Agency Attorney 1

Posted by
NYC Administration for Children’s Services
New York, NY
Published 21 days ago

Agency Attorney 1

 About our Agency                                                                                                                                

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) proudly drives a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging, and is committed to a work environment that supports, inspires and respects all individuals. Protecting and promoting the safety and well-being of New York City’s children and families, ACS provides child welfare, juvenile justice, and early care and education services. From 2014-2021, ACS has reduced the number of children in foster care to a historic low of 7,200, and we continue to expand our ability to serve parents in a way that keeps children safe. In child welfare, ACS contracts with private nonprofit organizations to support and stabilize families at risk of a crisis through preventive services and provides foster care services for children not able to safely remain at home. Each year, the agency’s Division of Child Protection conducts more than 55,000 investigations of suspected child abuse or neglect. In juvenile justice, ACS manages and funds services including detention and placement, intensive community-based alternatives for youth, and support services for families. In early care and education, ACS coordinates and funds programs and vouchers for close to 100,000 children eligible for subsidized care.

 Job Description                                                                                                                                    

Job ID: 499547

Business Title: Agency Attorney 1

Civil Service Title: Agency Attorney 

Title Classification: Non-Competitive

Division/Work Unit: Family Court Legal Services

Proposed Salary Range: $72,712-$72,712

As of August 2, 2021, all new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered city employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unlessa reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by the hiring agency.

Family Court Legal Services (FCLS) is responsible for representing Children's Services in child neglect and abuse cases, permanency hearings and other child welfare proceedings in the New York City Family Courts. FCLS Attorneys work collaboratively with caseworkers and other child welfare stakeholders to further the agency's mission of helping children and families achieve safety, permanency and well-being.

Specific duties will include:

• Meet with Child Protective caseworkers to identify and analyze legal problems and issues.

• Draft legal documents, including pleadings, motions, and memoranda of law and fact by following generally acceptable legal procedures, forms and techniques in order to meet agency needs, goals and objectives.

• Represent the agency in Family Court on all aspects of child protective proceedings and other judicial proceedings including juvenile delinquency and Close to Home matters.

• Interview witnesses and other relevant parties to the litigation to determine admissibility of various types of evidence.

• Prepare and maintain case files and documents in advance of court appearances.

• Conduct legal research and regularly review relevant case laws and regulations to support legal.

• Counsel Child Protective caseworkers and agency case planners on issues relating to permanency and well-being of children in foster care.


 Experience, Education & Skills                                                                                                            

Minimum Qualification Requirements

1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either "2" or "3" below.

2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or

3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). 

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:

To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills

The preferred candidates should possess the following: excellent written and oral communication skills, and knowledge and understanding of New York State child welfare laws, strong analytical thinking skills, and litigation experience

Additional Information

Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

As a current or prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs.  Please review the notice to see if you may be eligible for programs and how to apply at

NYC residency is not required

Work Location:                                                                                                                                     

150 William Street, New York NY

151-20 Jamaica Avenue, Queens, NY

900 Sheridan Avenue, Bronx, NY

330 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY

350 St. Mark's Place, Staten Island, NY

 How to Apply:                                                                                                                                      

Please go online and apply at Search for JOB ID# 499547

City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at Search for JOB ID# 499547

NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Agency Attorney 1

 About our Agency                                                                                                                                

The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) proudly drives a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging, and is committed to a work environment that supports, inspires and respects all individuals…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
  • Education
    Doctorate (PhD) Required
  • Experience Level


New York, NY, USA

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