The Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking an experienced criminal defense attorney to serve as Managing Director in the Public Defender Division. Managing Directors oversee regions of approximately four to six county-based trial offices. The region to be filled by this posting will be the Southeast Region, covering Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable counties.
We fight for equal justice and human dignity by supporting our clients in achieving their legal and life goals. We zealously advocate for the rights of individuals and promote just public policy to protect the rights of all.
Courage • Accountability • Respect • Excellence
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 of each member of the CPCS community.
CPCS is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing an attorney when the state or federal constitution or a state statute requires the appointment of an attorney for a person who cannot afford to retain one. The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, guardianship, mental health, sexually dangerous person, and sex offender registry cases, as well as in appeals and post-conviction and post-judgment proceedings related to those matters.
The clients we represent are diverse across every context imaginable and bring many unique cultural dimensions to the matters we address. This reality creates a critical need for CPCS staff to be culturally competent and able to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, genders and/or sexual orientation identities, abilities, and limited English proficiency, among other protected characteristics.
The Managing Director (“MD”) oversees the Southeast Region which consists of four trial offices located in Bristol, Plymouth, and Barnstable counties. The MD manages the various regional operation and legal issues that arise and assists the Deputy Chief Counsel (“DCC”) in ensuring that CPCS staff representation in criminal matters is effective, client-centered, culturally competent, and meets agency practice standards. The MD accomplishes this by providing supervision and support to the Attorneys in Charge (“AICs”) for each of those offices. The MD also works collaboratively and in consultation with the other legal practice divisions (CAFL, YAD, MH, PC), and CPCS legal support and operational units (Training, Human Resources, IT, Facilities, General Counsel).
The MD reports directly to PDD’s Deputy Chief Counsel and is a member of the PDD Leadership Team.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The position requires strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and the capacity for close attention to detail.
The responsibilities of the Managing Director 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 Chief Human Resources Officer, Ted Waterman, at email@example.com
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