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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/13/24

Applications Due03/04/24

Vacancy ID151004

NY HELPNo

AgencyChildren & Family Services, Office of

TitleSenior Attorney, Assistant Attorney 1, 2, 3 (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $114444 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5

Workday

From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Rensselaer

Street Address Capital View Office Park - Legal

52 Washington Street, North Building

City Rensselaer

StateNY

Zip Code12144

Minimum Qualifications Transfer: One year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in this title or in a title eligible for 70.1 or 52.6 transfer.

Open to the Public: This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide program (NY HELPS) *. For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title may be filled via a non-competitive appointment, if the candidate meets the below NY HELPS minimum qualifications.

NY HELPS Non-Competitive Minimum Qualifications:

Position may be filled at the Senior Attorney level or one of the Assistant Attorney traineeship appointment levels. Appointment title will be dependent upon qualifications of candidate selected.

Assistant Attorney 1 (Grade 18): Law school graduation and/or eligibility for NYS Bar Admission.

Assistant Attorney 2 (Grade 20): Admission to NYS Bar

Assistant Attorney 3 (Grade 22): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 12 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience

Senior Attorney (Grade 25): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience

NOTE: Admission to the New York State Bar and current registration to practice law in New York State is required for continued employment. Disbarment or loss of registration shall result in termination or suspension of employment.

This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

Duties Description The attorney will provide legal support to the Division of Child Care Services (DCCS) regarding a broad spectrum of issues related to the child care assistance program and child care programs throughout the state. Additionally, the senior attorney will be responsible for supporting the DCCS on contract, fiscal, supervision and compliance work. In addition, the senior attorney will assist the attorney general in defense of the agency in any associated litigation including minor litigation such as Article 78 challenges and major litigation such as federal class actions. The candidate will:
• provide legal support in development and review of state legislation, regulations and policies.
• review and implementation of federal legislation and regulations.
• prepare legal opinions on policy initiatives.
• respond to and support the agency in external audits and stakeholder inquires.
• provide legal support regarding federal funding and fiscal issues related to the functions of the agency.
• conduct legal research and develop legal opinions as assigned.
• review draft requests for proposals, contracts, grant applications, reports and rate setting documents.
• review and assist in providing training to OCFS attorneys and agency staff on related legal topics.
Additional legal responsibilities may include appearance at administrative hearings or in court regarding subpoenas or orders for submission of records.
Additional duties may be discussed during the interview

Additional Comments *For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title may be filled via a non- competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.
Preferred qualifications: Knowledge of relevant federal child welfare and child care laws are important for the candidate as is knowledge of NYS Social Services Law and the Social Services Regulations at Title 18 of the New York State Code, Rules and Regulations.
Candidates who took and passed the Legal Specialties Examination are encouraged to apply.
Please specify in your cover letter and/or resume how you meet the minimum qualifications (as described above) when responding to this posting. Vagueness will not be interpreted in your favor and may disqualify you from further consideration if the information you provide does not meet the minimum qualifications.

Background Investigation Requirements:

1) All prospective employees will be investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees.

2) All prospective employees will be screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees will be required to pay any necessary fees.

3) For Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) prospective appointees will be checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable.

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is an equal opportunity employer. OCFS does not discriminate based upon age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, military or veteran status, sex, disability (including pregnancy-related conditions), predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status or status as a victim of domestic violence, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice and recognize that diversity in our workforce is critical to fulfilling our mission. We are committed to the diversity of our staff, and encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment of inclusion that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Telephone 518-473-7936

Fax 518-473-6122

Email Address eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov

Address

Street Bureau of Personnel - CDS

52 Washington Street, 231 North

City Rensselaer

State NY

Zip Code 12144

 

Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should e-mail their resume and letter of interest to eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov You MUST include the Vacancy number of the position in the subject line of your email and/or cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify you for the position when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by OCFS Personnel for your social security number to confirm your employment history.

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