Closing Date: 9th April, 2024

Description:

Job Summary:
Under the general direction of the Chief Judge and Associate Presiding Judges, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is responsible for conducting hearings in contested cases and appealable agency actions. The ALJ is responsible for the judicial processing of a varied and complex caseload, and effectively and efficiently manages the administration of all assigned cases from initial hearing request through hearing, final order, and appeal. As cases are often highly contested, the position requires substantial litigation and courtroom experience. The ALJ is required to act in accordance with the Arizona Rules of Professional Responsibility and is required to maintain admission and good standing with the State Bar of Arizona.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, and commissions, many State employees participate in the State's Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.

Job Duties:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Actively manage all assigned cases in your docket to ensure all matters progress in a timely manner; review and rule on pending motions within required time frames; make final determinations regarding jurisdiction and timeliness; rule on pre-hearing motions
  • Fairly and impartially preside over contested hearings; enforce appropriate courtroom decorum; promptly rule on motions and objections raised at hearing; administer oaths, question witnesses, and examine evidence; rule on the admissibility of evidence and
  • testimony; issue appropriate oral decisions and rulings during hearings
  • Write sufficiently detailed and legally supported written decisions; conduct summary reviews in accordance with Arizona law; conduct legal research
  • Participate in continuous improvement activities

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge of:
  • Arizona Revised Statutes, with more advanced knowledge of Titles 13 and 28
  • Arizona Administrative Code sections applicable to EHO administrative hearings, and the Arizona Rules of Professional Responsibility
  • Rules of Evidence
  • Administrative hearing procedures
  • LEAN or other recognized process improvement system

Skills in:
  • Maintaining control of all hearings
  • Communicating effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Effectively explaining complex legal situations and rulings to hearing participants
  • Independently edit written work product to ensure written decisions and orders are sufficiently detailed but not overly verbose

Ability to:
  • Independently manage a full docket of cases of varying complexity with different legal requirements and deadlines
  • Handle detailed and complex legal work with accuracy and speed
  • Quickly and rule on objections during hearings
  • Respond to the public with tact, diplomacy, and timely information
  • Understand, accurately interpret, and appropriately apply relevant state and federal legal requirements
  • Analyze facts and evidence and draw logical conclusions
  • Apply legal principles and precedent
  • Preside over hearing proceedings
  • Remain fair and impartial when evaluating evidence
  • Maintain objective and reasoned demeanor
  • Plan and organize work assignments
  • React professionally and adjust appropriately to changing circumstances