|Company:||South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, SC|
In-House Jobs General Counsel $66K - $123K (apply by 10.6.2023)
|Job Category:||General Counsel [ View All General Counsel Jobs ]|
|*Functions as General Counsel for the Department. *Represents Department in both federal and state courts and before administrative bodies with a great degree of independence and discretion. *Provides legal advice and assistance to agency personnel on complex legal matters. *Prepares and issues legal opinions to key Department staff. *Provides legal assistance to Department staff for contracts, leases and property transfers.
About Our Agency
The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is the state agency that plans, develops, coordinates, and funds services for South Carolinians with the severe, lifelong disabilities of:
intellectual disability and related disabilities
autism spectrum disorder
traumatic brain injury
spinal cord injury and similar disability
Under the limited supervision of the State Director performs assigned duties with a great degree of independence and discretion.
Functions as General Counsel for the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). Represents DDSN in both federal and state courts and before administrative bodies with a great degree of independence and discretion. Provides legal advice and assistance to agency personnel on complex legal matters. Prepares and issues legal opinions to key DDSN staff. Provides legal assistance to DDSN staff for contracts, leases and property transfers.
Serves as liaison to other state/federal agencies on legal matters. Coordinates and confers with other agencies (Attorney General's Office, SLED, DHHS, Solicitors and Public Defenders). Consults with legal departments of other agencies for information, as needed. Coordinates and monitors cases against DDSN assigned to outside counsel. Confers on tort liability insurance renewals.
Reviews employee grievance appeals and discrimination complaints. Represents DDSN in employee mediations and in grievance appeals. Represents DDSN in family court and probate court judicial admission proceedings. Represents DDSN in other judicial forums. Researches and prepares memorandum and legal briefs as required. Reviews evaluations for criminal competency to stand trial evaluations and post-conviction relief cases and works with the courts and attorneys on obtaining required evaluations. Prepares and presents training as required to Judges, attorneys, DDSN personnel, and DDSN Commission on laws, policies and procedures pertaining to DDSN.
Responsible for the supervision of all attorneys and other legal staff within DDSN's Legal department. Manages the workload of the Legal Department staff and evaluates performance to ensure quality legal service. Ensures all outside employment requests are reviewed and processed in accordance to the DDSN directive.
Responsible for the oversight of the Risk Management Division. Ensures the Risk Management Director and their staff reviews and manages all Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation (ANE) cases, all Critical Incidents, and that any outcomes of disciplinary actions are coordinated with Human Resources. Reviews any possible litigation with the Risk Management Director.
Responsible for the oversight of the Information Security Office. Ensures the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) executes the agency's enterprise Information Security (INFOSEC) Program and that compliance is maintained with the established policies and procedures by the Department of Administration, as well as all applicable Federal and State laws. Reviews any breaches or significant events with the CISO and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Manages the oversight of all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and ensures that all inquiries are responded to in a timely manner.
Serves on select SC Bar committees and state-wide Task forces. Performs additional duties as assigned.
The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs offers an exceptional benefits package for FTE positions that includes:
15 days annual (vacation) leave accrual per year
15 days sick leave per year
13 paid holidays
Paid Parental Leave
Health, Dental, Vision, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance
State Retirement Plan and Deferred Compensation Programs
Minimum and Additional Requirements
A juris doctor degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and experience as a practicing attorney.
Admitted to the US District Court for the District of SC. Experience as a practicing attorney, to include SC Family Court, Probate Court, and administrative hearings. Knowledge and experience with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Knowledge and experience with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Familiarity with Roberts Rules of Order.
About Our Agency: The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is the state agency that plans, develops, coordinates, and funds services for South Carolinians with the severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability and related disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and similar disability.
EEO Statement: DDSN provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex --including the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, national origin, age, religion, or disability.
Employment Contingency: Employment is contingent upon our receipt of the following required pre-employment screenings: medical screening – to include a drug screening; State and Federal background criminal record checks (to include FBI fingerprinting), SC Dept. of Social Services’ Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry screening, and CMS “List of Excluded Individuals/Entities” screening; SC Dept. of Motor Vehicles Driving Record check; and a review of transcripts verifying educational credentials. We reserve the right to rescind this offer in the event minimum requirements are not met to include positions that require certifications and/or licensure, your application is incomplete or inaccurate, or our review of your background uncovers information, including opinions of previous employers and references, which cause us to conclude, at our sole discretion, that you are not suited for the position.
Immunization: If this position requires the applicant to work directly with DDSN consumers, a (2) step PPD testing or QuantiFERON TB Gold testing must be completed prior to beginning employment. All new employees who are healthcare providers are required to provide documentation of immunity or be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, Varicella and Hepatitis B prior to beginning employment.
State Disaster Plan: In accordance with the State's Disaster Plan, which includes hazardous weather, DDSN employees may be required to work in times of an emergency or disaster.
Employee Referral: The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs supports a Referral Incentive Reward and a Retention Bonus program. You may contact Human Resource for further information.
Supplemental Questions: Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from employment. Please complete the State application to include all current and previous work history and education. A resume may not be accepted nor reviewed to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
State of South Carolina
3440 Harden Street Ext.
Columbia, South Carolina, 29203
The language used in this document does not create an employment contract between the employee and the agency. This document does not create any contractual rights or entitlements. The agency reserves the right to revise the content of this document, in whole or in part. No promises or assurances, whether written or oral, which are contrary to or inconsistent with the terms of this paragraph create any contract of employment.
$66,892.00 - $123,763.00 Annually
Richland County, SC
FTE - Full-Time
10/6/2023 11:59 PM Eastern
Normal Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday (8:30 - 5:00)
Equal Opportunity Employer
Agency Specific Application Procedures:
Online applications must be submitted at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sc/ddsn. You must include ALL current and previous work history and education.
Veteran Preference Statement
South Carolina is making our Veterans a priority for employment in state agencies and institutions.
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|Company:||South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs|
|Employment type:||Full Time|
|Salary:||$66,892.00 - $123,763.00|
|Job Location:||Columbia, SC USA|