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The New York City Council, an equal opportunity employer, seeks attorneys to serve as Oversight and Investigations Counsels in the Division of Oversight and Investigations.


$85,000 to $95,000


The Division of Oversight & Investigations (the “Division”) of the New York City Council (the “Council”) plays a critical role in the Council’s oversight of New York City government agencies. The Division conducts complex investigations of issues involving fraud, waste, abuse, and other important matters to the Council.  Through the Division, the Council both focuses and expands upon its legislative work, and the Division works directly with Council Members and Committees to identify and conduct its investigations.

The Oversight and Investigations Counsel will:

  • Conduct legal and policy research, and analyze complex legal and policy issues.
  • Draft legal memoranda, legislation, and information requests.
  • Advise Division leadership, Council Members, and Committee staff on legal issues related to the Division’s functions and powers. 
  • Collaborate with other Committee staff regarding issues of interest to the Division and the Committees, including by participating in and coordinating Committee hearings.
  • Communicate regularly with Division investigators and other staff, with opportunities to lead large-scale investigations.
  • Engage with stakeholders outside of the Council, including other local, state, and federal agencies.


  • Admission to the New York State Bar and at least 3 years of experience as a practicing attorney.
  • Prior work experience as counsel to a governmental oversight body, or in state and federal court litigation or comparable experience is a plus.
  • Prior work experience developing, leading, or carrying out complex oversight or investigations is a plus.
  • Prior work experience drafting legislation is a plus.
  • Familiarity with New York City government is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proven ability to manage time efficiently, work as a team player, meet deadlines, and multitask.
  • Ability to use discretion and judgment when necessary to handle confidential information, and to interact successfully with elected officials and other stakeholders.
  • General computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proficiency with Westlaw is strongly preferred.


New York City residency is required within 90 days of appointment.

As of November 15, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to work at City Hall and/or 250 Broadway offices, or at any Council Member district office, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered employment with the New York City Council, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the New York City Council.

The New York City Council makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact


Qualified candidates should forward a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to:


MAIL:            New York City Council
Attn: Personnel Services/Recruiting (OIC)

250 Broadway, 16th Floor 
New York, NY 10007 

FAX:               (212) 401-4711

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The New York City Council is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.