Open Position

Special Assistant to the Director

Location: New York, New York


The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) advises the Mayor and First Deputy Mayor on criminal justice policy and is the Mayor’s representative to the courts, district attorneys, defenders, and state criminal justice agencies, among others. The office designs, deploys, and evaluates citywide strategies to drive down crime, reduce unnecessary arrests and incarceration, and improve the system’s fairness. MOCJ works with law enforcement and 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.


MOCJ is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent communication skills to be the Special Assistant to the Director. The Special Assistant will be responsible for staffing the Director by preparing daily briefing documents on all office initiatives, tracking priorities and follow up items, communicating with senior staff, and attending meetings. The Special Assistant will also work with the First Deputy Director, the Chief of Staff, and the Director’s Executive Assistant to manage the Director’s calendar, coordinate events, and prepare documents as needed.

The Special Assistant will also be a “jack of all trades”, who will provide support to senior staff assigned to these initiatives on the creation of briefing memos, writing summaries or reports, doing “deep dives” into specific research questions, creating PowerPoints, and organizing special projects. The Special Assistant role is challenging, but will also provide opportunities for growth. This role will provide an introduction to key policy issues and stakeholders involved in the Criminal Justice system, as well as the opportunity to support and learn from MOCJ staff across many issue areas.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree with less than two years of experience
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of work-related information and materials
  • The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated problem solver with excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills. This role requires daily communication with the Director, as well as with senior staff, office partners, and other government officials
  • Attention to detail and the ability to balance multiple projects and deadlines in an organized way
  • Ability to plan and prioritize effectively
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment, and willingness to work on a wide range of projects and topics
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (including Excel and Powerpoint)
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice and/or public policy is preferred


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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