ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
Starting Annual Salary: $67,005
The Erie County Department of Social Services is seeking a person for the position of Counsel-Social Services. The work involves giving legal advice and counsel to administrative employees of the Department of Social Services. Working under the general supervision of the Director of Legal Affairs, the incumbent participates in various legal actions for the Department. The incumbent is responsible for performing professional legal work with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. Supervision may be exercised over clerical employees.
*This position will be a temporary appointment and is subject to civil service examination at a future date.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
Renders legal opinions on individual case problems;
Gives counsel and advice on the interpretation of local, State and Federal laws;
Coordinates activities in the legal area of the Department;
Represents the Department in the prosecution of civil suits;
Participates in the defense of civil suits against the Department;
Participates in the areas of neglect and abuse, resident support, non-resident support and paternity proceedings in Family Court;
Participates in civil fraud cases;
Approves legal requirements in agency adoptions;
Recovers claims against estates of deceased recipients in Surrogate's Court and on liens from personal injury claims in Supreme Court;
Presents cases for Department in Fair Hearings before Hearing Officer;
Conducts incompetency and conservatorship proceedings in the Supreme Court and handles all appeals in these proceedings;
Participates in Juvenile Delinquent and PINS proceedings;
Participates in Medicaid and Temporary Assistance proceedings;
Maintains confidential files, and sensitive records;
Participates in related legal work as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 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.
This notice will be posted for the period through and including October 1, 2021
IF INTERESTED AND MEET THE ABOVE QUALIFICATIONS PLEASE SEND RESUME TO:
MARNI BOGART, Executive Director, DSS Office of Counsel
95 FRANKLIN STREET ROOM 728, BUFFALO NY 14202
OR EMAIL TO: MARNI.BOGART@ERIE.GOV
Only those whose resumes are being considered will be contacted.
Erie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer