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The Department of Children and Families seeks dedicated child welfare professionals who are committed to upholding the Department’s fundamental mission of protecting children from abuse and neglect to ensure they are able to grow and thrive in a safe and nurturing environment. The Department’s vision is that all children have the right to grow up in a nurturing home, free from abuse and neglect, with access to food, shelter, clothing, health care and education. DCF works toward establishing the safety, permanency and well-being of the Commonwealth's children by: stabilizing and preserving families; providing quality temporary alternative care when necessary, safely reunifying families; and when necessary and appropriate, creating new families through kinship, guardianship or adoption. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) community-focused, 4) strength-based, 5) committed to diversity/cultural competency, and, 6) committed to continuous learning.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Acts as a lawyer for the Massachusetts Child Welfare Agency. The primary responsibility will be to work with other members of the Department to timely respond and collect data necessary for compliance with the Freedom of Information law and the Governor’s Executive Order. In collaboration with the Deputy General Counsel, draft necessary regulations and policy for the Department. Work on procurement for the Department and assist in any state or federal audits related to the Department’s compliance with both state and federal laws and regulations.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
1. Drafts responses to Freedom of Information requests, including but not limited to initial response and obtaining the necessary records for production of such
2. Respond, when necessary, to the Supervisor of Public records.
3. Respond to requests for records on behalf of the General Counsel.
4. Assist in the drafting of policy and regulations in order to maintain the
Department’s compliance with both state and federal mandates.
5. Assist Procurement Management Teams for the Department to purchase
services in compliance with state law.
6. Assist in ensuring the Department’s compliance with Title IVE and work with
agency legal, financial and revenue staff and agency revenue provider to
maximize the Department’s revenue.
7. In collaboration with other units of the Department, assists in agency state and
8. May act as liaison to the Attorney General’s Office in litigation against the
agency, including responding to discovery and assisting in settlement
9. Conducts legal research on matters relating to agency functions; prepares
related reports and memoranda, including investigation and analysis of
potential tort claims against agency. Interprets laws, court decisions and
opinions, rules and regulations applicable to the agency; and
10. Conducts training of agency staff on legal issues pertaining to agency work,
litigation processes, changes to law, regulation or policy, or other topics as
1. Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and legal opinions
governing the functions of the child welfare agency;
2. Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth and Federal laws, including Title
IV-E of the Social Security Act.
3. Experience in the areas of Freedom of Information requests, litigation
procurement and contracts;
4. Demonstrated commitment to the core practice values of the agency;
5. Ability to interpret and prepare opinions on court decisions, rules and
6. Exposure to Litigation – through course work, internship, paralegal or litigation experience.
Please ensure that you attach a resume with your application submission to this requisition.
A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori and click on "Information for Job Applicants".
As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.
For questions, please contact the CYF Office of Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 and select option #2.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar and (A) at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law.
Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Official Title: Counsel II
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-600 Washington Street
Job: Legal Services
Agency: Department of Children & Families
Job Posting: Mar 21, 2019, 10:44:42 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 71,605.04 - 103,470.38 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Diane Chang - 617-748-2104
Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.