Associate Counsel

Counsel's Office

The State University Construction Fund (Fund), a New York State entity dedicated solely to the State University of New York's building and infrastructure assets at 32 campuses and 3 teaching hospitals, is seeking an Associate Counsel to join our team at our office in Albany, NY. The Associate Counsel will be responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to the State University Construction Fund (Fund), in legal matters and transactions to ensure compliance with legal requirements, to support the Fund's strategic plans and mission, and to identify and creatively address potential legal issues/concerns.

Duties include advising the Fund on a broad range of legal issues to progress the Fund's mission, including procurement, design, construction, contract, insurance, real estate, MBE/WBE, environmental, legislation, litigation and employment issues. The Associate Counsel will also provide management and administrative advice in addition to legal counsel.

Specific Duties and Functions:

  • Represent the Fund or coordinate and direct outside counsel, including the Attorney General's Office, in connection with administrative proceedings, liens and litigation involving the Fund.
  • Develop and revise appropriate legal strategy for the resolution of claims, disputes and the handling of trials/hearings.
  • Conduct and manage necessary and appropriate discovery, hearings, trials, depositions, oral arguments, mediations, arbitrations and similar proceedings.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions to Fund staff on State government issues, including but not limited to procurement, construction, insurance, environmental matters, labor relations and legislation.
  • Draft, review, negotiate, and interpret a variety of agreements and associated documents to implement the Fund's billion dollar construction program.
  • Create, update, analyze and manage forms and legal documents for the procurement and administration of construction, design, consultant and vendor services necessary for the delivery of the Fund's projects.
  • Advise, communicate and confer with Fund and SUNY Campus staff in a variety of disciplines as part of a team, rendering clear, unambiguous legal opinions and advice to promote Fund objectives and resolve issues related to construction project implementation.
  • Interact and negotiate with construction and consultant entities and insurance industry personnel.
  • Keep the Counsel apprised of any significant legal and policy issues that may arise in connection with the various matters to which the Associate Counsel is assigned.
  • Prepare legislation; render advice with respect to the formulation, coordination and execution of the Fund's legislative program, and prepare reports to the Governor with respect to legislation before him for action.
  • Render legal advice with respect to general corporate matters such as FOIL requests, insurance matters, and systems issues.
  • Supervise employees as required.
  • Perform other duties/projects as requested by the Counsel and/or General Manager.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, and licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of New York at the time of hire and throughout employment. 5-10 years of legal experience, preferably in a private practice setting or as an in-house counsel dealing with construction, public procurement, and insurance law. Experience with Contract Law required. Litigation, personal injury, and government defense experience will be a plus.

Applicants must be able to work well under pressure, be flexible and able to adapt and manage multiple wide-ranging matters and conflicting deadlines. The ability to proactively identify, prioritize and resolve legal issues quickly and effectively is essential.

Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, analytical and conceptual skills and the ability to oversee a project(s) or program(s) as necessary for completion. Exceptional interpersonal skills are necessary for success. Professional temperament and demeanor are essential traits.

Proficient in Microsoft Office. Travel may be required throughout New York State.

The Fund offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package, including New York State retirement, generous health, dental, vacation, sick and personal time.