Under direction, with wide latitude for independent judgment and action and decision, the Staff Attorney will perform difficult and complex legal work having significant policy consequences in the Administration for Children's Services' (ACS) Legal Counsel Unit. Specific duties will include:
• Conduct legal research; interpret laws and regulations governing the provision of child welfare, child care, and juvenile justice in New York City.
• Provide legal advice and opinions to ACS Commissioner, General Counsel, and other ACS staff on both policy and program issues relating to the child welfare, child care, and/or juvenile justice systems.
• Review pending legislation and regulations, review draft policies and procedures.
• Respond to program inquires relating to the child welfare, child care, and juvenile justice systems.
• Act as liaison with New York City Law Department and outside counsel in defending class action suits and numerous other significant litigation challenging ACS’ systemic practices.
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 candidates should possess the following: excellent written and oral communication skills; strong research and analytical ability; and a relevant knowledge and understanding of New York State child welfare, child care, and juvenile justice laws.
Agency Attorney level III lateral transfers also are accepted.
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 maltreatment report.
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.