Job Title:
Training Chief
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Massachusetts
Boston, MA
Position Details
Position Description:
CPCS is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. In striving always to achieve those goals, CPCS embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and is steadfast in our commitment to: (1) ensuring that CPCS staff members represent a broad range of human difference and experience; (2) providing a work climate that is respectful and that supports success; and (3) promoting the dignity and well-being of all staff members. CPCS’s leadership is responsible for ensuring excellence, diversity, and inclusion. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.


The Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), the Massachusetts Public Defender agency, is seeking a full-time Training Chief for its Training Department. The Training Chief will be responsible for the management and oversight of all aspects of CPCS training, including the development of long range strategic plans, the delivery of high quality training to all staff and private assigned counsel, and the effective management of all agency training resources.

Description of Department:

The Training Department includes the Criminal Defense, Children and Family Law (CAFL), Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) and Mental Health Litigation (MHLD) Training Units. Each practice area Training Unit is headed by a Training Director who reports to the Training Chief. The Training Chief will be responsible for ensuring that, to the extent resources permit, the practice area Training Units meet the practice area goals established by the relevant Deputy Chief Counsel or Director of the Private Counsel, Public Counsel, CAFL, YAD and MHLD Divisions (collectively Division Heads). The Training Chief will also work with the managers who direct the Human Resources, Finance, IT, and General Counsel Units to ensure that, to the extent resources permit, training goals related to those areas also are met across the agency. The Training Chief reports to the Director of Administration and Operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage Training Department operations through staff supervision, development and implementation of policies, and allocation of financial and other resources. Conducts performance reviews of Training Directors.
• Work closely with the Division Heads to assure effective performance by Divisional training staff.
• Identify training needs for attorneys, both agency staff and panel members, and non-attorney agency staff, and create strategic plan to meet those needs. With respect to practice area specific training, ensure the delivery of training goals established by the Division Heads, with input from the Training Directors, for attorneys, social workers and investigators.
• Identify cross disciplinary training opportunities and coordinate such training to maximize the effective allocation of training resources.
• In collaboration with the managers who direct administrative departments, responsible for the design, delivery, coordination, and/or procurement of non-practice area specific training such as: employment law; diversity, cultural responsiveness and anti-racism; management; leadership; supervision; and technology; secondary trauma and mentor training, as well as onboarding new staff members.
• Within technology standards as determined by the IT Department, provision of technology support to ensure the effective creation of online training programs and the maintenance of easily accessible online training materials.
• Support the professional development of Training Unit staff and private bar trainers through development and implementation of train-the-trainer programs. Keep abreast of developments in adult learning and training modalities.
• Develop and manage agency training budget.
• Design and manage agency’s annual training conference for private assigned counsel and staff attorneys, social workers, Social Service Advocates and investigators.
• Maintain agency training calendar and manage CPCS internet and intranet Training Department pages.
• Authorize and provide for library purchases for all agency offices including online legal research contracts.
• Responsible for agency relationship regarding training related matters with outside vendors and bar associations, including coordination of training contracts and agreements.
Minimum Qualifications and Skills:
• demonstrated commitment to high quality representation of indigent persons;
• minimum of 10 years’ experience as an attorney or trainer; minimum of 4 years’ experience as a manager or supervisor; legal degree or a master’s degree in a related or relevant field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
• experience designing and delivering successful training programs which account for various adult learning styles;
• litigation experience is preferred as is experience in the following areas: training on management, supervision, diversity and cultural competence; delivery of distance training; strategic planning; developing and managing budgets; and negotiating contracts;
• strong organizational skills;
• excellent communication and collaboration skills;
• the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously; and
• the capacity to pay close attention to detail.

Applicants should submit their resume, and as a separate document, a description of the candidate’s training, supervisory, administrative, managerial, and, if applicable, legal experience.

The position will be posted until filled, however preference will be given to candidates who apply prior to April 23, 2018.

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

Application Deadline
Application Requirements
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
Who should be contacted for further information on this opportunity?
Kev Ruderman
Contact Info
Kevin Ruderman
Legal Hiring Coordinator
44 Bromfield Street
Boston, MA 02108
United States
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