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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 07/24/17

Applications Due08/18/17

Vacancy ID42487

AgencyIndigent Legal Services, Office of

TitleConfidential Legal Assistant (Statewide Implementation Paralegal)

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $55000 to $70000 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 15%

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? No

County Albany

Street Address Alfred E. Smith Building, 11th Floor

City Albany

StateNY

Zip Code12224

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree required, advanced preferred. Some experience in the field of criminal justice and demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform together with excellent writing skills.

Duties Description The Statewide Implementation Paralegal will assist the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Office) in its implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4), including the development and implementation of written plans to (1) ensure that criminal defendants eligible for publicly funded legal representation are provided in person representation at their arraignment; (2) establish numerical caseload/workload standards for each provider of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford to counsel; and (3) improve the quality of legally mandated publicly funded representation in criminal cases for persons unable to afford counsel. The holder of this position will serve as Statewide Implementation Paralegal in the Office’s Statewide Implementation Unit and report to the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, who works under the guidance of the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (“Director”) and agency Counsel (“Counsel”). The holder of this position will be primarily responsible for assisting the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney and working closely with other staff of the Statewide Implementation Unit to satisfy the implementation, planning, monitoring and reporting requirements specified in Executive Law § 832 (4), for the purpose of improving the quality of mandated representation in criminal cases under article 18-B of the County Law. All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties is highly confidential and may be subject to the attorney-client privilege.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Under the direction of the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, and in collaboration with other members of the Statewide Implementation Unit, evaluates and monitors the implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4).

• Identifies, gathers and prepares potential sources of relevant information for the development of written plans and periodic assessment reports as required under Executive Law § 832 (4), for the purpose of improving the quality of mandated representation of eligible criminal defendants.

• Assists in monitoring the progress of counties and indigent legal service providers toward achieving the goals enunciated in the written plans developed by the Office, including analyzing relevant information and assisting in the writing of periodic assessment reports.

• Conducts legal research, including identifying appropriate laws, judicial decisions and legal articles, as requested by the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney or any of the four subject area Statewide Implementation attorneys.

• Locates and interviews individuals related to the implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4), as directed by the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney.

• Assists in the identification of deficiencies in, or obstacles to, implementation of the reforms specified in Executive Law § 832 (4) in the counties and City, and assists in developing solutions to identified barriers.

• At the direction of the Statewide Chief Implementation Attorney, performs administrative tasks such as maintaining and organizing Statewide Implementation files, reports and schedules, and arranging interviews and meetings.

• Undertakes such other activities as may be requested by the Director and Counsel in furtherance of the Office’s overall responsibility to implement Executive Law § 832 (4), in order to improve the quality of indigent legal services representation under article 18-B.

Additional Comments *Please note, this position is temporary pending final approval from the Governor’s Office for placement in the Exempt class

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

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Name Human Resources/JM/TBD

Telephone 518-473-5282

Fax 518-486-1631

Email Address HRresumes@ogs.ny.gov

Address

Street NYS Office of General Services, HRM

40th Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12242

 

Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics and indicate the Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov .

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