State of North CarolinaRaleigh 27601
Full Time +

The NC Department of Justice accomplishes our goals through our DOJ Organizational Values of Public Service, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Diversity, and Innovation.

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Assistant Attorney General, Attorney Iii, Health & Human Services/health Service Section

State of North Carolina
Full Time, Permanent 2 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States Apply before 10/2/2023 5:00


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This position is located in the Health Service Section of the N.C. Department of Justice. The primary purpose of the Health Service Section is to provide a full range of legal services to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Service Regulation ("DHSR").  The primary purpose of this position is to represent DHSR in all phases of complex litigation before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and State and federal trial and appellate courts.

This position is responsible for the more complex and high profile licensure cases involving multiple enforcement actions, and which sometime include constitutional claims.  These cases involve extensive discovery, demanding a higher level of litigation skills at both the trial and appellate levels. This position also assists or directs lower level licensure attorneys with their cases.  

Primary responsibilities include:
(1) defending the Healthcare Planning and Certificate of Need Section of DHSR before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and State trial and appellate courts;
(2) representing the licensure sections of DHSR at OAH, State, and federal trial courts, and in all subsequent appeals;
(3) providing general counsel and advice to DHSR on a wide variety of legal matters;
(4) representing the State Health Coordinating Counsel; and
(5) representing the State in criminal appeals.

Litigation duties typically include analysis of facts and legal issues and defenses, performing legal research, developing case strategy, drafting pleadings, legal memoranda and briefs, conducting discovery, including the taking and defending of depositions, engaging in pre- and post-trial motions practice, conducting settlement negotiations, preparing and examining witnesses, including expert witnesses, preparing evidence, conducting courtroom litigation, perfecting appeals, drafting appellate briefs and presenting oral arguments.

Other duties include advising DHSR on more complex legal matters and drafting advisory letters.    

This position will also perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Section Head, Division Head, Attorney General, or his/her designee.

This position occasionally requires travel, including overnight travel, as part of its assigned duties.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

Note to Current State Employees:
The salary grade for this position is  LG08.  State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position.  Please detail ALL work history including non-state service experience.  If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY or MAY NOT result.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

The ability to conduct complex administrative and civil litigation in the Office of Administrative Hearings, trial, and appellate courts;
The ability to perfect, brief, and argue complex administrative, civil, and criminal appeals in the appellate courts;
A thorough knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory, and common law of North Carolina;
A thorough knowledge of the North Carolina Administrative Procedure Act, the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure, the North Carolina Rules of Evidence, and the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure;
The ability to analyze, interpret, and apply laws, statutes, constitutional provisions, administrative regulations, and court decisions;
The ability to analyze, interpret, and apply facts, rules, appellate decisions, and legal instruments;
The ability to express arguments and conclusions clearly and logically in oral and written form;
The ability to determine issues in various cases;
The ability to analyze complex legal problems and render opinions;
The ability to develop creative case strategy and tactics; and
The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.  

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

 Management preferences: Management prefers 5 years of litigation experience in health, regulatory, and/or administrative law.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The NC Department of Justice accomplishes our goals through our DOJ Organizational Values of Public Service, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Diversity, and Innovation. We encourage all qualified candidates who are committed to these values and want to make a difference in the lives of our citizens to apply for this opportunity.

Please be sure to complete the application in full.

Note the following: If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date

Resumes and cover letters:   To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. This information is used to determine if you meet the requirements of the position, and if you are selected, it is used to determine a salary offer.

Using the terms "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted and your application will be rejected as incomplete.  Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.    

Transcripts:  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. A copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application.

If a transcript has been requested, your application will be considered incomplete if  you do not provide one. Using a photograph of your diploma is not acceptable.
Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached to your application.  Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.

Veterans Preference: Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if you are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing.  If you are a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, you must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.

Application status: To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  All applicants will be notified by email once a position is filled.

NeoGov Help Line: If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the NC DOJ Human Resources office.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act.

NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603