Committee for Public Counsel Services

Administrative Assistant III

# of Openings
Posted Date
Regular Full-Time
Post End Date
$42,000.00 - $55,000.00



The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel for any person who cannot afford to retain counsel. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youth offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as appeals and post-conviction cases related to those matters.


CPCS is an equal opportunity employer.



The Children and Family Law (CAFL) Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, seeks an Administrative Assistant III for its administrative and training units in Boston.



CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation.  We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs.  In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to:  (1) ensuring that CPCS staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS's leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


Qualifications and Minimum Entrance Requirements:


• Associate’s degree in related area, at least two years of experience as an administrative assistant or office manager, executive level secretarial skills, or an equivalent combination of education, training, experience, and skills are required. Proficiency with MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Windows also required.
• Strong organizational and writing abilities;
• Good problem-solving skills;
• Ability to establish effective working relationships and to work as part of a team;
• Ability to communicate effectively with all staff within the organization, the courts, and the public;
• Strict adherence to confidentiality.
• 50-60 WPM keyboarding preferred.
• Familiarity with MS Publisher, MS Access and web software is desirable.


EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies.  Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at


Ensures efficient operation of office by providing administrative and secretarial support to Director of Trial Panel; Director of Appellate Panel; Director of Social Work; and other attorneys in CAFL’s administrative and training units. 


Duties include:

  • correspondence (including mass mailings);
  • establishing and maintaining administrative files;
  • responding to telephone inquiries about CAFL;
  • faxing; photocopying; scanning; entering data;
  • preparing spreadsheets and reports from databases;
  • assisting CAFL directors and administrative staff attorneys with project management.
  • updating the CAFL website;and other related duties as assigned. 
  • occasional outside delivery/retrieval of documents (within the Boston area) required.


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