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The Division of Legal Services (DLS) is seeking to hire an Attorney-Legal Counsel within the Permanency Attorney Unit (PAI).

Job Location: Kansas City, St. Louis, or Springfield, Missouri.

*Opportunity statewide; including the Lake Area, Cape Girardeau, and Hannibal, Missouri.

Why you’ll love this position: Do you want to be an attorney who can make a difference? These attorneys focus on obtaining permanency for children in the custody of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Children’s Division (CD). The attorney will provide ongoing representation in juvenile cases and legal support and advice for case managers with the emphasis on achieving safe and swift permanency for kids in care. Permanency goals include reunification with a parent, guardianship, termination of parental rights/adoption, or another permanent planned living arrangement. Join DLS in our mission to empower Missourians to live safe, healthy, and productive lives.

What you’ll do:
  • Provide support and legal advice to the Children’s Division.
  • Maintain a case load in Juvenile Court, and occasionally in Circuit Court and Probate Court.
  • Perform case analysis, issue spotting, time/calendar management, and case load organization.
  • Work with other DSS team members, such as investigators and social workers.

All you need for success:
Minimum Qualifications: A Juris Doctorate from an accredited institution and current member of The Missouri Bar. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Experience in litigation and a background in juvenile, probate and family law is preferred but not required.

Annual Starting Salary Range: $59,893.70-$69,024.50 (depending on work experience.)

More reasons to love this position: The State of Missouri offers an excellent benefits package that includes a defined pension plan, generous amounts of leave and holiday time, and eligibility for health insurance coverage. Your total compensation is more than the dollars you receive in your paycheck. To help demonstrate the value of working for the State of Missouri, we have created an interactive Total Compensation Calculator. This tool provides a comprehensive view of benefits and more that are offered to prospective employees. The Total Compensation Calculator and other applicant resources can be found here.

Recruitment Area: All qualified applicants.

If you have questions about this position, please contact Travis Miller at

If you experience accessibility issues while applying, please contact Courtney Hall at or call 573-526-0416.

The State of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer.

We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.