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Health Law Judge (HE 3) - DOH4280

Company: Washington State Department of Health
Location: Olympia
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Job Description:

Description Health Law Judge (HE 3)
Office of Civil Rights and Risk Management
Tumwater, WA
The Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief Health Law Judge, the Health Law Judge presides over health profession discipline cases and other matters affecting public health before the Department.

The Health Law Judge (HLJ) supports the Department's mission to protect public health by providing an efficient, fair, impartial and consistent adjudicative process for all litigants. As members of the Adjudicative Services Unit, HLJ's conduct judicial proceedings and function as presiding officers in cases where the disciplining authority is either the Secretary of Health or one of the various Boards and Commissions, which regulate healthcare practitioners.

This is a full-time permanent Hearings Examiner 3 position.

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 our website , DOH Infographic , and see what it's like to !

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.
  • We have an engaging 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 upon 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.
  • 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 upon job duties and work location.) What will you be doing? - Duties include
    • Facilitates the litigation process.
      • Conduct telephone status conferences to create and subsequently enforce the case schedule (Scheduling Order).
      • Manage the discovery process by establishing dates for identifying witnesses and exhibits, deadlines for discovery, settlement and dispositive motions, prehearing conferences and the hearing; which, are all intended to assist the parties in preparing for hearing.
      • Facilitate the resolution of issues by analyzing motions and exhibits, hearing oral arguments (as necessary) and conveying timely rulings on motions regarding witnesses and documentary and testimonial evidence.
      • Draft and issue sound orders that resolve and memorialize the remaining preliminary legal, procedural and evidentiary issues before the hearing.
      • Presides over adjudicative proceedings.
        • Conduct adjudicative proceedings within the framework of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Uniform Disciplinary Act, and the applicable laws and regulations governing cases before the Department.
        • Ability to preside over proceedings that are adversarial in nature and may include both in-person and telephone hearings.
        • Rule on written and oral motions and objections raised by the parties and issue rulings and instruct the parties in accordance with those rulings.
        • Communicate effectively with parties who have limited English proficiency and interpreters to ensure that access to justice is maintained and the proceedings are understood.
        • Decide the legal issues and serve as the trier of fact in Secretary cases.
        • Issue legal rulings and aid the triers of fact during deliberations in cases brought to Boards and Commissions.
        • Drafts and issues post-hearing orders.
          • Analyze documentary and testimonial evidence to make appropriate factual findings.
          • Apply the law and the appropriate legal standards to the facts.
          • Draft and edit initial and final orders, which include findings of fact, conclusions of law and sanction language (when appropriate), in a timely manner.
          • Other legal activities and projects.
            • Provide coverage and support for other HLJs and professional staff as needed. Perform spot research and assist with order writing when necessary. Attend CLE's and other agency/ unit training, and enthusiastically participate in team building activities.
            • Review petitions for reconsideration and modification of initial and final orders and conduct emergency summary proceedings. Approve or deny settlement agreements and review and issue default orders when appropriate. What we're looking for

              The ideal candidate is a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

              Required Qualifications
              • J.D. degree from an accredited law school.
              • Admission in good standing to practice law in the State of Washington.
              • Three (3) or more years (full-time equivalency) of litigation, trial practice or full-time judicial experience within the past seven (7) years. ( NOTE : Trial practice is defined as frequent appearances as an attorney in a court of general jurisdiction. Judicial experience is defined as experience as a judge in a court of general jurisdiction or an administrative law tribunal in which the rules of evidence are applied.) Desired Qualifications
                • Demonstrated experience of the Washington Administrative Procedure Act, Washington State Rules of Evidence, Uniform Disciplinary Act, Chapter 246-08 WAC, Chapter 246-10 WAC and Chapter 246-11 WAC.
                • Demonstrated computer software skills and experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, and MS PowerPoint. Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions

                  With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:
                  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a work day, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
                  • Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
                  • Work a 40 hour work week. A flexible work schedule or telecommunicating may be considered upon request and supervisory approval.
                  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines.
                  • Occasionally travel throughout the state and nationwide which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position.
                  • Work in a fast-paced/stressful environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines.
                  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position.
                  • Interact and work with customers (some of whom may be frustrated or distressed) in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency. 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 Cher Williams 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:
                  • A letter of interest , describing how you meet the specific required and desired qualifications for this position.
                  • A current resume.
                  • 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 ,..... click apply for full job details

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