Full Job Description
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) protects and enhances the daily economic lives of New Yorkers to create thriving communities. DCWP licenses more than 59,000 businesses in more than 50 industries and enforces key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws that apply to countless more. By supporting businesses through equitable enforcement and access to resources and, by helping to resolve complaints, DCWP protects the marketplace from predatory practices and strives to create a culture of compliance. Through its community outreach and the work of its offices of Financial Empowerment and Labor Policy & Standards, DCWP empowers consumers and working families by providing the tools and resources they need to be educated consumers and to achieve financial health and work-life balance. DCWP also conducts research and advocates for public policy that furthers its work to support New York City’s communities. For more information about DCWP and its work, call 311 or visit DCWP at nyc.gov/dcwp or on its social media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
DCWP’s General Counsel Division seeks an Assistant Director of Mediation to work in its Consumer Services Unit. The Consumer Services Unit processes and mediates thousands of consumer complaints each year. Under the supervision of the Director of Consumer Services, the Assistant Director of Mediation will be responsible for managing and planning the day-to-day operations of the Mediation segment of the Consumer Services Unit. Such responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Supervising the mediation team;
- Ensuring that all mediation related tasks comply with applicable protocols;
- Assisting staff with consumer-related complaints requiring direct supervisory input;
- Performing mediation work, as necessary;
- Delegating tasks appropriately and allocating unit resources to effectively address the volume of mediations and mediation-related administrative/clerical work;
- Assessing staff performance accurately and providing feedback to motivate and/or improve performance levels;
- Identifying, tracking, and reporting patterns of abuse/deception, problem vendors, and/or business trends;
- Compiling data and reports to identify productivity; and/or categorical trends in order to determine potential areas for streamlining, re-engineering, and training;
- Identifying administrative and operational problems and providing recommendations for efficiency; and
- Reviewing and analyzing operational procedures to ensure uniformity and consistency throughout the unit.
The ideal candidate will have the following preferred skills: significant experience with mediation and reconciliation, as well an understanding of intake and processing procedures.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible clerical/administrative experience requiring independent decision-making concerning program management or planning, allocation for resources and the scheduling and assignment of work, 18 months of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory capacity. The supervisory work must have been in the supervision of staff performing clerical/administrative work of more than moderate difficulty; or
2. An associate degree or 60 semester credits from an accredited college and five years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible experience as described in “1” above, 18 months of which must have been in an administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory capacity. The supervisory work must have been in the supervision of staff performing clerical/administrative work of more than moderate difficulty; or
3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of
satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible experience as described in “1”
above, 18 months of which must have been in an administrative, managerial,
executive or supervisory capacity. The supervisory work must have been in the
supervision of staff performing clerical/administrative work of more than
moderate difficulty; or
4. Education and/or experience equivalent to “1”, “2” or “3” above. However, all
candidates must possess the 18 months of administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory experience as described in “1”, “2” or “3” above. Education above
the high school level may be substituted for the general clerical/administrative
experience (but not for the administrative, managerial, executive or supervisory
experience described in “1”, “2” or “3” above) at a rate of 30 semester credits
from an accredited college for 6 months of experience up to a maximum of 3½
- Management experience with demonstrated ability to develop and motivate staff with both goal-oriented and team-oriented approaches.
- Strong organizational and analytical.
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
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PLEASE INDICATE IN YOUR COVER LETTER HOW YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS POSITION.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
NO PHONE CALLS, FAXES, E-MAILS OR PERSONAL INQUIRIES PERMITTED.
NOTE: ONLY THOSE CANDIDATES UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED.
- Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval.
- 55-a Candidates: NYC Department of Consumer Affairs is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage 55-A candidates to apply to our positions in order to be given the opportunity.
**LOAN FORGIVENESS: The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with DCA qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
- Drug Screening: A drug screening may be required prior to being appointed.
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