Attorney Specialist

Description:

State of Arkansas
Department of Human Services
Announces Job Search for Candidates for

Attorney Specialist

Position No. 22144070

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) is the state's largest agency with 7,000 employees working in 86 county offices serving more than one million people. Employees work in 10 major divisions and five support offices to provide services to Arkansas citizens. DHS is currently seeking to fill the position of Attorney Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Responsibilities:
Reviews and analyzes data and documentation related to agency’s legal matters to determine the agency’s position on the issue. Researches case law, state law, and any applicable federal laws related to current legal issues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement or settlement. Writes legal briefs, motions, and other pleadings to support arguments to facilitate the mediation/litigation process. Analyzes and interprets state and federal laws to determine impact on agency programs. Advises agency management on potential legal issues affecting the agency and offers legal opinion on actions the agency may take in resolving legal issues. Represents the agency in legal proceedings which may occur in various settings and jurisdictions. Drafts proposed legislation, amendments to current legislation, amendments to agency regulations, and represents the agency at legislative hearings. May supervise a small administrative support staff by assigning and reviewing work and evaluating the performance of the employees. May interview and recommend for hire applicants for agency vacancies. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Knowledge of state and federal laws. Knowledge of legal research and writing protocols. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state and federal statutes, legal precedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to provide legal guidance and technical assistance to agency's management and staff. Ability to perform mediation / litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of the administrative support staff.

Minimum Qualifications:
The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience as a practicing attorney in the public or private sector. CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. Must possess a valid Arkansas driver’s license. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.

Special Work Condition/Preferred Qualifications:
(1) Five (5) or more years of recent civil litigation experience in federal and state courts in Arkansas;
(2) Ability to represent a large state agency in all phases of federal and state court litigation, including ; and motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment and trials

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Salary/Benefits:
This position provides a competitive starting salary from $62,531.00 - $90,670.00 depending on qualifications, and excellent benefits including group health and life insurance, state retirement plan, and a tax deferred compensation plan, holidays and annual leave time off.

To Apply: APPLY ONLINE AT ark.org/arstatejobs/index.php

Closing Date: 03/29/2019

“The Arkansas Department of Human Services is an equal opportunity employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or political affiliation.”

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