Are you a paralegal looking for a new opportunity to showcase your experience and skills?
Do you want to advance your career?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!
The State of Connecticut Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) is now accepting applications for a Paralegal Specialist in Downtown Hartford.
- Monday - Friday
- Full-time (40 hours per week)
- Hybrid work environment
- First shift
- Location: 153 Market Street Hartford, CT – easily accessible for commuters!
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
The selected candidate for this position will provide paralegal support to the staff accountants for the office and other related support as directed.
The mission of the Office of the Healthcare Advocate (OHA) is to assist consumers with healthcare issues through the establishment of effective outreach programs and the development of communications related to consumer rights and responsibilities as members of healthcare plans. OHA focuses on assisting consumers in making informed decisions when selecting a health plan; assisting consumers to resolve problems with their health insurance plans and tracking trends of issues/problems, which may require administrative or legislative intervention, or advocacy with industry, the public, or other stakeholders.
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- In order to be considered for
this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this
job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and
training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless
- Ensure that your application is
complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State
of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application
process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is
submitted into the JobAps system.
- Please select all location(s)
and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may
result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or
- All application materials must
be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening
for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be
submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to
documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of
the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and
responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized
justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING
INFORMATION AFTER YOU APPLY
- This posting may require
completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via
an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by
visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section).
Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration
date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for
notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in
the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
- Although applicants will
receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign
on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status,
view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment
- Note: At any point during the
recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional
documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These
documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance
records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the
- Interviews will be limited to
candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of
- The immediate vacancy is listed
above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future
vacancies in this job class.
CONNECT WITH US
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Brittney Woodley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state agency, this class is accountable for providing advanced paralegal support in a highly complex legal unit. This class provides advanced technical leadership, research and consultation in the areas of preparing draft legal documents and draft decisions of highly complex cases; as a resource regarding issues, procedures, process and timeframe as related to cases and presenting legal matters as needed.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs highly complex paralegal duties as defined in one or both of the following areas:
LEGAL OFFICE OPERATIONS: Interprets complex state statutes and federal regulations governing legal records and documents; determines and applies applicable state statute and/or regulation in preparing documentation; interprets court rules and agency policies and regulations; keeps abreast of the latest court rules, calendar changes and pending legislation; monitors and adheres to court deadlines; reviews legal documents and prepares legal documents such as briefs, writs and pleadings for court filings; responds to relevant case information requests from courts; performs legal research and analysis of law sources such as statutes, legal articles, legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda and other legal material; prepares draft legal documents; provides assistance in the discovery process; provides paralegal assistance by interpreting applicable legal provisions, regulations, precedents and policies; responds to requests and obtains information of sensitive nature; acts as liaison between agency, court system, relevant attorney’s offices and general public; serves as agency liaison regarding relevant policies and procedures; prepares legal and administrative reports; updates and maintains case records, pleadings, policy manuals and filing systems; assists in the drafting of proposed legislation and advisory opinions; provides training and assistance to staff; may perform business mathematical computations; performs related duties as required.
CASE PRESENTATION OR HEARING: Analyzes highly complex cases; develops positions and strategies to settle or litigate cases at formal or informal hearings; prepares for and represents State’s interest at hearings or through case presentation; researches and gathers relevant evidence and documentation; interviews witnesses and clients; drafts legal documents, complaints, stipulations, detailed memoranda, letters and proposed findings and awards reviews substantiation appeals and provides recommendation to management regarding the legal sufficiency of substantiation findings; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of legal processes and procedures; considerable knowledge of legal terminology and legal forms; considerable knowledge of legal research techniques; knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations and legislation; considerable skill in fact finding techniques including interviewing clients and compiling evidence; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to evaluate pertinent facts, cases and evidence and compile and assemble such legal data; considerable ability to compose correspondence and draft legal documents; ability to understand complex laws and related reports; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
The General Experience is defined as one of the following:
1. A Bachelor’s degree in legal studies and one (1) year of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney.
2. An Associate’s degree in legal studies and three (3) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney.
3. Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program approved by the American Bar Association and three (3) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney.
4. Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program consisting of a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney.
5. Completion of a Paralegal or Legal Assistance Certificate Program from a business school approved by the State of Connecticut, Office of Higher Education and four (4) years of experience providing paraprofessional legal assistance to an attorney.
6. A Law degree from an accredited Law School.
- Experience recognizing medical terminology in legal documents.
- Experience with mental/behavioral health and substance use treatments and terminology.
- Experience with Healthcare coverage, private or public coverage – e.g. private insurance, employer-sponsored coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- Experience interacting with and explaining information to individuals in an environment involving phone and email contact.
- Experience working with bilingual clients.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.