The Alabama Department of Commerce, located in Montgomery, Alabama, is seeking a (full-time) Attorney.
- Announcement date: march 15, 2019
- Application deadline: april 5, 2019
- Projected start date: june 3, 2019
Resumes must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on April 5, 2019, to be considered.
Governmental legal work requiring the highest degree of professional and administrative responsibility. This position will provide legal advice to, perform legal services for, and serve as General Counsel for both the Business Development and Workforce Divisions of the Alabama Department of Commerce, including AIDT.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Negotiate and draft agreements governing economic development incentives including training and recruitment, as well as real estate leases, purchase agreements, deeds, licenses, settlement agreements, etc.
- Analyze and draft legislation.
- Analyze statutes and case law and provide related legal advice.
- Provide advice and assistance concerning pending or potential litigation.
- Devise agendas, draft resolutions, and prepare written materials for various meetings.
- Communicate with various Federal, State, and local government officials.
- Help negotiate and draft agreements in which training and recruitment incentives are provided by AIDT to both existing and prospective Alabama businesses.
- Analyze and draft legislation as requested by the Secretary of Commerce or Deputy Secretaries.
- Analyze statutes and case law and provide legal advice concerning the activities of Commerce/AIDT.
- Provide legal advice and defend or supervise the defense of litigation and claims in which the Department of Commerce/AIDT is a party, including without limitation EEOC claims.
- Help negotiate and draft various types of agreements such as real estate leases, purchase agreements, settlement agreements, etc.
- Give legal advice and draft or review various types of documents concerning the Workforce Investment and Opprotunity Act (“WIOA”) and other state and federal programs.
- Give legal advice and help prepare documents related to the Regional Workforce Councils, Local WIOA Boards, and the State WIOA Board.
- Supervise outside counsel (and on certain projects the paralegal employed by AIDT) in the performance of various legal services for the Workforce Development Division.
- Perform other miscellaneous legal services as requested by the Secretary of Commerce or Deputy Secretaries.
- Provide legal advice and defend or supervise the defense of AIDT and RWC personnel matters.
- Comply with all policies and procedures as set by the Departments of Personnel and Commerce.
- Plan daily/weekly work schedule.
- Maintain housekeeping to organizational standards.
- Interact professionally with co-workers, general public, and others as required.
- Comply with the Department of Commerce policy regarding attendance. (Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the job.)
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the common law and state and federal statutory law, particularly in regard to general administrative and regulatory functions of state government.
- Knowledge of the principles of public administration as applied to the legal function of an organization or government legal program.
- Knowledge of the principals, methods, materials and practices of pleading civil and criminal cases and effective trial techniques.
- Skill in effective presentation techniques.
- Skill in communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
- Skill in effectively negotiating services and contracts.
- Ability to analyze and draft legislation.
- Ability to conduct legal research.
- Ability to negotiate and draft agreements.
- Ability to organize, plan, and coordinate litigation.
- Ability to analyze statutes and case law and provide legal advice.
- Ability to follow established laws, policies and procedures.
- Ability to set and meet deadlines and manage multiple projects concurrently.
- Ability to work flexible hours based on project needs.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from a recognized school of law and licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama. All applicants should have excellent academic credentials and public policy experience. A minimum of 5 years’ experience performing professional legal work, ideally with a background in legislative and/or government affairs.