Investigations and Compliance Officer NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Civil Service Title: Agency Attorney Level: 2 Title Code No: 30087 Salary: $66,326 - $85,000 Office Title: Work location: 1 Centre Street Division/Work Unit: Office of Citywide Equity and Inclusion Number of Positions: 2 Hours/Shift: 35 Hours/Day
The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) is offering an exciting opportunity for an Investigations and Compliance Officer to work within the Office of Citywide Equity and Inclusion (OCEI), formerly known as the Office of Citywide Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity. OCEI is responsible for developing and enforcing the City’s EEO Policy and EEO-related policies. OCEI also assists City agencies in fulfilling the City’s EEO mandates and equity and inclusion initiatives by developing collaborative strategies and solutions. Through this work OCEI will foster the City of New York’s emergence as an innovative and global leader in equitable, diverse and inclusive employment practices.
While reporting to the Director of Investigations and Compliance, the Investigations and Compliance Officer will work directly with city agencies to ensure compliance with all citywide EEO-related policies, to foster greater standardization and transparency, and to increase awareness of citywide EEO policies and initiatives. Additionally, the Investigations and Compliance Officer, under the supervision of the Director of Investigations and Compliance, will investigate EEO policy violations that fall under the mandate of the Office of Citywide Equity and Inclusion.
This position requires a collaborative and strategic thinker with extensive knowledge of federal, state and local EEO policies, anti-discrimination and harassment laws, and diversity and inclusion best practices.
Responsibilities for the Investigations and Compliance Officer will include, but not be limited to the following: • Providing guidance to agency EEO personnel on proper interpretation and application of EEO Policy, investigative practices, and requests for reasonable accommodations; • Assessing complaints, inquiries and process-related questions presented to OCEI from employees throughout the city, and taking subsequent appropriate actions; • Conducting EEO investigations in accordance with OCEI’s mandate, and conferring, as appropriate, with the DCAS Office of the General Counsel and the Law Department; • Preparing investigative reports and making associated recommendations in accordance with EEO policy; • Establishing metrics to evaluate EEO compliance across the City; • Conducting audits and routine reviews of agency EEO complaint files, training records, training content, instructor-led workshops, and the use of complaint tracking systems; • Ensuring agency compliance with the submission of annual and quarterly EEO/Diversity & Inclusion plans and reports; • Analyzing citywide trends, including inquiry and complaint data, and offering appropriate guidance to agencies in addressing necessary shifts in workplace culture and other systemic concerns; • Formulating and monitoring enforcement strategies with respect to new legislation, regulations and policy; • Developing policy and guidance memoranda to drive increased compliance with EEO, diversity and inclusion, anti-harassment /anti-discrimination policies; • Establishing a standardized review and approval protocol for agency-delivered EEO training and policy statements; • Planning and conducting training on investigative protocols/procedures, complaint filing and tracking, and other EEO-related topics; • Working collaboratively with the General Counsel’s Office and the Human Capital Division on compliance related to workforce data, training content, and other projects, as needed; • Conducting legal research on EEO and employment-related issues and relevant legislation; • Traveling to meet with city officials, employees and members of the public as part of investigative interviews or processes, training and compliance-related meetings or events.
Preferred Skills The candidate must have a demonstrated ability in the following areas: • Understanding of federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to equal employment opportunity; • Proven work experience developing and administering EEO compliance, investigatory and reasonable accommodation policies; • A working knowledge of mediation and alternate dispute practices; • Demonstrated experience conducting investigations, knowledge of proper objective interview techniques and due process principles; • Knowledge and experience with handling EEO and employment-related matters, including the investigation of and response to EEO complaints filed at various human rights regulatory venues; • Demonstrated interest in public service and prior experience working in a government setting and familiarity with the relevant processes and practices of EEO professionals; • Detail-oriented, excellent analytical skills, including knowledge of statistical methods, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; • Ability to organize, synthesize and analyze complex information and problems, including to review facts and assess relevant issues from a regulatory perspective; • Superior presentation, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to build coalitions of stakeholders and nurture relationships; • Strong organizational and follow-through to coordinate work plans, prioritize assignments and meet deadlines; • High degree of professionalism, courtesy, strong work ethic, integrity, regard for confidentiality and ability to work with discretion on sensitive matters; • Ability to adapt to new situations, collaborate with team members, and work under pressure with minimal supervision, when necessary.
Qualification Requirements 1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below. 2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or 3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
To qualify for Assignment Level II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
New York City Residency is required within 90 days of appointment.
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The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.