The Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) protects the public from unprofessional conduct of licensed professionals through administrative actions that restrict or remove a licensee's ability to practice. In this role, you will serve as Deputy Chief Prosecutor for a team of four prosecuting attorneys and report directly to the Chief Prosecutor. The prosecution team represents the State of Vermont in the screening, evaluation, and prosecution of administrative complaints of unprofessional conduct in 50 professions. Many of these complaints are also criminal in nature. This position will be responsible for handling a vertical caseload, from the decision to charge through appeal, in a fast-paced work environment involving an array of interesting professions from Boxing/MMA to Veterinarians to Tattoo Artists and Body Piercers to Nurses, Osteopaths, Therapists, and more: https://sos.vermont.gov/opr/professions/.
This position primarily focuses on litigation with a large and varied caseload; however, it also includes mentoring attorneys, engaging in policy decisions, supervising administrative and legal staff, and working with investigators. Duties include reviewing unprofessional conduct complaints and investigations within an investigative team, which includes investigators and members of the profession. Litigation responsibilities include conducting discovery, motion practice, depositions, trial preparation, summary suspension hearings, and final merits hearings before professional Boards and Administrative Law Officers.
Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience following the Attorney Pay Plan: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/sites/humanresources/files/documents/DHR-Attorney_Pay_Plan_FY22.pdf
Hybrid work options available. To be considered, please attach a brief writing sample.
Who May Apply
This position, Staff Attorney - Exempt (Job Requisition # 22631), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
A fingerprint-supported background check may be required based on the assigned job duties and location.
Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.
A solid litigation background with a minimum of five years of criminal or general civil/administrative litigation practice is required. Candidates must also have strong organizational skills; good legal research skills; clear, concise writing ability; and excellent communication skills. Must be admitted to practice law in Vermont.
Experience mentoring or supervising attorneys is preferred.