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ATTORNEY SPECIALIST

Date:  Jun 15, 2021
Req ID:  4597
Location: 

Little Rock, AR, US, 72201

Category:  AR DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Anticipated Starting Salary:  $62,530.83

Position Number: 22099494 
County: Statewide 
Posting End Date: 12/31/9999 

Anticipated Starting Salary: $62,530.83 

OCC 
 

*This position is considered for vacancy opportunities across the state*

 

The DHS Office of Chief Counsel is seeking qualified applicants for a GS11 attorney specialist position in its County Legal Operations (CLO) division. CLO provides legal representation to DHS’s Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Adult Protective Services (APS), and the Office of the Public Guardian for Adults (OPG) in all 75 counties in Arkansas. The attorney specialist will engage in all aspects of client representation for the state’s largest executive agency, including research and writing, client counseling and advocacy, and litigation in circuit court and administrative proceedings.

 

This position is ideal for candidates with litigation experience, or those with experience in child welfare or probate law.

 

The applicant must be licensed in Arkansas and in good standing. Travel may be required. The ability to utilize technology to participate in court hearings and other meetings by video conference and teleconference is also required.

 

The Department of Human Services is a place for people passionate about serving others and changing lives for the better. We care for Arkansans of all ages and ensure places like child care centers and nursing homes are safe. We are the safety net for the most vulnerable Arkansans. Whether you answer the phones, take applications, protect children, or help care for residents or patients at one of our facilities, you make a difference by working at DHS. Plus, working for the State has great perks, including a pension, maternity leave, paid state holidays, and much more. At DHS, we take care of our employees so you can help care for others.

Position Information

Class Code: G047C

Grade: GS11

FLSA Status: EXEMPT

Salary Range: $62,531.00 - $90,670.00

Summary

The Attorney Specialist is responsible for conducting legal research and writing legal documents for use in litigation and for providing legal assistance to the agency. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

Functions

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 a 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.

Dimensions

Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, advisory meetings, hearings, and/or court proceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters may be required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

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

Licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201. The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus three years of experience practicing law. 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.

Licenses

None

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.


Nearest Major Market: Little Rock