Closing Date: 18th December, 2023


Job Duties:
A Little About us:
With roughly 1,600 employees in 11 offices across Ohio, BWC is the state agency that cares for Ohio workers by promoting a culture of safety at work and at home and ensuring quality medical and pharmacy care is provided to injured workers.

For Ohio employers, we provide insurance policies to cover workplace injuries and safety and wellness services to prevent injuries.

Our Culture:
BWC is a dynamic organization that offers career opportunities across many different disciplines. BWC employees strive to maintain an inclusive workplace. We begin by being an equal opportunity employer. Employees can participate in and lead employee resource groups, participate in online forums discussing society's impact on our services and workplace, and learn about how different perspectives can improve leadership skills.

Our Vision:
To transform BWC into an agile organization driven by customer success.

Our Mission:
To deliver consistently excellent experiences for each BWC customer every day.

Our Core Values:
One Agency, Personal Connection, Innovative Leadership, Relentless Excellence.

What our employees have to say:
BWC conducts an internal engagement survey on an annual basis. Some comments from our employees include:
  • I have worked for BWC for 27 years and it has been a positive experience.
  • I have worked with a wonderful group of people from management down to my co-workers.
  • So much opportunity for growth here, the leadership from top to bottom is stellar, the employees have pride in our agency - a great place to work!
  • Coming up on 30 years and still love what I do and where I work!
  • I find BWC to be a dynamic agency that not only provides a much-needed public service, but also has a culture of learning and development where employees are encouraged to be a part of the agency as a whole.
  • If you are interested in helping BWC grow, please click this link to read more, and then come back to this job posting to submit your application!

BWC is currently operating under a hybrid schedule that can incorporate both teleworking and in-office hours. Employees must be able to report to the office when requested by management &/or for their initial job training.

What You'll Be Doing:
  • Under direction, presides over or represents BWC at quasi-judicial administrative hearings, including hearings before the Ohio Industrial Commission (“IC”) and BWC's Adjudicating Committee
  • Advises business units on employer compliance and employer fraud matters
  • Prepares difficult cases to represent the BWC at IC hearings (e.g. reviews claims files, collects evidence, analyzes and researches legal issues involved)
  • Provides legal advice & responds to inquiries from State &/or county agencies, general public, legislative bodies &/or government officials regarding eligibility, reporting requirements & benefits payable
  • Reviews, recommends & drafts legal memoranda and work aids related to extraterritorial jurisdiction, independent contractor matters, no-coverage claims, and trucking industry areas of law
  • Handles legal adjudication matters involving Marine Industry Fund (MIF) pursuant to Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act 33 USC 901 et seq.) & State workers' compensation laws
  • Handles legal adjudication matters involving Black Lung (i.e. Ohio Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Black Lung Fund) pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4131.01 & 20 CFR 725-491

What's in it for you:
At the State of Ohio, we take care of the team that cares for Ohioans. We provide a variety of quality, competitive benefits to eligible full-time and part-time employees. For a list of all the State of Ohio Benefits, visit our Total Rewards website! Our benefits package includes:

Medical Coverage
Quality, affordable, and competitive medical benefits are offered through the available Ohio Med plans.

Dental, Vision and Basic Life Insurance
Dental, vision, and basic life insurance premiums are free after completed eligibility period ( Length of eligibility period is dependent on union representation.

Time Away From Work and Work/Life Balance
  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal, and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Childbirth/Adoption leave

Employee Development Funds
The State of Ohio offers a variety of educational and professional development funding that varies based on whether you are a union-exempt employee or a union-represented employee.

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
OPERS is the retirement system for State of Ohio employees. The employee contributes 10% of their salary towards their retirement. The employer contributes an amount equal to 14% of the employee's salary. Visit the OPERS website ( for more information.

Deferred Compensation
The Ohio Deferred Compensation program is a 457(b) voluntary retirement savings plan. Visit the Ohio Deferred Compensation website ( for more information.

Admission to Ohio Bar per Section 4705.01 of Revised Code; must be able to provide own transportation. Probationary period is 12 months.

Technical Skills: Attorney/Legal, Law, Research

Professional Skills: Attention to Detail, Confidentiality, Ethics & Values, Written Communication

Knowledge of: Agency, Divisional & departmental policies & standard operating procedures*; workers' compensation laws, rules, policies & procedures; claims management*; Ohio State Insurance Fund (OSIF)*; workers' compensation adjudicative & appeals processes*; IC*; investigation procedures; contract development; public & human relations; legal writing; Ohio Ethics Law*.

Skill in: legal & general business communications; operation of personal computer; BWC software (e.g. Microsoft Office products).

Ability to: organize & interpret extensive variety of legal material in books, journals &/or legal documents; effectively communicate verbally & in writing regarding legal issues; handle sensitive inquiries & contacts with government officials, adverse parties & the general public; define problems; conduct legal research; conduct data & evidence; establish facts & recommend appropriate legal recourse; review & edit draft motions.

BWC OCSEA Selection Rights:
This position shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the OCSEA Collective Bargaining Agreement. BWC bargaining unit members have selection rights before non-bargaining unit members. All other applications will only be considered if an internal bargaining unit applicant is not selected for this position.

Salary Information:
Unless required by legislation or union contract, candidates will start at lowest rate of the salary range associated with this position.

Position may require travel; therefore, persons occupying this position must be able to provide own transportation &/or legally operate a state-owned vehicle.

Educational Transcripts:
For any educational achievements to be considered during the screening process, you must at least attach an unofficial transcript that details the coursework you have completed.

Background Check Information:
Required Background Check:
Prior to an offer of employment, the final applicant will be required to sign a background check authorization form and undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.

EEO & ADA Statement:
The State of Ohio is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of applicants or employees due to protected classes as defined in applicable federal law, state law, and any effective executive order.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its employment opportunities pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to disability, please contact ADA Coordinator Kathleen Bourke at 614-644-7811 or by email to: