Details: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
One Ashburton Place
PUBLIC PROTECTION & ADVOCACY BUREAU
CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION
Attorney General Maura Healey is looking for an experienced attorney to help oversee the investigation and prosecution of civil rights cases in state and federal courts, as well as related policy initiatives. The Deputy Division Chief will be located in the Boston office and will be part of the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division. The Division investigates and prosecutes civil rights cases in areas such as education, employment, health care, housing, credit/lending, public accommodations, and the enjoyment of individual civil liberties. These cases involve challenging and complex enforcement initiatives, coordination with other state agencies and federal authorities, policy development, and close work with community and advocacy groups.
Primary Duties: The Deputy Division Chief will work closely with the Division Chief and assist in overseeing the litigation and policy work of the Civil Rights Division. The Deputy Division Chief will be responsible for helping to develop the Division's docket of enforcement matters and for supervising investigations and litigation in state and federal courts, as well as related administrative tasks. The Deputy Division Chief’s supervisory responsibilities will include mentoring attorneys and other division staff, and assisting them with skills development as needed. The Deputy Division Chief will also perform many of the duties of a line attorney, including handling his/her own cases; developing policy initiatives; reviewing and mediating complaints from members of the general public; reviewing and drafting amicus briefs and proposed legislation; and conducting outreach with community and advocacy groups, including through speaking engagements and attending community meetings.
Position Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of eight years of relevant civil litigation experience. Prior litigation experience in the area of civil rights or comparable affirmative litigation is preferred, but not required. Prior management experience is helpful, but not required. Must be a member of the Massachusetts bar.
In addition to possessing strong writing, research, advocacy, and communication skills, applicants must also have the ability to oversee multiple complex and challenging matters and must have demonstrated sound judgment and decision-making skills. Applicants must have some experience with public speaking. Applicants must also have a demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with others, including other attorneys and staff.
We seek an individual who is highly motivated to work in the public interest. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice are encouraged to apply. The Civil Rights Division interacts with individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds. We seek an individual with the ability to understand diverse perspectives and interact with constituents and community members with empathy and sensitivity. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a connection to the people and communities we serve.
The Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As the representative of the Commonwealth and its residents, the Attorney General’s Office strives to ensure that those working in our office reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The Office encourages applicants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to apply for positions.
Level of Language Proficiency
Fluency in a second language, especially Spanish or Portuguese, is very helpful.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applications are received directly on the AGO jobs portal. Please go to www.mass.gov/ago/employment to register, create a profile, upload your cover letter and resume, and submit an application. Candidates may only apply using the AGO’s Employment and Recruitment website. Do not apply using MassCareers "apply online" option.
When applying for this position, you will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume. Cover letter should include an explanation of your particular interest in working on civil rights issues.
Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We will gladly assist applicants who are in need of an accommodation. For assistance, contact the Human Resources Division at (617) 963-2041.
Inquiries regarding position & status may be made to:
Genevieve Nadeau, Division Chief
Civil Rights Division