - $203,780.00 /year *
Employment Type: Full-Time
Industry: Education - Excluding Post Secondary
Position Summary : Under the supervision of the Special Education Appeals Unit Managing Attorney, with latitude for independent judgment and decision-making, the Special Education Unit Appeal Attorney engages in difficult and complex legal work and supervisory review of work products which have significant financial, procedural, or policy consequences. Performs related work. Reports to: Special Education Appeals Unit Managing Attorney Direct Reports: SEU Attorneys and Special Education Community Associates Key Relationships: Works closely with the Special Education staff, including the Special Education Office, Committees on Special Education, the Office of School Support, and the staff in the Office of Legal Services and the Office of Corporation Counsel. Responsibilities Reviews administrative and judicial decisions in special education matters for possible appeal. Determines the advisability of appealing cases to the Office of State Review upon examination of the Impartial Hearing record. Conducts legal research. Drafts appellate documents. Reviews and responds to appeals of Impartial Hearing Orders. Acts as liaison to the Office of the Corporation Counsel for special education matters appealed to the State and Federal Court. Reviews court petitions and answers, discusses legal strategies, and attends court conferences. Is responsible for the maintenance of appeal files and databases. Reviews decisions for tracking issues and significant trends; takes appropriate action. Negotiates the settlement of appeals of special education claims. Reviews, investigates, and as appropriate, negotiates and finalizes settlement of IDEA claims filed with the DOE. Reviews, revises, and approves agreements prepared by staff attorneys. Analyzes, studies, and reports on the effects of City, State, and Federal legislation. Qualification Requirements: Minimum Admission to the New York State Bar AND three (3) years of progressively responsible United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar. NOTE: Selected candidates must remain members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of their employment. Applicants who have a client with a legal or business matter pending against, before or with the DOE must obtain such clients consent to apply for employment with the DOE. If invited to interview for this position, such applicants are required to disclose the nature of such matters at the interview. Preferred Ability to write clearly and concisely. Excellent legal research skills. Ability to understand provisions of applicable laws and regulations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Appellate experience. Settlement experience. Supervisory experience. Internal candidates preferred. Salary: $96,216 (Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.) Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application . Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible. NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at Required Skills Required Experience
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