The Director of Quality Enhancement for Parental Representation is responsible for fulfilling the Office’s responsibility to “make efforts to improve the quality of services provided pursuant to article 18-B of the county law” with respect to the representation of indigent parents in Family Court proceedings. The incumbent of this position reports to the Director of the Office of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) (“ILS Director”) and oversees a unit that includes a Parental Representation Attorney and a Family Court Program Associate.
• Examines, evaluates, and monitors the legal services provided in each county and New York City to parents in Family Court proceedings pursuant to Article 18-B of the County Law.
• Supervises the Parental Representation Attorney, the Family Court Program Associate, and any additional staff hired by ILS to work towards improving the quality of legal representation provided to indigent parents in Family Court matters.
• Coordinates with the ILS Director of Research and the Family Court Senior Research Associate on the collection and analysis of data concerning the representation of indigent parents in Family Court matters.
• Encourages and supports innovative and cost-effective solutions that enhance the provision of quality indigent legal services, including collaborative efforts serving multiple counties.
• Makes recommendations to the ILS Director on steps to improve the quality of representation provided to indigent parents in Family Court matter, including but not limited to, establishing standards, criteria, and a process for such representation.
• Serves as the ILS liaison on various initiatives external to ILS regarding Family Court matters as a means of influencing systems that impact the quality of representation.
• Coordinates with counties and New York City on the joint initiative with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services to obtain federal Title IV-E funding; assists counties and New York City in developing the Quality Enhancement Plans necessary to access this funding; and tracks utilization of this funding opportunity.
• Works with the ILS Director, Counsel, and Assistant Counsel on identifying how best to secure State funding for improved quality representation, and how to most effectively use the funding available, including assistance in developing grant award opportunities.
• Undertakes such other activities as may be requested by the ILS Director in furtherance of the Office’s overall responsibility to make efforts to improve the quality of indigent legal services representation.
All case-related information and knowledge obtained in the performance of these duties will be treated as confidential information.
JD degree; admission to, or willingness to seek admission to, the New York State Bar; and five years of experience in the practice of law subsequent to admission to the Bar.
The ideal candidate will have 10 or more years’ experience in representing low-income parents in Family Court matters; a demonstrated commitment to improving the quality of constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation; and a collegial and collaborative approach to project management. Experience supervising others is also desirable.
July 17, 2022
The mission of Indigent Legal Services (ILS) is to improve the representation provided to New Yorkers facing criminal charges or family litigation who cannot afford counsel. Our agency’s work is transforming criminal defense and parental representation, while helping people in crisis achieve greater justice in criminal cases and maintain family integrity. Join us to help shape policy and practice statewide and to have a profound impact on justice statewide. Become part of a team of dedicated professionals who share your commitment to a more fair and just society.
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We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including:
· Medical, Prescription, Dental and Vision Care Benefits
· Life Insurance
· Paid Personal Leave, Vacation, Sick Leave, and Holidays
· Paid Family Leave
· Health Care Spending Account
· Dependent Care Advantage Account
· Membership in the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System
· Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan
· Deferred Compensation Plan
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