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Attorney / Senior Advisor to the Inspector General

Job ID: 38947
Department: Inspector General
Location: Hoboken

Responsibilities

The Port Authority of NY & NJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) works to keep the Agency corruption-free. The Office of Inspector General detects, receives, and investigates allegations of fraud, corruption, waste, and abuse with respect to employees, or other individuals or organizations doing business with the Port Authority, who attempt to corrupt or unlawfully interfere with Port Authority operations.

The Office of Inspector General is seeking a Senior Advisor / Counsel to join their team. Under the supervision of the Inspector General and the Deputy Inspector General/Director of Investigations, the Senior Advisor:

  • Serves as Legal Counsel to OIG
    • Provides strategic legal advice to OIG personnel.   
    • Research legal issues and prepares legal memoranda and advisory opinions.
    • Maintains current knowledge of relevant changes in case law and legislation that may impact the office.
    • Develops policy and procedure recommendations and correlated implementation strategies that result from investigations or substantive changes in applicable laws.
    • Assists in supervision and training of investigative staff on legal matters.
  • Conducts sensitive investigations
    • Leads or participates in investigations as appropriate, including formulating investigative strategy, interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, evaluating legal and factual bases for cases.
  • Oversees and participates in civil litigation
    • Investigates and participates, in conjunction with the Law Department, in preparing and prosecuting affirmative civil litigation matters including but not limited to actions to recover for fraud and false claims.

 

  • Manages the Whistleblower Retaliation Investigation Unit
    • Manages investigations of allegations made by PA employees and contractors that were retaliated against for having made a covered report to the Office of Inspector General.  With the Executive Director’s emphasis placed on Integrity and having created an Integrity Program, the investigation of Whistleblower complaints of retaliation is an important component of that Integrity Program. 

 

    • Manages staff who participates in investigations of whistleblower retaliation allegations, including formulating investigative strategy, interviewing witnesses, reviewing evidence, evaluating legal and factual basis for cases.

 

  • Serves as liaison to intra-agency, inter-agency, and third-party legal and compliance units
    • Liaises with law enforcement partners, agency legal department on matters of importance to the OIG.
    • Drafts and negotiates agreements, certifications and other documents based upon a thorough and objective evaluation of relevant facts and circumstances.
    • Supervises compliance with and responses to procedural demands and requests made upon the OIG, including Freedom of Information Act requests, litigation holds, and subpoenas.  Maintains records to protect the accountability of the OIG in connection with such requests.
  • Performs special assignments
    • As requested by the Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General/Director of Investigations or his/her designees, undertakes special assignments.

 

Qualifications

Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • A Member in Good Standing of the Bar (any U.S. jurisdiction)
  • At least 7 years of post - J.D. experience

Desired

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Strong criminal and/or civil litigation experience.
  • Demonstrates good judgment and initiative in the planning, conducting, and disposing of cases and investigations, providing reasonable recommendations, well substantiated determinations, and appropriate referrals.
  • Demonstrates good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to anticipate legal issues or risks.
  • Demonstrates excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrates general legal knowledge.
  • Demonstrates legal and factual analytical ability.
  • Can carry out the responsibilities independently, with the utmost professionalism and integrity.
  • Properly identifies problems and can effectively resolve them; clearly informs others and makes referrals as needed.
  • Completes assignment within acceptable time frames
  • Effectively utilizes appropriate investigative techniques and resources, including thorough review of documents, correspondence, and records.
  • Adheres to professional standards of conduct and laws in carrying out assignments.

Our office places a high value on diversity of experiences and perspectives and encourages applications from all qualified men and women from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, veterans, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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