Executive Agency Counsel

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
New York

The NYC Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCA licenses more than 81,000 businesses in more than 50 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, DCA 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, DCA 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. DCA also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCA and its work, call 311 or visit DCA at nyc.gov/dca or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

The Office of Labor Policy and Standards (“the Office,” “OLPS”), which provides workers in New York City a voice in City government, is responsible for enforcing the city’s municipal labor laws such as the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, the Fair Workweek Laws, and the Commuter Benefits Law, implementing the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, expanding outreach and public education efforts to vulnerable workers, and conducting research and data analysis to recommend efforts to achieve workplace equity for women, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and other vulnerable workers. The Office’s Division of Paid Care also assists workers submit complaints regarding federal, state, and local labor and employment law violations and helps the Office coordinate with other government agencies, worker advocacy groups, as well as community, labor, and employment organizations.

A critical part of OLPS’ mission is to be the City’s focal point for workers’ rights issues. Building on the Office’s success implementing Paid Sick Leave and developing a Division of Paid Care, and with broader authority to protect workers’ rights, OLPS has a mandate to: pursue original research; develop new policy; help convene and coordinate among stakeholders including different branches and agencies of government to further workers’ rights; and conduct educational programs around workers’ rights. These lines of work require deep and sustained engagement with organizations and individuals that focus on worker rights issues, employers, business, and industry groups, and workers themselves.

DCA is seeking an experienced and results-driven Deputy Commissioner who will work closely with DCA’s Commissioner and Executive Staff to develop and execute the Office’s strategic initiatives, ensuring the measurable success of these initiatives and providing day-to-day oversight of the Office’s implementation and enforcement of municipal labor and employment laws. The Deputy Commissioner will also work collaboratively with the OLPS Senior Management Team on budgetary issues, legislative affairs, information technology, and personnel matters.

The Deputy Commissioner’s duties and responsibilities include managing the Office’s legal, investigative, research, policy, and outreach operations to ensure that the agency’s goals and objectives are achieved. The Deputy Commissioner will oversee the execution of strategic programmatic goals, including implementing new laws, initiating agency-directed investigations, introducing policy recommendations, and engaging with vulnerable worker populations and critical external stakeholders. The Deputy Commissioner will also present the results of OLPS’s work at public events including events involving the press. The Deputy Commissioner will also supervise the OLPS Senior Management Team, ensure their effective implementation of key program initiatives, the development and tracking of metrics associated with their program areas, and the supervision of their own teams. This includes reviewing work product by attorneys, investigators, research, and outreach staff.

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Executive-level leadership skills, including the ability to think and plan strategically and proven success developing and supporting high-performing, diverse work teams;
  • Extensive litigation experience, including investigations, trial work, and negotiations of complex cases involving violations of municipal laws;
  • Extensive management, operational, and administrative experience, including demonstrated effective track record implementing and ensuring success of strategic programmatic initiatives in tandem with day to day management of operations of overall organization;
  • Experience reviewing municipal legislation as well as drafting and promulgating regulations in compliance with the City Administrative Procedure Act;
  • Extensive experience with developing, tracking, and managing program metrics;
  • Experience administrating a multi-million dollar operations budget;
  • Knowledge of core Human Resource processes, labor and employment laws, and/or labor relations;
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills; ability to conceive and implement data-driven analysis and strategic planning.

Qualification Requirements
Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

PLEASE NOTE: New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment. However, City employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam,Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County.

Preferred Skills
• Superior writing, research, editing and analytical skills.
• Ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with multi-functional teams comprised of attorney and non-attorney staff.
• References that can confirm operational and leadership skills.

To Apply

For Non-City/External Candidates: Visit the External Applicant NYC Careers site. Click on “Non-Employee Login” and search by Job ID number, which is 388452.

For Current City Employees: Visit Employee Self Service (ESS) to view and click on Recruiting Activities, Careers, and search by Job ID number, which is 388452.

A RESUME AND COVER LETTER ARE REQUIRED.
PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR COVER LETTER HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS POSITION.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
NO PHONE CALLS, FAXES, E-MAILS OR PERSONAL INQUIRIES PERMITTED.
NOTE: ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED.


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


**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 DCA 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:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service**


 

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