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Company: State of Ohio - Secretary of State, OH
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In House Jobs JDHuntr Deputy Chief Legal Counsel $110K - $125K (Apply by 6.10.2024)

Job Category: General Corporate / Public Policy [ View All General Corporate Jobs ]
Job Reference: 69119
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In House Jobs JDHuntr Deputy Chief Legal Counsel $110K - $125K (Apply by 6.10.2024)
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Under the direction of the Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Public Policy, the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel assists with daily and strategic operational activities of the office, such as general legal research; the review and authoring of legal briefs, memoranda, and contracts; the review of pleadings, motions, affidavits, legislations, rules, and pending litigation; and responding to SOS staff inquiries on legal matters, policies, and procedures. This position also manages staff Legal Counsel assigned to in-house legal duties.

Deputy Chief Legal Counsel $110K - $125K
Job Id: 240005AR
Business: State of Ohio - Secretary of State
Location: SOS Civic Center Dr 5 180 Civic Center Dr Floor 5 Columbus 43215
Closing Date: 06/10/2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Serves as the Deputy Chief Legal Counsel to assist the Chief Legal Counsel in designated legal matters & advises other counsel as needed.
Advises & assists Secretary of State on legalities of policy & programmatic decisions, acts for the Secretary of State, Assistant Secretary of State and Chief of Staff on behalf of the Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Public Policy.
Oversees the Office contract process – drafts all RFPs and conducts negotiation of complex contract agreements required for projects, such as technology upgrades and the use of electronic voting equipment.
Primary legal counsel for the Business Services division, including corporate Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) business filing(s).
Monitors litigation involving the Secretary of State’s office and works with the Office of the Attorney General and Special Counsel to develop a strategy for legal defense of the office and to set forth the official legal position of the Secretary of State.
Attends meetings, conventions & continuing legal education seminars; conducts reviews of office procedures, programs & policies and required and relevant training on legal matters; performs other related duties as required by the Chief Legal Counsel.
Oversees the review and response of all public records requests sent to the Ohio SoS office and the office’s records retention policy.
Oversees all ethics filings required of Ohio SoS staff, by the Ohio Ethics Commission and the Joint Legislative Ethics Commission.
Responsible for the ongoing upkeep and compliance with the Ohio SoS Authority Manual.
Responsible for assisting in drafting and filing administrative rules with the Joint Committee On Agency Rule Review (JCARR).
Responsible for overseeing the Ohio Notary Public adjudication process.
What’s in it for you:

At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage

Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.
Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance

Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period. Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.
Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance

Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
12 paid holidays per year
Childbirth/Adoption leave
Employee Development Funds

The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.
Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee’s salary. Visit the OPERS website for more information.
Deferred Compensation

The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website for more information.



Required: Juris Doctor degree from an accredited college or university. Current law license and a certificate of good standing from the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Required: 8-15 years of experience including 3-5 years’ experience managing a team of legal staff.
Preferred: Experience with Ohio public records law. Understanding of election law. Familiarity with framework of Ohio state government.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Excellent communication and collaboration skills; establish and maintain interpersonal relationships.
Proficiency in drafting, reviewing, and revising legal documents such as memos, contracts, policies, and rules.
Proficiency in conducting legal research, analyzing statutes, case law and legal precedents to provide informed legal opinions and recommendations.
Follow SOS policies and procedures, as well as applicable state and federal laws and administrative code as they relate.
Interpret and follow a variety of instructions in written, oral, or picture format.
Use proper research methods in gathering data; gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things.
Keen attention to detail, accuracy in work and organization skills.
Handle sensitive and confidential inquiries.

Microsoft Office 365 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook; Lexis/Nexis or similar.

ADA Statement
Ohio is a Disability Inclusion State and strives to be a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The State of Ohio is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws.

This position is Unclassified per ORC 124.11 (A) (30)

Background Check Information

The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

The final applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to an appointment to test for illegal drug use.

Professional Skills: Analyzation, Attention to Detail, Critical Thinking, Verbal Communication, Written Communication, Confidentiality

Agency Contact Name: Lorrie Diaz
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Company: State of Ohio - Secretary of State
Employment type: Full Time
Salary: $110,000 - $125,000
Other Information
Degree: JD
Experience (year): Unspecified
Job Location: Columbus, OH USA
Zip/Postal Code: 43215
Post Date: 05/30/2024
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