State of North CarolinaRaleigh 27604
Full Time +

Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD-214 Member-4 Form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their applications.

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Assistant Agency General Counsel I

State of North Carolina
Full Time, Permanent 22.If applicants earned college credit per week North Carolina Department of Public Safety, 512 N Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27604, United States Apply before 10/1/2023 5:00


This is a Repost (due to position being reclassified). Previous applicants must reapply for consideration.

As an advisor for DPS, this position is responsible for providing legal advice, liability prevention strategies, and risk management services in diverse areas. This position is involved when developing long-term and refining short-term plans of agency operations in the area of the employment law.  This position will also provide support for the Governor’s Crime Commission (GCC) and the Crime Victim’s Compensation Commission (CVCC).  Additionally, this position will review contracts and other documents related to State procurement issues for various divisions within DPS.  
This position renders legal advice regarding complex statutes, constitutional issues, and many unique issues without legal precedent. This position serves as a liaison between DPS and the Attorney General’s Office and provides guidance as necessary or requested regarding statutes, policies and rules applicable. This position serves as a policy advisor to DPS regarding potential litigation against or on behalf of individual employees and divisions of DPS and settlement. Upon request, this position will assist the Attorney General’s Office in preparation and attend mediations as a Departmental representative.
The position attends monthly meetings with several DPS Divisions for the specific purpose of issue-spotting potential and current liability, and then following-up on that liability by developing a plan to address the issue. This goal is further accomplished through general day-to-day involvement with DPS employees, management, and the general counsel and attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General and through advising on the formulation of policies, procedures and rules and review of those policies, procedures and rules to ensure compliance with constitutional and statutory constraints and current accepted practices and procedures.
DPS has multiple divisions: State Capitol Police; Alcohol Law Enforcement; State Highway Patrol; Emergency Management, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Administration Division: Samarcand Training Academy; and the North Carolina National Guard.  Each of these areas has an extensive human resources function with the following areas: EEO, Diversity, and Inclusion; Business Operations, Compensation, Classification, and Salary Administration; Safety, Health and Workers’ Compensation; Talent Management; Communications; HR Planning, Employee Relations; Benefits and Rewards. Each of these areas has practices, policies, rules and laws. This position is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance on the day-to-day development and implementation of a legally defensible policies, etc. in each of those areas. This position’s primary focus will be to assist with employment law matters across all divisions as well as supporting various boards and commission.  This responsibility requires this position to have comprehensive knowledge of a unique and developing law.
This position may be asked to review or draft legislative proposals to ensure they are consistent with the Governor’s and DPS’s initiatives and agenda. This position may be asked to assist the General Counsel and other DPS employees in articulating departmental goals regarding diverse DPS matters to the legislative. This position may be asked to advise, assist, and attend meetings at the request of DPS’s legislative team.
This position is expected to operate with own judgment, skills and initiative with periodic general review from the supervisor. Attorney must work independently, establish priorities, and meet deadlines in response to work flow. Instructions are usually verbal and general in nature, requiring this employee to do the necessary planning and research. Work occasionally requires travel within the state.

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with .  The work schedule is Monday -Friday (or as needed) 8:00am -5pm (with on-call availability 24/7). 
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.  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 result.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Some state job postings say you can qualify by an “equivalent combination of education and experience.”  If that language appears below, then you may qualify through EITHER years of education OR years of directly related experience, OR a combination of both. See  for details.

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and two 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.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer who embraces an Employment First philosophy which consists of complying with all federal laws, state laws and Executive Orders.  We are committed to reviewing requests for reasonable accommodation at any time during the hiring process or while on the job.
DPS uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act with the most qualified individuals.  Hiring salary will be based on relevant qualifications, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position.
It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive information.  Information should be provided in the appropriate areas to include the beginning and ending dates of jobs worked, education with the date graduated, all work experience, and certificates / licenses.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing this application.  Answers to Supplemental Questions must refer to education or work experience listed on this application to receive credit. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

  • Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD-214 Member-4 Form (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) to their applications.
  • Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if they are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing.   If a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, they must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.
  • If applicants earned college credit hours but did not complete a degree program, they must attach an unofficial transcript to each application to receive credit for this education.
  • If applying for a Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention position certified through the NC Dept. of Justice - Criminal Justice Standards Division, please click this link for specific certification requirements: 
  • The NC Dept. of Public Safety must adhere to the US Dept. of Justice Final Rule on the "National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape."  Click this link for information on hiring and promotion prohibition requirements in the Division of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention: 
  • Per  , applicants hired into a position certified as a criminal justice officer or justice officer are required to electronically submit fingerprints to the NC State Bureau of Investigation for a state and national criminal history record check and enrollment in the .  This is in addition to submitting fingerprints during the application process.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account and click "Application Status."  If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted by management.  If you are no longer under consideration, you will receive an email notification.
For technical issues with your application, please call the Applicant Support Help Line at 855-524-5627.  If there are any questions about this posting other than your application status, please contact Laura Holloway, Employment Specialist at 919-457-1208.