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Deputy General Counsel (Ethics Officer / Disciplinary Trial Advocate) The candidate, under the general supervision of the General Counsel, with significant latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, will serve as Deputy General Counsel and as the agency's Ethics Officer and Disciplinary Trial Advocate. Will provide legal counsel and make recommendations to the General Counsel concerning employee discipline, labor and employment law (including EEO), and ethics and conflicts of interest issues. Draft formal, thoroughly researched legal memoranda on a variety of employment, ethics, and related legal issues. Advise and assist with developing, drafting, and updating agency personnel policies and procedures and, work with the Comptroller's Office Bureau of Administration to review and update employee handbook on annual basis. As the agency's Ethics Officer, oversee agency compliance with and advise staff on laws, rules, and regulations governing conflicts of interest and ethics in NYC government, including COIB and CFB regulations, N.Y. Rules of Professional Responsibility, and internal policies and procedures. Provide training to new and current employees regarding their ethical responsibilities as public servants. Evaluate pool counsel requests for conflicts waivers under the N.Y. Rules of Professional Responsibility. Advise and work with the Comptroller's Bureau of Asset Management and Chief Compliance Officer concerning the agency's personal trading policy and related issues. Oversee internal investigations of allegations of employee misconduct, conflicts of interest, and special investigations. Supervise a Confidential Investigator in the performance of these duties. As the Disciplinary Trial Advocate, provide legal counsel on disciplinary action and represent the agency at all stages of employee disciplinary proceedings in accordance with NY Civil Service Law and union contracts, including litigating cases in trials before OATH. Investigate and respond to discrimination charges filed externally with the NYC Commission on Human Rights, NYS Division of Human Rights, and/or US EEOC. Liaise with the Law Department on employment-related litigation and providing support in such litigation. Identify and assess legal risks and opportunities within the employment and ethics areas and advise accordingly to mitigate liability, including development of best practices. Supervise the staff engaged in vetting persons and entities for conflicts of interest, risk, and related issues. Perform other special projects, as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have admission to the New York State Bar. Must have 4 years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any Bar, 1.5 years of which should have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work. Should remain member of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of employment. Familiarity with labor and employment law, knowledge of City Charter Chapter 68, knowledge of New York State Civil Service Law is preferred. Experience examining and cross-examining witnesses in hearings or trials before administrative tribunals or in state or federal court is desired.
Job ID: 329622
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