• Social Services Attorney

    Warren County
    Job Description
    SOCIAL SERVICES ATTORNEY
     
    The Commissioner of the Warren County Department of Social Services is seeking candidates for the position of Social Services Attorney.
     
    This is a full-time professional position requiring performance and administration of local district Department of Social Services (“Department”) legal work. The incumbent acts as Chief Legal Counsel to the Department as well as confidential counsel to the Commissioner.  The work is performed in accordance with the provisions of the New York State Social Services Law, New York State Rules and Regulations, Family Court Act, other applicable laws and rules, policies established by the Commissioner and policies approved by the County Board of Supervisors.  The position requires ongoing interpretation and implementation of the foregoing, legal research, independent informed judgment, pursuit of appropriate legal action as well as administration of legal services and supervision of legal personnel for the Department.  The position is under the general direction of the Commissioner of Social Services. The attorney is on-call on a 24 hours basis at all times.  Does related work as required.
     
    Successful candidates will have three (3) years of experience practicing law with two (2) years of experience as attorney in a County Attorney’s Office, Social Service Attorney’s Office, District Attorney’s Office or in private practice appearing for parties and/or as an attorney for the child in Family Court or a combination of the forgoing.
     
    Qualified candidates must be licensed to practice law in the State of New York at the time of appointment.
     
    Salary: $77,688.00. Warren County provides eligible employees a competitive benefit package.
     
    Appointment to the position will be in accordance with Civil Service Law and Rules.
     
    For the full description of responsibilities and qualifications please see job description below following this announcement.
     
    For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and completed application (http://www.co.warren.ny.us/civilservice/app.pdf) to Christian Hanchett, Commissioner Warren County Department of Social Services, 1340 State Route 9 – HSB, Lake George, NY  12845 or Christian.hanchett@dfa.state.ny.us.  Applications accepted until position is filled.
     
    Warren County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    SOCIAL SERVICES ATTORNEY
     
    DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is a full-time professional position requiring performance and administration of local district Department of Social Services (“Department”) legal work. The incumbent acts as Chief Legal Counsel to the Department as well as confidential counsel to the Commissioner.  The work is performed in accordance with the provisions of the New York State Social Services Law, New York State Rules and Regulations, Family Court Act, other applicable laws and rules, policies established by the Commissioner and policies approved by the County Board of Supervisors.  The position requires ongoing interpretation and implementation of the foregoing, legal research, independent informed judgment, pursuit of appropriate legal action as well as administration of legal services and supervision of legal personnel for the Department.  The position is under the general direction of the Commissioner of Social Services. The attorney is on-call on a 24 hours basis at all times.  Does related work as required.
     
    TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:  (Illustrative only)                               
    Acts as Chief Legal Counsel to the Department;
    Supervises Department legal unit personnel and matters;
    Represents and/or oversees the representation of the Commissioner in Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 proceedings relating to guardianship of incapacitated persons;
    Prepares and/or oversees the preparation of all petitions filed by the Department on behalf of those it serves.  Examples include, but are not limited to, abuse and neglect petitions, permanency hearings, petitions to terminate parental rights and/or finalize adoptions, child support proceedings and paternity actions;
    Prosecutes and/or oversees the prosecution of the foregoing in Supreme, County, Family and Surrogate’s Court, and oversees the submission of court orders for signature as directed by Judges in such proceedings;
    Oversees the legal review and administration of Department contacts;
    Represents and/or oversees legal representation at Department fair hearings;
    Provides counsel with regard to Medicaid liens and enforcement of the same;
    Provides counsel and pursues legal action with regard to recovery against the estates of decedents for monies expended by the Department on the recipient’s behalf;
    Meets with and effects strategies with the County Attorney and District Attorney regarding issues of mutual responsibility and concern;
    Initiates legal actions as directed by the Commissioner:
    Serves as confidential counsel to the Commissioner or designee in Department legal matters.
     
    FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of common law and of County, State and Federal laws as they apply to social services; knowledge of civil court procedures and the rules of evidence; general knowledge of the functions and administrative activities of the County Department of Social Services; knowledge of the Family Court Act, Social Services Law, Mental Hygiene Law regarding guardianships, and the state and federal regulations applicable to such laws; general knowledge of estate and probate law, Freedom of Information Law, and laws and regulations concerning Medicaid and other public assistance; ability to analyze, appraise and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems; ability to delegate and direct the activities of legal staff; ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with employees at various levels of the Department and government; ability to express oneself both clearly and precisely both orally and in writing; good professional judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
     
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Admission to New York State Bar and three (3) years of experience practicing law which shall have included two (2) years of experience as attorney in a County Attorney’s Office, Social Service Attorney’s Office, District Attorney’s Office or in private practice appearing for parties and/or as an attorney for the child in Family Court or a combination of the forgoing.
    SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Possession of an appropriate NYS Motor Vehicle Operator’s license at the time of appointment.

     
     
     
     
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