Serving approximately 8.4 million people, the government of New York City addresses some of the greatest urban challenges in the world. Within that government, the Mayor’s Office of Appointments (MOA) is responsible for helping the Mayor choose candidates for more than 300 boards and commissions vital to the operation and growth of the City. Additionally, MOA serves a critical role by providing talent recruitment and development support for the Administration, helping to build a strategy to create a sustainable and diverse talent pipeline for the Administration’s senior leadership positions.
To assist our office in its service to the City, we’re looking for a self-motivated individual to serve on a team that manages a suite of innovative programs that help strengthen and diversify the leadership for the government of the City of New York.
About the Team
The Mayor’s Office of Appointments team works to place candidates in senior staff positions throughout the Mayor’s Office and city agencies, and to build relationships required to successfully accomplish these placements. The Legal & Vetting team operates within MOA by performing research and vetting assistance for MOA, other mayoral offices, and city agencies. MOA’s Legal & Vetting team performs vital research and investigation for commissioner and deputy mayor level appointments. As well, the MOA Legal & Vetting team shepherds mayoral nominations through the advice and consent process with the NYC Council.
About the Job
Reporting to the Senior Counsel & Director of Vetting in the Mayor’s Office of Appointments (“MOA”), the Special Counsel will be part of MOA’s legal and vetting team conducting research for all city wide mayoral appointments and responding to appointment related legal team inquiries.
- Vetting: Conduct and manage vetting at all levels to assess candidates’ fitness to hold the public trust, to identify any flags that may suggest the candidate is not committed to our public service mission, and to identify anything in the candidate’s background that could embarrass the candidate, the Mayor, or the City should the candidate be appointed.
- Communication: Serve as an internal and external legal liaison, clearly, promptly, and cordially communicating timelines and expectations with both MOA colleagues and outside stakeholders.
- Legal Research: Conduct and delegate legal research and produce memoranda on legal, policy, and other topics related to the legal team’s work.
- City Council Advice and Consent: Collaborate with the Boards & Commissions team, Director, Deputy Director, and other City Hall staff to guide candidates through the City Council advice and consent process, including but not limited to: conducting research on salient issues affecting the board, commission, or agency the candidate will serve on, drafting City Council questionnaire responses and testimonies, posing hypothetical questions and scenarios for candidates during prep sessions, and providing live updates during City Council Rules Committee hearings.
- General: Analyzing and interpreting laws, court decisions, legal authorities, and other legal documents as needed. Ensuring compliance with conflict of interest and privacy rules. Responding to legal inquiries from MOA staff.
- A law degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
- Minimum of two to three years of legal experience.
- Excellent communication, writing, analytical, and organizational skills.
- Flexibility to quickly shift work priorities to meet the demands of time-sensitive projects.
- Superb research skills with the ability to synthesize large amounts of information for presentation to stakeholders and principals, including the Mayor.
- Strong problem solving skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to develop and execute a strategic plan to meet goals without significant oversight.
- Ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited review of overall results.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, and maintain the security of confidential documentation.
- An understanding of New York City’s operational agencies and political environment is a plus.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City Residency Is Required Within 90 Days Of Appointment
The City Of New York And The Office Of The Mayor Are Equal Opportunity Employers