The Associate General Counsel, under the direction of the General Counsel and Senior Vice President, and Deputy General Counsel, and reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, provides support with transactional matters, legal and administrative compliance, and litigation matters. Supports the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel to draft and review contracts and ensure the Library’s compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

  • Develops, drafts and/or reviews contracts, leases, MOU’s, professional service agreements, and other legal agreements on behalf of the Library and the Queens Public Library Foundation. 
  • Successfully negotiates contracts for goods and services in the best interest of the organization.
  • Drafts construction contracts to meet the Library’s capital program needs, including the drafting of funding contracts with City requirements. 
  • Reviews and drafts intellectual property, technology, and related contracts.
  • Reviews and amends standard bid specifications, RFP’s, and contracts as needed/required. 
  • Reviews and interprets laws, statutes, and court rulings to ensure Library compliance; reviews and researches proposed legislation/local ordinances to determine potential impact on the organization; and prepares legal memoranda and/or other reports as needed.
  • Assists in litigation matters as required, including representing the Library at administrative hearings (e.g., OATH). Under the direction of the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, drafts and/or reviews legal documents, including litigation documents. 
  • Responds to FOIL requests, subpoenas, and other requests for records, including collection and review of responsive documents.
  • Working with the Foundation, advises on bequests and other donor-related matters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must be a graduate of an accredited law school with at least 5 years of experience and licensed to practice law in New York State.
  • Incumbent must remain a Member of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
  • The ideal candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously, with minimal supervision.
  • Well-organized and possessing superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Experience in a non-profit environment and/or with the drafting and review of public contracts preferred.


Queens Public Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Our mission is to transform lives by cultivating personal and intellectual growth and by building strong communities. Queens Public Library welcomes innovators and leaders to contribute to a long history and dynamic future of serving the most diverse county in the United States. Queens Public Library is a private, non-profit corporation serving 65 locations.

TO APPLY:  Please email your resume and cover letter to Execsearch@queenslibrary.org and reference “Associate General Counsel - QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 

Starting annual salary range is $115,000 - $125,000.

The Queens Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.