ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER - CHIEF HEARING OFFICER
|Department||Maryland Insurance Administration|
|Date Opened||11/17/2022 2:30:00 PM|
|Filing Deadline||2/3/2023 10:56:00 AM|
|Salary||$134,098.00 - $165,780.00/year (Salary Guidelines Apply to State Employees)|
|HR Analyst||Tracey Dailey|
The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is an independent State agency that regulates Maryland’s insurance industry and protects consumers by monitoring and enforcing insurers’ and insurance professionals’ compliance with State law. Through the diligence of a highly professional staff of market analysts, financial analysts, accountants, lawyers, law enforcement officers, actuaries, complaint investigators, and others, the MIA works to facilitate a strong and competitive insurance marketplace where consumers are well informed and treated fairly. Staff members are subject matter experts who serve as a resource for lawmakers, consumers, and other public and private entities.
The MIA is charged with a broad range of responsibilities including the licensure of insurance carriers and insurance producers (brokers/agents) operating in Maryland, the conduct of financial examinations of companies to monitor financial solvency, and the review and approval of rates and contract forms. The MIA investigates reports of consumer fraud and consumer complaints about life, health, automobile, homeowners, and/or property insurance. Insurance carriers are subject to market conduct examinations and other actions to monitor compliance with Maryland law. The MIA also has a unit dedicated to consumer education and outreach, which participates in hundreds of events and reaches thousands of individual consumers annually.
**This is a Management Service that serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.**
Main Purpose of Job
The Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) is recruiting for the position of Associate Commissioner – Chief Hearing Officer. This position reports directly to the Associate Deputy Commissioner and serves as the lead Hearing Officer for the MIA’s Office of Hearings. As such, this position will function as the Commissioner’s primary designee under Md. Code Ann., Ins. § 2-210(d) for the conduct of quasi-judicial hearings and for the issuance of decisions on complaints stating causes of action under Md. Code Ann., Jud. Pro. § 3-1701 that are submitted to the Commissioner under Ins. § 27-1001. In addition, the Associate Commissioner – Chief Hearing officer presides over complex and significant cases and assists in the peer review of the work of other hearing officers and the administrative oversight and operation of the Office of Hearings.
This position will:
• Serve as a hearing officer for quasi-judicial administrative hearings, including conducting pre-hearing scheduling conferences, deciding motions, presiding over evidentiary hearings, and issuing Opinions and Final Orders on behalf of the Commissioner.
• Conduct on-the-record reviews of complaints stating a cause of action under Jud. Pro. § 3-1701 filed pursuant to Ins. § 27-1001.
• Participate in the management of the Office of Hearings, including participating in management decisions, oversight of personnel, and oversight of administrative operations, as assigned by the Associate Deputy Commissioner.
• Review case files related to hearing requests granted by the MIA to determine whether such cases shall be delegated to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
• Assign files retained for hearing at the MIA to Hearing Officers.
• Review and evaluate proposed decisions from the OAH and any exceptions filed by the parties, and determine whether to affirm or reverse, in full or in part, and issue Final Orders on behalf of the Commissioner.
• Participate in peer review and training.
• Assist the Commissioner with special projects.
Education: Candidate must hold a Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school and must be a member in good standing of the Maryland bar.
Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the litigation of insurance contractual and/or regulatory issues and two (2) years of supervisory experience.
DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
· Knowledge of Maryland insurance laws and regulations.
· Knowledge of Maryland decisional law related to insurance coverage and contractual obligations.
· Experience in conducting or participating in evidentiary proceedings.
· Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
Applicants selected for an interview will be required to provide two (2) writing samples and three (3) professional references.
If you have any questions concerning this recruitment, please contact tracey.dailey.gov.
For immediate consideration, you MUST upload one file (WORD or PDF) at the "Resume" tab that contains:
1. a cover letter stating your interest and salary requirements; and
2. a current professional resume.
The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may submit the requested information via mail. Complete application packets may be mailed to:
Maryland Insurance Administration
Human Resources - Recruitment #: 22-009963-0002
St. Paul Place, Suite 2700
Baltimore, MD 21202
Incomplete submissions will not receive consideration.
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As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, 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.