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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 04/02/18

Applications Due04/17/18

Vacancy ID50142

AgencyChildren & Family Services, Office of

TitleSenior Attorney

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

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

Salary RangeFrom $81446 to $102661 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 40%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Monroe

Street Address 259 Monroe Avenue, 3rd Fl. Room 307

City Rochester


Zip Code14607

Minimum Qualifications One year of permanent competitive service in this title or in a title eligible transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law.
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.

Duties Description • The Senior Attorney will represent OCFS in family court proceedings involving youth in OCFS custody including extensions of placement; in administrative proceedings including emergency Fenner transfers involving youth in OCFS custody and in child care enforcement hearings.
• Provide legal support to the Attorney General’s Office in conducting defensive litigation involving OCFS officials and employees; and review requested transfers to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).
• Assist or personally prepare and present arguments at judicial and administrative proceedings and prepare findings, orders or decisions.
• Analyze and summarize cases and information pertinent to constitutional provisions, statutes, rules, regulations, policies and opinions and plan litigation strategy.
• Prepare for Judicial and administrative proceedings by reviewing cases, discussing strategy, coordinating investigations, examining case folders, conferring with program officials, preparing legal memoranda and issuing subpoenas.
• Try cases at proceedings by preparing opening statements and summations, arguing motions, examining witnesses, consulting with parties to the proceeding, examining evidence, preparing briefs, negotiating settlement, preparing appeals and advising superiors.
• Conduct legal research of statutes, decisions, opinions and other legal sources in order to respond, both orally and in writing, to requests for legal decisions and opinions.
• Interpret pertinent laws, rules, regulations, procedures, and policies; Evaluate and negotiate settlements.
• Determine violations of laws, rules, and regulations by child care providers and prepare appropriate legal documents to enforce laws, rules, and regulations.

Additional duties will be discussed during the interview.

Additional Comments The Senior Attorney must be admitted to practice in NYS and have experience in litigation and or administrative proceedings. This person needs to be able to travel up to 40% each week to all areas of NYS. A valid NYS driver’s license is required.
If you are on the Legal Specialties eligible list you may receive a canvass letter. Candidates must have 24 months of satisfactory legal experience for appointment to the Senior Attorney position.

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.

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Name New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Telephone 518-473-7936

Fax 518-474-0017

Email Address


Street Bureau of Personnel, EOA #18-233 MED

52 Washington Street, 231 North

City Rensselaer

State NY

Zip Code 12144


Notes on ApplyingQualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter giving the Title, Location, and EOA Number of the position being applied for. Please provide your email address and your work, home and cell phone numbers. 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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