Minimum Qualifications Admission to the New York State Bar and a member in good standing with five (5) years post-admission trial and/or hearing experience before either courts of record or in administrative proceedings. Commitment to public service and good research/writing skills essential. Criminal litigation experience preferred but not required.
Duties Description Supervising Attorneys assigned to the Administrative Appeals Unit perform the following functions, including but not limited to:
• Supervise a team of 3-5 Assistant Counsels or other professional staff
• Train and mentor Assistant Counsels and/or other professional staff consistent with established Unit policies, procedures and best practices; provide day-to-day direction on assignments and tasks
• Manage assignment of cases to subordinate staff; track workload among team members; recommend and implement necessary adjustments to enhance productivity and quality of output
• Review team work product for consistency with statute, agency legal positions, court decisions/legal precedent, and established Unit policies/procedures
• Defend Justice Center determinations and legal positions in proceedings before Administrative Law Judges and appointed Arbitrators
• Perform pre-hearing conferences and recommend proposed settlement terms to supervisor
• Draft motions, decisions, opening/closing arguments, memoranda of law and briefs in support of agency determinations; prepare documentary evidence and witnesses for testimony at administrative and disciplinary proceedings
• Consult with Justice Center investigators regarding allegations of abuse and neglect, and review associated evidence; identify gaps in existing evidence, and if necessary, recommend further evidence needed to determine whether an allegation of abuse and/or neglect should be substantiated
• Draft, review, and edit Notices of Discipline (NODs)
• Collaborate with and advise State Oversight Agencies (SOAs) on employee discipline proceedings
• Work collaboratively with other regional Supervising Assistant Counsels to identify operational issues, trends, and other factors impacting Unit operations; formulate and present improvement recommendations to Deputy for Administrative Litigation and the Assistant Deputy for Administrative Litigation, and other agency management
• Participate in work groups or special project teams, as directed
• Input and review all relevant case information in the Justice Center’s Vulnerable Persons Central Registry (VPCR)
• Conduct statewide training with Justice Center and SOA staff on relevant administrative litigation practices.
•Travel is required up to 30% of time. Much of travel time focused is regionally-focused, as well as several annual meetings in Albany.
Additional Comments The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) is charged with protecting over one million New Yorkers under the care or jurisdiction of six state agencies. The following list outlines several of the Justice Center’s key responsibilities:
• Advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities and provide oversight of quality of care.
• Operate a centralized, statewide 24-hour hotline and incident reporting system staffed by trained personnel.
• Operate a statewide register that contains the names of individuals found responsible for egregious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect.
• Centralize and perform functions relating to criminal history background checks.
• Investigate serious allegations of abuse and neglect.
• Prosecute criminal acts of abuse and neglect.
• Analyze abuse patterns and trends in order to prevent future occurrences.
Position eligible for $3,026 annual downstate location pay factor.
NOTE: You are advised that should you accept a job offer with this agency, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay for the cost of the fingerprinting fee.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
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 to jc.sm.HRresumes@justicecenter.ny.gov and indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.