Committee for Public Counsel Services

  • Director of Private Social Work Services

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    ID
    2018-1613
    # of Openings
    1
    Posted Date
    4/2/2018
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Salary
    $83,000 to $90,000
  • Overview

    To improve legal representation of indigent clients facing criminal-and mental health cases, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking its first Director of Private Social Work Services.  The Director of Private Social Work Services will be responsible for creating, developing, and overseeing the system of private Social Workers for criminal and mental health cases.  Among other duties, the Director will recruit, vet, train, and support the Social Workers and educate attorneys on the benefits and proper use of Social Workers in their court appointed work.


    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT

    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.


    Position Overview:

     

    To improve legal representation of indigent clients facing criminal-and mental health cases, the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking its first Director of Private Social Work Services.

     

    CPCS provides legal services to indigent clients by a combination of private attorneys trained and certified to accept assignments and staff attorneys.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal services to each and every client.  Assigned private counsel attorneys represent 80% of indigent clients in Massachusetts, and hire private social workers who are an integral part of the defense team through the Indigent Court Costs Act.

     

    Social work services can contribute substantially to positive outcomes for court-involved people in poverty.  Social Workers work as members of the defense team and can link the client with jobs, education, training programs, housing, and substance use disorder and mental health treatment programs, thereby providing the court with a viable alternative to incarceration or institutionalization. 

     

    The Director of Private Social Work Services will be responsible for creating, developing, and overseeing the system of private Social Workers for criminal and mental health cases.  Among other duties, the Director will recruit, vet, train, and support the Social Workers and educate attorneys on the benefits and proper use of Social Workers in their court appointed work.

     

    The Director of Social Work reports to the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Private Counsel Division.

    Qualifications

    Position Qualifications:

    • The Director of Private Social Work Services must be licensed in Massachusetts as an LICSW or be a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (“LMHC”) with at least with at least five years of experience working in the justice system or mental health field and be committed to serving a culturally diverse, low-income population.

    • Knowledge of public and private social services systems and programs in Massachusetts;
    • Knowledge of forensic social work practice, defense practice, and the criminal justice system;
    • Demonstrated skills in interviewing clients and assessing their needs, case management, service planning, and forensic social work;
    • Knowledge of case management, service planning, public and private social services systems and programs, data gathering and reporting strategies and techniques;
    • Experience in developing and providing trainings;
    • Ability to communicate effectively and persuasively orally and in writing;
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities;
    • Access to reliable transportation and the flexibility to travel statewide regularly and work occasionally in the evenings to conduct trainings, attend meetings, and handle emergencies; and
    • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.

    A preference will be given to candidates who are licensed as an LICSW.

     

    The ideal candidate will also have experience supervising and managing clinical and/or forensic social workers or similar mental health professionals.

    The position may be based either in CPCS's Boston office or, for the right candidate, in an office outside of Boston that provides the person(s) selected with a more convenient commute.

    Application:  Applicants should submit (1) a resume, and (2) a thoughtful written statement of interest.

     

    The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to April 30, 2018.

    Responsibilities

    Position Responsibilities:

     

    • Recruit, vet, and support private Social Workers who can be retained by attorneys as experts in individual cases hired under the Indigent Court Costs Act;
    • Educate attorneys about the benefits of, and how to work with, Social Workers hired under the Indigent Court Costs Act;
    • In consultation with CPCS Training Units, design and coordinate training programs for attorneys on various clinical issues including social work practice, brain development, domestic violence, substance abuse, cultural competence, mental health and other topics;
    • Identify the training needs of private Social Workers and design and implement training programs for them;
    • Respond to advice calls from Social Workers and attorneys about social work issues that affect  client representation;
    • Identify and address systemic issues impacting the use of Social Workers by attorneys;
    • Create and maintain a resource list for Social Workers and private assigned attorneys; and
    • Provide input and assistance on CPCS initiatives and policy development

     

    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 lbacon@publiccounsel.net

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