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UI LEGAL OFFICER I

Recruitment #21-005267-0001

Introduction

The Department of Labor (MDOL)/Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) is accepting applications from candidates for the position of UI Legal Officer I in Maryland Unemployment Insurance Policy unit.

GRADE

20 

LOCATION OF POSITION

Baltimore City, Maryland

POSITION DUTIES

This position is to perform legal research and analysis, ensure DUI’s public information and record request processes are legally compliant, and respond to formal policy information requests by DUI’s Manager of Policy and Quality Control and Director of Policy and Communications.

The Maryland Department of Labor (LABOR)'s Division of Unemployment Insurance (DUI) Policy Unit focuses on comprehensive policies and programmatic initiatives which will improve the day to day operation of the Benefits Unit, Contributions Unit as well as all DUI Quality Control functions. This position will provide legal and professional input in assisting with formulating and reviewing policies, including drafting of DUI directives, policy guidance letters and other policy documents. This position will provide legal and professional support to the Director of Policy & Communications, Manager of Policy & Quality Control, and other staff members with policy analysis, program coordination, document preparation, and research. During the legislative session, this position will play a critical role in the researching and drafting of fiscal notes and/or legislative testimony. Additionally, this position will work closely with the various Units within DUI on data analysis and legal support for targeted initiatives. This position will be expected to maintain consistent communication with the Manager of Policy & Quality Control, Director of Policy & Communications as well as the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and DUI Cabinet and DUI Leadership. Communication with state and federal partners regarding unemployment insurance programs and policy issues as required is also expected. This position will research, develop and monitor policy initiatives, national best practices, related to unemployment insurance on the local, State and national levels. This position will lead DUI in developing and implementing reemployment, tax, benefits, and internal performance metrics, federal reporting, & process improvement strategies.  Finally, this position will work on special projects as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Applications that meet the minimum and selective qualifications will be referred to the hiring manager for interview selection. Units will select those candidates most closely demonstrating the qualifications for interview.

Education: Possession of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited school of law.
Experience: None. 
Note: 1. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in General Attorney classifications or General Attorney specialty codes in the Legal and Kindred field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Please read the job announcement in its entirety before applying for this recruitment, Applications must meet all minimum (and selective) qualifications to be considered, and to appear on the list of people eligible for hire.

1. Admission to the Maryland Bar.

2. Admission to other state bar, or eligible for admission to the Federal Bar.

3. Certificate of Good Standing.

4. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland before completion of the probation period.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.  

- Two years of experience evaluating, analyzing, and researching laws, regulations, and policies.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the Division of Unemployment Insurance (MDOL/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to MDOL/DUI as a result of unemployment insurance overpayment/fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

EXAMINATION PROCESS

Applicants must provide sufficient information on the application to show they meet the qualifications for this recruitment. Resumes are not acceptable and not considered in the selection/examination process.

All information concerning the qualification, including any required documentation (diploma, transcripts, certificate, etc) must be submitted and received by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be considered.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

U.S. Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. Any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing a U.S. Military form DD 214 verifying honorable discharge from service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). Permanent State employees do not need to submit proof of Veterans’ status. 

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, You may contact Chevelle Wise 410-230-6293 or submit via email to chevelle.wise@maryland.gov. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.

**Please do not fax or email unsolicited documentation.**

Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

MDOL Office of Human Resources
Attn: UI Legal Officer I (21-005267-0001) CW
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 100
Baltimore, MD 21201

The MD State Application Form can be found online

Maryland Department of Labor is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of MDOL that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.