Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 09/09/21
Applications Due: 09/24/21
Vacancy ID: 91013

Position Information

AgencyChildren & Family Services, Office of

TitleDeputy Counsel

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $122092 to $154253 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 0%


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 Rensselaer

Street Address Capital View Office Park - Division of Legal Affairs

52 Washington Street, North Building

City Rensselaer


Zip Code12144

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Candidates MUST have a law degree from an accredited law school and been admitted to the New York State Bar.

Candidates MUST have had seven years of full-time relevant experience AND a minimum of two years of additional experience supervising attorneys. Incumbents must remain members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

Applicants must be admitted to practice law in New York State.

Duties Description Reporting directly to the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, the duties of the Deputy Counsel include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Planning, organizing and directing the work of the assigned legal bureaus;

• Developing and implementing policies and procedures that affect the agency and its Legal Division;

• Recommending, researching, drafting and negotiating proposed legislation that will impact OCFS;

• Assisting with the development of the Legal Division’s annual budget;

• Identifying and advising the Counsel and Deputy Commissioners on legal issues and matters of risk mitigation;

• Serving as the agency’s Counsel in her absence;

• Conducting legal research and drafting legal memoranda;

• Collaborating with OCFS managers and the New York State Attorney General’s Office on agency-related litigation;

• Managing and overseeing several legal units within the Division of Legal Affairs that provide legal support and advice to all agency program areas; and

• Representing the Commissioner and the Legal Division at meetings with entities outside the agency, conferences and other events, as requested by the Commissioner or Counsel.

Additional duties will be discussed in detail during the interview.

Additional Comments

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.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. OCFS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. OCFS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity. It is the policy of OCFS to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying or for which they are employed. OCFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.

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

Contact Information

Name New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Telephone 518-473-7936

Fax 518-473-6122

Email Address


Street Bureau of Personnel - MAA

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 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.