The Arizona Attorney General's Office, Child and Family Protection Division, is seeking an Assistant Attorney General to work in its Civil and Criminal Litigation and Advice Section ("CLA"), which provides legal representation to the Arizona Department of Economic Security ("DES") on myriad subjects and issues. This is a criminal prosecutor position.
The position involves the following:
• Prosecuting Unemployment Insurance Fraud and various types of fraud in welfare programs administered by DES such as the Food Stamps, Cash Assistance, and Child Care Assistance programs. The responsibilities of this position include all elements of prosecuting a case, including case assessment and determination of whether to file criminal charges, drafting and filing direct complaints, conducting preliminary hearings and trials, plea negotiations, responding to requests for post-conviction relief, and handling probation violation proceedings. Due the large amount of documentary evidence involved in these matters, contested hearings and trials are rare.
• Analyzing complex and diverse legal issues, conducting associated research, and providing written and oral advice to DES on a wide variety of subjects.
• Analyzing, applying, and advising the client with regard to various federal regulations and state/federal statutes.
• Drafting pleadings, motions, memoranda, forms and other legal documents.
• A willingness to work collaboratively and in a team setting is critical.
• Knowledge and understanding of applicable state and federal statutes, case law and court rules.
• Knowledge of litigation and the administrative process.
• Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.
• Skill in working with the client to solve complex/diverse challenges.
• Skill in analyzing, interpreting and applying myriad federal regulations and state/federal statutes.
• Skill in persuasive oral and written communication pertaining to case presentation through various stages of representation, including litigation through trial or the administrative process (and appeal if required).
• Skill in working with co-workers to solve problems.
• Skill in prioritizing multiple demands.
• Ability to identify/analyze complex legal issues and communicate about the same with the client.
• Ability to effectively utilize skills of subordinate staff.
• Ability to display courteous and professional behavior.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment in making strategic decisions in cases and in providing legal advice to the client.
The ideal candidate will have a minimum 5 years of legal experience with at least two years of experience in prosecuting felonies. He/she will have a working knowledge of substantive and procedural criminal law. Excellent writing and communication skills are required. Knowledge of the various DES programs is a plus, but candidates with a keen intellect can learn the unique substantive areas that this position involves. Applicants must also have the ability to work collaboratively with others.
• 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 email@example.com.
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.