Division of Social Justice
Civil Rights Bureau—New York City
Assistant Attorney General
Reference No. CRI_NYC_AAG_3528
Application Deadline is December 16, 2022
The New York State Office of the Attorney General is seeking a dedicated attorney to serve in the Civil Rights Bureau in the New York City office. The Bureau enforces federal, state, and local laws that protect New Yorkers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, source of income, or disability. The Bureau investigates and civilly prosecutes alleged patterns of unlawful discrimination in a variety of arenas, including employment, housing, education, criminal justice, voting, lending, and places of public accommodation. Some of the more recent matters handled by the Bureau targeted the following areas: access to education; equal employment opportunities and sexual harassment in the workplace; fair housing; fair lending and access to credit; immigrant rights; police misconduct; access by individuals with disabilities; the rights of the LGBTQ community; language access; religious rights; reproductive rights; and voting rights.
The Bureau’s docket reflects its commitment to combating discrimination and its effects, ensuring equality of opportunity, and promoting inclusion across New York State. In addition to litigation, the Bureau engages in significant community outreach and public education and other advocacy efforts.
Qualifications for this position include the following:
- Applicants with a minimum of three (3) years of post-graduate legal experience with a focus on civil litigation experience, including engaging in discovery and motion practice are preferred, however, the bureau will consider well-qualified applicants who have fewer years of experience;
- Experience investigating, litigating, and/or engaging in policy advocacy regarding education-related issues is preferred;
- Strong legal analysis, legal writing and editing, and oral advocacy skills;
- Outstanding organizational, interpersonal communication, problem solving, and teamwork skills; and
- Fluency in a second language is a plus, as is a background or interest in education, police misconduct, and/or fair housing work.
Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that OAG attorneys be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.
As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State through a wide variety of occupations. To learn more about Assistant Attorney General compensation, please click here. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. Additionally, the OAG offers a robust Workplace Flexibilities Program with multiple options for employees, including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.
Per Office of the Attorney General policy, confirmation of vaccination status is a condition of employment for this position. If you are not fully vaccinated, you may be required to provide regular negative COVID-19 PCR test results at a frequency determined by the agency. The agency will consider religious and reasonable accommodations. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are being received online. To apply, please visit www.ag.ny.gov/job-postings To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on December 16, 2022. Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:
- Cover Letter
- You may address to Legal Recruitment.
- Indicate why you are interested in this position and what makes you a strong candidate. You may wish to include information about what life experiences you will bring to the position that will enhance the Civil Rights Bureau’s ability to better serve the diverse population of this state.
- Writing Sample
- List of three (3) references
- Only submit professional references, supervisory references are preferred.
- Indicate the nature and duration of your relationship to each reference.
- Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
- Please note, your references will not be contacted until after you interview for the position.
If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at email@example.com or phone at 212-416-8080. For more information about the OAG, please visit our website: ag.ny.gov