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SOCIAL SERVICES ATTORNEY SUPERVISOR

Recruitment #19-006687-0001

Introduction

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  

GRADE

23

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Human Services

Baltimore City Department of Social Services

Legal Services

1510 Guilford Avenue

Baltimore, Maryland 21213

Main Purpose of Job

The primary purpose of the Social Services Supervising Attorney Supervisor is to provide supervision to social services attorneys. The Social Services Supervising Attorney also performs legal duties, including trial work, provides legal advice and assistance to Department staff, and provides training on legal issues for staff in the services units. All of these duties are with the goal of providing effective representation to our client to ensure that they achieve their mission of protecting vulnerable children and adults. At all times, the incumbent will provide customer service to both internal and external customers that meets or exceeds the standards set by the Department.

POSITION DUTIES

Monitors performance of staff in the unit supervised to ensure quality representation at court proceedings.  Completes performance appraisals of staff in a timely manner.  Holds monthly meetings with the unit. Makes case assignments, arranges case coverage; and attends staffing meetings. 

Provides legal advice to program staff, Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS) Administrators, Assistant Directors, Unit Chiefs, Supervisors and Front-Line Workers.  Provides advice and assistance to Legal Services staff on cases and to resolve personnel matters.  Attends supervisory meetings with the Deputy Directors and management team meetings with the Director and Deputy Directors.  Attends meetings and participates in agency projects as assigned by Deputy Director.  Advises Deputy Director of significant cases in the unit and pending legal issues.  Recommends organizational structures and staff assignments to achieve the most efficient and effective representation.  Apprises Deputy Director of personnel matters within the unit.  In consultation with Deputy Director, take actions necessary to hire, discipline and terminate staff; and provides Deputy Director with monthly performance/statistical reports for unit.

Represent the Department in court hearings Attend monthly “Bench Meeting” and serves on court committees as assigned Second chair; and trains attorneys.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.

Experience: Experience as a practicing attorney.

Notes:

1. A Social Services Attorney Supervisor must be a member of the Maryland Bar at the time of appointment.

2. The above requirements are set by the  the Department of Human Resources in accordance with an Opinion of the Attorney General dated June 13, 1988.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in General Attorney classifications or General Attorney specialty codes in the Legal and Kindred field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet the selective qualification(s) to be considered. Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • Candidates must have at least 5 years experience as a practicing attorney.

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicant must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire. Please read all requirements before appliying.

For education obtained outside the U. S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.  

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

If you have any questions about this recruitment, please call 443-378-4551.

The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application to: Attn. Joyce Carter, DHS/Baltimore City Department of Social Services, 1910 N. Broadway, Baltimore MD 21213.

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.