Closing Date: 16th April, 2024

Description:

Job Description and Duties:
Why Join A Government Entity?
A Government Entity is the backbone of California's health care safety net. Our success is made possible by the hard work of more than 4,800 DHCS team members and through collaboration with the federal government and other state agencies, counties, and partners for the care of low-income families, children, pregnant women, older adults, and persons with disabilities. This is an exciting opportunity to join our diverse team as an Attorney III. If you are interested in joining our team, apply today!

As a valued member of A Government Entity, you will make it possible for more than 14 million Californians to improve their health and their lives. Your efforts are important to each member of the team, as well as those we serve. As an Attorney Ill at A Government Entity, you will be able to work on programs that are vital to the health of our community and provide health care related benefits and services to almost one in three Californians. We recognize the strength in teamwork. We know that by encouraging collaboration and diversity, embracing telework, striving for a healthy work/life balance, and protecting the health of Californians, we will benefit our economy as a whole. Be part of a team that prides itself in making a difference for Californians.

About This Role:
A Government Entity, Office of Legal Services (OLS) is seeking multiple Attorney IIIs to join the OLS team. The Attorney III positions are crucial in reaching our mission of providing Californians with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use treatment services and long-term care. Help us actualize our vision to preserve and improve the overall health and well-being of all Californians. Telework is subject to A Government Entity' Telework Program guidelines.

The Program Integrity and Compliance Branch (PICB) provides advice and counsel to support A Government Entity program implementation, policy development and ongoing administration; program integrity and compliance efforts (audits and investigations and appeals); compliance and enforcement activities related to human resources, civil rights, communications, administration, managed care and Alcohol and Other Drug treatment programs; privacy and information security policies and practices; Public Records Act (PRA) functions; and conflict of interest issues. The PICB also manages the A Government Entity PRA desk and service of legal process; and provides litigation support to the State and United States Departments of Justice.

As an Attorney III, the incumbent is responsible for representing the Department before various administrative tribunals, including, but not limited to the State Personnel Board, CalHR, the Office of Administrative Hearings and Appeals (at A Government Entity) and the Office of Administrative Hearings (at Department of General Services). The Attorney III will be responsible for litigation and house counsel services including the development of sound legal strategies and recommendations necessary to support program implementation and ongoing administration; and the provision of litigation support to the State and United States Departments of Justice. The Attorney III provides senior-level legal support and counsel to the Department on complex and sensitive legal issues, as well as any litigation of other legal issues that arise as a result of the Department's activities and programs. The Attorney III has the ability to function under pressure in time and politically-sensitive situations and to complete work on an expedited basis with minimal supervision.

This recruitment has been posted for more vacancies than currently exist as it may be used to fill additional identical vacancies which occur within 180 days of the closing date of this bulletin. Future vacancies may include the following within the Office of Legal Services:
  • The Fiscal and Financing Branch
  • The Health Care Delivery Systems Branch
  • The Program Integrity and Compliance Branch
  • The Benefits, Eligibility, and Operations Branch

Have questions and/or need assistance? Contact Recruit@dhcs.ca.gov, we are here to help walk you through the state hiring process!

This position is subject to the Department's Conflict of Interest Code and requires annual filing of a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement. (https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/CalHrPublic/FileDownload.aspx?aid=22854677&name=OLS_AttorneyIII_5795-XXX(Rev3.14.24).pdf)

Special Requirements:
Applicants must have an active membership in the California State Bar.

Desirable Qualifications:
In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to exercise a high degree of initiative, flexibility, and confidentiality
  • Ability to use good judgement on assigned work
  • Dependable and reliable attendance
  • Background and interest in health law
  • Familiarity with legal ethics and conflicts of interest under the California Rules of Professional Conduct, State Bar Act, and selected California Rules of Court
  • A commitment to public service