Open Position

Executive Senior Counsel

Location: New York, New York


The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor of the City of New York on criminal justice policy. MOCJ develops and implements strategies to reduce crime and incarceration and to promote fairness and legitimacy. MOCJ works with law enforcement, city agencies, non-profits, foundations and others to implement data-driven strategies that address current crime conditions, prevent offending, and build the strong neighborhoods that ensure enduring safety.


Under the supervision of the General Counsel, the Executive Senior Counsel will assist in all legal and policy matters that affect MOCJ including reforms on bail and arrest procedures to reduce pretrial incarceration as well as discovery and speedy trial reforms. The Executive Senior Counsel must have extensive legal experience and be an effective self-starter, possessing both the capacity for independence and the ability to work cooperatively to advance the goals of the administration. The Executive Senior Counsel’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Procurement and drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contractual agreements;
  • Analyzing the wide spectrum of legal issues affecting the office and thinking creatively about how to address those issues;
  • Leading signature criminal justice policy projects;
  • Working with the New York City Law Department to address procurement, pre-litigation, or litigation issues;
  • Analyzing legislation and developing policy positions in response; and
  • Partnering with City agencies and outside entities in order to implement MOCJ’s policy goals, including drafting and negotiating memoranda of understanding and data use agreements.


  • A JD from an accredited educational institution, plus a minimum of ten years of full-time professional experience as an attorney or the equivalent;
  • Admitted to the NY State Bar;
  • Experience related to criminal justice issues is preferred, but not required;
  • Experience with procurement and contracting is preferred, but not required;
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, and multi-tasking skills, including the ability to take initiative, problem solve, balance competing priorities, work independently and with teams in a fast-paced environment, pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including strong public speaking skills and proven ability to present the agency’s position in meetings with high level officials and other governmental and private entities;
  • Extensive legal experience combined with being an effective self-starter, possessing both the capacity for independence and the ability to work cooperatively to advance the goals of the administration;
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of entities from government agencies, other prosecutorial and regulatory bodies, and community organizations;
  • Experience supervising other professionals, and
  • Effective and creative leadership ability with the capacity to work both independently and cooperatively to implement key strategies, evaluate new policies and analyze new legislation.


Commensurate with experience

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  • cover letter
  • resume
  • three references

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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.

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