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  • 510891
  • Full-time




Job Location:

Address:  15 South 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $71,000 - $102,000 

Grade: 01

Closing Date: Open Until Filled 

Job Summary:

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"). For newer attorneys, the position offers the opportunity to learn from more experienced attorneys in a collaborative setting while gaining experience representing clients in administrative hearings and other judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings. For more experienced attorneys, the position offers the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of diverse and challenging areas of law. For all attorneys, the position offers the opportunity for professional development and growth in an environment that is fast-paced, professional, and collegial.

To view our Recruitment Video please follow this link: http://vimeo.com/arizonaago/employment

Job Duties:

The incumbent of the Assistant Attorney General position provides legal representation to the Arizona Department of Economic Security ("DES") and the Arizona Department of Child Safety (“DCS”) on myriad subjects and issues.

The position involves the following:
• Analyzing complex and diverse legal issues, conducting associated research, and providing written and oral advice to DES and DCS 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.
• Representing the client in connection with administrative hearings and other legal proceedings.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge needed:
• Knowledge and understanding of applicable state and federal statutes, case law and court rules.
• Knowledge of litigation.
• Knowledge of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.

Skills needed:
• 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.
• Skill in working with co-workers to solve problems.
• Skill in prioritizing multiple demands.

Abilities needed:
• 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.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will possess 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.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• 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:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
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

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at humanresources@azag.gov.

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.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.