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Social Services Advocate - PDD New Bedford

The Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking to fill a full-time Social Services Advocate position for the New Bedford office. 


The Social Services Advocate works as part of a multidisciplinary legal defense team to provide zealous advocacy to adult criminal defendants in order to achieve the best possible legal and life outcomes.  As part of the defense team, the Social Services Advocate will take direction on a case from the lead attorney and work collaboratively with investigators, support staff, retained experts, law students and other interns. As part of working with the attorney on the pending legal case, the SSA also helps to identify the social and clinical issues that preceded arrest and those that may result from court involvement. The Social Services Advocate must adhere to the rules of confidentiality under the attorney-client relationship. Social Services Advocates work under the supervision of the Social Services Advocate Director, with administrative direction provided by the Attorney in Charge.


As an integral member of the team, the Social Services Advocate’s role includes bio-psychosocial interviewing and assessment, social history investigation, forensic case management, advocacy for clients within court, carceral, mental health and social service systems, fostering family interactions and intervention, treatment and sentencing planning, report writing, testifying, and making direct connections between clients and programs.  Social services intervention occurs at all stages of the court process, from the initial arraignment through resolution and post-conviction

Position: Social Services Advocate - PDD New Bedford
Organization: Committee for Public Counsel Services
Location: Boston,  MA 
United States
Salary: $52,992.00-72,858.00, commensurate with years of experience
Posting Start Date: 8/5/2021
Date Posted: 8/19/2021


  • Bachelor’s degree in a social service field and one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of skills, education, and experience;
  • Must have insured, reliable and available transportation, and a valid MA driver’s license; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.

Master’s degree in social work, psychology or related field strongly preferred.  Please submit a writing sample along with your application.  


Status: This listing expires on: 11/17/2021
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Organization Information
Committee for Public Counsel Services
75 Federal St.
5th Floor
Boston,  MA 02110
United States
Kevin Ruderman