SCI - Agency Attorney

Full Time
1 month ago

Job Description

The Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District (“SCI”) has broad authority to investigate wrongdoing by employees, contractors, and vendors doing business with the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) - the nation’s largest school district enrolling more than 1.1 million students, and employing 140,000 staff located in over 1,800 facilities. SCI performs highly confidential and sensitive investigations and studies concerning the corruption, misconduct, or other illegal, unethical or improper activities both within and outside of the DOE, and seeks to develop and implement plans and programs to control and prevent such corruption, misconduct or other illegal, unethical or improper practices. The office also serves as the Inspector General for the Teachers' Retirement System of the City of New York and the New York City Board of Education Retirement System.

SCI is seeking experienced, self-motivated attorneys to work within this fast-paced environment.

Under the direct supervision of the First Deputy Commissioner, the successful candidate will have latitude for independent decision-making and providing recommendations for appropriate action to prevent and avoid future corruption hazards. The Special Counsel will supervise, and conduct assigned investigations and provide legal guidance for investigators. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to: planning and directing confidential multifaceted investigations and reviews of DOE programs and operations; reviewing investigative memoranda to determine completeness and accuracy; research and analyzing documents related to investigations and determine governing rules and applicable laws; conduct witness interviews; drafting SCI investigative reports, subpoenas, other legal documents; ability to work jointly with various prosecutors’ offices and investigative agencies.


Qualification Requirements

  1. Graduate from an accredited law school.
  2. Admission to the New York State Bar and minimum of 5 years of full-time legal/investigative experience including the supervision of investigations or reviews and the preparation of reports relating thereto.
  3. Highest professional and ethical standards.
  4. Incumbents must remain members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of their employment at SCI.

Preferred Skills

  1. Substantial legal experience, preferably between 8-15 years, to include: litigation, investigative, advisory, or law enforcement experience, preferably with a prosecutor’s office, law enforcement agency, or comparable legal experience.
  2. A broad range of criminal investigative experience including, but not limited to, public corruption, fraud, or financial crimes; experience in a Rackets or Appeals Unit and familiarity with the new criminal justice reforms a plus.
  3. Experience with NYC government and agency operations, and policies and procedures of the City of New York; familiarity with New York State and Federal regulations related to investigative processes.
  4. Prior investigative report writing, appeals brief writing, and prior proofreading experience.
  5. Strong legal research and analytical skills with prior public policy experience.
  6. Proficiency with MS Office Suite and experience with multiple databases and software products.
  7. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with various outside agencies and offices.
  8. Exceptional organizational abilities.
  9. Ability to work well with all levels of staff and management.
  10. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  11. Strong interpersonal skills.
  12. Excellent judgment.

To Apply:

Send resumes, cover letters, and writing samples electronically to and indicate “Agency Attorney (level 4) Feb 2021” in the subject line of the email. Please do not email, mail or fax your resume to SCI directly. Submissions of resumes does not guarantee an interview. Due to the high volume of resumes SCI receives for positions, only selected candidates will be contacted. Appointments are subject to Office of Management & Budget approval for budgeted headcount.