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PARALEGAL II

Recruitment #19-000885-0008

GRADE

12

POSITION DUTIES

The main purpose of this position is to provide paralegal support to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). The position will provide direct support to the Director and Deputy Director of Operations, who report directly to the Chief Administrative Law Judge (i.e. the head of the agency).  Operations is responsible for managing all aspects of administrative hearings delegated to OAH by more than 35 executive agencies of the State of Maryland. Operations tracks and monitors legislation that affects OAH and the agencies that delegate hearings to OAH. Operations is also responsible for responding to Public Information Act (PIA) and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted to OAH. The paralegal will draft legal orders, correspondence, and responses to PIA and FOIA requests for review and signature by administrative law judges.  All of these activities involve highly confidential information as well as frequent contact with internal OAH managers and staff, attorneys, personnel at other state agencies, and members of the public. The position requires excellent reading comprehension, spelling, grammar, and writing skills, as well as a thorough understanding of the legal statutes, regulations, rules and procedures governing OAH.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Three years of experience as a legal assistant or legal secretary performing legal research or preparing legal documents on behalf of an attorney.

Notes: 1. Thirty credit hours or a certificate in paralegal studies from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience.

2. Thirty credit hours from an accredited law school may be substituted for the required experience.

3. Additional years of experience as stated above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in paralegal specialist classifications or paralegal specialist specialty codes in the legal and kindred field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

For best consideration, applicants should have:

one year experience writing legal orders 

one year experience responding to Public Information Active (PIA) and/or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

SELECTION PROCESS

Please be sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.

BENEFITS

The State of Maryland offers a generous benefit and leave package. Please visit the website below for more information.

STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

 

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online applications are highly recommended. If you are unable to apply online, the paper application and supplemental questionnaire may be submitted to: 

Office of Administrative Hearings, 

11101 Gilroy Road, 

Hunt Valley, MD 21031, 

Attn: Human Resources. 

Paper application materials must be received in our office by the closing date for the recruitment. No postmarks will be accepted.

For questions concerning this recruitment, call 410-229-4115. TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.



Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.