Family Court Supervisor: Assistant Public Defender

The Albany County Public Defender is seeking a NYS barred attorney to serve as its Family Court Supervisor.  The ideal candidate must have experience in supervising attorneys, be committed to indigent defense, and be proficient in New York State Family Court practice, specifically, providing legal representation for parents and caretakers who are accused of neglect or abuse under Article 10 of the Family Court Act.

Department: Office of the Public Defender
Schedule: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Salary Range: $108,327.00

To apply, send resume and cover letter to

Standard Responsibilities:

Supervise and support all Assistant Public Defenders, professional and support staff assigned to Albany County Family Court.
Appear in Family Court and Integrated Domestic Violence Court to represent Public Defender clients, and to mentor and supervise staff.
Collaborate with other Public Defender Supervisory staff to plan and manage Office policies, goals, and procedures.
Assign case files to staff on an equitable basis and assure family court office matters are handled.
Delegate court assignments and other duties to staff, monitor and manage staff workloads, ensure appropriate court coverage, and review requests for time off.
Full Performance, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

Thorough knowledge of the Family Court Act and experience in litigation, legal principals, terminology and procedures;
Must possess a demonstrated commitment to criminal justice, family court matters, indigent defense, social justice issues and/or the Albany County communities;
Thorough knowledge of techniques involved in court presentation, investigation and prosecution of criminal proceedings;
High level of organizational and administrative skills required to handle a challenging caseload;
Ability to engage in purposeful dialogue with clients and others;
Ability to effectively negotiate with County Attorneys and CPS workers;
Ability to interact with CPS workers, other Defense Attorneys, Judges, and Probation officers
Ability to interface with community based treatment, educational, vocational, and other programs;
Excellent oral communication skills, ability to write persuasively, and strong computer skills.
Thorough knowledge in such areas as planning, organizing, coordinating, motivating and controlling the work force;
Ability to provide sound administrative direction and consultation to subordinates;

Minimum Qualifications:

Attorney with a New York State bar admission (or ability to waive into New York State from another jurisdiction), five (5) years of experience in the practice of family court law, and supervisory experience.


Paid time-off
Health, dental, vision insurance
Retirement(New York State)
Employee assistance program
Tuition reimbursement
About Albany County

Albany County is a unique blend of rural, urban and suburban communities. It’s the ideal place to live, work and raise a family as we offer competitive salaries, a generous benefits package, and plenty of chances to explore your professional career.

Our employment opportunities are wide ranging with departments that include those offering direct programs and services to our constituents such as the Department for Aging, Department for Children, Youth and Families and Departments of Health and Mental Health as well as those departments which offer support like General Services, Human Resources and Information Services.

The Veterans Service Bureau, Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center and Department of Social Services workforce also provide important services to our residents and those who travel through Albany County each day.

With 19 municipalities, our villages, towns and cities will impress you with their beauty, food, lodging, shopping, and ample entertainment. Whether you hike our trails, bike on our paths, visit our parks and museums, fish in our streams and brooks, or change your career path, you’ll find it all here.

Albany County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Requirements Greetings and thank you for taking some time to consider the Albany County Public Defender Office as a potential place to embark upon a rewarding career fighting for the rights of people ensnared in the criminal and parental legal systems.  As the information provided below reveals, we are confident that the Albany County Public Defender Office is on a path toward becoming a model public defense program and is an office that you should seriously consider if your goal is to participate in building a program that is both extremely well-resourced and highly motivated to effect much needed public defense reform in the Capital of New York State.  There is still much work to be done and it is our hope that dynamic and committed attorneys, social workers, community advocates, investigators, and administrative support staff will continue to join our team and help us reach our goal of becoming of a powerful resource and voice in the community in the fight against the many systemic injustices that our clients and their families have faced for so many decades.