First Assistant Attorney General (Human Services)


State Services
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Salary Range:
$135,684.00 - $180,948.00 Yearly
Apply By:
Friday, July 7, 2023, 11:59 pm
Work Unit:
Human Services
Job Location:
1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Release Date:
Friday, June 23, 2023
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The Colorado Department of Law is recruiting for the First Assistant Attorney General to lead the Human Services Unit of the State Services Section. 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. As the First AAG, you would provide critical leadership to this team and support all of its diverse efforts to protect residents of Colorado. This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Coloradans!


In this role, you will oversee a team of attorneys, paralegals, and professional staff to ensure the best services are offered to clients of the unit. Attorneys in this unit 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 defend 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. Unit attorneys may appear in administrative, county, state, and federal courts.

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. As the First AAG, you will provide oversight of all these functions and partner with Second Assistant Attorneys General in the Unit to provide mentoring, coaching, and oversight to team members.

This recruitment may be used to fill more than one Assistant Attorney General position in the Department of Law.

Salary Note: The Department of Law uses a wage progression compensation model. Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

Salary will be paid on a biweekly basis.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


The First Assistant Attorney General is part of the Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law leadership team. As such, the strongest candidates will demonstrate excellence in the following competencies.

Communication & Listening – Inspires confidence through active listening and effective communication with the public, 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 desires of the public, leadership, colleagues, and staff with the broader interest of the enterprise.
Client Service, Interpersonal Skills, and Emotional Intelligence– Demonstrates and models self- awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and sensitivity in working with members of the public, colleagues, and staff.

In addition, ideal candidates for this position should have strong litigation skills as that is a large portion of the workload of the team. Other preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience providing management, supervisory, or other demonstrated leadership experience to large teams.
  • Experience representing large, complex clients and demonstrated experience building strong client relationships
  • Strong trial advocacy and litigation strategy skills
  • Knowledge or experience working in Human Services related issues
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and public service

Conditions of Employment: 

  • The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
  • 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 website.

View the full job announcement for more information and to apply online.

This position is non-classified and is not subject to appeal rights.
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