The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a dynamic experienced leader to serve as Director of the Youth Advocacy Division.
The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the Massachusetts state agency that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which there is a right to counsel under the state or federal Constitution, state statutes, or case law. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person, parole and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and collateral proceedings related to these matters.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION MISSION STATEMENT
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of our assigned clients through zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and the fullness of excellent legal representation. We are dedicated to building and maintaining strong professional relationships, while striving to accept, listen to and respect the diverse circumstances of each client, as we dedicate ourselves to meeting their individual needs. It is our CPCS mission to achieve these goals, and in furtherance thereof, we embrace and endorse diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values as we maintain a steadfast commitment to: (1) Ensure that CPCS management and staff members represent a broad range of human differences and experience; (2) Provide a work climate that is respectful and supports success; and (3) Promote the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS leadership is responsible for ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion. The ability to achieve these goals with any level of certainty is ultimately the responsibility each member of the CPCS community.
The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) is responsible for assuring that all children accused of crimes in Massachusetts receive a high quality of developmentally appropriate zealous advocacy throughout representation - from investigation through parole. YAD also plays a leadership role inside and outside the agency in matters pertaining to juvenile justice policy and juvenile representation.
The Division consists of an Administrative Office, which is responsible for leadership, training, support and oversight of staff and private panel attorneys practicing in the Juvenile, District, Superior and appellate courts, as well as nine trial offices that represent indigent clients facing delinquency, criminal and/or youthful offender charges, as well as other related issues throughout the Commonwealth. YAD also hosts the Youth Advocacy Foundation, which, in large part, supports the work of the EdLaw Project. The EdLaw Project provides training and support to all CPCS attorneys, staff and private, so that they are well equipped to engage in education advocacy for all appropriate clients, regardless of Division.
From its inception, YAD has had three fundamental goals. First, to provide zealous, client directed, representation. At CPCS, all representation is client directed, whether the client is an adult or a child. Second, to apply a Youth Development Approach in representation of YAD clients; within the context of their age and community YAD offers a comprehensive, inter-disciplinary spectrum of engagement, assessment, referral, and advocacy services. This Youth Development Approach emphasizes a partnership between social workers and lawyers, a mastery of the evidence based Positive Youth Development framework, and a profound engagement with the children, youth, families, and communities for which we share responsibility. Third, to lead the Agency’s efforts to support continuous improvement in the overall ability of the juvenile and criminal legal systems to provide a fair, effective, culturally humble, trauma responsive, racially and ethnically equitable, and developmentally appropriate response to the life circumstances of individual clients and client communities.
Over twenty years, YAD staff and private assigned counsel have received local and national recognition for their innovative and excellent advocacy in courthouses, schools and communities.
The Director of the Youth Advocacy Division reports to the Chief Counsel and is a member of the CPCS Senior Management Team, which develops and implements agency fiscal, operational, human resource, and legislative policies.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The successful candidate will have experience in some or all of the following areas:
Application process: Candidates should submit a résumé, writing sample, and statement of interest.
The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to June 14, 2021.
The Director’s duties include, but are not limited to:
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 email@example.com