The Agency You'll Join
The NYC Mayor's Office administers all city services, public property, most public agencies, and enforces all city, state, and federal laws within New York City. New York City's Mayor, Eric Adams is head of the executive branch of New York City's government. Mayor Adams has served the people of New York City as an NYPD officer, State Senator, and Brooklyn Borough President. The Adams' Administration is leading the fight to make New York City's economy stronger, reduce inequality, improve public safety, and build a stronger, healthier city that delivers for all New Yorkers. As an agency, we value fairness, helpfulness, transparency, leadership and build our teams around these values. For current job opportunities visit our careers page.

The Team You'll Work With
Serving approximately 8.4 million people, the government of New York City addresses some of the greatest urban challenges in the world. Within that government, the Mayor's Office of Appointments serves a critical role by providing talent recruitment and development support for the Administration's senior leadership. Additionally, MOA advises the Mayor choose candidates on the selection of candidates on over 200 boards and commissions vital to the operation and growth of the city.

The Problems You'll Solve
Reporting to the Senior Counsel & Director of Vetting of Mayor's Office of Appointments (“MOA”), the Special Counsel will be part of MOA's team of lawyers, conducting vetting for all city-wide mayoral appointments, and responding to MOA related legal inquiries.
  • Vetting: Conduct and manage vetting at all levels to assess candidates' fitness to hold the public trust.
  • Communication: Serve as an internal and external legal liaison, clearly, promptly, and cordially communicating timelines and expectations with both MOA colleagues and outside stakeholders.
  • Legal Research: Conduct and delegate legal research and produce memoranda on legal, policy, and other topics related to the legal team's work.
  • City Council Advice and Consent: Collaborate with the Boards & Commissions team, Director, Deputy Director, and other City Hall staff to guide candidates through the City Council advice and consent process, including but not limited to: conducting research on salient issues affecting the board, commission, or agency the candidate will serve on.
  • General: Analyzing and interpreting laws, court decisions, legal authorities, and other legal documents as needed. Ensuring compliance with conflict of interest and privacy rules. Responding to legal inquiries from MOA staff. Drafting official Mayor's Office letters and correspondence.

About You:
  • A law degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admission to or in the process of admission to the New York State Bar
  • Minimum of two to three years of legal experience.
  • Excellent communication, writing, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Flexibility to quickly shift work priorities to meet the demands of time-sensitive projects.
  • Superb research skills with the ability to synthesize large amounts of information for presentation to stakeholders and principals, including the Mayor.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop and execute a strategic plan to meet goals without significant oversight.
  • Ability to complete work independently with broadly defined work objectives and limited review of overall results.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and discretion and maintain the security of confidential documentation.
  • An understanding of New York City's operational agencies and political environment is a plus
  • You have experience working in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are a great communicator (both written and verbally)
  • You can interface effectively with professionals at all levels of the organization.
  • You can work a flexible work schedule.