The Department Administrative Law Judge is responsible for conducting administrative hearings and adjudicating cases involving issues arising under either state laws, or rules and regulations of state agencies. The Department Administrative Law Judge performs advanced administrative hearing work in a specialized area of law by presiding over contested cases, hearings, and alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Conducts administrative hearings and adjudicates cases involving issues arising undereither state laws, or rules and regulations of state agencies. Researches case law, state statutes and any applicable federal laws related to current legalissues in order to prepare for potential mediation, litigation, conciliation agreement, orsettlement.
Analyzes, researches, and interprets state laws and agency rules and regulations todetermine what precedential decisions may already exist relevant to the facts in the case. Grants or denies postponements and continuances, determines admissibility of evidence,rules on discovery disputes, administers oaths and examines witnesses, and appliesrelevant rules and statutes in the administrative hearing. Reviews all information presented in the hearing and post-hearing briefs and issues officialopinions or decisions by summarizing the facts of the case, applicable laws, rules orregulations, reason for decision, and decision reached.
Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Occasional to frequent in-state travel to attend fact finding meetings, hearings, and/or courtproceedings is required. Occasional out-of state travel related to agency legal matters maybe required.
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of state laws and applicable agency rules and regulations. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and administrative hearing procedures. Knowledge of administrative processes and state government operations.
Knowledge of the substantive rights and obligations of parties subject to agency rules andregulations. Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply case law, state law, agency rules andregulations, legal precedents, and relevant legislative intent to agency legal matters. Ability to research and analyze complex issues, weigh evidence, and reach conclusionsupported by the facts and the law.
Ability to write findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus five years in the practice of law. Preferred Qualifications *Knowledge of oil and gas regulatory programs
Knowledge of the Underground Injection Control program under the Safe Drinking Water Act
Understanding of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and the Arkansas Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Act
Understanding of the Arkansas Quarry Operation, Reclamation and Safe Closure Act and the Arkansas Open-Cut Land Reclamation Act
Experience drafting administrative orders
Experience representing departments or agencies in appeals of administrative decisions and orders
Excellent research and writing skills
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar per ACA 16-22-201. Must possess a valid Arkansas drivers license.
Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE. Agency Specific Information SALARY:
Starting salary is $69,776. A higher starting salary would apply only if a promotional opportunity for a current State employee.
REQUIRED: If the job you are applying for requires a college degree or professional certification, a copy must be submitted at time of interview.
If you are a Veteran, Disabled Veteran or a Surviving Spouse of a Deceased Veteran and remain unmarried at the time you are seeking preference and you are a citizen and resident of this state, you shall be entitled to Veteran's Preference. Please submit the DD-214 and other official documentation at the time of the interview.
Applications are screened from information on State Application. List ALL work and/or volunteer experience in "Employment Work History" Section.
Resume WILL NOT Substitute. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Direct Deposit of net pay [checking and/or savings account] is required for employment [Act 1887 of 2005].
5% Mandatory contribution to AR Public Employee Retirement System.
Tobacco Free State Agency.
New employees hired in 2014 or later will be automatically enrolled into the Arkansas Diamond Deferred Compensation 457 Plan with a 3% automatic deduction. You have 90 days from your first deduction to opt out if you decide not to participate.
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