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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 Oversight & Investigations Division (“OID”) of the New York City Council (the “Council”) plays a critical role in the Council’s oversight of New York City government agencies. OID conducts complex investigations of issues involving fraud, waste, abuse, and other important matters to the Council.  Through OID, the Council both focuses and expands upon its legislative work, and OID interacts directly with the Speaker’s Office, 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 OID leadership, Council Members, and Committee staff on legal issues related to the Council and Division’s functions and powers. 
  • Collaborate with Committee staff regarding issues of interest to the Council and OID.
  • Coordinate and prepare Committee hearings by conducting research, drafting Committee Reports, briefing papers, statements and proposed questions.
  • Operate as a critical member of OID’s multi-disciplinary team of investigators, data scientists, and other lawyers to establish leads and develop the scope of investigations.
  • Assist in the drafting of information requests, Committee Reports, and other OID outputs.
  • Engage with stakeholders outside of the Council, including other local, state, and federal agencies.


  • Admission to the New York State Bar and 1-3 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.

For eligible employees, health, dental and vision insurance coverage are offered upon hire. Retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, group life insurance, paid time off and paid holidays, training resources, health & fitness reimbursement and wellness programs are also available.

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, 26th 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.