Senior Paralegal- Water Resources Unit

State of Colorado
Published
September 23, 2022
Location
Denver, CO
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Find a rewarding career making a difference: Join the Office of the Attorney General!

Join a team of dedicated professionals with a passion for Colorado water law! The Senior Paralegal will support attorneys by performing high level paralegal work requiring an understanding of the legal and procedural issues that arise in the context of water court cases. This position is a great opportunity for a paralegal who can work with high case volume and can effectively draft and file pleadings and other legal documents. If you would like to use your skills to make an impact in Colorado, we invite you to apply so we can learn more about you!

The DOL is currently offering a sign-on bonus for new paralegal hires of $1,000.

Sign-On bonuses will be paid based on the following timeline:

$500.00 - Time of hire

$500.00 - Time of certification (typically 12 months after hire)

WHO WE ARE

The Office of the Attorney General/Department of Law is the "People's Lawyer." The Attorney General, Phil Weiser, was elected by the people of Colorado and is the State's chief lawyer and law enforcement official. Our vision for the Department of Law is: "Together, we serve Colorado and its people, advancing the rule of law, protecting our democracy and promoting justice for all." Our core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, drive our actions and demonstrate our focus on being principled public servants who are innovative and better together.

Visit our website to learn more: https://coag.gov/. Description of Job

This position is open only to residents of Colorado.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

The successful candidate will provide professional paralegal support to the attorneys in the Natural Resources & Environment Section who provide legal representation and counsel primarily to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, which includes the Office of the State Engineer, Colorado's seven Division Engineers, the Colorado Ground Water Commission, and the Colorado Board of Examiners of Water Well Construction and Pump Installation Contractors.

This position will also provide support to counsel in the Water Conservation Unit representing the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Attorneys in both units represent clients in various administrative proceedings, actively litigate in water court, and are periodically in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. Attorneys in the units also provide general legal advice to client agencies on a broad variety of topics, including CORA requests

Specific duties include:

* Assist attorneys drafting and filing pleadings, proofing and preparing other legal documents
* Conduct legal, technical and factual research, investigations and analysis in response to specific assignments; produces documentation in support of findings and recommendations
* Engage in most aspects of trial preparation to support the client's water rights cases
* Interact effectively with client agencies and other legal representatives using knowledge of the water court rules as well as substantive legal issues that may be present in a case
* Manage attorney and unit calendars by calendaring and managing deadlines
* Assist with the various litigation needs in administrative forums as well as state and appellate courts with minimal supervision

Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in the Department of Law. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated.

* Qualified applicants must have a Paralegal certificate obtained through either an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal studies program or an accredited institution; AND
* One year of experience in a paralegal capacity which includes conducting legal research, preparing drafts of legal documents and gathering and compiling data from legal references and resources.

Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, if you possess any of the following specifically include the details on your application, as this information will be used to assess your qualifications and may be used to determine a top group of applicants.

* Previous experience with water court cases is highly preferred
* Experience as a litigation paralegal
* Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize when needed
* Ability to manage high case volume
* Ability to communicate effectively with attorneys and client agencies
* Ability and willingness to learn new systems and procedures
* Strong written communication skills
* Professional communication and interpersonal skills
* Ability to work independently as well as with team members
* Strong attention to detail
* Strong analytical skills

Required Competencies:

* Requires proficiency with MS Office Suite.

Substitutions:

Two years of work experience in a paralegal capacity which included conducting legal research, preparing drafts of legal documents and gathering and compiling data from legal references and resources will substitute for the required certificate. A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school may substitute for the required certificate.

Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.

Conditions of Employment:

* Applicants must pass a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.
* This position will initially be working in office, with the opportunity/option to work remotely part of the week upon a proven track record and supervisor approval.
* Effective August 15, 2022, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination within three (3) business days of hire. Employees who have not been fully vaccinated may be required to submit to serial testing in the future. Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's vaccination guidance.

Note: Fully Vaccinated means two (2) weeks after a second dose in a two-dose series of the COVID-19 vaccine, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two (2) weeks after the single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine, as defined by the most recent State of Colorado's Public Health Order and current guidance issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for this position, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board or request a review by the State Personnel Director.

