The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking an architect to serve as the Deputy Chief Architect for the Real Estate Finance Bureau (REF) located in New York City. The candidate shall serve as the deputy to the REF’s Chief Architect.
REF, through Article 23-A of the New York General Business Law (the “Martin Act”) and governing regulations, regulates the public offer and sale of real estate securities, including cooperative interests in realty such as cooperatives, condominiums, timeshares, homeowner associations, and syndications. The Martin Act requires sponsors (or developers) of cooperative interests in realty to submit a prospectus or offering plan to REF before offering or selling any units or apartments to the public. REF also regulates the conversion of rental buildings to condominiums or cooperatives as well as affordable housing developments that include the offer of cooperative interests in realty. REF architects and engineers review building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property submitted to REF as part of the offering plan to ensure compliance with REF’s regulations.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:
Applicants must be New York State licensed architects with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in building code and zoning compliance, as well as construction inspection and project management. Applicants also must be familiar with the processes of New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and other similar authorities throughout the State. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required. All applicants should have a strong understanding of the design, components, and systems of various buildings. The applicant’s experience should also include working with building design and building inspection. Familiarity with the New York State Building Code is also desirable. In addition to all of the foregoing qualifications, the ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years of experience working with new and existing multiple dwellings, preferably within New York City. The selected candidate will apply the above skills to reviewing real estate offering plans, including building plans and specifications, building condition reports, and descriptions of property.
This is a supervisory position, therefore applicants must have at least two (2) years of experience as a manager, in addition to experience reviewing building plans and specifications. The selected candidate will assist the Chief Architect with supervision of a team of architects and engineers engaged in regulatory review of offering plans. Supervisory tasks include managing workloads, tracking review deadlines, assisting in training new staff, and working with interns. The selected candidate will also assist REF’s Chief Architect in modernizing REF’s architectural and engineering review process, including identifying redundant regulatory oversight already conducted by other agencies.
Review building plans and specifications, descriptions of property, and building condition reports to ensure disclosure of information is in compliance with the Martin Act and its applicable regulations.
Review submitted drawings approved by the local jurisdictions and related reports to ensure disclosure in offering plans and amendments are accurate.
Prepare and issue written deficiency letters to attorneys for property developers concerning regulatory and statutory compliance within statutorily set timeframes.
Participate in discussions with team members to determine appropriate comments in deficiency letters.
Additional Salary Information: Will be discussed during interview.
Internal Number: REF_DCA_NYC_6082
About New York State Office of the Attorney General
As head of the Department of Law, the Attorney General is both the “People's Lawyer” and the State's chief legal officer. As the “People's Lawyer,” the Attorney General serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York, its organizations and its natural resources. In fulfilling the duties of the State’s chief legal counsel, the Attorney General not only advises the Executive branch of State government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State.
The Attorney General serves all New Yorkers in numerous matters affecting their daily lives.The Attorney General's Office is charged with the statutory and common law powers to protect consumers and investors, charitable donors, the public health and environment, civil rights, and the rights of wage-earners and businesses across the State.
The Attorney General's authority also includes the activities and investigations of the State Organized Crime Task Force and Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. While the Attorney General acts independently of the Governor, the Governor or a state agency may request the Attorney General to undertake specific criminal investigations and prosecutions.
The legal fu...nctions of the Department of Law are divided primarily into five major divisions: Appeals and Opinions, State Counsel, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice and Social Justice.
Over 1,800 employees, including over 700 attorneys, as well as forensic accountants, legal assistants, scientists, investigators, and support staff, serve in the Office of the Attorney General in many locations across New York State.
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