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Executive Director

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics ("the Commission") seeks an Executive Director ("ED").

Pursuant to Executive Law §94, the Commission appoints the Executive Director to lead and manage the Commission’s staff and its activities and charges the ED with primary responsibility for the daily administration of the laws over which the Commission has jurisdiction — Public Officers §§ 73, 73-a (relating to financial disclosure statements), and 74 (“Code of Ethics”), Civil Service Law § 107 (“Little Hatch Act”) and Legislative Article 1-a (“The Lobbying Act”).  

The ED, among other duties: supervises and appoints staff (over 50 employees in three offices); drafts regulations, opinions, and advice; oversees audits of financial disclosure statements and Lobbying Act filings; investigates violations of the laws the Commission enforces; works with State agencies and the lobbying community to comply with the law through education and training initiatives; prepares annual budget; has regular interaction with 14 Commissioners; and otherwise oversees all aspects of the administration of the Commission.

Candidates must have managerial experience and strong analytical and interpersonal skills, knowledge of governmental processes, and a familiarity with ethical guidance.  A law degree or post-graduate degree is preferred, and a minimum of 10 years full-time working experience is required.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

For additional detail on the job responsibilities, click here.

 

Interested applicants should submit their resumes and writing samples, in confidence, to:

By mail: 

Holly Levy 

c/o the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway 

Albany, New York 12207 

By email: 

[email protected]

 

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Investigative Counsel

Location: New York City

 

The NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) seeks an Investigative Counsel to join its Investigations and Enforcement Division.  The position assists with performance of the Commission’s substantive statutory duties to investigate possible violations of, and to enforce the state’s ethics and lobbying laws. Investigative Counsel conducts sensitive and complex investigations and administrative proceedings relating to alleged ethics and lobbying law violations, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, preparing subpoenas, preparing investigation reports, and working with other law enforcement agencies. Investigative Counsel also assists with review of case files, complaints, referrals, and tips of potential violations of laws within the Commission’s jurisdiction.

 

Qualifications:

  • Candidate must have been admitted to the New York State Bar, be in good standing, and must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in the practice of law subsequent to admission to the Bar;
  • Litigation experience, including gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, negotiating settlements, and trials/adjudicator proceedings required; experience in law enforcement, fraud, or public integrity investigations preferred;
  • Strong writing skills required; and,
  • Knowledge of New York criminal, ethics, and lobbying laws preferred.

 

Interested candidates should submit a current resume and cover letter, two writing samples, and the name, address, phone number, and email address of three professional references, in confidence, to:

By mail:

NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway

Albany, New York 12207

By e-mail:

[email protected]

 

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Confidential Investigator

Location: Albany

 

The NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“JCOPE”) seeks a Confidential Investigator to join its Investigations and Enforcement Division. The position assists with intake and management of complaints and referral of potential violations of laws within JCOPE’s jurisdiction. The Confidential Investigator analyzes complaints to determine if allegations raise potential violations of the Public Officers Law, the Lobby Act or the Civil Service Law, makes recommendations to the Chief Investigator as to disposition of complaints, and develops an investigation plan in conjunction with Counsel’s Office. In addition, the position extracts information through application of interview techniques and obtains information through inquiry, subpoena and other investigative methods. The Confidential Investigator is entrusted with sensitive information and material, the confidentiality of which must be scrupulously maintained and must exercise discretion in discussions and utmost care in handling sensitive materials to protect the confidentiality of matters before the Commission.

 

Qualifications:

Candidate must have more than five years of investigative experience.  State government experience and knowledge of New York State criminal, ethics and lobbying laws preferred. Ability to travel required.

Interested candidates should submit a current resume and cover letter, two writing samples, and the name, address, phone number and e-mail of three professional references, in confidence, to:

 

By mail:

NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway

Albany, New York 12207

 

By e-mail:

[email protected]

 

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Compliance Analyst

Location: Albany or Buffalo

 

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics ("JCOPE") seeks a Compliance Analyst to join its Compliance Audit & Review Unit. The unit is responsible for examining statutory filings and implementing JCOPE's audit programs. The responsibilities of the Compliance Analyst will include conducting random and targeted reviews of Financial Disclosure Statements submitted by Public Officials; preparing and presenting detailed reports on findings; serving as a resource for investigations; reviewing and analyzing supporting evidence provided to substantiate filings; and communicating with filers to generate full compliance with reporting requirements.

A Compliance Analyst is entrusted with sensitive information and material; confidentially must be scrupulously maintained, discretion exercised in discussions, and utmost care taken in handling sensitive materials to protect the confidentially of matters before JCOPE.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in accounting; business administration or management; economics; finance; public administration; public policy; political science; or related field.
  • Experience preferred in: (1) compliance auditing; (2) program analysis; (3) or investigations.
  • Examining documents, research and analysis, and drafting reports.
  • Ability to clearly summarize and support findings both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for critical analysis.
  • Comfortable in conducting interviews.
  • Exceptional spreadsheet skills. Knowledge of Lexis or other research databases.

 

Interested candidates should submit a current resume and cover letter, and the name, address, phone number, and email address of three professional references, in confidence, to:

By mail:

NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics
540 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

By e-mail:

[email protected]

 

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Other Opportunities

Hearing Officer

Hearing officers are and will only be called upon as needed, on a case-by-case basis, and compensated for their service on a per diem basis.

Location: Preside over matters in Albany, New York City, or Buffalo

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics ("the Commission") seeks applicants to serve as independent and impartial hearing officers to oversee the adjudication of Commission matters as needed.

The Commission has broad regulatory authority and oversight over officers and employees at State agencies and departments, including commissions, boards, State public benefit corporations, public authorities, SUNY, CUNY, and the statutory closely-affiliations corporations; the four statewide elected officials and members of the Legislature (and candidates for those offices); employees of the Legislature; certain political party chairpersons; and registered lobbyists and their clients.

Hearing officers, selected at random, would preside over formal hearings, render decisions on certain appeals, and consider questions of fact and of law in connection with administrative proceedings of and applications to the Commission. Such matters would concern alleged violations of §§ 73, 73-a, and 74 of the Public Officers Law, § 107 of the Civil Service Law, and Article one-A of the Legislative Law in accordance with the Adjudicatory Proceedings and Appeals Procedures adopted by the Commission, set forth in 19 NYCRR 941.

Qualifications:

Law degree required
At least 10 years of legal experience required, including trial and/or arbitration experience
Judicial/hearing officer experience preferred

 

Eligible candidates are requested to submit a resume to:

New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Attn: Monica J. Stamm, General Counsel