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State of Montana Attorney- Helena in Helena, Montana

/To be considered for Department of Livestock positions, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials./* / This position is posted as an open until filled recruitment with the first review of applicants taking place on September 11, 2023. / *_Materials Required of Applicants: _ * Cover Letter-/In your cover letter, please be sure to explain your interest in this position with the Department of Livestock as well as how you believe your experiences and education make you a perfect candidate for this position. / * Resume _Reasons to work for the Montana Department of Livestock:_ Our work matters! *We are proud of the work we do, to find out more about the Department of Livestock visit our website HERE. *_Benefits of working for the Department of Livestock:_ The ability to work and play in the beautiful state of Montana is one of the benefits you will love about this opportunity! Other fantastic benefits include: * Health Coverage * Retirement plans * Paid vacation, sick leave and Holidays * Work/life balance * Flexible schedules * Opportunities and room for professional growth * Public Service Loan Forgiveness- *Employment with the State of Montana may qualify you to receive loan forgiveness- click HERE to learn more! *About this Opportunity! The Montana Department of Livestock is looking for an Attorney to join our amazing team! Overview of the Department: The Department of Livestock is responsible for the control and eradication of animal diseases, the prevention of the transmission of animal disease to humans and for the protection of the livestock industry from theft and predatory animals. Job Overview: The Attorney for the Department of Livestock is the sole legal counsel for the agency and performs professional legal work for all Divisions within the Department as well as any boards and committees attached to the Agency for administrative purposes. This position represents the Agency on all issues presented, ranging from regulatory enforcement, as well as personnel discipline, termination proceedings and the draft, review, and interpretation of administrative rules. The Attorney for the Department of Livestock must have the ability to provide sound legal advice and has the responsibility of effectively arguing the position of the Agency on a number of various presented issues. Essential Functions (Major Duties or Responsibilities): Department Legal Counsel: * * Represents the agency in court, at hearings, or before other government entities. * Reviews and prepares legal documents, opinions, forms, contracts, permits, and other legal agreements. * Prepares evidence, exhibits, and legal documents necessary to litigate cases and argue the position of the agency. * Interprets and applies state and federal laws and administrative rules; Drafts or reviews administrative rules. * Receives, researches, and responds to questions or complaints; provides information, explains policy and procedure, and/or facilitates a resolution. * Provides consultation, make recommendations, give appropriate legal advice, settlement negotiations, and/or facilitates legal decisions. * Represents the Department/clients during administrative hearings, court, or other legal proceedings; May handle cases at the Montana Supreme Court as necessary. * Handles cases with substantial legal precedent. * Analyze, interpret, and advise about new laws that have no case precedent. * Plan, develops, and accomplishes the agency’s overall litigation strategy. * Serves as the agency’s principal legal advisor across multiple fields of law. * Acts as the sole attorney in high-profile cases, or cases involving significant liability exposure. *Public Records Requests and Communication: * Responsible for advising and providing appropriate responses to public information requests while adhering to agency policy and state law. * Provides or assists with providing other communications on behalf of the agency as needed or requested. Physical and Environmental Demands: The position primarily works in a standard office environment, however, may occasionally spend significant time offsite in court, for hearings or negotiations. Travel out of town or state is minimal, however may be required on occasion. Fluctuation in workload may require more than 40 hours of a work week when necessary and may require exposure to stressful situations. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Behaviors): Required for the first day of work: * Knowledge of legal research methods and techniques; of court, hearing, and legislative proceedings; of state and federal statute, case law and constitutional provisions effecting the program area served by the attorney. * Knowledge of administrative practices and procedures and ability to learn the rules, policies, practices, precedents, and organizational structure of the program served. * Knowledge of the organization of state government, and how program operations interrelate with those of other state and federal agencies and the private sector. * Ability to analyze the most difficult legal problems and to synthesize and recommend a legally defensible course of action; to be able to communicate with and provide assistance to a diverse or highly specialized staff; to represent the agency in legislative hearings before managers and officials of other agencies, boards, committees, task forces and other interactions requiring knowledge of agency obligations and authority and functions. * Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; to establish and maintain effective working relationships. * Effective time management and organization skills. * Skilled in use of standard office equipment, programs and software. * Strong organization, time management, and oral written communication skills. * Ability to learn and understand the principles and practices of discovery. * Ability to effectively research and analyze documents. * Able to maintain professionalism in a variety of situations. * Ability to discern when to consult with peers to develop arguments. * Ability to work independently on arguments with multiple issues. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): * * Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school. * Membership in the State Bar of Montana. *Preferred: * Two years of specialized law and litigation experience. * Eligible to be admitted to practice in federal and state courts, as needed. *Title: *Attorney- Helena Location: Helena Requisition ID: 23142545