Closing Date: 24th August, 2022


Only applicants who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and meet all selective requirements (listed below) will be placed on the eligible list.

The Department of Inspections and Appeals Administrative Hearings Division, Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau, seeks an Administrative Law Judge 2 (ALJ) to adjudicate unemployment insurance contested cases in accordance with chapter 17A of the Iowa Code and other state and federal law. Responsibilities are as follows, with additional duties as assigned:
  • conduct telephone and in-person contested case hearings in a fair and impartial manner, some travel is required
  • prepare timely proposed decisions based on applicable state and federal law and evidence presented at hearing
  • ensure all hearing participants are afforded due process
  • meet division and federal timelines for submission of decisions
  • participate in division activities, including work group meetings or other special projects, as assigned

A successful candidate will have the personality and skills to:
  • efficiently manage a high-volume, fast-paced docket
  • produce fair, legally correct, and well-written decisions
  • work and problem solve independently
  • enjoy legal research and writing and collaboration with colleagues
  • confidently manage conflict throughout the entirety of a case and during hearings
  • act efficiently and decisively on motions, objections, and other situations as they arise
  • address challenges and provide solutions with a positive and professional attitude

The Department of Inspections and Appeals Administrative Hearings Division, as a State of Iowa Executive Branch agency, offers the following benefits:
  • Health/Dental, and Life Insurance
  • Paid time off - Nine paid holidays plus generous paid vacation and paid sick leave which begin to accrue on your first day of employment
  • Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) defined benefit program
  • telework following probationary period
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development - including training and in-house continuing legal education

A current license to practice law in the State of Iowa is required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in administrative law, unemployment law, or litigation. A criminal history and abuse background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

871 License to Practice Law in the State of Iowa License to practice law in the State of Iowa.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
Applicants must meet at least one of the following minimum requirements to qualify for positions in this job classification:
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in any field, and experience equal to five years of full-time quasi-judicial or closely-related work involving either conducting legal investigations to obtain evidence or hearing cases relative to specific organizational programs and rendering decisions or recommending action for the disposition of cases.
  • A total of nine years of education and/or full-time experience (as described in number one), where thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in any field equals one year of full-time experience.
  • Graduation from an accredited school of law.
  • Current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to eighteen months of full-time work as an Administrative Law Judge 1.