BOARD OF CORRECTION
CITYWIDE JOB VACANCY NOTICE
Civil Service Title: Counsel (Board of Correction)
Title Code No: 30090
Salary: $150,000 - $170,000
Agency Title: General Counsel
Work Location: 1 Centre Street, New York, New York 10007 (with periodic time at Rikers Island office)
Hours/Shift: Full-Time, at least 35 hrs/wk
Number of Positions: 1
About the New York City Board of Correction
The New York City Board of Correction (BOC) is a nine person, non-judicial oversight board, which regulates, monitors, and inspects the correctional facilities of the City. The Mayor, City Council and presiding justices of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First and Second Judicial Departments (in joint nomination with the Mayor) appoint its members. The Board’s original appointees began in 1957, making it one of the earliest independent oversight boards of detention settings in the United States. In 1977, the Board’s role was expanded and it became more independent. The City Charter mandates the Board’s five functions:
The Board established the Minimum Standards on conditions in 1979, on mental health care in 1985, and on health care in 1991. In 2007, the Board finished a comprehensive review of the Minimum Standards and adopted a series of amendments. Since 2014, the Board has entered rulemaking five times including rules related to the prevention of sexual violence, reporting on serious injuries and, most recently, the elimination of punitive segregation.
The Board has a staff of 27 people spread across lower Manhattan and Rikers Island offices and an annual budget of $2.6 million. With new staff leadership, funding, and Board members, along with increased public attention and significant jail reform efforts underway, the BOC is in a period of growth and change. The BOC is reviewing its core vision, strategies, and minimum standards in an effort to re-set and effect change toward smaller, safer, fairer, more humane jails, which minimize collateral consequences.
The General Counsel (GC) will be a critical leader on the executive management team at the Board of Correction at a time of growth and change at the agency and in the City’s jails. The GC must be a consummate city government professional and a creative, flexible, and ambitious leader and thinker. The GC will manage a team of four staff (Deputy Counsel, Legal Associate, and Correctional Standards Review Specialists) as well as relationships with the Law Department and pro-bono counsel, which is utilized for specific research and secondary opinions on the Minimum Standards. The GC will also provide advisory support to the Executive Director in managing relationships with the Department of Correction, Correctional Health Services, City Hall and other relevant city agencies. The GC will also work with the Nunez monitor and compliance staff associated with the Nunez litigation case. Additionally, the GC will generate programs and projects with law schools and legal professional associations to bolster the Board’s work.
As a member of the senior leadership of the Board of Correction staff, the GC will collaboratively support the Executive Director and the Board in maintaining an atmosphere of ethics and integrity in all of the organization's endeavors. The GC will provide professional advice on critical strategic, legal, and public policy issues facing the Board. The GC will oversee and supervise all functions relating to legal affairs, rulemaking, compliance, risk management, governance, and human resources. The GC will be responsible for advising the Executive Director on contractual matters and ensuring compliance with federal, state, and city law. It will be the role of the GC to ensure that the Board maintains the highest standards of ethical conduct and conformity with government statutes and regulations.
Areas of Responsibility:
Primary responsibilities of the General Counsel and the GC’s team include:
Legal and regulatory
Policy and strategy development
Compliance and risk management
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS PREFERRED:
For City employees: Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS) at www.nyc.gov/ess and search for Job ID# 456331
For all other applicants: Go to www.nyc.gov/careers and search for Job ID# 456331.
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity
POST DATE: 01/06/2021
POST UNTIL: 02/05/2021
Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget approval.
The New York City Administrative Code requires an employee in this title to establish city residence within 90 days of entering City service and to remain in compliance with the city residence requirement as a condition of employment.
The City of New York and the Board of Correction is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Candidates who are contacted will be asked to complete an initial phone interview. Candidates who are subsequently called for an in-person interview will be required to complete a brief writing and analysis assignment.