Civil Service Title: Deputy Executive Director

Salary Range: $88,735-$116,999 

Agency: Police Accountability Board

Division: Executive Office

Openings: One (1)

Location: Rochester, NY

Accepting Applications: October 1, 2021

Application Deadline: October 29, 2021

Where You Will Work

The Police Accountability Board is an independent agency within the City of Rochester charged with overseeing and reimagining Rochester’s policing system. The Board investigates potential wrongdoing by Rochester police officers, brings change and transparency to the Rochester Police Department, and educates and engages community members in the work of reimagining public safety. The Board is committed to performing these tasks in a workplace defined by accountability, equity, transparency. The Board’s headquarters are located in Rochester’s downtown core.

What You Will Do

This position is responsible for building and sustaining the legal framework that is crucial to the success of the Police Accountability Board’s operations. The General Counsel is responsible for: crafting policies and executing strategies that allow the Board to properly exercise its legal powers; ensuring the Board’s actions, policies, and procedures comply with relevant state, local, and federal law; providing legal support as requested to all staff within the agency. The General Counsel is responsible for supervising any and all legal staff assigned to the Executive Office. The General Counsel serves in the Board’s Executive Office, and may perform the responsibilities of the Executive Director in the case of that person’s absence. Occasional participation in PAB community engagement efforts as and when required. Flexibility to work occasional nights and weekends as needed.

Who We Are Looking To Hire

The Board is looking for an experienced leader who can serve as the face of both the Board’s legal work and, as necessary, the Board itself. The ideal candidate is someone with extensive experience in civil rights law, administrative law, municipal law, and/or criminal law. Experience serving Rochester’s community is desirable.

The Board is looking to hire people that reflect the diversity of Rochester and are committed to our community and our mission. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Board strongly encourages people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and gender non-conforming persons to apply. All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.  

Benefits You Will Receive

The City of Rochester offers the Board’s full-time employees a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance. Board employees receive generous vacation, holiday and sick leave benefits in the context of a flexible, supportive work environment. Employees can also receive up to $6,000 toward the purchase of a home in Rochester, up to $3,000 in annual tuition assistance, and reimbursement for certain transit costs.  

In addition to this standard benefits package, employees in this position will undergo extensive training in oversight, policing, and public safety reform. Moreover, working in this position can qualify employees for student loan forgiveness through the federal government’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more, visit the Program’s website HERE. 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, you must have (at minimum):

  1. Graduated from a law school of recognized standing; and 
  2. Six (6) years of experience as an attorney admitted to practice in New York State, two (2) of which included the direct supervision of other attorneys.

This position has a residency requirement. If hired for this position, you will have one year to move within the City of Rochester. Continued residency in the City will be required throughout your tenure. 

How To Apply & Submit A Resume/Cover Letter

If you are interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. This position will be officially posted on the City of Rochester’s jobs portal (located HERE) on Friday, October 1, 2021 under its Civil Service Title of “Deputy Executive Director.” To apply, you will have to create an account through the jobs portal and complete an employment profile. If you need help navigating the City’s jobs portal or have questions about this posting, feel free to email us at [email protected] or call us at 585-428-9627.