Assistant City Solicitor – Child Welfare Unit

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Agency Description
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 case files from start to finish.

Job Description
This is an entry level position. Prior litigation experience is a plus. At the time of hire, applicants must be members of the Pennsylvania Bar. The ideal candidate has good academic credentials and strong communication, analytical, and writing skills. Assistants in the CWU will have the opportunity to handle a substantial case load within a short period of their arrival in the CWU and will be charged with court room duties after a one-month training interval. This position is ideal for candidates looking to improve and develop their court room skills while at the same time assisting the City in protecting some of its most vulnerable citizens.
Working hours are generally 37.5 hours per week. Our team is currently hybrid with both virtual and two in-office days, however the position can opt to come in the office each day if desired.
Essential Functions
The duties of an Assistant City Solicitor in the CWU primarily consist of representing DHS in dependency matters in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia – Family Division. These duties include but are not limited to:

Litigating Dependency Cases in Family Court in Bench Trials;
Litigating Permanency Hearings for Children adjudicated dependent in Family Court;
Litigating Termination of Parental Rights/Adoption Cases in Family Court;
Representing DHS at the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Bureau of Hearings and Appeals in Expungement matters;
Preparing DHS files for review by parents, counsel, and other parties requesting these files;
Litigating motions to quash subpoenas for DHS records;
Drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs; and
Researching and analyzing complex legal issues.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of 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.
Must be able to clearly present and explain their case to the court.

Candidates must be a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Prior litigation experience is a plus.
Additional Information
TO APPLY: Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume.
Salary Range: Up to $75,758
Did you know?

We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
25% tuition discount program for City employees (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
We offer Comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
Generous retirement savings options are available

The successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

Please note that effective September 1, 2021 the City of Philadelphia is requiring all new employees to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected].
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