Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
About our Agency
The Administration for Children’s Services protects and promotes the safety and well-being of New York 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 ID: 534474
Business Title: Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
Civil Service Title: AGENCY ATTORNEY
Title Classification: Non-Competitive
Division/Work Unit: Office Of The Commissioner
Proposed Salary Range: $ 79,620.00 - $ 95,000.00
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The Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, which is within the division of External Affairs, is responsible for working with elected officials and other external stakeholders to advance ACS’s mission. The Office directs ACS’s role in the City, State, and Federal legislative processes and handles a high volume of constituent and policy related inquiries from elected officials and other stakeholders. Reporting to the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs will be a core member of the Intergovernmental Team and work in collaboration with other ACS units, the Mayor’s Office, sister city agencies, and other external stakeholders. Incumbents must demonstrate excellent communication skills and attention to detail and must develop a thorough understanding of ACS’s core program areas (e.g. issues regarding child welfare, juvenile justice, early care and education and the NYC Family Court process), as well as city, state, and federal budget, policy, and legislative processes.
The successful candidate is expected to operate with a great deal of independence, sound judgment, and problem-solving ability. The position’s job duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
• Develop and enhance positive, effective relationships with other agencies and elected representatives and their staff
• Problem-solve and provide a timely response to constituent and policy related inquiries from elected officials and other stakeholders
• Track, research, interpret, and analyze various pieces of pending legislation, laws, policies, and administrative guidelines and regulations, with focus on identifying key issues and impacts to the agency and its mission. Formulate positions on behalf of ACS and assist with the development and execution of strategies to achieve the agency’s goals
• Work with internal liaisons from across the agency to lead in the drafting of legislative proposals and position statements on pending legislation
• Track and manage pending legislation as bills move through the legislative process; provide updates and information to internal stakeholders and to the Mayor’s Office of Legislative Affairs; and monitor trends to ensure that legislative changes are in keeping with ACS’ mission and policy goals
• Conduct research, collect information from senior ACS managers, and create and/or obtain documents to prepare the Commissioner and other senior ACS leaders for participation in legislative, oversight, and budgetary hearing
• Research government affairs issues and develop briefings for ACS senior staff
• Represent ACS at meetings with the community at large and with elected officials
• Conduct special projects as assigned
The preferred candidate will possess the following skills and knowledge:
• Demonstrated understanding of ACS’s core program areas (e.g. issues regarding child welfare, juvenile justice, early care and education and the NYC Family Court process).
• Working knowledge of city, state, and federal budget, policy and/or legislative processes relative to social services.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to communicate with staff at all levels, including senior management.
• Ability to quickly gather and accurately synthesize important information into concise, and understandable terms.
Research and analysis:
• Strong research and analysis skills, including internet and statutory research.
Project completion and problem-solving:
• Ability to thrive in a high volume, fast paced environment.
• Ability to work under varying degrees of supervision, including self-directed and collaborative projects.
• Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and complete on tight deadlines.
• Innovative thinking and problem-solving skills.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Professional and positive attitude, and ability to take direction and feedback from various sources, as needed.
• Well-organized with attention to detail.
• JD or MPA preferred.
Experience, Skills & Education
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.
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 and the Administration for Children’s Services are inclusive equal opportunity employers 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.
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How to Apply:
Please go online and apply at www.nyc.gov/careers. Search for JOB ID #534474
City Employees: Apply through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) at www.nyc.gov/ess. Search for JOB ID# 534474
Salary range for this position is: $ 79,620.00 - $ 95,000.00 (Annual)
NOTE: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.
New York City Residency is not required for this position.
Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs
About our Agency
The Administration for Children’s Services protects and promotes the safety and well-being of New York The Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) proudly drives a…