Juvenile Service Program Manager – Public Defender Service (DC) – job opening

December 22, 2014

Division Description: As part of PDS’s holistic approach to public defense, the Community Defender Division provides services to adults and children, primarily those who are in the post-adjudication stage of a criminal or juvenile delinquency case in the District of Columbia Superior Court. In the context of evolving concepts of holistic public defense, PDS is seeking to identify and implement enhancements to CDD’s mission and operations. CDD is revising its programs to promote growth and expansion of its delivery of legal services to its clients. CDD currently provides its services through specialized programs for adult and juvenile clients. For adult clients, CDD responds to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals and others with criminal records, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community; and CDD serves as the PDS liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses and serving sentences in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, to provide information to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of incarceration, and assist them on parole and other release-related matters. For juvenile clients, CDD represents children at administrative due process hearings, provides in-person legal consultations for children at the District’s youth detention centers and works with community organizations to develop reentry programs that address the special needs of children.
Major Duties: The Juvenile Services Program (JSP) Manager reports directly to the CDD Chief and will serve as the primary supervisor for the JSP staff attorneys and law clerks. Responsibilities include:

1. Recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of JSP staff attorney(s) and JSP law clerks, including monthly statistical reporting and program evaluation;
2. Management and supervision of the functions of the PDS offices at the New Beginnings Youth Development Center and the Youth Services Center (YSC);
3. Represention of youth in administrative due process hearings and court proceedings, when applicable, and the training and supervision of JSP staff attorneys and law clerks who represent youth in administrative due process hearings and court proceedings;
4. Service as a resource to juvenile clients, family members and attorneys on policies, procedures and rights of detained and committed juveniles, through direct client representation, the maintenance of relationships with stakeholders in the juvenile justice system and serving on committees pertaining to juvenile justice issues impacting District children;
5. Participation in all CDD events, with an emphasis on community outreach, representation of CDD at community events, training and education consistent with the mission of CDD.
Qualifications Required: J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school; membership in the District of Columbia Bar, or eligibility for reciprocity admission to the DC Bar; and excellent research, writing, computer and oral persuasion skills.
Qualifications Preferred: Five (5) years experience as an attorney, familiarity with Superior Court Family Division practice, administrative law practice, education law, as well as the rights, care and treatment of committed and detained children under District of Columbia law.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume that includes a list of three references (name, address, telephone number, and a statement of how each reference is able to evaluate your skills); and (3) a legal writing sample, preferably a brief or other advocacy piece. Please submit your application materials as a consolidated PDF through the PDS website at http://www.pdsdc.org/Employment/JobOpportunities.aspx.

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