Assistant/Deputy City Solicitor in Child Welfare Unit - Public Policy
- Philadelphia, PA
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The Law Department's Child Welfare Unit (CWU) represents the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) in all aspects of its work in investigating reports of child abuse and child neglect and providing services to children and families in need.
The Child Welfare Unit is a collegial, fast-paced, challenging unit in which attorneys are, with appropriate training and supervision, expected to independently manage their projects from start to finish.
This is a non-litigation position that involves providing advice regarding public policy and other initiatives at DHS. At the time of hire, applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar. The ideal candidate has 3-7 years of experience, good academic credentials and strong communication, analytical, research and writing skills, and child welfare and/or public policy experience.
The candidate will be:
- Writing, drafting, and editing new policies, procedures, memoranda, and other written materials related to child welfare and juvenile justice.
- Developing policies and procedures as a result of new initiatives.
- Supporting and participating in projects that relate to changes in policy and procedures as well as training sessions on newly developed procedures.
- Conducting legal research and reviewing applicable laws and regulations to inform agency policies.
- Providing legal assistance to DHS by attending meetings, obtaining facts, and reviewing legal issues and documents, in order to assist in resolving legal questions.
- Updating existing procedures to ensure that DHS and its provider agencies are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
- Synthesizing case law, relevant statutes, and state directives to produce written analysis within quick deadlines.
Education and Experience
- Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar, ideally with 3-7 years of relevant experience.
- Prior child welfare and/or public policy experience a plus.
Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of child welfare-related laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules and process.
- Ability to analyze large amounts of information, determine relevant facts, and propose viable solutions.
- Ability to find what applicable laws and regulations apply to a specific matter.
- Ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work on teams and collaborate with colleagues, clients, and eternal stakeholders.
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and analyze legal issues within complex fact patterns
- Excellent professional research and writing skills, with the ability to conduct research on complicated issues
- Demonstrated ability to organize and manage multiple projects
- Proven ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
Position and title will be commensurate with experience.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and reference list with your application. Applications without all required documents will not be considered.
Any questions related to this position should be directed to Jonathan Houlon, Chief Deputy City Solicitor of the Child Welfare Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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- Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
- Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
- Generous retirement savings options are available
Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire
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