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The New York State Department of Health’s Division of Legal Affairs is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of the Bureau of the Task Force on Life and the Law.

The Task Force was established by Executive Order N0. 56 (Governor Mario M. Cuomo, 1984) and continued by Executive Order No. 2 (Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2011). The position is available immediately and is located in Albany, NY (preferred) or New York City (depending on circumstances). Salary will be determined at a later date.

The purpose of the Task Force on Life and the Law is to study the legal and ethical implications of complex health issues. The Director will work with the more than 20 accomplished scholars in assorted disciplines who are members of the Task Force to identify, contact, and interact with leading authorities and stakeholders in relevant fields, and to analyze and summarize in a persuasive manner relevant legal and scientific literature.

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in law, medicine, bioethics, philosophy, and health policy, and the ability to shepherd the studies undertaken by the Task Force to completion in the form of a polished, thorough, professional product that reflects the consensus opinion of the Task Force Chair and members.

• Juris Doctorate (preferred) or postgraduate degree in the field of medicine, bioethics, philosophy, or health policy,
• Demonstrated experience: developing symposia, written reports, and electronic presentations, including achieving consensus among diverse experts and stakeholders
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Helpful, creative, and assistive in the workplace, can give and take directions, receptive to constructive feedback, and able to work effectively both in a team and independently
• Proficient with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Candidates should be able to describe how the candidate would use the above referenced preferred qualifications to meet the following responsibilities under the supervision of the Task Force Chair and the Department’s General Counsel:
• present leading authorities and stakeholders in the relevant field, and relevant legal and scientific literature, to the members of the Task Force
• facilitate efficient, well organized, and productive Task Force meetings, conference calls, and deliberations
• develop symposia, written reports, and electronic presentations
• oversee day-to-day activities of the Task Force and supervise staff in their day-to-day activities


Submit resume, preferably in PDF format, to Division of Legal Affairs, Corning Tower Building, Room 2438, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237 by email to or by fax to (518) 473-2802. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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