$62,397 – $71,757 a year
Full Job Description
The Commission. The Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) is the City agency charged with enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (“City Human Rights Law”), one of the most expansive civil rights laws in the nation.
Through its Law Enforcement Bureau (“LEB”), the Commission accepts claims filed by the public and has the power to initiate its own investigations to affirmatively root out discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and other violations of the City Human Rights Law.
Through its Community Relations Bureau, the Commission is empowered to address prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, discrimination and bias-related violence or harassment through education, trainings, outreach efforts, and other mechanisms aimed at strengthening relationships with stakeholders in the community.
The Commission’s Office of Mediation and Conflict Resolution (“OMCR”), revamped in 2017, has developed and implements a voluntary mediation program that provides a neutral and empowering process for all parties to facilitate a quick, efficient, and mutually acceptable resolution of claims. The new program allows OMCR to assist in facilitating resolutions at various stages of the enforcement process. OMCR provides these mediation services at no cost. OMCR is supervised by a Director of the OMCR and reports to the Office of the General Counsel.
The Position. The OMCR Program Attorney will report to and assist the Director of OMCR and will ensure access to high-quality services for members of the public. Job duties include:
- Developing, managing, and maintaining productive relationships with parties and their representatives to assure and maintain the highest standards of quality control during the mediation process. This includes timely critical assessment of referred cases and materials; prompt communications and scheduling conference calls with parties; assuring parties’ familiarity with the mediation process; and related case management duties including case file creation and maintenance, drafting correspondence, scheduling, docketing, and calendar management, follow-up with related paperwork, and, where appropriate, assisting other OMCR staff with the same;
- Developing, managing, and building relationships with Commission staff and personnel at other City agencies in support of OMCR’s work to increase capacity and efficiency by explaining the OMCR process, creatively managing resources to ensure seamless delivery of mediation services, and, as needed, assisting in reviewing and revising OMCR processes;
- Expanding OMCR’s public outreach by managing and/or assisting others in collecting, verifying, and reporting mediation data as needed and requested, drafting and disseminating OMCR materials, fielding calls from the public about OMCR’s work, and attending training programs, conferences, and other OMCR activities as directed;
- Attending and, as directed, assisting with pre-mediation calls and/or in-person mediation sessions and assisting the Director of OMCR with related activities such as legal analysis of party submissions, legal research as needed, and drafting legal memos as needed and directed; and
- Performing additional duties on other matters needed to advance the work of the OMCR or the Commission.
Minimum Qual Requirements
Graduation from an accredited United States law school as defined in the Rules of the New York Court of Appeals (Sections 520.3 or 520.5) or admission to the New York State Bar.
Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills:
- Demonstrated familiarity with the Commission’s work, OMCR’s work, and the City Human Rights Law;
- Demonstrated legal experience with government investigative and enforcement work;
- Demonstrated experience with mediation, litigation, and settlement, preferably involving employment, housing, public accommodation, or other civil rights subject areas;
- Excellent writing and oral skills, including demonstrated success researching and concisely communicating results of research orally and in writing to peers, supervisors, and non-lawyers;
- Excellent case management and docketing skills, including ability to successfully manage a large number of cases with competing and overlapping deadlines;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including demonstrated success working collaboratively with colleagues, clients, direct reports, and/or supervisors;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills;
- Excellent attention to detail;
- Strong work ethic;
- Fluency in a language other than English, preferably one common in New York City;
- Demonstrated interest in civil and human rights issues;
- Strong relationships with individuals at City agencies, advocacy organizations, or non-profits working with communities of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities; ethnic and religious communities; people with limited English proficiency; advocates for people with disabilities; advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS; immigrant communities; people with accommodation issues related to pregnancy, disability, or religion; people with criminal or arrest histories; veterans; and/or other communities the Commission will be working with on outreach, education and support;
- Candidates must provide satisfactory references and recent writing samples representing the candidate’s efforts, not those of a reviewer.
For City employees: Go to Employee Self-Service (ESS) – www.nyc.gov/ess and search for Job ID# 478739
For all other applicants: Go to www.nyc.gov/careers and search for Job ID# 478739
Submission of a resume is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted
35 hours (M-F 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. with mandatory lunch hour); on occasion may be required to work evenings and/or weekends to support the duties of the position
22 Reade St, NY
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.