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The New York City Council, which is an equal opportunity employer, is seeking a Senior Land Use Attorney to work in its Planning & Land Use Division.


$100,000 to $130,000


Under the direction of the Division Director and General Counsel, the primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:

  • Review land use applications filed with Council and identify policy and technical issues.
  • Work with Division Project Managers and advise Council Members regarding citywide zoning text amendments.
  • Advise Division Project Managers and Council Members on assigned applications.
  • Supervise non-legal or paralegal staff in the preparation of calendar and other required notices.
  • Conduct research and interpret laws and regulations regarding land use matters.
  • Draft resolutions and legislation relating to land use matters.
  • Advise Council Members on legal and legislative matters, including the preparation of legal memoranda.
  • Assist in the conduct of Council hearings by the Land Use Committee and its subcommittees.
  • Prepare committee reports and resolutions.


  • A J.D. from an accredited school of law and admission to the New York State bar.
  • A minimum of two years of experience in land use, zoning and/or planning.
  • A strong working knowledge of government, the legislative process and familiarity with New York City and State law.
  • Excellent writing, legal research and analytical skills, strong communication and organizational abilities; must be detail-oriented and able to work with deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the New York City Zoning resolution and the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure is preferred.
  • Knowledge of New York City Building Code is preferred.
  • Experience with legislative drafting is preferred.
  • Knowledge of City and State environmental quality review law is preferred.


New York City residency required within 90 days of appointment.

For eligible employees, health, dental and vision insurance coverage are offered upon hire. Retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, group life insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, training resources, health & fitness reimbursement and wellness programs are also available. 

The New York City Council makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


Qualified candidates should forward their resume and a cover letter to:


MAIL:             New York City Council

Attn: Personnel Services/Recruiting (PLU-SLUA)

250 Broadway, 26th Floor

New York, New York 10007

FAX:               12124014711

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Council is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.