Opening Date: April 21, 2022
Closing Date: May 21, 2022
The ALJ Division is the administrative tribunal of the Industrial Commission. Its mission is to resolve all disputes coming before it efficiently and equitably, and has jurisdiction over disputes that arise under the Arizona Workers’ Compensation Act and the Arizona Minimum Wage Act. It is also authorized to resolve disputes referred from other State Agencies.
Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) function similar to Superior Court Judges in non-jury trials. This position is ideal for an experienced practitioner seeking a challenging legal work, with a reasonable work/life balance, in a collegial work environment
This individual will be responsible to:
• Preside over contested matters in administrative hearings, make credibility determinations, resolve medical conflicts, analyze complex legal issues, and apply statutory and decisional law in all relevant areas.
• Perform adjudicatory duties including, but not limited to, scheduling and conducting hearings, ruling on motions, taking testimony, reviewing documentary evidence, and issuing written orders and decisions in all assigned cases.
• Manage and oversee a judicial docket including scheduling conferences and hearings.
• Perform other duties as assigned including, but not limited to, conducting mediations and ruling on matters where no hearing is required such as settlement agreements.
• Apply principles of Arizona Management System in the performance of all duties.
• Comprehensive knowledge of legal research methods, legal principles and their application.
• Knowledge relating to Arizona Workers' Compensation and Minimum Wage.
• Knowledge of Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure and administrative rules, policies and practices applicable to matters adjudicated before the Industrial Commission of Arizona.
• Knowledge of current version of Microsoft Office.
• Strong organizational, analytical, and managerial skills.
• Process management skills including work flows and information management.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Legal research and writing skills.
• Logic and analytical reasoning skills.
• Time management and case management skills.
• Computer skills, including Google, Gmail, G Suite, WORD, database and view center systems.
• Instructional training and presentation skills.
• Analyze and resolve varied and complex legal matters and to apply applicable legal principles and make recommendations.
• Establish goals and drive results.
• Draft clear, concise and complete written decisions within statutorily mandated deadlines.
• Communicate orally and in writing with diverse customers, including injured workers, lay witnesses, expert medical witnesses and attorneys.
• Work cooperatively with colleagues and support staff.
• Travel throughout Arizona for the purpose of conducting hearings.
• Recognize and engage those with different backgrounds, characteristics, and perspectives to bridge gaps in understanding of differing viewpoints, as well as ensuring persons with diverse perspectives are given the opportunity to collaborate and provide input in the decision making process. To travel in-state and out-of-state.
Ideal candidates will have:
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Workers' Compensation, employment law or related areas or experience.
• 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). An active Arizona State Bar license is required.
• Graduation from an accredited college of law.
• AZ Driver’s License Required
In-State travel is required. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver's license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver's license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207 (12). Employees may be required to use their own transportation, as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration.
The Industrial Commission 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
You will be eligible to participate in the state employee health/disability insurance plan, and you are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). ASRS participation may begin immediately or upon your 27th week of employment. Contributions are matched by the employer.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Human Resources at 602.542.5559 or email @ HR@azica.gov for assistance.
ARIZONA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)
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.