First Deputy Commissioner

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Under the direction of the Commissioner, with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, the successful candidate will serve as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction. Responsibilities include oversight of the units managed by both the Senior Deputy Commissioner and the Chief of Department with special focus on new initiatives, special projects and labor relations. In addition, the First Deputy Commissioner will coordinate the activities of the Chief of Department and Senior Deputy Commissioner towards the accomplishment of departmental priorities. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the achievement of agency priorities including, but not limited to, compliance with legal mandates and minimum standards, ensuring effective and efficient operations, and the optimal application of correctional best practices. Responsibilities include:

  • On an ongoing basis, assess, support and sustain the efforts of the divisions within the office of the Senior Deputy Commissioner and the Chief of Department. Establish objectives, priorities and benchmarks consistent with departmental goals; monitor and manage toward improved results. Develop methods for evaluating effectiveness and propose new procedures based on outcomes.
  • Concurrently, undertake, through subordinates, systematic reviews of organizational segments system-wide, to assess the soundness of their operations. Develop plans and subsequently implement new or revised policies, procedures and protocols where necessary, to enhance performance.
  • Develop and implement contingency measures in response to emergencies and to resolve issues of department-wide significance.
  • Assume overall responsibility for the conduct of extensive manpower assessment studies to identify the department’s ongoing personnel needs, uniformed posts with civilianization potential and staff retrenchment possibilities.
  • Undertake comprehensive reviews of the department’s overtime expenditures; plan and set policy for execution by designated personnel, on matters related to reducing overtime department-wide.
  • Ensure adequate fiscal resources and physical plant structures and capacities to constitutionally confine the city’s jail population and sustain its support services.
  • Responsible, through subordinates, for the development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of mechanisms to detect and change conditions with adversely affect the department’s compliance with minimum standards, consent decrees and legislative enactments.
  • Enhance the department’s development of intelligence and gang management capabilities.
  • Maximize the contributions of the workforce through measures including enhanced training and executive development of the department’s supervisors and managers and succession planning.
Minimum Qual Requirements

Candidates should have a thorough knowledge of the fields of correction and criminal justice; outstanding managerial ability and at least fifteen years of progressively responsible experience including large public sector organizations; ability to communicate highly complex and technical matters clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing; skill in representing the Commissioner and the department before diverse departments and groups to present and/or clarify departmental policies and activities in an effort to achieve the department’s objectives and ability to work under intense pressure and coordinate staff in efforts to meet restrictive deadlines.

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Work Location

75-20 Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst, New York 11370

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.



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