Job Title:
Managing Director – Public Defender Division
Committee for Public Counsel Services
Boston, MA
Position Description:
EEO Statement

The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state statutes and organizational policies. Applicants who have questions about equal employment opportunity or who need reasonable accommodations can contact the Director of Human Resources Management, Lisa Bacon, at

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

– Supervise AICs and assist them to effectively manage CPCS PDD Trial Offices and ensure that all staff meet
performance and supervision standards; complete annual performance evaluations for all direct reports and
ensure that direct reports conduct annual performance reviews for all assigned staff in a timely and
comprehensive manner;
– Supervise Senior Trial Counsel (STC) and/or work collaboratively with AICs in offices with assigned STC to
assure that there are clear expectations regarding case assignments, second seating, and mentoring obligations;
– Work collaboratively with Director of Social Services Advocacy and Chief Investigator to ensure effective
collaboration between PDD Trial Attorneys and Social Service Advocates and Investigators; and to supervise,
manage, and oversee Investigators and Social Services Advocates;
– Identify and address systemic issues that may arise in connection with the operation and unification of PDD
offices; develop and recommend any changes to caseload, supervision, performance, and other relevant
guidelines/standards needed to implement unification; and assist AICs in successfully carrying out the PDD Trial
Office Unification Plan and Guidelines;
– Develop and implement a plan to collect and use case-related data to promote high-quality representation and
ensure that office and attorney caseloads are appropriate, and analyze and report regularly on caseload statistics;
– Facilitate strong communication across the assigned region, with Trial Offices, and between CPCS’s leadership
team and PDD offices; conduct regular site visits, at least monthly, to Trial Offices across region;
– Assist AICs in creating and maintaining a positive workplace environment; promote professional development
opportunities for staff; in consultation with HR, oversee the hiring of attorneys and other staff in the region;
ensure that AICs work collaboratively with the Human Resources Unit to address employee relations and
performance issues and to ensure compliance with CPCS personnel policies;
– Work with AICs, Training Department , and Equity & Inclusion Director (EID) to ensure that PDD staff are
culturally competent, sensitive to issues of diversity, and provide client-centered representation;
– Investigate and respond to legal conflicts, legal ethics questions, and complaints regarding attorney and non-
attorney staff;
– Work with CPCS’s Facilities Unit and IT to address office space and technical needs and issues;
– Maintain a professional relationship and leadership role with the local judiciary and private bar, and work with
AICs and local bar leadership to develop and maintain a collaborative relationship between PDD trial offices and
local private attorneys;
– Work with the PDD Deputy Chief Counsel, other PDD Managing Directors, and other division Deputy Chief Counsel
and Managing Directors to develop and execute division policies and strategic plans, and to develop and advance
legislative and policy agendas; work collaboratively with other CPCS leaders on cross-divisional and other issues
as needed to promote agency goals and objectives;
– Work with the PDD Deputy Chief Counsel to address budget and spending issues and to prepare PDD budget
requests and spending plans; and,
– Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

Applicants for this position must have a demonstrated commitment to the representation of indigent persons accused of crime, a minimum of eight years’ experience as a practicing criminal defense attorney (including both experience representing indigent criminal clients and significant jury trial, appellate, or equivalent relevant experience), and four years of managerial experience.


The position requires strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and the capacity for close attention to detail.

Application Deadline
Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Who should be contacted for further information on this opportunity?
Kevin Ruderman
(617) 910-5769
Post Category
Job Opportunities