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State of Massachusetts Paralegal in Boston, Massachusetts

The Office of the General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a Paralegal Specialist to assist the Records Access Officer (RAO), attorneys, and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, Massachusetts Public Records Law, and to address legal issues related to public health initiatives. Our ideal candidate will be highly organized, professional, resourceful, work well under pressure, have good judgment skills, and enjoy multitasking in the challenge of a busy legal department. _Duties and responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all-inclusive):_ * Provides day-to-day coordination and support for all phases of Public Record Responses (PRR) and other complex record requests, including the collection, processing, and production of documents. * Draft and review legal documents, including contracts, policies, procedures, and correspondence. * Executes support to RAO, DPH attorneys and PRR Liaisons with document management with responding to document requests and managing production calendars.                  * Manages and maintains document databases, including electronic document databases. * Interfaces with attorneys and staff from agencies throughout all levels of government. * Stay current on legal developments in the field of public health. _Required Qualifications:_ * Comprehensive knowledge of the theory, principles and practice of law, understand legal documents such as decisions, briefs, opinions and contracts. * Demonstrated understanding of the terminology, symbols and standard abbreviations used in legal practice. * Experienced in the methods of technical and general report writing. * Skilled in legal research methods, procedures and ability to apply and explain the laws, rules and regulations governing agency operations. * Adept in complex caseload management and accurate, organized record keeping. * Capacity to analyze and determine the applicability of legal data, gather information through conducting interviews, questioning, and observing individuals and by examining records and documents to draw conclusion and make appropriate recommendations. * Excellent written and verbal communication and instruction skills. _Preferred Qualifications:_ * Paralegal certification a plus. * Minimum of three (3) years of experience as a paralegal in a public health or healthcare setting. * Understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to public health. * Excellent research and writing skills. * Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities. * Capability to work independently and as part of a team. * Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Teams, Outlook, and Word. _About the Department of Public Health:_ The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth. We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities. DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages, and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems. More information can be found at:* MA Department of Public Heal_th_ * _Pre-Hire Process:_ A criminal background check 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. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website. If you require assistance with the application/interview process and would like to request an ADA accommodation, please click on the link and complete the Reasonable Accommodation Online Request Form For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience in legal research or legal assistant work, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. Substitutions: _ I. An Associate's or higher degree with a major in paralegal studies may be substituted for the required experience. II. Completion of one year of study at a recognized, degree-granting law school may be substituted for the required experience. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License may be required. _*Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Legal Services* *Organization: Department of Public Health *Title: *Paralegal Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street Requisition ID: 230003QD