Closing Date: 9th April, 2024


Job Summary:
The primary purpose of the DEMA General Counsel position is to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor on state and emergency management issues to the Adjutant General. This includes providing legal advice and services to the DEMA Deputy Director and Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management as well as the various divisions of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. This includes State legislative review, grant administration and legal advice to the agency on administrative law, property, and environmental issues. The DEMA General Counsel reports directly to the agency's senior legal counsel, the State Judge Advocate.

Job Duties:
Responsibilities include:
  • Provides legal advice and services to the Adjutant General, and to various DEMA divisions, including State legislative review, grant administration, state and federal emergency declarations, real estate, state employment and environmental issues. Coordinate with the Arizona Attorney General's Office as appropriate.
  • Engages with the Office of the State Judge Advocate and coordinates with the full-time senior JAG Officer. Serves as the primary action attorney on all non-military legal issues for DEMA. Coordinates with the Deputy State Judge Advocate and staff of the State Judge Advocate on all non-military legal matters as needed.
  • Drafts and edits legal opinions, state contracts, inter-agency agreements, administrative rules, memorandum, and briefs; drafts and edits correspondence and communicates with clients, judges, opposing counsel, witnesses, and the public. Conducts extensive legal research when necessary.
  • Assists leadership in the development and implementation of policies and programs to ensure compliance with applicable state rules and laws and effective and efficient operations of the agency.
  • Serves as the DEMA representative for internal and external customers regarding state legal matters and policy and legislative review matters, including participating in committees, giving presentations, and responding to inquiries.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
Knowledge of:
  • Arizona administrative practices and procedures.
  • Purposes, goals, policies, procedures, and practices of DEMA.
  • Legal research methods, legal principles, and their application.
  • Arizona law and applicable Federal law as it relates to environmental quality, administrative practice and procedures, appellate practice and procedure, superior court practice and procedure, rule-making and other regulatory requirements affecting state agencies, contracting and procurement, open meetings, and public records.
  • Emergency management practices and procedures.
  • Grant administration.
  • Ethical standards applicable to lawyers and public employees.
  • Arizona legislative review process and procedures.
  • Arizona Public Records Law Requests

Skilled in:
  • Legal research and legal writing.
  • Persuasive oral communication and negotiation.
  • Clear and concise written and oral advocacy.
  • Critical and logical analysis, including skill in analyzing complex legal problems and applying legal principles and precedents to a particular set of facts.
  • Planning/organization, multi-tasking, and time management.
  • Computer and related technical devices/programs/software.
  • Problem-solving, ingenuity, and decision-making.
  • Attention to detail and being thorough.

Ability to:
  • Interact professionally with a diverse group of clients, coworkers, and the public.
  • Effectively manage a significant workload.
  • Display courteous, ethical, and professional behavior.
  • Apply professional ethical rules in daily practice.
  • Exercise good judgment in making strategic decisions in cases and providing legal advice to clients.
  • Multi-task, prioritize, adapt to changing circumstances, and meet deadlines.
  • Work under pressure.
  • Travel within and outside the state of Arizona, including overnight stays.