New York State Public Employees Federation

Associate Counsel

Based in Albany, NY


Position Summary:
NY State Public Employees Federation AFL-CIO represents 54,000 public sector employees. The incumbent will assist the Director of Contract Administration in the monitoring and enforcement of the contract that PEF negotiates. 


  • Bachelor's Degree;
  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school (3 year post-graduate program);
  • Admission, in good standing, to practice before New York and federal courts; 
  • No outside practice is permitted (after being hired).

Key Functions:

  1. As assigned by the Director of Contract Administration, acts as a PEF staff representative for negotiations. Can be part of a negotiation team or may be delegated responsibility for a particular negotiation project.
  2. Drafts and reviews contract proposals. Responsible for collecting and analyzing information to support PEF negotiation positions and can defend them at the negotiating table.
  3. Provides consistent and reliable advice on contract interpretation and intent. Analyzes contract grievances and recommends to the Director of Contract Administration if they should be advances to arbitration.
  4. Researches and presents cases in the triage and expedited arbitration process. May present the cases at arbitration as assigned by the Director of Contract Administration.
  5. Assists the Director of Contract Administration in researching and negotiating issues on the Executive Level Labor/Management Agenda.
  6. Assists the Director of Contract Administration in “troubleshooting” various contract-related issues that require contact with the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.
  7. Assists with the education and training of PEF leaders on various matters related to PEF Contracts.
  8. Assists the Labor/Management Coordinator with various projects emanating from the Statewide Labor/Management Committees.
  9. Serves as an essential staff person on various PEF Contract committees.
  10. Develops communication to PEF Leadership and Staff on matters related to contract interpretation, Labor/Management Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, contract proposals, grievance processing and other matters.
  11. Assists the Legislative Department on proposals impacting on the terms and conditions of employment, including drafting legislation and negotiating the proposal on behalf of PEF.
  12. Under the direction of the General Counsel, may litigate in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Board on Contract Administration-related matters.
  13. As assigned by the Director of Contract Administration, will perform such other duties that are related to and consistent with the duties described herein.
  14. Consistent and reliable attendance.

Salary and Benefits: 
Starting salary is $73,334 (negotiable based on experience). 

* This position is contingent for the first year as there is a one year hold by the incumbent until c.o.b. March 1, 2022 pursuant to the PEF/USW collective bargaining agreement.*

PEF also offers excellent benefits such as:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group Paid Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401-k with Profit Share  
  • Pension Plan through SEIU
  • Paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their résumé to: HR@PEF.org.

NY State Public Employees Federation (PEF) is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to engaging a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status.

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