Staff Attorney (HE 1, In-Training to HE 3) 2 Positions (DOH4160)
Company: Washington State Department of Health
Posted on: September 27, 2018
Description Staff Attorney (HE 1, In-Training to HE 3) 2 Positions Office of Legal Services Salary: ------------------HE 1:-- $4,065 - $5,334 Monthly (Range 54) HE 2:-- $4,954 - $6,499 Monthly (Range 62) HE 3:-- $5,465 - $7,173 Monthly (Range 66) NOTE: -- Applicant review is on-going.-- 8/8/2018 - updated the HE 1-level Required Qualifications.-- The Opportunity -- The Staff Attorney supports the Department's Mission to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State by delivering quality legal services to Health Services Quality Assurance (HSQA) programs and other entities. The vision of HSQA is to be a recognized leader in patient safety, prevention and health systems development.-- To that end, HSQA has established certain values - namely integrity, accountability, effectiveness, responsiveness, cultural competency, the courage to change, and a relentless commitment to serve the public.-- These values are guided by our desire to build the public's trust, strong relationships, employee satisfaction and integrated service delivery.-- The goals of HSQA are five-fold: improve people's health, enhance patient safety, make every resource count, have an exemplary workforce, and deliver exceptional service.-- Learn more about HSQA. These positions are responsible for: --Analyzing facts and law and recommending an appropriate form of action or combination of actions (discipline or some alternative); --Conducting legal research requiring knowledge of current state and federal legislation, case law and administrative decisions; --Drafting legal documents, pleadings, correspondence, memoranda, briefs, interpretive guidelines, rules, and proposed legislation; --Negotiating settlements of health professions disciplinary issues, including conditions and restrictions; and, --Assisting programs with general legal issues and serving as a resource on special projects, quality improvement work groups, and other activities as called upon. These are permanent full-time Hearings Examiner 1 (HE 1), In-Training to a Hearings Examiner 3 (HE 3) within the Division of Health Systems Quality Assurance (HSQA), Office of Legal Services (OLS). About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.-- Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit the DOH website and DOH Infographic (PDF) .---- View the Work at Health video . -- -- DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including: -- We are-- committed to -- diversity and inclusion . DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.---- Watch the DOH "Diversity is Rising" video. We have an engaging-- Wellness@Health --program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you. We support a-- healthy work/life balance --by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and--telework--options. (Depending on job duties.) We are making exciting steps towards-- modernizing our workplace-- by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.---- Take the DOH Workplace Modernization Virtual Tour. We have an-- Infant at Work Program --that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.-- Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.-- (Depending on job duties and work location.)---- Watch KING 5's Drew--Mikkelsen--report on the Infant at Work program . What will you be doing? - Duties include: --Applying legal expertise to manage complex discipline cases from initial review through hearing and post-order proceedings. --Drafting clear, effective legal documents to professional standards required by CR 11; developing rules language for all regulated health professions, entities, and other HSQA programs as assigned. --Serving as a legal resource for all regulated health professions, entities, and other HSQA programs, including high priority or complex matters. --Negotiating settlements of disciplinary cases related to HSQA. --Tracking and logging daily work activities, including timekeeping.-- Participating in ongoing process improvement and other duties as assigned. Required Qualifications --To enter at the HE 1 level, the following is REQUIRED:-- (NOTE:-- Incumbent will advance to the HE 3 level after a 36 month established in-training plan has been successfully completed.)o--Admission in good standing to practice law in the State of Washington; OR you took the Bar exam at the end of July 2018.-- If an offer is made, it will be pending exam results --To enter at the HE 2 level, the following is REQUIRED:-- (NOTE:-- Incumbent will advance to the HE 3 level after a 24 month established in-training plan has been successfully completed.)o--Admission in good standing to practice law in the State of Washington.o--One (1) or more years of experience as a Hearings Examiner or attorney in a governmental agency; OR one (1) or more years of experience as a member of an administrative tribunal empowered to issue findings of fact and law; OR one (1) or more years of trial practice experience as an attorney within private or public employment. --To enter at the HE 3 level, the following is REQUIRED: o--Admission in good standing to practice law in the State of Washington.o--Three (3) or more years of experience as a Hearings Examiner or attorney in a governmental agency; OR three (3) or more years of experience as a member of an administrative tribunal empowered to issue findings of fact and law; OR three (3) or more years of trial practice experience as an attorney within private or public employment. SPECIAL NOTE: -- Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.-- Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. Preferred/Desired Qualifications --Demonstrated experience in the following:o--Familiarity with state laws, including the Uniform Disciplinary Act and Washington Administrative Procedure Act.-- o--Working-level knowledge of case law in the area of administrative and health law. o--Graduated in the top 50% of law school class. Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions --With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to do the following:--Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.-- Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. --Work on a tobacco free campus. --Work at a desk for the majority of a work day, in a densely populated cubicle environment. --A flexible work schedule will be considered at the incumbent's request, subject to supervisory approval --Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours during the week or on weekends as business needs permit. --Travel within Washington as necessary for scheduled board/commission meetings. --Work with stakeholders who may become difficult to communicate with due to the nature of this position's regulatory role. --Move or transport boxes of files weighing up to 35 pounds.This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.-- DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.-- It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Skyler Jones at (see application details), (see application details) , or TDD Relay at 1-(see application details) or 7-1-1. Application Process Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.-- Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:1.--A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position 2.--A current resume. 3.--Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.DO NOT attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected.-- These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214 (redact SSN). Click here to SUBSCRIBE to Jobs at DOH Supplemental Information Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.-- Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted. -- This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the office. More than Just a Paycheck! Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits: The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months.--Actual benefits may vary by--appointment type or be prorated for--other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information. Insurance Benefits Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.-- There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.-- Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.-- Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.-- To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website . Retirement and Deferred Compensation State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).-- New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.-- For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems ' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).-- This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Vacation (Annual Leave) You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165 . -- Holidays Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays: -- HOLIDAY DATE New Year's Day January 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday Third Monday in January Presidents' Day Third Monday in February Memorial Day Last Monday in May Independence Day July 4 Labor Day First Monday in September Veterans' Day November 11 Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas Day December 25 Personal Holiday Employee's selection each calendar year *Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice.--Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130 . Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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