Assistant Attorney General


State Services
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Salary Range:
$7,100.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Thursday, December 1, 2022, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Human Services
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, November 11, 2022
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The Human Services Unit within the State Services section is seeking three attorneys to join its dynamic and collaborative legal team. The Unit advises the Colorado Department of Human Services and its various offices, including: the Office of Behavioral Health, the Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services, the Office of Early Childhood, the Office of Economic Security, the Office of Children, Youth and Families, the Office of Community Partnerships, and the Office of Administrative Solutions. The Unit will also advise the newly created Department of Early Childhood which became operational in July 2022, as well as the newly created Behavioral Health Administration. The Unit offers the opportunity to practice in several challenging areas of law that frequently present novel legal questions. Statutes and regulations governing the Department of Human Services, the Department of Early Childhood and the Behavioral Health Administration have a substantial impact on some of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens.

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the “People’s Lawyer.” The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State’s chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: “Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all.” Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together. Visit our website to learn more:

In this role, you will have the opportunity to appear in the Office of Administrative Courts to defend findings of child abuse and neglect made by county human services departments, and to prosecute licensing actions against childcare providers and substance disorder treatment providers for violation of Department rules and applicable state statutes. You will also defend the Department’s decisions on judicial review in the district court and defends against civil complaints seeking non-compensatory relief. Other cases involve issues related to public benefits and child support services, care and treatment of individuals living with developmental disabilities or a mental health disorder, and juvenile justice.

We routinely provide general counsel to the Department of Human Services, Department of Early Childhood and the Behavioral Health Administration on rulemaking, legislation, and records requests and subpoenas. This work will include legal research and writing to advise the Departments on specific issues. Cases and assignments vary and may originate from any division across all Departments.

This job announcement may be used to fill other attorney vacancies at the Department of Law.

The Human Services unit is seeking experienced, confident, and adaptable attorneys who are passionate about public service and want to be a part of a collaborative and supportive team. Ideal candidates to join our Unit will have enough experience with litigation that they can jump in and manage their own caseload; be able to assess problems, evaluate and determine solutions, and effectively communicate those findings; and have comfort representing clients in hearings.

Candidates must be licensed to practice law in Colorado or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar. Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application before the first day of employment.

In addition, the best candidates will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work both independently and productively as part of a team
  • Experience in at least some of the following areas of law: administrative, juvenile, child welfare, behavioral health, privacy law, and open records law
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work

Please note: Litigation experience does not need to be limited to criminal or civil, but please describe your litigation and subject matter experience in your cover letter.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and believes that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public. Candidates with diverse qualities and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
  • Effective September 20, 2021, employees will be required to attest to and verify whether or not they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Upon hire, new employees will have three (3) business days to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination. Vaccinated employees must provide proof of vaccination.

    Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado’s Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.
To view the full job announcement and to apply please visit the State of Colorado jobs page.
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