Deputy Attorney General


State Services
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Salary Range:
$15,154.00 - $15,154.00 Monthly
Apply By:
Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 11:59 pm
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Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
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Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews may be conducted prior to the job closing. We encourage you submit your application early if possible.

The Colorado Department of Law invites applications for a Deputy Attorney General, a role which offers a unique leadership opportunity with statewide impact. We are looking for a dynamic and committed attorney to lead our State Services section. This section is made up of a diverse team of professionals who work to protect children, people at risk, and represents the public at large. The legal work of the Section is diverse, ranging from providing advice on transactions and general operations to defending the constitutionality of state laws in both state and federal court.  The Deputy also serves as a member of the office-wide leadership team, therefore we are seeking an individual who will drive innovative leadership initiatives and help implement the vision and values for the Department of Law.

The State Services section protects children, people at risk, and represents the public at large. Through eight different units, the section accomplishes work related to elected public officials, health care, education, human services, public utilities, and procurement. Examples of the work of this section includes representing the Colorado Department of Human Services and all of its various divisions, defending findings of child abuse and neglect made by county human services departments, and prosecuting licensing actions against childcare providers and substance disorder treatment providers; providing legal advice and representation to the Public Utilities Commission and their advisory staff members regarding electricity, gas, telecommunications, transportation, railroad, and water and gas pipeline safety matters; representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing which administers the Medicaid program, the Children’s Health Plan and Colorado Indigent Care Program, and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on public health matters; providing counsel and representing the public institution of higher education in litigation and other maters, serving as counsel to subdivisions of Colorado Government responsible for K-12 education, including the State Board of Education and; providing counsel to and representing the four statewide elected officials, as well as the Judicial Department, the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the State Auditor, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and the Office of Information Technology, and litigating complex civil cases that often involve legal questions of first impression and public policy matters; advising and representing institutions of education; conserving the state’s fiscal system by reviewing hundreds of state contracts and contract amendments for compliance with State laws and fiscal rules and much more.

The Deputy of the State Services Section leads and manages the overall work of the section, which includes developing a supportive and inclusive culture in line with the vision and values of the Department of Law; considering diversity, equity, and inclusion in decision-making; and fostering collaboration, teamwork, and professional development for staff. Responsibilities include overseeing the legal work of section attorneys; supervising attorneys, managing personnel, and hiring attorneys and employees within the State Personnel System; implementing performance management and planning; prioritizing work for and delegating work to attorneys and staff; developing the section’s strategic plan; working with the Attorney General on policy development, legislation, and media relations; and preparing monthly, annual, and fiscal year reports on section activities.

The Deputy collaborates with clients and attorneys throughout the office on a wide variety of legal issues and strategy and may assist in general counsel work, rulemaking, and legislative review. The Deputy also serves as a member of the Attorney General’s leadership team and will be an integral part of developing and implementing the Attorney General’s vision for the Department of Law.

The Department of Law may fill additional leadership positions from this recruitment.

Given this is a senior leadership role, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies:

Communication & Listening – Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff.
Flexible & Adaptable Management – Accepts, adapts, and contributes positively to change; leads with new concepts and ideas; and encourages others to be equally adaptive and flexible.
Coaching & Developing People – Invests in our talent through coaching and sponsorship and by pushing individuals outside of their comfort zones to grow as professionals.
Creative & Strategic Problem Solving – Takes a result-oriented, open-minded, and innovative approach to overcoming challenges and dealing with crises.
Enterprise & Growth Mindset – Balances the goals of clients, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise.
Interpersonal Skills and Emotional Intelligence– Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with colleagues and staff.

Applicants for the Deputy Attorney General position must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be admitted to the Colorado bar or be clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar and be in good standing at the time of application. Applicants eligible to waive into the bar must be eligible to Practice Pending Admission.
  • Have 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney that includes practice management, significant complex litigation or general counsel experience
  • Have personnel management and supervisory experience

Our strongest candidates will also have most, if not all, of the following attributes:

  • Experience in coaching and inspiring individuals and teams
  • Knowledge of state government and the state budgeting process and experience with fiscal reporting
  • Demonstrated commitment to client service and public service
  • Ability to balance the needs of the clients and the Department of Law
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession and the greater community

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.
  • Candidates eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar will be required to submit proof of their completed application and application for Practice Pending Admission before the first day of employment. For more information about admission to the Colorado bar please review information on the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.
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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