Managing Director - CAFL
The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a family regulation/child welfare attorney with management experience to serve as a Managing Director for its Children and Family Law Division (CAFL). The Managing Director will lead, support, and oversee four to six multidisciplinary trial offices. The Managing Director may also be responsible for supporting and overseeing CAFL’s appellate office. In addition, the Managing Director will be part of CAFL’s leadership team.
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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. In fulfilling its mission, CPCS is committed to fostering diversity at all levels of the agency. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experiences; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS’s leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, family regulation, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.
Attorneys working with CPCS’s Children and Family Law Division represent parents, children and older youth, custodians, and guardians in cases in which the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking custody of children and a limited number of other civil cases relating to families. Attorneys appointed to these cases represent clients in care and protection matters (know elsewhere as dependency or abuse and neglect cases) and in termination of parental rights, guardianship-of-a-minor, and child requiring assistance cases. Nearly all of these cases are heard in the Juvenile Court.
CAFL’s legal advocacy plays a critical role in cases that affect families. For a parent involved in a care and protection case, having a skilled CAFL legal team may mean the difference between the family’s reunification and the termination of parental rights – the “death penalty of family law.” For a teenager who is the subject of a truancy case, CAFL’s advocacy may secure the special education services that enable the client to succeed in school and avoid being placed in a foster home with strangers. For siblings looking for stability after the court has freed them for adoption, the CAFL attorney will fight to ensure that they are provided a permanent home that allows them to stay together.
The Managing Director’s primary responsibility is ensuring that CAFL staff provides high-quality, client-centered, culturally humble representation to adult and child clients in CAFL cases. The Managing Director achieves this by overseeing CAFL multidisciplinary litigation offices and providing supervision and support to the Attorneys in Charge (AICs) for each of those offices. In addition, as a member of the CAFL Leadership Team, the Managing Director works collaboratively with CAFL’s Deputy Chief Counsel, two other Managing Directors, and other CAFL Directors to promote the division’s policy and program goals. The Managing Director also works with CPCS’s other legal practice divisions and CPCS’s legal support and operational units (Training, Human Resources, IT, Facilities, and General Counsel). The Managing Director reports directly to CAFL’s Deputy Chief Counsel.
Managing Director - CAFL
||Committee for Public Counsel Services - CPCS
||$68,000 - $115,378, commensurate with years of experience
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MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
- Applicants for this position must have a demonstrated commitment to the representation of indigent persons, at least eight years’ experience as a practicing family regulation/child welfare attorney, and at least four years of managerial experience.
- The Managing Director must be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population and must be eligible to practice law in Massachusetts, either as a member of the Massachusetts bar in good standing or as the member of the bar of another jurisdiction eligible to engage in limited Massachusetts practice under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
- Applicants must have access to reliable transportation in order to travel to offices, courts, and other locations throughout the state.
- Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.
The position requires strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, the ability to manage people, and the capacity for close attention to detail.
- Lead and oversee the management of CAFL litigation offices to provide zealous advocacy for all clients;
- Work with staff and with other CAFL Directors to address failures in the family regulation system that threaten or deny equal or meaningful access to justice for CAFL clients, that result in violations of clients’ substantive rights, or that perpetuate racial and ethnic disparities in the family regulation system;
- Assist AICs in creating and maintaining a positive, equitable, and inclusive workplace environment, in creating and promoting professional development opportunities for staff, and in addressing employee relations and performance issues;
- Oversee the hiring and helping to facilitate the retention of attorneys and other staff in CAFL litigation offices, with the goal of developing and maintaining a skilled, collaborative, and diverse team in each office;
- Use case-related data to promote high-quality representation, to identify systemic concerns, and to ensure that office and attorney caseloads are appropriate;
- Identify and address issues that may arise in connection with the operation of CAFL offices and develop and recommend changes to caseload, supervision, performance, and other relevant standards needed to promote high-quality, client-centered, multidisciplinary representation;
- Facilitate strong communication across the Managing Director’s offices, with other division and agency offices, and between CPCS’s leadership team and CAFL offices;
- Supervise Senior Trial Counsel and work collaboratively with AICs to ensure that there are clear expectations regarding the Senior Trial Counsel’s case assignments and training and mentoring obligations;
- Work with CPCS’s Training Department to identify and meet staff training needs;
- Investigate and respond to legal conflicts, legal ethics questions, performance issues, and complaints regarding attorney and non-attorney staff;
- Work with AICs, the Director of CAFL’s Trial Panel, and local CAFL bar leadership to promote collaboration between CAFL’s trial offices and local CAFL private attorneys;
- Work with judges and DCF leaders to address policy and practice concerns;
- Partner with the CAFL Deputy Chief Counsel and other CAFL Directors to develop and execute division policies and strategic plans and to develop and advance legislative and policy agendas;
- Work collaboratively with other CPCS leaders on cross-divisional and other issues as needed to promote agency goals and objectives; and
- Perform other duties as assigned.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Chief Human Resources Officer, Ted Waterman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
||This listing expires on: 1/30/2023