An appeal or review must be submitted on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative. This form must be delivered to the State Personnel Board by email, US Mail, faxed or hand delivered within ten (10) calendar days from your receipt of notice or acknowledgement of the department's action.

For more information about the appeals process, the official appeal form, and how to deliver it to the State Personnel Board go to spb.colorado.gov or refer to 4 Colorado Code of Regulations (CCR) 801-1, State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, Chapter 8, Resolution of Appeals and Disputes, at spb.colorado.gov under Rules. Supplemental Information

HOW TO APPLY

Required Application Materials:

* A completed State of Colorado Application: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application provided is fully completed and clearly describes their education, training and experience as it relates to this position. Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be considered.
* Current Resume
* Cover Letter: A detailed cover letter explaining your interest in the position, any information regarding your skills, qualifications, accomplishments, etc. and how you meet the listed preferred qualifications is due at the time of application.

Veteran's Preference: In order to be considered for veteran's preference you must attach a copy of your DD214 forms as well as any documentation required to prove disability or marital status.

Your application will be reviewed by a qualified Human Resources Specialist to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. If your application does not demonstrate that you meet the minimum requirements, you will be notified that you will not proceed in the selection process for this position. If your application is rejected and you have questions, you may contact LaTosha Turner at [Click Here to Email Your Resumé].

Assessment Information:

Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the process is typically a structured application/resume review by a panel of subject matter experts against the job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this job announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and potential job fit.

* Technical Competence - Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.
* Depth and Breadth of Experience - Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement and demonstrates the level of responsibility assigned.
* Job Fit - Experience will be evaluated to determine how well experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current experience is preferred.

It is imperative that the "Work Experience" section of your application is complete and specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work product, and accomplishments as they relate to the Description of the Job, Minimum Qualifications, and Preferred Qualifications as listed above. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the closing date may result in your application not being accepted and/or may affect your inclusion in the final pool of eligible applicants as the materials may be used to identify a top group for additional assessment or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

WHY WORK FOR US

We Embrace Flexibility

We aim to produce outstanding work product for all of our customers

We Are Committed to Diversity

At the Department of Law, we know that we are better together when our differences are valued and everyone is inspired and empowered to contribute. As such, we strive to provide a safe environment where individuals feel valued and respected for who they are; demonstrate a behavior and mindset where differences are welcomed and individuals are equally treated and empowered to do their best work; and promote growth and innovation through a diverse workforce that contributes to creative problem solving and delivers excellent work.

We Have Strong Core Values

Our core values drive our actions. At the Department of Law, we are: 1) principled, maintaining the highest ethical standards, rigorous legal analysis, and careful evaluation of facts; 2) public servants, who are always ensuring our work is not about us, but instead is about the people of Colorado; 3) innovative, by seeking to identify the best approach, make deliberate decisions, and look to improve; and 4) "better together," by working to support each other and collaborate.

We are Committed to Developing our Employees

We are deeply invested in our talent and regularly provide meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth through training and coaching. Further, our professional development and performance goal setting process is collaborative and ongoing, and aimed at helping our employees grow and succeed.

We Offer Excellent Benefits

In addition to the comprehensive State of Colorado benefits package including competitive medical and dental health plans, employer-paid life insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans with Colorado PERA, and vacation and sick leave earned each month, there are many other unique benefits that we offer, including:

* Medical and dental health plans
* Employer-paid life insurance
* Paid vacation and sick leave earned each month
* 11 paid holidays per year
* Public Service Loan Forgiveness - The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program forgives the remaining balance on your direct loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a repayment plan while working full-time for a qualified employer.
* Free access to an on-site fitness center
* Strong, flexible retirement benefits including 401K and 457 plans
* Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State personnel system
* Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible work schedules, professional development opportunities, and an employee discount program

To learn more about our benefits visit: www.colorado.gov/dhr/benefits.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Law is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Julie Christopher, at hr.coag.gov.

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