Deputy Chief Counsel - Public Defender Division

$143,000 - $163,000 yearly
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Jun 17, 2021
Full time Government Legal Management

Job Description


Boston, MA




The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts public defender agency, is seeking a dynamic experienced leader to serve as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Public Defender Division.


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is the state agency in Massachusetts responsible for providing legal services to indigent persons in criminal and civil matters in which the state or federal Constitutions, state statute or case law require the appointment of counsel for any person who cannot afford to retain counsel.  The agency provides representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as appeals and post-conviction cases related to those 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.


CPCS seeks applications for the position of Deputy Chief Counsel for the Public Defender Division.  The Public Defender Division (PDD) provides legal services to adults who qualify for assigned counsel and are facing criminal charges.   

CPCS is seeking a new Director who has the vision and perseverance to lead a dedicated, experienced, and skilled group of 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.  The Deputy Chief will lead development and implementation of strategies designed to overcome the structural racism that in the criminal legal system.

The PDD Deputy Chief 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 criminal defense including both experience representing indigent criminal clients and significant jury trial experience;
  • 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:  $143,000 - $163,000.


The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to July 28, 2021.


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