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Staff Attorney I

Frankfort, KY
Full Time
01-13-2021
Job #: 21-00184 Salary: $3,230 - $4,280 Monthly
Description:
The Kentucky Department of Education seeks to hire a smart, experienced, hardworking and dependable Staff Attorney I to join our dedicated team. We seek persons of the highest moral character who understand it is a privilege to represent the Kentucky Department of Education and work on behalf of Kentucky’s children. This role represents a great opportunity to work in a dynamic, challenging and professional environment.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provides routine legal services of a varied nature which are typically characterized by facts that are well established, involve established legal precedents and have a relatively moderate impact.
  • Handles various phases of litigation with immediate supervision. Performs legal research, prepares briefs, and drafts opinions. Prepares and argues cases. Carries out simple and/or routine negotiations with clients, witnesses, or other interested parties in gathering information. Provides representation and other services in state and federal courts and administrative forums. May work as a member of an inter-disciplinary team and may coordinate the efforts of non-attorney staff. Assists in drafting legislation and administrative regulations.
  • Provide legal advice and representation to the Division of School and Community Nutrition for all programs administered by the Division, including but not limited to the Child and Adult Care Food Program, National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Seamless Summer Option, Special Milk Program, and Summer Food Service Program. Review and provide legal advice on federal and state administrative regulations implementing the programs administered by the Division of School and Community Nutrition. Represent the agency in administrative hearings and judicial review initiated pursuant to programs administered by the Division of School and Community Nutrition.
  • Conduct research and provide legal advice regarding the applicability of the Kentucky Open Records Act and Kentucky Open Meetings Act, including applicable exceptions, to agency operations. Represent the agency by responding to requests for public records under the Kentucky Open Records Act. Represent the agency in actions filed challenging the agency’s compliance with the Kentucky Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act.
  • Provide legal advice to the agency, including investigators and the Testing Board of Review, regarding allegations of violation of 703 KAR 5:080, Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program, and 703 KAR 5:070, Procedures for the Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs. Conduct investigations and draft written findings for alleged violation of 703 KAR 5:080, Administration Code for Kentucky’s Educational Assessment Program, and 703 KAR 5:070, Procedures for the Inclusion of Special Populations in the State-Required Assessment and Accountability Programs.
  • Conduct review, research, negotiate and provide legal advice to the agency regarding routine contracts to which the agency will be or is a party. This includes, but is not limited to, review for compliance with the Kentucky Constitution, applicable statutes and regulations, policies of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, and agency policies.
  • Conduct research and provide responses on behalf of the agency to constituent inquiries pursuant to KRS 156.240 requiring the Commissioner of Education to explain the true intent and meaning of the school laws and the published administrative regulations of the Kentucky Board of Education.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements
  • EDUCATION: See Special Requirements.
  • EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, OR SKILLS: NONE
  • Substitute EDUCATION for EXPERIENCE: NONE
  • Substitute EXPERIENCE for EDUCATION: NONE
  • SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (AGE, LICENSURE, REGULATION, ETC.): Must be admitted to practice law and in good standing in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, comply with SCR 2.111 Limited certification of admission to practice, comply with SCR 2.112 Attorney participants in defender or legal services programs, or comply with Supreme Court of Kentucky Amended Order 2020-79 (Temporary Rule Permitting Supervised Practice of Law Pending Admission, effective through April 30, 2021: https://www.kyoba.org/files/files/AdminOrder2020-79AmendedSupervisedPractice.pdf). Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification. Employing agency is responsible for ensuring employee possesses and maintains required licensure(s), certification(s)or other credentials.


Closing Date: 24th January, 2021




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