Specific duties will include:
- Respond to challenging and urgent legal concerns and issues raised by ACS' Division of Youth & Family Justice (DYFJ) staff, other ACS staff, and external entities
- Provide a legal opinion on a broad array of practices, policies, and procedures related to care and custody of juvenile justice-involved youth, including providing legal guidance on nights/weekends when necessary
- Act as liaison between DYFJ and Family Court Legal Services (FCLS), to draft and ensure appropriate court documents are filed timely, and appear in Family, Supreme, and other NYC courts (if necessary) to represent DYFJ in matters related to custody of detained and/or placed youth
- Conduct research and provide legal guidance in the development of DYFJ policies and protocols
- Respond to subpoenas on behalf of the Agency for current and former DYFJ youths’ records and redacting information as required pursuant relevant confidentiality laws
- Attend meetings and provide legal technical assistance to DYFJ on matters spanning the spectrum of juvenile justice
- Represent DYFJ’s interests and work with ACS’ Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in determining the impact and implications of proposed legislation on DYFJ’s operations and practices
- Act as liaison between DYFJ and ACS’ Office of the General Counsel on various matters related to employment issues, confidentiality agreements, and records production
- Liaise with FCLS on various legal issues, including timely remand modifications, aftercare revocations, and extensions of placement as necessary
- Assist executive staff with the development and drafting of key program materials, procedures, documents, plans, and reports
- Provide other legal guidance to DYFJ staff as necessary.
Minimum Qual Requirements
1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.
2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or
3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086).
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:
To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
The preferred candidate should possess the following:
A law degree and a strong background in the Family Court Act (particularly Article 3) along with Juvenile/Adolescent Offender proceedings, the Social Services Law, litigation, Family Court and Criminal/Supreme Court adolescent proceedings, familiarity with various NYC prosecutorial and legal defense organizations; strong organizational and communication skills; ability to maintain confidentiality of the Agency’s records; ability to teach and train; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to deal tactfully and effectively with diverse constituencies at all levels of an organization. Previous experience in a District Attorney’s office or in legal defense of youth in adolescent criminal proceedings in Supreme Court strongly preferred.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a
candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and
The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers
Committed to Diversity.
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New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.