Closing Date: 15th May, 2024

Description:

Provides analysis and/or recommendations on legal issues within the scope and authority of the assigned areas of responsibility with an emphasis on ADA and employment law within the scope of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). Acts as a liaison or representative between the agency, Department of Law, Department of Administrative Services and regulatory agencies (EEOC, GCEO, etc.).

Job Responsibilities & Performance Standards:
  • Serves as the Department's ADA Coordinator
  • Coordinates with the Department's Human Resources leadership (Director/Managers), Employee Relations Specialists and Legal Services leadership to review/consider ADA matters impacting employment/potential employment status
  • Offers technical assistance/consultation on matters specific to ADA and related reasonable accommodations
  • Assists with criminal history background check review and determinations
  • Coordinates with the Department's Human Resources Employee leadership (Director/Managers), Employee Relations Specialists, and Legal Services leadership to review/consider unlawful discrimination complaints and support investigations
  • Drafting EEOC/GCEO position statements, ongoing support, and coordination on external agency review/investigation/response
  • Assist as necessary in Worker's Compensation claims processing and administration, and coordinate/support in associated hearings
  • Assist as necessary in sexual harassment and workplace violence matters, complaints and investigations
  • Monitor and assist in addressing matters related to State Personnel Board Regulations, as well as the review, development, training, consultation and administration of HR policies, procedures and processes s needed.
  • Participates in the implementation of settlements, agreements, and/or legal judgments within approved guidelines
  • Develops, oversees, and implements administrative processes designed to maintain and monitor the legal compliance of department processes
  • Identifies and resolves, or assists in the resolution of legal issues
  • Provides analysis, answers, or recommendations regarding legal, liability and/or risk-management issues
  • Works as coordinating counsel as a client of the Department of Law
  • Provides research and analysis of legal, policy and environmental issues
  • Acts as a resource to answer questions and evaluates the status of reimbursements or recoupments
  • Reviews investigative reports and identifies areas that require further investigation
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:
  • Experience drafting policy
  • Experience in employment law, state government administration, ADA compliance; OR any equivalent combination of education and experience which would provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties described in this job announcement
  • Demonstrated skill investigating, evaluating facts and circumstances of an incident, and developing a course of action necessary to resolve issues
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of all sensitive materials and information; promote ethical conduct and compliance across the department
  • Demonstrated exceptional customer service and the ability to collaborate with internal and external partners
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation and facilitation
  • Experience utilizing and analyzing data to generate reports for presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver quality work independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

Sample Technical Competencies:
  1. Knowledge of employment related statutes, court decisions, state and federal laws and regulations and departmental policy.
  2. Ability to perform research and analysis.
  3. Ability to draft legal instruments, contracts, proposed legislation and legal opinions.
  4. Ability to analyze, appraise and organize facts and present such materials in clear and logical form for oral and written presentation.
  5. Ability to determine compliance with rules and regulations

Entry Qualifications:
Completion of a law degree AND License to practice law in the State of Georgia OR Reciprocity.

Preferred Qualifications:. Experience with employment law, health law, developmental disabilities law or behavioral health law. Top 1/3 of graduating class, excellent writing and oral communication.