Agency General Counsel

Within NYC Opportunity, the Enterprise Data Solutions team takes innovative and privacy-based approaches to facilitate cross-agency data sharing that helps inform decision making by City leadership, agencies, providers and residents. EDS views data as a protected asset that can be responsibly leveraged across digital products to support analytical initiatives, facilitate knowledge sharing, and develop policy strategy.

The Agency General Counsel role will support NYC Opportunity's work to facilitate responsible data sharing across City agencies. This work often involves exchanges across health and human service agencies that work under a complex array of federal, state and local laws that govern what and how information can be shared.

The Agency General Counsel will operate under supervision of the EDS Director with significant latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and will handle a variety of agency matters with a particular focus on our privacy and data sharing work.


Responsibilities include:

  • Draft Memorandum of Understanding, Data Use Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements relating to exchange and use of confidential information.
  • Liaise with Agency Counsel and Chief Privacy Officers at City agencies.
  • Research and draft legal opinions and policy statements.
  • Plan or consult on new strategic initiatives that require legal and technological frameworks for data sharing.
  • Conduct legal research and draft written analyses as needed, often on a time-sensitive basis.
  • Work collaboratively with legal, technical, and business teams to meet agency needs.
  • Advise on questions of law, fact, and administrative and agency policies.
  • Respect and promote core principles of data privacy and ethics.
  • Perform other legal and related duties as assigned.

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not have all of the skills we are seeking below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity.

Experience working closely with communities who are engaging with public services and programs and/or has lived-experience engaging with public services and programs.

Experience in policy, government or non-profit, in particular with low-income and vulnerable youth and families is a plus.

Previous experience with privacy law and/or technology law.

Five or more years experience (subsequent to admission to any bar) handling and completing complex transactional matters independently.

Experience working in a collaborative environment.

Ability to think critically and detailed oriented.

Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

Familiarity with Microsoft Office programs.

  Education and Experience

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.

  Benefits and Compensation

This is a permanent, full-time position offering competitive salary and benefits. The salary range for this position is $110,000 - $125,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To learn more about the New York City's Employee benefits, visit the NYC Office of Labor Relations.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are unable to provide sponsorship to prospective employees.

  How to Apply

Please fill out the application form. The form will prompt you to upload a resume and cover letter.

In addition to the application form, candidates will have to complete a separate application on the NYC job portal (Job ID: 528909).

Due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to respond to every application.



This position will require work from our office in Downtown Brooklyn. Please note that as of September 13, 2021, NYC government employees are no longer working remotely.

All new staff are required by the City of New York to be vaccinated against Covid-19.