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NEW YORK STATE DEFENDERS ASSOCIATION, INC. (NYSDA)
Albany, New York
Position: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
About The Association
The mission of the New York State Defenders Association is to improve the quality and scope of publicly supported legal representation to low income people. NYSDA is a 50-year old non-profit membership association with 1,900 members, which since 1978 has sustained the nation’s only backup center for public defense. With a staff of 28, the Association and its state-funded clearinghouse and center provide training, litigation assistance, expert referrals, consultation, advice, and technical assistance to 6,000 lawyers representing clients in more than 120 plans in 62 counties. NYSDA also offers direct representation to some clients on appeal and in post-conviction matters.
NYSDA conducts regional and statewide training programs for lawyers providing parental and criminal defense representation; publishes electronic and print publications to serve the defender community; maintains an electronic library containing legal, historical, and contemporary information on law and New York’s public defense system; administers a website and technology center; created and supports the organization’s Public Defense Case Management System in 70 offices; coordinates with the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services and the Chief Defenders Association of New York; and manages a unique Veterans Defense Program to address the criminal and family court legal needs of returning veterans. The Association has a Client Advisory Board, which in addition to the Association’s Restorative Practice and Prisoner Pre-Entry Mentoring Programs, makes efforts to provide education within the client community. For more information about NYSDA, visit www.nysda.org.Overview of Qualifications
The successful candidate will have passion, courage, and commitment to work towards transformative improvement of the public defense system. The applicant will be client and staff directed in the execution of ideas, and fully committed to a model of client-centered public defense representation. This candidate will be a person of demonstrable integrity.
Informed by fidelity to client community input, the successful applicant should demonstrate a level of experience and expertise with legislative advocacy, fundraising, and public speaking. While urging the improvement of systemic quality, this candidate will have credibility with public defense practitioners in the field, be collaborative without compromise, and be adroit at public and private diplomacy.
The successful candidate will understand that the defense function and its duty to our clients create an adversarial position with the State, even while funded by it. In continuing and building upon the current programs of the Backup Center and the Association, the successful candidate will lead the organization to achieve aspirations not yet realized and will bring a vision for how mercy and compassion can be further brought to the forefront of holistic, trauma-informed client outcomes.
In seeking better ways to serve clients, the outstanding candidate will question and encourage questions from staff and the Board of Directors, from the client community, and from the defender community. The candidate will acknowledge and actively work to end the racial disparities, damaging implicit biases, and other corrosive prejudices that beset every aspect of the justice system, including public defense, and society at large.
The excellent communicator who will be accepted for this full-time position will come to NYSDA at a time of remarkable change in the public defense world and must be curious, open to new ideas, comfortable relying on a strong, experienced, tenured staff, and at ease with the stress, ambiguity, and contradictions that attend the work of social change.Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Executive Director
How to ApplyApplicants are expected to submit:
Please mail or email application materials to:
Questions? Email Susan Bryant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, please submit your application materials by January 20, 2017. NYSDA expects to make a hiring decision in May 2017 and to have the successful applicant join the organization on July 1, 2017.
NYSDA is committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment without discrimination unrelated to the individual’s abilities and qualifications to serve. All people are encouraged to apply.
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