Director, EEO

Fire Department of New York   Brooklyn, NY   Full-time     Legal
Posted on September 23, 2022
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City of New York


 Job Posting Notice


Civil Service Title:  EXECUTIVE AGENCY COUNSEL   Level: M2


 Job ID: 551848          


Title Code No:  95005


Salary: $64,922.00/$70,011.00-$150,000.00               


Title Classification:  Non-Competitive


Frequency: Annual


Business Title:    Director, EEO         


Work Location:   9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn N  


Division/Work Unit: EEO


Number of Positions:  1

As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Job Description

The Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States and universally is recognized as the world's busiest and most highly skilled emergency response agency. The Department's main goal is to provide fire protection, emergency medical care, and other critical public safety services to residents and visitors in the five boroughs. FDNY members are sworn to serve and protect life and property and the Department works to continually educate the public in fire, life safety and disaster preparedness, along with enforcing public safety codes. Since its inception in 1865, FDNY has helped lead efforts to make New York the safest big city in the nation. This accomplishment requires a steadfast and daily commitment to maintaining the Department's core values. The Fire Department, City of New York (FDNY), seeks a highly adaptable and results driven leader to fill the position of Director, EEO. This position reports to the Assistant Commissioner and requires expertise in the field of labor and employment law, the ability to exercise substantial discretion and judgment, and the confidence to make impactful, time-sensitive decisions in a fast paced 17,000+ member workplace. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day management of the bureau's mission critical-compliance functions: internal EEO investigations, advising and counseling senior leadership and managers, delivering training, and processing employee requests for workplace accommodation. The Director will directly oversee internal investigations conducted by attorneys to ensure that they are completed in a timely manner while adhering to workplace investigation best practices at each critical step, including: receiving and triaging employee complaints, formulating investigation plans, tracking witness interviews and evidence collection, building and documenting factual records, and applying the appropriate legal standards to come to legally sound conclusions. The ability to write clearly and concisely and edit attorney work product is an essential requirement of this position. In addition to overseeing each case, the Director will review large scale data related to bureau workflow to ensure effective fulfilment of bureau functions. The Director will oversee the reasonable accommodation process, including engaging in the interactive process and issuing decisions to employee requests. The  Director will have significant employee facing contact, and provide advice and counsel to executive staff, officers and managers to ensure that workplace issues are handled appropriately.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

Preferred Skills

- The organizational ability to effectively manage multiple large scale projects to completion; - The ability to work independently or across bureaus with stakeholders of various ranks; - Experience supervising practicing attorneys; - Experience litigating labor and employment matters; - The ability to effectively work within a first responder or paramilitary organization; - Experience serving a unionized workforce; - Systems design, review, and modification to maximize workflow efficiency and effectiveness; - Accurate data capture, collection, organization and reporting; - Experience with the full range of Microsoft tools, including Word, Access and Excel. - Ability to serve in an "on call" capacity for a department that operates continuously.

Additional Information

***LOAN FORGIVENESS: As a current or prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. Please review the notice to see if you may be eligible for programs and how to apply at *Appointments are subject to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval. 55A: NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.

Residency Requirement

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.

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Posting Date: 09/19/2022

Post Until: Filled


The City of New York 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.