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State of Massachusetts Counsel II in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department's mission is to create, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to participate fully in their communities and meaningfully engage as valued members.

Experienced attorney will provide legal support to the Office of the General Counsel on a variety of public law issues, including promulgation of regulations and policies; conducting reviews of agency investigations; representing the agency in administrative appeals; responding to external audits; managing and supporting agency litigation; and responding to public records requests. The attorney will alsoprovide advice to the Department's senior managers regarding informational privacy and security compliance. The attorney will act as a liaison to other state and federal agencies.

The attorney in this position will work closely with the General Counsel and other central office attorneys to respond to day-to-day legal issues as needed and assigned by the General Counsel.

  1. Provide legal consultation and advice to the Department’s senior managers, executive and field staff regarding issuesrelevant to the administration of a public agency.

  2. Provide legal advice on privacy issues, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPAA), the Fair Information Practices Act (FIPA), G.L. ch. 93H, and other applicable laws and regulations. Serve as Privacy Officer to agency.

  3. Provide advice regarding the state administrative procedures act, the Massachusetts tort claims act, the conflict-of-interest law, the public records law, and other issues relevant to the administration of a public agency.

  4. Conduct activities related to the promulgation of regulations including drafting of regulations and notices and conduct public hearings.

  5. Serve as appeals officer for G.L. c.19C and 115 CMR 9.00 investigation appeals.

  6. Respond to requests for public records, data and information and all aspects of public records management. Serve as Records Access Officer as needed.

  7. Represent the Department at administrative hearings, in court, and at internal and external meetings both in-person and via remote work tools.

_About The Department of Developmental Services_*: *

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members.

_Total Compensation_:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process_:

A criminal background check (CORI) will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. In addition, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Requiring National Background Checks, requires the Department of Developmental Services to conduct fingerprint-based check of the state and national criminal history databases on the recommended candidate.

For more information, please visit: _http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori_ and http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dds/fingerprint-background-checks.html.

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1 (800) 510-4122 Ext. #2.

Applicants should submit a _cover letter_ and _resume_ for the Counsel II requisition.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, admission to the Massachusetts Bar and (A) at least three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in the practice of law.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Drivers License at a Class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Legal Services

Organization: *Department of Developmental Services

Title: Counsel II

Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 1000 Washington St

Requisition ID: 2100030L

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