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Minimum Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
- Juris Doctorate degree and NYS Bar admission in good standing
- 10 plus years of legal experience that includes extensive interpretation and application of NYS FOIL, PPPL and OML
- Knowledge of varied New York State laws and legislation
- Experience managing or supervising staff
- Experience developing and conducting training and outreach, and providing technical assistance, including:
* Making public presentations
* Preparing complex reports and filing briefs or papers on FOIL, PPPL or OML issues
- Strong research and writing skills
- Ability to manage complex organizations
- Demonstrated commitment to public service
- Demonstrated experience in executing on the ground results
- Broad experience in creating strategic planning and execution
Duties Description The Executive Director of the Committee on Open Government provides administration, management, and oversight of all Committee operations and activities, as well as direct outreach, training, and technical advice to a broad range of stakeholders regarding the FOIL, OML and PPPL. Specific duties of the Executive Director include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing and supervising the preparation and provision of guidance and advisory opinions related to interpretations of the FOIL, the OML and the PPPL;
- Conducting outreach and educational presentations and trainings to various groups pertaining to governmental transparency, access to records, FOIL, OML, and PPPL;
- Preparing the Committee’s annual report for submission to the Governor and the Legislature describing the Committee's activities and listing the services rendered by the Committee throughout the year, commenting on matters relating to FOIL, OML and PPL, and providing recommendations for consideration;
- Commenting on proposed legislation dealing with public access to government meetings and records, FOIL, OML and PPPL;
- Establishing positive working relationships with stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental) for the purpose of increasing understanding and compliance regarding FOIL, OML, and PPPL;
- Supervising Committee staff, which may include an Assistant Director and other support staff;
- Overseeing and coordinating the services rendered by Committee staff;
- Preparing and submitting requests for administrative support, equipment, space, and personnel resources on behalf of the Committee to the Department of State.
- Facilitating, coordinating, and convening meetings of the Committee on Open Government;
- Ensuring records of the Committee are appropriately maintained; and
- Ensuring the Committee timely fulfills its responsibilities under law.
- Travel as required.
Additional Comments The Committee on Open Government is housed within the Department of State, and is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL), and the Open Meetings Law (OML) (Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 6-A, and 7, respectively). The Committee offers advice and guidance to the public, representatives of state and local government, and to members of the news media. Recommendations to improve open government laws are offered in an annual report to Governor and the State Legislature. The Committee also provides trainings and presentations to stakeholders state-wide throughout the year. The Committee may also promulgate regulations as authorized by law.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
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