As Counsel, this position is responsible for serving as the lead Corporate Administration Counsel for the NFTA and Metro and supporting the Surface and Property Business Centers. This is highly responsible legal work, characterized by a variety of professional level duties and responsibilities involving the delivery of legal services of a complex nature. Work involves the review and/or preparation of complex legal documents, the preparation of briefs and legal opinions, and the preparation and review of resolutions of a complex nature. Responsibilities also include representation of NFTA or various departments in administrative proceedings. Work is performed under the general direction of the General Counsel and is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and evaluation of results achieved.
The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
• Providing legal support to the Surface (Metro bus; Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRRT) and Property (commercial leasing) Business Centers.
• Negotiates transactions and agreements, including complex property and business deals, settlement of both litigated and non-litigated disputes, leases, easements, procurements, and software licenses.
• Coordinates the execution of major projects, including assigning, reviewing, and processing tasks from other departments.
• Drafts and/or reviews contracts and other legal documents.
• Handles NFTA corporate administration process, including preparation of and oversight of Board resolution process, interpretation of and amendments to corporate by-laws, interpretation of enabling legislation, legal advice on all procurement issues, preparation of procurement guidelines, legal opinions regarding Freedom of Information Law, Open Meetings Law, Personal Privacy, Protection Act, Hatch Act, Public Officers Law and preparation of regulations.
• Conducts legal research concerning legal problems or projects, and prepares reports, memoranda and opinions containing proposed or recommended courses of action.
• Conducts investigations and interviews based upon alleged or potential legal problems, and prepare reports or opinions based upon findings made.
• Represents various departments in administrative proceedings.
• Prepares resolutions and other proposed laws, rules, and regulations.
• Prepares leases, contracts, and other legal documents.
• Represents the Authority on various outside committees.
• Conducting compliance functions.
• Assisting the NFTA Grants Department in complying with the laws, rules, and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration.
• Perform additional duties and tasks as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research. Thorough knowledge of the laws of New York, institutional law, local legislation pertaining to NFTA, public transportation laws, rules and regulations of the Federal Transit Administration, and administrative law and regulations. Knowledge of property values and surveying practices. Knowledge of appraisal methods and practices. Knowledge of real estate title search, verification, and valuation work. Considerable knowledge of real property contracts and leases. Considerable knowledge of requirements of forms, content and recording necessary to validate documents involved in real estate transactions. Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with government officials, employees, court officials, and the general public. Ability to draft legal instruments, proposed legislation, and legal opinions. Ability to effectively represent the NFTA in administrative proceedings. Ability to understand technical documents relating to property.
Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds).
Work is performed in usual office conditions with rare exposure to disagreeable environmental factors.
Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree, possession of a State of New York license as a practicing attorney and admission to the New York State Bar and five (5) years of professional experience as an attorney, which includes a minimum of two (2) years of experience pertaining to the public sector and governmental law. The ideal candidate will possess prior in-house legal experience for a governmental entity.
Send NFTA employment application, resume and cover letter specifying the job number 013-21-N to:
NFTA Human Resources
181 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.