Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Explore a Career with the South Dakota State Government

Staff Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General

Pierre, SD

Job ID: 17219 Agency: Department of Health - Division of Health Systems Development & Regulation
Location: Sioux Falls or Pierre Salary: $70,441.82 - $82,183.68 annually, depending on qualifications Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The South Dakota Department of Health's programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live, work and play; provide education to help people make good health decisions; prepare for, respond to, and prevent public health threats; and support efforts to enhance quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our services touch the lives of every person in the state of South Dakota.

We recognize that employees are our most valuable resource and we are committed to promoting a culture of excellence in DOH. We trust our employees to be innovative, challenge existing processes, and make the best decisions. We are interested in employing a diverse and skilled workforce that exhibits the values of leadership, accountability, communication, integrity, and teamwork. Public health is a diverse and growing field that offers many career options for people from a variety of educational backgrounds. Imagine yourself as part of a winning team that is making the lives of South Dakotans healthier and safer.

Please visit our website at http://doh.sd.gov/ for further information about the Department of Health.

This position provides legal support to the Department of Health's 13 Professional Licensing Boards. The incumbent also serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General. Duties may include acting either as General Counsel or as "Prosecuting Attorney" for a professional licensing board. Duties as General Counsel for a board include providing legal opinions and advice to board staff; drafting legislation and administrative rules; assisting with Request for Proposals and contract drafting; advising on open meetings and open records; ensuring the board is in compliance with federal and state statutes and administrative rules; acting as hearing officer to the board in a contested case. Duties in the role of "Prosecuting Attorney" for a licensing board include handling all complaints and disciplinary action and representing the board staff seeking disciplinary action against a licensee when necessary. The incumbent will work with the DOH general counsel and any outside counsel retained by a licensing board.

Level will be determined based on experience of the incumbent.

This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.

Licenses and Certifications : Graduation from an accredited school of law and member of the South Dakota State Bar is required.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have :

Experience in administrative and criminal procedures.

Knowledge of:
  • criminal and civil practices and procedures;
  • evidence and constitutional law, and the current national and state trends;
  • state administrative practices and procedures;
  • legal research techniques, including use of technology;
  • basic computer operations and applications.

Ability to:
  • deal tactfully with others;
  • communicate clearly and concisely;
  • prepare clear and concise documentation, reports, and correspondence;
  • analyze facts, evidence, and precedents and arrive at a logical interpretation;
  • work in harmony with professional medical staff, private attorneys, circuit court officials, tribal courts, and advocacy or professional organizations;
  • ability to identify and solve problems proactively;
  • work independently while following instructions and accepting guidance;
  • effectively manage a large and varied caseload.

Additional Requirements: Please attach a resume or Curriculum Vitae with your application.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at https://bhr.sd.gov/job-seekers/work-for-state-government/ . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

Must apply online: https://sodakprod-lm01.cloud.infor.com:1443/lmghr/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=FEI
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.

South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Email: careers@state.sd.us
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Staff Attorney/Special Assistant Attorney General