Director of Youth Advocacy Division

$133,750 - $153,750 yearly
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • May 14, 2021
Full time Legal Management

Job Description

Director of Youth Advocacy Division

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 public defender agency that provides legal representation to indigent persons in all 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.


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 Director of the Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) will lead a division which consists of about 75 staff members and 250 private practitioners, and is responsible for assuring that all children accused of crimes in Massachusetts receive a high quality of client directed developmentally appropriate zealous advocacy throughout representation - from investigation through parole.  The YAD Director will also play a leadership role inside and outside the agency in matters pertaining to juvenile and criminal law, policy and practice. 

CPCS is seeking a new Director who has the vision and perseverance to lead a dedicated, experienced and skilled group of juvenile defenders, social workers, investigators, and administrative professionals in achieving an ever improving quality of advocacy, deeper engagement with client communities, and steadily improving outcomes for clients.  YAD’s Director will lead development and implementation of micro and macro strategies designed to overcome the structural racism that forces young people of color into the court system and dooms communities of color to intergenerational cycles of poverty and disenfranchisement.

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.


  • Be a member in good standing of the Massachusetts bar, or be licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice in Massachusetts under Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04;
  • Have at least ten (10) years of litigation experience, five (5) years of which must be in the practice of Juvenile Defense;
  • Have at least five (5) years of management experience, including supervision of legal and support staff; and,
  • Access to a personal computer with home internet access sufficient to work remotely.


CPCS offers a competitive compensation, benefits, and pension package; a diverse and inclusive culture; colleagues and co-workers who are committed to and passionate about their work; and the opportunity to serve.  Salary Range:  $133,750.00 - $153,750.00.


The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to June 14, 2021.


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