Closing Date: 7th July, 2022

Description:

The Position
Are you looking to test and grow your skills while having fun in a high paced environment? Are you passionate about protecting an individual’s constitutional right to due process? Come join our team at the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals’ (BHA) Western Region located in Pottsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The BHA is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services entity charged with conducting administrative hearings in a fair, unbiased, and timely manner. We do so in accordance with State and Federal regulations. The BHA empowers its employees to reach their fullest potential by promoting professional development for those who are willing to learn. The BHA is a workplace where you will feel a sense of camaraderie. If this sounds intriguing to you, please give BHA a try. Apply!

Description Of Work
The Bureau of Hearings and Appeals (BHA) is the Bureau within the Department of Human Services (DHS) with the responsibility designated by the Secretary of Human Services for the adjudication of administrative appeals for the Department of Human Services and the Department of Aging. The Bureau consists of a Harrisburg headquarters, three Regional offices (Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh) and two field offices (Erie and Reading). BHA provides administrative hearings for all appellants aggrieved by decisions made by DHS and for other selected Departments (pursuant to Interagency Agreements) under its jurisdiction.

The incumbent of this position reports to the Regional Manager and is responsible for the hearing and adjudication of Formal appeals filed with DHS-BHA. These include, but are not limited to, Child Abuse Expunction; DHS Employee Act 534; Auditor General Reports relative to hospitals and county nursing homes; Licensure of Foster Care and Psychiatric Facilities; Personal Care Homes; Foster and Kinship Care; Adoption Subsidy; doctor, dentist, podiatrists, and chiropractor suspension appeals, Home Care Services of the Department of Aging; disability determinations of the Department of Labor and Industry; Nursing Home Reimbursement appeals; Mental Health/Mental Retardation audits; and Elder Abuse appeals from the Department of Aging. The incumbent is also responsible for the hearing and adjudication of recipient appeals such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), cash assistance, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and medical assistance including the Affordable Care Act (ACA) appeals, as well as non-recipient appeals to include provider appeals.

The incumbent in this position issues subpoenas, Orders and Rules to Show Cause; rules on Motions; and conducts pre-hearing conferences. The incumbent also provides direction and guidance to Legal Assistants and mentors Administrative Law Judge staff.

Work Schedule and Additional Information:
  • Full-time employment.
  • Work hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday - Friday, with a 60-minute lunch.
  • Upon successful completion of your probationary period and/or training period, part-time telework may be considered based upon individual eligibility and operational needs of the Bureau.
  • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.

Required Experience, Training & Eligibility
Qualifications
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
  • Two years of professional legal work, including at least one year of trial work; or
  • An equivalent combination of experience and training that includes one year of trial work.
  • Necessary Special Requirements: Possession of a certification of current license and active admission in good standing to the Bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Other Requirements:
  • You must pass the test to meet the Minimum Experience and Training Requirements.
  • You must meet the PA residency requirement. For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow the link and click on Residency.
  • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

Legal Requirements:
You must pass a background investigation.