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First Assistant Attorney General


Section: Revenue & Utilities
Work Unit: Motor Vehicles and Enforcement Unit
Job Location: 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Salary Range: $9,424.00 - $12,000.00
Release Date: Friday, December 29, 2017 - 9:00am
Apply By: Friday, January 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA: Exempt
Position Type: Non-Classified

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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/Colorado 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 Cynthia H. Coffman 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, including on appeal
• 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 and defending them from legal challenge
• 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/Colorado Department of Law, 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 PERA’s Defined Benefit Plan or PERA’s Defined Contribution Plan, 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

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.

Job Duties:  The Revenue and Utilities Section is seeking a full-time First Assistant Attorney General to lead the Motor Vehicle and Enforcement Unit.  The unit represents a number of divisions and commissions within the Department of Revenue. These include the Motor Vehicle Division, Gaming Division, Limited Gaming Control Commission, Racing Division, Racing Commission, Auto Industry Division, Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, and the Lottery Division and Commission.  Additionally, the unit represents the Transportation Section of the Public Utilities Commission in the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

Leadership and management of the unit includes oversight of both general counsel and litigation matters for clients charged with implementing and administering licensure, enforcement and regulations governing limited gaming, racing and lottery programs; motor vehicle manufacturers, dealers, and salespersons; transportation carriers (including transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft); motor vehicle registration and drivers’ licenses.  

The First Assistant will lead and supervise attorneys handling a diverse caseload of significant administrative, licensure and disciplinary actions for unit clients from inception through administrative hearing and judicial review. These cases range in complexity from simple actions seeking license denials or administrative discipline to complex appeals before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. The unit also handles a large number of appeals related to drivers’ license revocation for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The First Assistant will also lead and supervise attorneys in connection with varied and complex general counsel responsibilities, including rulemaking, legislative review, policies and processes, open meetings and open records laws, and legal issues impacting all aspects of the client’s operations.

The First Assistant leads, supervises and evaluates a dynamic and collaborative legal team comprised of six attorneys and one legal assistant. Under the leadership of the First Assistant, the attorneys in the unit address a wide variety of interesting and complex legal issues of significant importance to the state of Colorado. In addition to carrying a caseload and taking the lead on some of the more complex cases and general counsel matters in the unit, the First Assistant consults on a daily basis with unit attorneys on a wide variety of substantive and procedural legal issues, general counsel matters and programs. The attorney may also consult with Revenue and Utilities Section attorneys on their representation of other section clients.

The First Assistant manages the unit, including budget/fiscal review and compliance, assigning and monitoring cases and general counsel matters, making hiring decisions and salary recommendations, mentoring and evaluating staff, and reporting to senior management on legal and personnel matters.  The First Assistant works collaboratively with the section’s other First Assistants and the Office Manager and reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General of the Revenue and Utilities Section.

Job Qualifications: The candidate must be admitted to the Colorado Bar and in good standing or clearly eligible to waive into the Colorado Bar at the time of application.  The position requires at least 7 years of civil and administrative litigation and general counsel practice.  The position also requires exceptional skills in legal writing, research and analysis, including the review and editing of others’ work.  Substantial experience with administrative and civil litigation at the administrative, district court and appellate levels is strongly preferred.  The attorney should have expertise in administrative law. Essential skills include: communication (written and oral), legal research and legal analysis; team-building; attorney development; strong client relationships; and a commitment to effective, positive leadership.

Final candidates must successfully pass a thorough tax check and criminal background check.

How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three professional references via e-mail to:
Sherry Penfold, Office Manager
Ralph L. Carr, Colorado Judicial Center
1300 Broadway, 8th floor
Denver, Colorado  80203