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State of Massachusetts Deputy Director of Police Standards in Boston, Massachusetts

/Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission Job Posting/ * * Job Title: Deputy Director of Police Standards * *Reports to: Director of Police Standards * OVERVIEW OF THE AGENCY AND THE POSITION* The Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission is an independent agency that oversees law enforcement departments and officers throughout the Commonwealth. The Commission is charged with the following: * Establishing certification standards for law enforcement departments and officers; * Determining whether those standards have been met; * Developing regulations and policies governing law enforcement; * Decertifying, suspending, or ordering retraining for officers who commit misconduct or otherwise fail to satisfy requirements; * Maintaining, analyzing, and disseminating information regarding law enforcement; and * Conducting investigations, adjudicatory proceedings, and public hearings regarding such matters. The Commission is governed by, and enforces, Chapter 6E of the Massachusetts General Laws. Pursuant to that statute, the Commission collaborates with the Commonwealth’s Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) in several areas of its work. The POST Commission is looking for an experienced attorney to join the growing team of the Division of Police Standards (“Division”) as its Deputy Director. The Division advances the Commission’s statutory mission of investigating allegations of officer misconduct, and, when appropriate, advocating for disciplinary outcomes in a way that engenders the trust of the public-at-large and protects the integrity of the law enforcement profession. The Deputy Director will play a leading and critical role in the fulfillment of these objectives. _POSITION FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES_ The Deputy Director will assist the Director in leading all aspects of the Division’s work. As the Division continues to grow and expand into new functions and missions, the Deputy Director will play a leading role in the development of policies and procedures to standardize various aspects of the Division's work. Along with the Director, the Deputy Director will work directly with the Division’s Enforcement Counsels (who are practicing attorneys barred in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), Compliance Agents, Intake Coordinators, paralegal, and administrative professionals to supervise the intake of complaints, and the conduct of preliminary inquiries and adjudicatory proceedings by the Division. * * * ***Please note that pursuant to M.G.L. c. 6E, § 8, no employee of the Division of Police Standards shall have previously been employed as a law enforcement officer, previously employed by a law enforcement agency or be a retired law enforcement officer or retired from a law enforcement agency. This provision does not apply to former federal law enforcement officers or former law enforcement officers from jurisdictions outside of Massachusetts. * * Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: * Assist the Director of Police Standards in supervising the intake of complaints, and the conduct of preliminary inquiries and adjudicatory proceedings before the Commission. * Provide first-tier legal review of complaints filed with the Commission by citizens or law enforcement agencies, and develop recommendations for further investigative steps, in accordance with the Commission's enabling statute, regulations and protocols. * Assign Division members to handle matters such as preliminary inquiries, suspension appeals, disciplinary hearings, and appeals from the denial of certification or recertification, based on factors including, but not limited to, case priority, subject matter, team workload, and case complexity. * Assist in the development and implementation of internal protocols, policies and procedures governing the conduct of preliminary inquiries, and initial staff reviews of complaints. * Provide first-tier review of certain draft reports and pleadings to be submitted by the Division. * Participate, on behalf of the Division, in ongoing information technology projects. * Maintain open communication and work in a collaborative manner with other operational divisions and external agencies as necessary. * Learn and keep abreast of the statutes and regulations relative to the POST Commission or impacting its operations. * Produce high quality work in a timely fashion that meets established expectations. * Perform other duties as requested. _INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING_ To be considered for the position, apply throughMassCareers, and include acover letter, a resume, and at least one writing sample reflecting your own substantive legal analysis. You are strongly encouraged to discuss or demonstrate any experience with the areas listed above in your application. This requisition will remain open until filled; however, priority consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.If you are interested in multiple positions that have been posted by the Commission, you are encouraged to apply for all such positions. _SALARY RANGE_ Commensurate with experience. _COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS_ When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics?Commonwealth Employee Benefits and Rewards! _COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY_ The Commission is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. The Commission is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of the Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law. Females, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and those who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive are strongly encouraged to apply. _NOTICE OF REQUIRED BACKGROUND CHECK – INCLUDING TAX COMPLIANCE_ The Commission requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment. Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such a background check is not initiated until: 1. A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview; and 2. The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases. This background check includes a check of Criminal Offender Record Information, and Federal IRS and Massachusetts Department of Revenue tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment. Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted while a full background and qualification check is completed. _ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS_ _The following are essential qualifications for the position:_ * A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited school of law; * Membership in good standing in the Massachusetts bar; * At least five years of experience practicing law; * Experience supervising attorneys; * An appreciation for the mission of the Commission; * Strong skills in written and verbal communication, and in legal research, analysis, and advocacy; * An interest in, and a capability to contribute effectively to, the development of policies governing the Commission and law enforcement; * Knowledge of modern investigative techniques and legal processes; * Ability to apply the laws and regulations pertaining to the POST Commission to a wide variety of factual situations; * Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information; * Ability to work independently, productively, and creatively in a start-up environment; * Attention to detail; * Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and complete multiple projects under time constraints and with available resources; * Commitment to operating under the highest ethical standards; * Excellent interpersonal skills; an appreciation for teamwork and collegiality; and an ability to interact with people at all levels within the Commission, stakeholders, outside counsel, outside vendors, and members of the public; * Appreciation of the value of diversity and inclusion, and the importance of interacting respectfully and sensitively with people of different backgrounds; * Proficiency with computers and the MS Office Suite (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and willingness to learn state- and Commission-specific systems; * A willingness to perform routine administrative duties as needed; * A commitment to reside in Massachusetts while employed by the Commission; and * A willingness and ability to report to work in the Commission's Boston office when called upon to do so. _OTHER VALUED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS_ _The Commission will look favorably on a candidate's experience or familiarity with any of the following areas:_ * Supervising others in a public (government) setting; * Knowledge of litigation strategy; * Editing the written work of others; * The work of, and law governing, state agencies, including commissions; * Prosecuting or otherwise litigating matters in courts or before other tribunals; * The conduct of adjudicatory and informal hearings; * The Massachusetts Public Records Law, criminal law, and Administrative Procedure Act; * Professional licensure and discipline; * Investigations and audits; * Internal policy development; and * Starting up or building a new entity. Job: Unclassified* *Organization: Peace Officer Standards and Training *Title: *Deputy Director of Police Standards Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 84 State Street Requisition ID: 240004K8