Staff Counsel

New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
New York

Job Description

The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCWP licenses more than 45,000 businesses in more than 40 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCWP protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCWP empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCWP also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCWP and its work, call 311 or visit DCWP at or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

DCWP is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Staff Counsel within the General Counsel Division, primarily focusing on investigation, enforcement, and litigation surrounding the City’s tobacco laws and initiatives. This individual will work closely with the Agency’s Licensing, Finance and Enforcement Divisions, and may serve as a point of contact with the office of the New York City Corporation Counsel, and other relevant agencies, as necessary. This position will also draft, edit and/or review tobacco-related laws and rules, and may help design and participate in outreach events.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Investigate and prosecute businesses engaged in illegal conduct;
• Draft orders authorizing the sealing of businesses engaged in illegal conduct related to the City’s tobacco laws;
• Draft summonses and complaints, and represent the Agency before the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and in State Court in matters concerning the enforcement of the City’s tobacco laws;
• Review license applications and conduct arm’s length transaction analysis;
• Oversee industry-wide regulatory compliance projects;
• Undertake legal research and draft memorandum on legal issues facing the agency;
• Draft general correspondence and legal documents;
• Negotiate and draft settlement agreements;
• Develop and draft proposed agency rules;
• Review and edit Licensing and outreach materials; and
• Participate in agency outreach and trainings for business and public education.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for these functions, as well as for special projects and assignments related to consumer or licensee issues or to DCWP’s operations. In addition, as part of these functions, the Staff Counsel is responsible for careful case project management and operational tasks necessary to support and effectuate this work.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). 
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills

• Litigation experience;
• Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, analytical, problem-solving and time management skills;
• Project management experience or the desire to gain project management experience;
• Proficient in conducting legal research and undertaking factual investigations, including reviewing documents and   conducting witness interviews and depositions;
• Demonstrated excellent legal research, writing skills and negotiation skills;
• Comfort with data-driven analysis and strategic planning;
• Able to effectively interact with multi-functional teams comprised of attorney and non-attorney staff;
• Able to effectively manage multiple priorities with competing deadlines; and
• References that can confirm legal skills.

Additional Information

In addition, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) offers competitive salaries and the following benefits:

Paid Time Off and Holidays
• Paid time off for vacation and personal leave
• Paid time off for sick leave
• A generous holiday package of up to 13 days

Health Benefits
• Medical insurance plans
• Dental and vision insurance plans
• Employee assistance program

Financial and Savings Benefits
• 529 college savings plan
• Direct deposit
• Flexible spending account programs
• New York City Municipal Credit Union savings program
• Transit benefit programs
• Loan forgiveness

Retirement and Pension Plans
• New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS) pension plan
• New York City Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) 401(k) and 457 plan

Additional Benefits for Union Members
• Disability insurance
• Health club reimbursements
• Life insurance
• Supplemental hospital coverage
• Tuition reimbursement
*Please note only employees represented by a labor union may qualify for additional benefits provided by the union welfare fund.

Employee Discounts
• Apple and Dell products
• Cell phones and plans
• Gym memberships
• Special pricing on event tickets through Barclay Center, Plum Benefits and Working Advantage
• And more!

To Apply

For Non-City/External Candidates: Click here to visit the External Applicant NYC Careers site and type “Consumer and Worker Protection” on the search line. Then locate the Job ID number 590498.

For Current City Employees: Visit Employee Self Service (ESS) to view and click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search by Job ID number.


*Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.

*55-a Candidates: NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage 55-A candidates to apply to our positions in order to be given the opportunity.

**The City of New York 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.

***LOAN FORGIVENESS: The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with DCWP qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:

*Drug Screening: A drug screening may be required prior to being appointed.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations that enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by others. If you are contacted to attend an interview for one of our open vacancies and would like to request an accommodation for that date, please send an email to

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Public Svc Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at

Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position

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