Closing Date: 6th September, 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 seeks an Administrative Law Judge 3 (ALJ) to supervise and manage the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Bureau and adjudicate contested case hearings in accordance with chapter 17A of the Iowa Code and other state and federal law. Responsibilities are as follows, with additional duties as assigned:
  • Directly supervise 18 administrative law judges
  • Indirectly supervise 7 support staff
  • Oversee the bureau’s budget and approve timesheets
  • Manage scheduling, timely production of decisions, and ensure efficiency in processes
  • Conduct performance reviews, including federal Department of Labor Reviews
  • Gather and analyze bureau statistics and forecast future workloads
  • Conduct telephone and in-person contested case hearings in a fair and impartial manner
  • Prepare timely decisions based on applicable state and federal law and evidence presented at hearing
  • Organize and participate in division activities and trainings, including work group meetings or other special projects, as assigned

A successful candidate will have the personality and skills to:
  • Effectively communicate and clearly define expectations
  • Efficiently manage a high-volume, fast-paced docket
  • Provide constructive feedback and critiques
  • Work and problem solve independently
  • Enjoy legal research and writing and collaboration with colleagues
  • Confidently manage conflict and quickly address issues as they arise
  • Act efficiently, decisively, and fairly on personnel matters
  • Address challenges and provide solutions with a positive and professional attitude
  • Produce fair, legally correct, and well-written decisions
  • Provide confident and respected leadership

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
  • 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, and 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
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university and seven years of full time responsible quasi-judicial or closely related experience which involved either: conducting legal investigations to obtain evidence; hearing cases relative to specific organizational programs and recommending action for the disposition of cases;
graduation from an accredited school of law and four years of full time experience in the practice of law or four years of the above qualifying experience;
any equivalent combination of qualifying education and experience totaling eleven years on the basis that 30 semester hours of college or university course work is equal to one year of experience;
employees with current continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes experience equal to eighteen months of full time work as an Administrative Law Judge 2.

Additional Qualification Requirements
Persons newly employed to preside over contested case proceedings, by the Administrative Hearing Division in the Department of Inspections and Appeals, must possess a current, active license to practice law in Iowa.