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ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ)

  • 501024
  • PHOENIX
  • DEPT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY
  • Full-time

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC SECURITY

Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ)

OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL

Job Location:

Address:  1990 WEST CAMELBACK ROAD, PHOENIX, AZ 85015

Posting Details:

Salary: $69,525.87

Grade: 22

Closing Date: OPEN CONTINUOUS 

Job Summary:

The Department of Economic Security, Office of Inspector General is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Hearing Officer 3 (Administrative Law Judge – ALJ) to support the Appellate Services Administration.
The Hearing Officer 3 will be responsible for preparation, conducting and reviewing quasi-judicial, administrative hearings. The decision rendered is a final appealable decision in Unemployment Insurance, Public Assistance, and/or Tax and Labor Disputes. Responsible for handling appeals in over 35 different programs. Providing a fair and impartial due process proceeding, at which most parties are unrepresented by attorneys, which includes, but is not limited to; taking testimony and evidence, making a complete legal record, and ensuring that due process rights are afforded to all parties. Performing legal analysis, weighing, and appraising testimony and evidence to determine operative facts, applying due process and pertinent legal authority, to make a final decision. – Responsible for drafting and rendering clear, succinct, thoughtfully reasoned and legally correct written decisions within very short and strictly mandated deadlines. – Responsible for oral communication, in accordance with ex parte rules to parties, including laypersons, regarding submission of evidence, burden of proof, administrative procedures, appeals process, and other clarifying information, and documenting such communication for the case-record.

Job Duties:

Responsibilities include:
● Conduct multiple telephonic or in person hearings each day in cases of original jurisdiction, asking questions, making evidentiary rulings, and controlling the course of the hearing.
● Making rules on subpoenas, postponements, withdrawals, or defaults.
● Review case files and/or hearing record in preparation for hearing or for appellate review of lower authority hearings and decisions. Ensure proper legal notice to the parties of the time, date, and place of hearing, and ensure the proper issues are noticed and the proper legal citations are given in the Notice of Hearing.
● Timely draft and edit final decisions applying Federal and Arizona law to the facts adduced at the hearing, either for the hearing officer’s own signature or for further review and signature by the Appeals Board members.
● Perform legal research to properly conduct hearings and compose and edit decisions within federally mandated time limits.
● Respond immediately to questions, complaints, and requests for information from interested parties. Department representatives and the public.
● In cases of absence of supervisor, make decisions regarding leave requests, daily workflow and priorities of case adjudication, office-operating procedures, supplies and operating needs, and/or work on special assignments and attend needed training.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
● Extensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations, departmental policy, and precedential decisions for more than 35 different programs.
● Knowledge of up to date federal and state laws, rules, regulations, policies, interpretations, and court decisions.
● Extensive working knowledge of the rules of evidence, rules of administrative procedure, rules of judicial and legal ethics.
● Some knowledge of State personnel regulations, purchasing procedures and personnel evaluation regulations.
● Extensive knowledge of administrative hearing procedure for the conduct and review of hearings.
● Excellent time management and project management skills to conduct a high volume of highly charged hearings and prioritize work to process maximum number of cases within tightly prescribed time frames.
● Ability to compose a quasi-judicial decision by determining what evidence is necessary to support the decision, and which evidence is not relevant, material, or dispositive to the issues present.
● Ability to analyze, weigh and appraise facts and apply legal authority and legal principles.
● Ability to conduct complex quasi-judicial, de novo and supplemental administrative hearings.
● Ability to use personal computer, word processor and other automated systems as provided by Administration.

Selective Preference(s):

Selective Preferences:
• Five years practice of law.
• Graduation from an accredited undergraduate university or college.
• Graduation from an accredited law school.
• Membership and maintains good standing with Bar Association.
• Computer training from DES, Westlaw, Lexis, Case management systems, outsource computer training.
• Participation in Bar Association sponsored continuing legal education programs.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Licenses and Certifications: (Standard language is below)
● Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.
● Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
● The position will require the 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 driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Individuals may be required to use their personal motor vehicle.

Benefits:

We offer a competitive benefits package that is unmatched by the private sector and a culture that encourages team success and advocates for personal advancement.
-Affordable Health, Dental, Vision and Life and Disability Insurance
-10 holidays per year
-Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it your 1st day
-Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
-Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
-Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
-Career Advancement Opportunities
-Tuition reimbursement
-Opportunity to work remotely (home office) on an ad-hoc basis

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

Retirement:

State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State sponsored retirement contribution plan and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.
On, or shortly after, your first day of work you will be provided with additional information about the available insurance plans, enrollment instructions, submission deadlines and effective dates.

Contact Us:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov. For questions about this career opportunity, please call Benson Walker at 480-318-4150 or email bensonwalker@azdes.gov.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-318-4150.
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.