ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
DEPARTMENT: SOCIAL SERVICES
TITLE OF POSITION: COUNSEL-SOCIAL SERVICES
LOCATION: OFFICE OF COUNSEL
JOB GROUP: 14
SALARY: $73,880 ANNUAL
Admission to the Bar of the State of New York and one (1) year of experience* in the practice of child abuse/neglect law, child support enforcement law, family law, public interest law, poverty law, elder law or welfare fraud law, or criminal prosecution.
NOTE: Completion of (24) semester credit hours at a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university in any combination of the following fields of law school study: child abuse/neglect law, child support enforcement law, family law, public interest law, poverty law, elder law or welfare fraud law, or criminal prosecution may be substituted for the required one (1) year of experience.
Applicants for designated positions in the Department of Social Services that may have access to federal tax information to perform his/her job duties shall be subject to a suitability background check investigation, including FBI fingerprinting, local law enforcement check, and verification check of citizenship/residency. A criminal record does not necessarily disqualify applicants from employment, rather an individualized determination will be made. The cost of the background check will be assumed by the Department of Social Services.
EXAMPLES OF CHILD WELFARE COUNSEL DUTIES:
Representing the Department of Social Services in Family Court child abuse and neglect proceedings;
The opportunity to gain significant trial experience and appellate experience;
Daily court appearances;
Providing legal counsel to Child Protective Services and Children’s Services;
Approving adoptions for children who are freed;
Maintaining confidential files and sensitive records;
Participating in related legal work as required.
Family-friendly office culture;
Ability to work-from-home once trained;
Eleven paid holidays;
Accrue ten vacation days in first two years of service;
Excellent health care.
Candidates must be residents of Erie County at the time of appointment.
This notice will be posted for the period September 2, 2022 through and including September 11, 2022.
If interested and meet the above qualifications, please send a resume to:
Marni Bogart, Executive Director, DSS Office of Counsel
95 Franklin Street, Room 728
Buffalo NY 14202