Commonwealth of Kentucky

Attorney, Office of Legal Services (Cabinet for Economic Development)

Company Description

Thank you for your interest in non-merit (governor appointed) career opportunities with the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the state's largest employer. As the state's primary agency responsible for encouraging job creation and retention, the Cabinet for Economic Development seeks an energetic attorney with business and/or state government experience and an interest in non-traditional practice opportunities. The Office of Legal Services oversees all Cabinet litigation, work with outside counsel, risk avoidance, contract review and negotiations, state and federal statutory and regulatory compliance, personnel and employment matters, all legislative matters, and Cabinet compliance with the Executive Branch Ethics Code and the Kentucky Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act.

Job Details

This position provides legal and policy assistance to the General Counsel and other senior staff of the Cabinet. The candidate must be well organized, possess excellent analytical skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, be detail oriented, and be able to multi-task and remain efficient. Commitment to high quality legal work is a must. The ideal candidate will be able to work independently with little oversight, as well as in a fast-paced environment with a number of different constituencies that often have competing interests. Applicants should be comfortable presenting before legislative committees and other audiences as necessary.

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide legal and policy advice and counsel on issues specific to the various divisions within the Cabinet, including Boards and Commissions attached to or within the Cabinet.
  • Provide assistance regarding compliance with the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act, confidentiality, and reporting requirements.
  • Draft and review transactional documents in connection with grants, loans, and incentives approved by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority and assist with ensuring compliance with existing agreements; work to ensure compliance with requirements of federally funded programs administered or used by the Cabinet.
  • Assist the General Counsel with handling litigation, representing the Cabinet in matters before state and federal courts and administrative bodies, and providing guidance and assistance to outside counsel contracted by the Cabinet.
  • Analyze, review, and draft proposed amendments to legislation and administrative regulations pertaining to and/or affecting the Cabinet.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Education: Must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Attorney participates in defender or legal services programs. Must maintain any required licensure(s), certification(s), or other credentials for the length of employment in this classification.

Experience: Minimum 2 years of experience in litigation, transactional work, and/or administrative law. Experience with state government a plus but not required.

Work Schedule: Full Time (Mon - Fri; 37.5 hrs/wk)
Location: Frankfort, KY

*Upon appointment, employees in this class may be required to maintain a valid driver’s license and required to drive a licensed vehicle. This status may be necessary for the length of time in this class. If this is necessary, it will be listed in the specific position description for that position. Applicants and employees in this job title may be required to submit a drug screening test and background check. Applicants and employees in positions which perform job duties that may require contact with offenders in the custody or supervision of the Department of Corrections or with youth in the care, custody, or supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice must meet qualifications pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, 28 C.F.R.115.17 and 115.317.
 
The Commonwealth of Kentucky does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status. Reasonable accommodations are provided upon request. NM.vacancy@ky.gov

  • November 15, 2019
  • 04-64-16

Instructions

After reviewing the "Job Details" section on this page, please submit the brief form below. Upon your submission, you will immediately be given the option to complete a one-way video interview using a smartphone, tablet or computer with camera capabilities. You will also receive an email containing a link to navigate back to the one-way video interview, should you wish to complete the interview later.

We look forward to learning more about you--thank you for your interest in serving the Commonwealth!

(Contact NM.vacancy@ky.gov if you believe you have already completed an applicable one-way video interview.)

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