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Executive Counsel- Senior Advisor of Real Estate Services

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Our Client, a New York City agency is looking to hire a Senior Advisor of Real Estate Services who will report directly to the Deputy Commissioner and perform a broad range of oversight responsibilities. This position will play a crucial role advising the Deputy Commissioner and senior staff regarding business, legal, administrative, and strategic issues that arise across all units in the division. This includes Leasing and Acquisitions, Portfolio Planning and Management, Design and Project Management, Real Estate Financial Services, and Land Use and Property Dispositions.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Review business and legal terms of all agreements that require Commissioner/Deputy Commissioner signature including leases, licenses, permits, estoppel certificates, request for proposals, and purchase and sale agreements.
• Provide oversight into the preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of real estate transactional documents.
• Manage oversight of multiple projects from inception to completion, and ensure that project execution is timely, thorough, and represents the best interests of the City.
• Assist in developing strategic policies related to management of city-owned real estate.
• Analyze the status of critical projects for legal, business and policy issues from conception to completion.
• Review, advise, edit, amend, and/or negotiate any proposed legislation.
• Draft, update, and revise policies and procedures.
• Work closely with the Office of General Counsel, which is responsible for the development and review of legal documents necessary for the completion of legal real estate transactions.
• Navigate political sensitivities in highly visible, complex real estate projects.
• Oversee compliance and legal requirements of lease and concession actions.
• Perform high level oversight of property valuations, lease administration issues, revenue collection from our leased and licensed properties, city-wide lease audit, and other related services.
• Draft speeches, letters, correspondence, and press responses, etc., where they pertain to real estate issues for the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner as needed.
• Brief senior staff, representatives from the Mayor’s Office, elected officials, and other City agencies, on complex projects.
• Work closely with other lines of service, such as the Office of General Counsel, Facilities Management, Office of Procurement, Department of Energy Management, and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The Senior Advisor of Real Estate Services may advise on legal matters with the understanding that his or her opinions and recommendations do not constrain the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) in its ability to legally represent the agency according to its best judgment. For this reason, the Senior Advisor must work closely with OGC. Any legal documents pertinent to real estate transactions must be prepared by OGC unless specific permission is given by OGC and done under OCG supervision. For instance, the Senior Advisor will not prepare legal documents pertinent to real estate transactions unless it is under the supervision of the OGC and will consult with the OGC concerning any communications with counsel of outside entities.

Qualification Requirements
The candidate must have excellent academic credentials, a juris doctorate degree and at least three (3) years or more of experience in real estate, land use, economic development and/or policy.

Preferred Skills
• Strong experience in reviewing complex leases and other real property transactions and economic initiatives.
• Excellent research skills.
• Expertise with NYC Charter, Administrative Code, Zoning Resolutions, the ULURP process, and other legally relevant rules and laws for transactions.
• Ability to effectively multitask multiple projects.
• Flexibility to quickly reassess priorities.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Expertise with complex real estate, development, risk management, and dispute resolution issues.
• Familiarity with economic development regulations in New York City.
• Familiarity with New York City procurement rules.
• An understanding and interest in urban issues, especially New York City policy and operations, is preferred.
Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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