The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Tax Section is seeking an Assistant Attorney General.
The primary duties for this attorney will be to provide legal representation and legal consultation to the Arizona Department of Revenue ("ADOR") on many issues relating to ADOR's valuation of "centrally valued" properties (e.g., mines, electrical generation facilities, pipelines, etc.) for property tax purposes. Duties will primarily include representing the ADOR when property owners sue the Department to challenge the legality of the ADOR's valuation or to allege that the valuation is excessive and should be reduced. The attorney will handle pre-trial discovery, motions, hearings and trials on behalf of the ADOR and occasionally co-defendant counties. The attorney will appear on behalf of the ADOR before the State Board of Equalization, the Arizona Tax Court, and Arizona appellate courts as required. Litigation experience required and experience in property appraisal techniques and principles preferred.
Knowledge and understanding of applicable statutes, case law and civil and appellate rules.
Knowledge of administrative rules and regulations.
Knowledge of Arizona rules of civil procedure.
Knowledge of property taxation and appraisal principles.
Knowledge and experience in civil litigation, including pre-trial, trial and appellate practices and procedures.
Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers, and public employees.
Skill in discovery, motion and trial practice and appellate briefing and argument.
Skills in persuasive oral and written advocacy.
Skills in interpersonal relations necessary for effective teamwork, cooperation and conflict resolution.
Skills in advising and representing a government agency.
Ability to recognize legal issues presented by specific factual situations and to perform necessary legal research and analysis related to those issues.
Ability to exercise good judgment in legal matters, interpersonal relations and matters related to client representation.
Ability to conduct oneself professionally with clients, colleagues, staff, and supervisors.
Ability to articulate and convey legal arguments.
Ability to apply ethical rules.
Ability to exhibit good judgment in evaluating and analyzing diverse legal issues.
Ability to handle a high volume of work and stressful situations.
Previous trial and appellate experience. Knowledge of state and local tax law, as well as working knowledge of standard appraisal methods used to value property. Experience working with and cross-examining expert (primarily appraisal) witnesses.
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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