Job Description - First Deputy General Counsel (190006AB)
DCF seeks dedicated legal professionals who are committed to supporting the agency as it works to fundamentally revise its child welfare practice. DCF is revising its core work processes and policies to align with its core practice values and is approaching organizational change at three levels - clinical, managerial and systemic. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) strength-based, 4) community-focused, 5) culturally safe, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. A commitment to diversity and cultural competence is central to the agency's organizational change.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
As a Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the First Deputy General Counsel will work in conjunction with the General Counsel reviewing both Federal and State laws and regulations. There are numerous laws and regulations that the Department must comply with that not only regulate the conduct of the agency but also involve the Department's ability to obtain Federal reimbursement. In addition, the First Deputy General Counsel will be responsible for drafting additions or modifications to current state law, promulgating regulations of the Department, overseeing the Public Records Officer, business management of the Office of the General Counsel, including the Office of the General Counsel's budget and IT needs, oversee the Background Records Unit and will stand-in for the General Counsel when he/she is unavailable.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
1. Draft legal memoranda regarding proposed and enacted state and Federal laws and regulations regarding the effect on the agency, along with proposed implementation of such, when appropriate.
2. Oversees the efficient administration of the Background Record Check unit to ensure prompt and accurate information is provided to the field and other requests.
3. Advises agency staff in the areas of contracts, administrative law, procurement, discrimination, employment matters, confidentiality and public records, budget, legislation, agency policy;
4. In conjunction with the policy unit, may be required to draft and promulgate agency regulations and policy;
5. Acts as liaison to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as well as the Attorney General's Office in litigation against the agency.
6. Conducts training of agency staff on legal issues pertaining to agency work, litigation processes, changes to law, regulation or policy, or other topics as needed.
7. Attend meetings both internally as well as with external stakeholders or other governmental agencies, as needed, on behalf of the General Counsel and the Agency.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and legal opinions governing the functions of the child welfare agency;
2. Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth and Federal laws, including special education law;
3. Demonstrated commitment to the core practice values of the agency;
4. Ability to interpret and prepare opinions on court decisions, rules and regulations;
5. Ability to effectively manage and support individual employees.
6. Ability to demonstrate strong organizational skills
7. An ability to provide crisis intervention and effective problem-solving
*Please ensure that you attach a cover letter and resume with your application submission to this requisition.
Pre-Hire Process:
A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\"
As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
* Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
DCF seeks dedicated legal professionals who are committed to supporting the agency as it works to fundamentally revise its child welfare practice. DCF is revising its core work processes and policies to align with its core practice values and is approaching organizational change at three levels - clinical, managerial and systemic. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) strength-based, 4) community-focused, 5) culturally safe, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. A commitment to diversity and cultural competence is central to the agency's organizational change.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
As a Member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the First Deputy General Counsel will work in conjunction with the General Counsel reviewing both Federal and State laws and regulations. There are numerous laws and regulations that the Department must comply with that not only regulate the conduct of the agency but also involve the Department's ability to obtain Federal reimbursement. In addition, the First Deputy General Counsel will be responsible for drafting additions or modifications to current state law, promulgating regulations of the Department, overseeing the Public Records Officer, business management of the Office of the General Counsel, including the Office of the General Counsel's budget and IT needs, oversee the Background Records Unit and will stand-in for the General Counsel when he/she is unavailable.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:
1. Draft legal memoranda regarding proposed and enacted state and Federal laws and regulations regarding the effect on the agency, along with proposed implementation of such, when appropriate.
2. Oversees the efficient administration of the Background Record Check unit to ensure prompt and accurate information is provided to the field and other requests.
3. Advises agency staff in the areas of contracts, administrative law, procurement, discrimination, employment matters, confidentiality and public records, budget, legislation, agency policy;
4. In conjunction with the policy unit, may be required to draft and promulgate agency regulations and policy;
5. Acts as liaison to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services as well as the Attorney General's Office in litigation against the agency.
6. Conducts training of agency staff on legal issues pertaining to agency work, litigation processes, changes to law, regulation or policy, or other topics as needed.
7. Attend meetings both internally as well as with external stakeholders or other governmental agencies, as needed, on behalf of the General Counsel and the Agency.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and legal opinions governing the functions of the child welfare agency;
2. Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth and Federal laws, including special education law;
3. Demonstrated commitment to the core practice values of the agency;
4. Ability to interpret and prepare opinions on court decisions, rules and regulations;
5. Ability to effectively manage and support individual employees.
6. Ability to demonstrate strong organizational skills
7. An ability to provide crisis intervention and effective problem-solving
*Please ensure that you attach a cover letter and resume with your application submission to this requisition.
Pre-Hire Process:
A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\"
As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
* Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.
Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

DCF seeks dedicated legal professionals who are committed to supporting the agency as it works to fundamentally revise its child welfare practice. DCF is revising its core work processes and policies to align with its core practice values and is approaching organizational change at three levels - clinical, managerial and systemic. Preferred applicants will possess a demonstrated commitment to the core practice values: 1) child-driven, 2) family-centered, 3) strength-based, 4) community-focused, 5) culturally safe, and, 6) committed to continuous learning. A commitment to diversity and cultural competence is central to the agency's organizational change., 1. Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules, regulations, and legal opinions governing the functions of the child welfare agency; 2. Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth and Federal laws, including special education law; 3. Demonstrated commitment to the core practice values of the agency; 4. Ability to interpret and prepare opinions on court decisions, rules and regulations; 5. Ability to effectively manage and support individual employees. 6. Ability to demonstrate strong organizational skills 7. An ability to provide crisis intervention and effective problem-solving, A criminal and tax history background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit and click on \"Information for Job Applicants.\" As part of the hiring process, the Office of Human Resources will be verifying any college-level degrees conferred to the selected candidate. Additionally, any licensure required for the position will be verified. Information provided as part of the hiring process is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. * Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in a particular specialty (i.e. scientific, professional, or technical) and must possess current license and/or registration requirements established for the performance of the position, of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.


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