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Legal Assistant I

Details

Section: Office of the Attorney General
Work Unit: Office of the Attorney General
Position Number: LAA 00193
Job Location: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Salary Range: $4,227.00 - $5,096.00
Release Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 3:00pm
Apply By: Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Position Type: Classified

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Duties

Find a rewarding career making a difference:
Join the Office of the Attorney General/Colorado Department of Law Team!

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the largest law firm in the State.  The Attorney General is elected by popular vote of the statewide electorate and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official.


Attorney General Phil Weiser oversees the Department and manages a wide range of responsibilities, including:

• Prosecuting and defending all civil and criminal actions in which the State has an interest
• Defending the laws and the Constitution of the State of Colorado
• Protecting consumers from scams and fraudulent activity
• Serving as legal advisor to officers of the State of Colorado
• Protecting and preserving Colorado’s natural resources
• Advocating for policies that help law enforcement improve community safety
• Investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud throughout the State

In addition to the challenging and impactful work being done at the Office of the Attorney General, there are many other benefits to joining the Attorney General’s team:

• Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
• Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including 401K and 457 plans
• Medical and dental health plans
• Paid life insurance
• Short and long-term disability coverage
• Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
• 10 paid holidays per year
• Free access to a fitness center located in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
• Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

To learn more about our benefits visit: https://www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is an equal opportunity employer and understands that a diverse work force adds quality and perspective to the services we provide to the public.  We encourage candidates with diverse qualities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

 

Information about the Job:

The Department of Law/ Attorney General’s Office represents and defends the legal interests of the people of the State of Colorado. This position works closely with the Solicitor General, who is responsible for supervising appellate litigation conducted by the Department of Law, writing and reviewing briefs in state and federal appellate courts, managing cross-cutting legal issues involving different units of the Department, presenting oral arguments in state and federal court, managing outside counsel appointments, reviewing and making recommendations on Amicus briefs, assisting in the preparation of Attorney General opinions,  and advising the Attorney General on significant legal issues.

As the legal support to the Solicitor General, this position is responsible for providing litigation support at the trial and appellate level, assisting with various legal processes, coordinating the Department of Law’s legislative bill review process, and facilitating and coordinating Attorney General rule opinions. This position, additionally provides support to the Deputy Attorney General for Intergovernmental Affairs by performing legislative history research, reviewing legislative hearings, and facilitating the Department of Law’s legislative bill review process by reviewing bills, assigning them to appropriate Sections for legal analysis, and entering bills into the office’s electronic tracking system.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated.

  • Paralegal certificate obtained through either an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal studies program or an accredited institution. 


Substitutions:

  • Two years of work experience in a paralegal capacity which included conducting legal research, preparing drafts of legal documents and gathering and compiling data from legal references and resources will substitute for the required certificate; OR
  • A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school may substitute for the required certificate.

Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.


Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, the preferred applicant will also demonstrate and clearly describe the following skills and experience in their job application:

  • Experience working in a paralegal capacity in a public service organization or government agency;
  • Experience providing legislative support, including coordinating the review and tracking process of legislative bills;
  • Experience providing high level executive support including scheduling meetings, providing administrative support, and travel coordination, including scheduling and travel reimbursements;
  • Experience organizing and managing multiple projects simultaneously including managing multiple hard deadlines.


Conditions of Employment: Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.


Important Information:

Required Application Materials

  1. A completed State of Colorado Application: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application provided is fully completed and clearly describes their education, training and experience as it relates to this position. Only your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening to ensure you meet the minimum qualifications. If you attach a resume and cover letter, those materials will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Applications left blank or marked “See Resume” will not be considered.
  2. Cover Letter: A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position, any information regarding your skills, qualifications, accomplishments, etc. and how you meet the listed preferred qualifications is due at the time of application.

Veteran’s Preference: In order to be considered for veteran’s preference you must attach a copy of your DD214 forms as well as any documentation required to prove disability or marital status.

Your application will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  If your application does not demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements, you will not proceed in the selection process for this position.  You will be notified of the results of the application review. 
 

Assessment Information:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the process is typically a structured application/resume review by a panel of subject matter experts against the job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this job announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and potential job fit. 

  • Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
  • Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement and demonstrates the level of responsibility assigned.
  • Job Fit – Experience will be evaluated to determine how well experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position.  Current experience is preferred. 

It is imperative that the “Work Experience” section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work product, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Resumes and “see resume” statements will not be accepted in lieu of the “Work Experience” section of the application. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants as the materials may be used to identify a top group for additional assessment or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration


Appeal Rights:  If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. If you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. A standard appeal form is available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process.  The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.

If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor Denver, CO 80203, Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300.  The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
 

Transfer Applicants: Eligible transfer candidates must submit a complete application following the directions in this job announcement. All qualified transfer eligible candidates who submitted an application by the posted deadline will be included along with all other qualified candidates in the comparative analysis process. If you do not want to compete in the assessment process, you may withdraw from consideration for this position.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Daisy Zepeda at 720-508-6510 or daisy.zepeda@coag.gov at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

 

Please refer to the State of Colorado Employment website for further details and instructions on how to apply, http://www.colorado.gov/dhr/jobs.