The Director reports to the ILS Board and bears responsibility for the success of ILS’ core mission to improve the quality of mandated representation. This position is responsible for the day-to-day operation and administration of the Office (currently budgeted for 40 staff members), including:
Providing direct supervision to Counsel; Quality Enhancement Directors for Criminal Trials, Appeals, and Parental Representation; and Executive Assistant;
Appointing new employees;
Giving direction to and assessing the performance of current employees;
Conducting regular Management Team meetings to plan project implementation and consider agency policies and procedures;
Conducting regular staff meetings to ensure clear understanding of agency priorities and facilitate communication among staff;
Preparing and advocating for an annual agency appropriation sufficient to carry out the mission of the Office;
Executing grant contracts, approving claims for payments, and other approval functions of Office’s statewide grants program;
Ensuring the fiscal and operational integrity of the Office’s activities;
Preparing policies and proposals for the Board to consider during its quarterly meetings;
Implementing the policies and actions approved by the Board;
Preparing a draft annual report for consideration by the Board;
Developing and maintaining effective communication with external entities, including but not limited to executive, legislative, and judicial officials, New York State Bar Association, New York State Association of Counties, defender organizations, etc.;
Developing and maintaining a significant national involvement in right to counsel and public defense issues, either directly or through designated agency staff; and
Performing such other duties as the Board may prescribe
The Board is seeking a new Director, its second, to lead the Office starting June 2, 2021. The Board seeks a highly dedicated, qualified, committed and successful public defense leader for this position. Based in Albany, the position is full time, with a salary range of $145,000-$170,000.
The ILS Director is appointed by the ILS Board for a five-year term, subject to the approval of the New York State Governor. The Board may appoint the Director for more than one subsequent five-year term upon expiration of each term.
Interested applicants must submit their resume or curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, and three references to Mindy Jeng, Esq. at email@example.com, by the close of business on Friday, March 26, 2021.