This Assistant Legal Counsel position reports to the Department’s General Counsel and serves in the Office of the Legal Counsel within the Office of the Secretary. This position will work in collaboration with other attorneys to deliver a high-level of professional and responsive legal services to divisions within DATCP.
This position will provide legal services related to the administration and enforcement of a broad range of agricultural, business, employment, and consumer protection laws. The attorney may be called upon to provide legal advice and/or guidance on laws and administrative rules pertaining to: food safety, unfair business practices and consumer fraud, fair packaging and labeling, consumer product safety, disease control and biosecurity, pesticides and agrichemical management, land and water resources, nonpoint source pollution, groundwater protection, animal and plant health, agricultural producer security, and agricultural development.
This position will also provide day-to-day legal advice and assistance to department managers and staff. This position will draft administrative rules and manage the rule making process, working in conjunction with the State Legislature and other state agencies. Additional responsibilities include: drafting pleadings and legal documents; preparing and litigating cases; negotiating settlements of cases and other contested matters; and representing the department before the state legislature and other state agencies.
This position's classification is Attorney, and is in schedule-range 09-75 with a starting salary of $72,800-$92,955, based on qualifications. The bargaining unit of this position is non-represented. A 12-month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the State Compensation Plan.
- Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Wisconsin by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
- A criminal background check will be performed on the selected applicant prior to an offer of employment.
- Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DATCP sponsorship) at the time of application.
Minimally qualified candidates will have each of the following:
- License to practice law in Wisconsin by the State Bar of Wisconsin.
- Experience conducting legal research, preparing legal opinions, and making decisions based upon legal guidance.
- Experience drafting legal documents, such as contracts, legal briefs, discovery requests, memorandums of understanding, etc.
- Experience representing and/or providing comprehensive legal services/advice to clients., such as responding to clients, employees, management, external parties, etc.