The Office of the General Counsel Legal Counsel Unit (LCU) provides legal advice to the ACS Commissioner, General Counsel, Deputy Commissioners, and other ACS staff on both policy and program issues. The unit functions as in-house counsel, conducting legal research, interpreting laws and regulations governing the provision of child welfare and early care and education services in NYC, reviewing pending legislation and regulations, reviewing draft policies and procedures, and responding to conflict of interest matters and program inquiries. The unit also acts as liaison with the NYC Law Department and outside counsel in defending class action suits and numerous other significant litigation challenging ACS’ systemic practices. OGC/LCU is seeking one (1) Executive Agency Counsel MI as Assistant General Counsel to help manage the overall functioning of LCU and supervision of unit staff. The Assistant General Counsel must work closely with the Associate General Counsel/Supervising Attorney to develop and maintain unit business procedures and best practices. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting the Associate General Counsel/Supervising Attorney with general supervision and administration of the unit.
- Maintaining personal caseload.
- Acting as conflicts liaison with the Conflicts of Interest Board.
- Conducting legal research; interpreting laws and regulations governing the provision of child welfare and early care and education in New York City.
- Providing legal analysis, guidance, and advice, as needed.
- Collaborating with counsel and program staff from ACS and/or City agencies, NYS agencies, and other outside entities as needed, on new initiatives and special projects.
- Reviewing and advising on proposed legislation and other policy matters.
- Representing Office of the General Counsel in cross-divisional and inter-agency meetings.
- Other legal work as assigned to help effectively and efficiently run LCU and/or further ACS mission and goals.
Minimum Qual Requirements
Admission to the New York State Bar; and four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, eighteen months of which must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing highly complex and significant legal work.
Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.
- Familiarity with Family Court Act and Social Services Law and general child welfare practice;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Proven ability to establish and maintain effective and congenial working relationships with a wide range of governmental and external entities;
- Effective and creative leadership ability with the capacity to work both independently and cooperatively to implement key strategies, evaluate new policies, and analyze legal issues.