Buffalo Senior Attorney

NYS Office of Children & Family Services
February 12, 2024
Buffalo, United States of America
Job Type


NYS online posting

Agency: Office of Children & Family Services
Title: Senior Attorney, Assistant Attorney 1, 2, 3
Occupational Category: Legal
Salary Grade: 25
Bargaining Unit: PS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)
Salary Range: From $63108 to $114444 Annually
Employment Type: Full-Time
Appointment Type: Permanent
Jurisdictional Class: Non-competitive Class
Travel Percentage: 20%


Work week: Mon-Fri
Hours Per Week: 37.5


From: 9 AM
To: 5 PM
Flextime allowed? No
Mandatory overtime? No
Compressed workweek allowed? No
Telecommuting allowed? Yes


County: Erie
Street Address: Buffalo Regional Office - Legal
295 Main Street, 5th Floor, Suite 545
City: Buffalo
State: NY
Zip Code: 14203

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications:
Position may be filled at the Senior Attorney level or one of the Assistant Attorney 1-3 levels. Appointment title will be dependent upon qualifications of candidate selected.

Assistant Attorney 1 (Grade 18): Law school graduation and/or eligibility for NYS Bar Admission.

Assistant Attorney 2 (Grade 20): Admission to NYS Bar

Assistant Attorney 3 (Grade 22): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 12 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience

Senior Attorney (Grade 25): 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience

Transfer: One year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in this title or in a title eligible for 70.1 or 52.6 transfer.

NOTE: Admission to the New York State Bar and current registration to practice law in New York State is required for continued employment. Disbarment or loss of registration shall result in termination or suspension of employment.
This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

Duties Description
The senior attorney will primarily provide legal support to the Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY). The incumbent will be responsible for appearing on behalf of Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) in Family Court proceedings relating to youth in OCFS custody; management of litigation brought against OCFS in federal and State courts, including liaising with and supporting the work of the Attorney General; and administrative proceedings related to OCFS-licensed or certified programs.
The senior attorney will be responsible for general legal support to DJJOY and will take a lead role (with proper supervision) for legal support in specific areas such as extensions of placement and permanency hearings, Family Court motions, release revocations, transfer proceedings, and administrative enforcement actions for programs licensed or certified by OCFS. These tasks require litigation experience, including legal research and writing skills.
The senior attorney will respond to external and stakeholder inquires, including frequent direct communication with County Attorneys, Local Departments of Social Services, and Family Court judges on issues of vital importance to OCFS’s core mission.
Additional duties will be discussed in detail during the interview.

Additional Comments
This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS), which permits NY State Agencies to hire candidates who meet the “Open to the Public” minimum qualifications for various positions. At this time, the chosen candidate will enter the position via temporary appointment. As long as the employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will change to permanent in May of 2024 with the official launch of NY HELPS. The employee will then serve a one-year probationary period. Questions, please contact OCFS HR at (518) 473-7936.

Travel: 10-20%

Please specify in your cover letter and/or resume how you meet the minimum qualifications (as described above) when responding to this posting. Vagueness will not be interpreted in your favor and may disqualify you from further consideration if the information you provide does not meet the minimum qualifications.

Background Investigation Requirements:
1) All prospective employees will be investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees.

2) All prospective employees will be screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees will be required to pay any necessary fees.

3) For Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) prospective appointees will be checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable.

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is an equal opportunity employer. OCFS does not discriminate based upon age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, military or veteran status, sex, disability (including pregnancy-related conditions), predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, marital status or status as a victim of domestic violence, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice and recognize that diversity in our workforce is critical to fulfilling our mission. We are committed to the diversity of our staff, and encourage applicants from marginalized communities to apply. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment of inclusion that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

Name: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Telephone: 518-473-7936
Fax: 518-473-6122
Email Address: eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov


Street: Bureau of Personnel - CDS
52 Washington Street, 231 North
City: Rensselaer
State: NY
Zip Code: 12144

Notes on Applying
NOTE:  this position does NOT require the applicant to be already on the NYS Civil Service List, so you may apply directly by emailing your resume and letter of interest by 2/26/24 to: eoajobpostings@ocfs.ny.gov. You MUST include the Vacancy number of the position (Vacancy ID # 150310) in the subject line of your email and/or cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify you for the position when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by OCFS Personnel for your social security number to confirm your employment history.