Closing Date: 24th July, 2024

Description:

A Government Entity, Aging and Long-Term Services Administration (ALTSA) (https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa), Adult Protective Services Division (APS) has an opening for a Legal Benefits Advisor.

As a Legal Benefits Advisor, you will serve as a division hearing representative in administrative proceedings, including representation before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) and the DSHS Board of Appeals.

The opportunity allows for full-time telework, travel to in-person hearings and meetings may be required, but very limited.

Some of what you'll be doing
  • Represent the department in administrative hearing proceedings related to Adult Protective Services and manage appeals.
  • Prepare legal documents, draft correspondence, and compile hearing briefs and exhibits.
  • Prepare APS investigators and other witnesses for testimony.
  • Act as a liaison for the agency with the Attorney General's Office, private attorneys, local city attorneys, County Prosecutors' Office, Northwest Justice Project, and other legal organizations and agencies.
  • Provide analysis and feedback to other members of the Due Process Unit.
  • Conduct presentations.
  • Maintain legal and policy expertise regarding APS.

What We're Looking For:
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) of law from an accredited law school or equivalent education/experience.
  • Preferred but not required—Licensed to practice law from the Washington State Bar Association.

Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of administrative hearings at the state level, the Washington Administrative Procedure Act, the Washington Rules of Civil Procedure, criminal law, domestic violence, elder law issues, guardianship, public disclosure rules and regulations, interviewing techniques, conflict resolution, and cultural sensitivity.
  • Experience and practice skills with trial practice, motions practice, Washington rules of evidence, negotiation, legal research and writing, and legal analysis.
  • Knowledge of programs administered by the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration.
  • Comprehensive mastery of legal expertise regarding Adult Protective Services and providing technical consultation to agency staff.
  • Experience preparing and presenting evidence, witnesses, pleadings, and legal briefings at judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings.
  • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced work environment; handle multiple urgent issues simultaneously, prioritize as needed, and keep key agency personnel notified of client issues, environmental issues, and personnel issues.