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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Director of Policy and Legal is responsible for the creation of agency policies, assuring the compliance of the

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Supervises a medium-size professional and administrative support staff by interviewing applicants, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating performance of the employees. Provides legal advice to the agency in regards to policy and program planning and development and the management and operation of DHS programs, divisions, and offices. Provides analysis of legal matters, reviews legal documents, and provides expertise and assistance to staff. Oversees DHS legal representation, policy drafting, civil rights compliance, and administrative adjudications. Plans, prepares, and manages the annual operating budget of the legal section. Drafts and supervises the drafting of legislation and policy. Creates strategic plans for the Office of Policy and Legal Services. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations in regards to the system of delivery for human services programs. Knowledge of health care, public assistance, employment, and civil rights laws, and jurisprudence. Knowledge of DHS programs and related laws and jurisprudence. Knowledge of the legislative process. Ability to independently formulate and administer major policies and programs. Ability to direct litigation. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee the work of subordinates. Ability to identify and analyze legal issues. Ability to effectively present information to top management. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Minimum Qualifications:

The formal education equivalent of a law degree from an accredited law school; plus seven years of experience in the practice of law, including four years of litigation experience and four years in a managerial capacity.

Required Certificates:

Must be licensed to practice law and admitted to the Arkansas State Bar in accordance with ACA 16-22-201.


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