The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) is currently accepting applications for a full–time Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel.
The Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel (the AED) assists the Executive Director in all areas of general NYSPCC management. The AED supervises the Directors of the Finance and Operations and the Research and Evaluation Departments. The AED identifies legislation and other public policy issues that can impact The NYSPCC and the children and families that it serves; the AED then develops an advocacy agenda and action plans to move public policy efforts forward. This position also serves as a liaison with legislative/government officials informing them of NYSPCC programs and advocacy efforts. This position coordinates The NYSPCC’s efforts with other child welfare organizations to promote its public policy agenda; this includes serving as the Secretary of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children -New York (APSAC-NY) Public Policy Committee.
The Assistant Executive Director/Legal Counsel Responsibilities:
Reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Management Team.
Provides information and assistance to the Executive Director regarding the legal aspects of child welfare/child protective issues, and regarding Court-related issues.
Provides legal expertise to the clinical team of The NYSPCC on cases that involve the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Family Court, Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Court or other outside entities.
Acts as the liaison to outside counsel for The NYSPCC on contract issues.
Identifies Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for program and research opportunities, and assists the Director of Research and Evaluation on applications and letters of support from the Courts. The AED also identifies and applies for City Council funding in support of The NYSPCC’s programs.
Represents The NYSPCC by giving testimony to legislative committees regarding child protection and child welfare legislation.
Conducts training to professionals on their obligation to identify and report child abuse and neglect, and on other legal topics in conjunction with the Training Institute.
Provides back up to the Executive Director for responding to media requests for comment and opinion on child protection/child welfare issues.
Acts as point person for all matters when the Executive Director is not available.
Attorney admission to the NY State Bar
Must have a commitment to the principles of diversity, cultural equity and inclusion and demonstrate experience and knowledge of providing services to diverse populations
10 years of experience litigating child welfare and other child-related cases.
Familiarity with the legislative process at the state and federal levels.
Experience in reviewing, analyzing and commenting on child welfare/child protective and related legislation.
Requires experience in supervising management staff.
A working knowledge of financial operations, program research, and administrative operations.
PC/Windows computer including standard office software (word processing, spreadsheets, etc.).
The NYSPCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that promotes diversity in its employment practices. Employment decisions are made without regard to an applicant's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, sex/gender (including gender identity, sexual harassment, pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, arrest or conviction record (consistent with the provisions of New York State’s Corrections Law), partnership status, familial status, liability for military service, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offense, veteran status, genetic pre-disposition or carrier status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Additional Salary Information: Excellent benefit package, including health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 403B plan with match, life insurance, and generous vacation/personal day leave.
About The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Established in 1875, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) was the first child protection agency in the world. Throughout its distinguished history, The NYSPCC has sought to develop and implement innovative mental health, legal and educational programs that protect children from harm and ensure their healthy development.
The NYSPCC’s caring team of highly-skilled clinicians and other staff provides an array of services to children, families, child welfare professionals, and other concerned community members. These services include therapeutic supervised visitation; trauma-focused counseling; school-based child sexual abuse prevention workshops; crisis debriefing for child welfare staff; best-practice training; research and evaluation; advocacy; and the maintenance of the George Sim Johnston Archives.
The NYSPCC offers its services at multiple sites including, but not limited, to the agency’s main office in lower Manhattan, NYC public and private schools, and NYC social service agencies. Committed to eliminating linguistic, economic, and other barriers that keep families from receiving the assistance they need, The NYSPCC does not charge a fee... for its clinical services. Bilingual staff (English/Spanish) provides services seven days and three evenings per week to accommodate the varied schedules of working families and school-aged children.
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