The Department of Human Services (DHS) Administrative Law Judge is responsible for conducting hearings and rendering final, official decisions/opinions subject to judicial review under the Arkansas Administrative Procedure Act. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy. Typical Functions Supervises a small administrative support staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, approving leave requests and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Reviews cases by reading files and pre-hearing legal briefs, conducting legal research, conducting pre-hearing conferences with legal representatives of both parties to further define issues, and providing legal advice to Administrative Review Officers. Presides over public and non-public hearings by administering oaths, hearing testimony of witnesses, questioning witnesses, determining admissibility of documentary and testimonial evidence, resolving conflicting testimony and credibility issues, hearing argument of attorneys and witnesses, resolving procedural questions, reading legal and administrative documents and ruling on motions and objections, including pre-hearing and post-hearing motions. Grants or denies postponements and continuances based on facts presented and need for additional information. Reviews information presented in the hearing and post-hearing briefs and issues official
Opinions or decisions explaining facts of case (Findings of Fact), applicable laws,(Conclusions of Law), reason for decision (Analysis), and decision reached. Reviews and certifies hearing transcripts and hearing record for appeals to court.
Attends legal seminars and conferences and reads legal, technical, and professional publications to continue legal education as required by law. Performs other duties as assigned. Special Job Dimensions Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills Knowledge of due process laws and procedures, including codes of judicial ethics.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, & precedents applicable to specific type of hearing. Knowledge of agency policies and procedures applicable to specific type of hearing. Ability to conduct legal research and give legal advice.
Ability to preside over hearings. Ability to write official opinions and decisions. Minimum Education and/or Experience The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus five years of experience in the practice of law, including two years in a supervisory capacity.
Preferred Qualifications 5 Years experience in the practice of law. Licensed to practice law in Arkansas by the State Board of Law Examiners. 2 years experience as trial attorney and/or administrative law judge. 2 years experience with legal cases involving child maltreatment. Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.
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 Division Name
Office of Chief Counsel
Special Work Condition
The office of the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will be physically located in the DHS Central Office Complex in Little Rock, Arkansas. The ALJ will primarily hear and decide child abuse and adult abuse cases.
Special Application Information
All DHS applicants must complete drug screening, as outlined in DHS Policy 1087, prior to being hired.
Applications are prescreened according to the state application, addenda, rsum, transcript, licenses and any other information that is submitted. Only transcripts should be submitted at the time of applications; reference letters, certificates, and licenses should be brought at the time of interview.
Failure to complete the application form according to instructions with complete and accurate information will adversely impact your comparison to other candidates. List all prior work experience, including military service, with most recent employment first. You may include volunteer or unpaid work as part of your work history; however, you should include the number of hours per week which you performed these duties.
False, misleading, or incomplete statements may result in disciplinary action and possible termination.
Benefits package may include: health & life insurance, vacation & sick time, paid holidays, credit union membership, retirement, career bonus, and deferred compensation.
CONTINUOUSLY ADVERTISED POSITIONS:
Submitting an application for a continuously advertised position does not guarantee that a job is available for that position title; e-mails stating that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for a position are for future reference. Applications submitted for continuously advertised positions are kept on file for 60 days.
As jobs for that position title become available, eligible applications in that file that match the county and division criteria will be considered. On your application you should have designated in which counties and divisions you are willing to work. Please keep in mind that you will not appear on hiring lists for counties you do not designate. Do not select statewide from this county list.
EXPERIENCE CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THIS JOB TITLE
Applicants must submit an official transcript by mail in addition to applications for all levels of Family Service Worker positions except for Family Services Assistant positions. Transcripts will remain on file for future applications. The following Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees are valid for such Family Service Worker-type positions:
Child and Family Development
Counseling (any field)
Education: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, or Special
Family & Consumer Science
Human Development & Family Studies
Mail your transcript to the following address:
Arkansas Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Slot W301
Little Rock, AR 72203
The transcript must be an official transcript sent from the university or college you attended. The transcript must still have the envelope sealed with the security seal affixed. Once the seal is broken, the transcript is considered void.
State Of Arkansas