The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Liability Management Section is seeking a Unit Chief Counsel.
Unit Chief Counsel to provide legal representation to the Arizona Department of Corrections and its employees in matters in which the Risk Management Division of ADOA provides coverage. The representation includes advice and complex civil litigation, primarily in federal court.
In addition to providing legal services, the Unit Chief also serves as the team leader of the Unit, and mentor to the attorneys in it. The Unit Chief assists in the assignment of claims and cases, and monitors the performance of the attorneys, legal assistants, and secretaries in the Unit. The Unit Chief must demonstrate good judgment in the job functions, and is responsible for personnel matters within the Unit. The Unit Chief works closely with the Department of Corrections and Risk Management, and must anticipate, and respond, to the client needs. The Unit Chief acts to further the policies of the Office and Section within the Unit. The Unit Chief works closely with Outside Counsel. Travel within and out of the State of Arizona.
Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, case law and court rules; Extensive knowledge and experience in civil litigation, including pretrial and trial practice;
Knowledge of legal techniques and the basic concepts of American Jurisprudence and of the formats utilized in the preparation of legal documents;
Knowledge of the practical factors that impact litigation decisions and goals, including plaintiff responses, opposing counsel strategies and judicial perspectives, and victim/witness considerations;
Knowledge of financial considerations for the state;
Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through lengthy and varied experience in legal practice, especially in complex litigation;
Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.
Skill in persuasive oral and written communication pertaining to case presentation through various stages of representation, including litigation through trial and appeal if required; Prepare legal documents memoranda and correspondence efficiently;
Skills include legal and factual issue analysis, legal research, legal writing, oral presentation, and negotiation.
Ability to identify issues, analyze and articulate legal arguments, assess evidence and communicate it to the client;
Ability to manage significant volume of high exposure cases;
Ability to effectively utilize skills of subordinate staff;
Ability to display courteous and professional behavior;
Ability to train and supervise subordinate lawyers;
Ability to exercise good judgment in making strategic decisions in cases and in providing legal advice to clients;
Ability to appropriately apply professional ethical rules in daily practice;
Ability to travel within and outside Arizona, including overnight stays;
Ability to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.
Extensive civil litigation experience, including pretrial and trial practice involving complex cases. Experience supervising and mentoring other attorneys.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• Admission to, and good standing with, the Arizona State Bar is required (include on resume the date(s) of admission in Arizona and any other states). Candidate must have an active Arizona State Bar license.
• Attorney applicants are required to submit a writing sample with their resume/application profile.
The writing sample should contain an analysis of some substantive legal issue and provide insight concerning your ability to think and to explain and advocate for a particular position.
• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.