Deputy Chief Legal Counsel

Recruitment #201201-UNCE-411




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Deputy Chief Legal Counsel
Salary: $ 95,000- $115,000 annual

The Deputy General Counsel reports to the General Counsel (GC) and will assume many functions of planning, organizing and monitoring legal activities and interpreting laws and regulations; providing legal advice, counsel and assistance to the agency.  The lawyer will be expected to work under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment in legal issues large in scope, complexity and activity.  This position will have supervisory duties.

The specific functions of this position vary, but may include the following:
• Assists in the planning, organizing, supervision, direction, and coordination of the activities of the Division including the activities of administrative staff and attorneys.
• Interprets existing contracts and provides legal advice and counsel regarding all aspects of the Oklahoma Tax Commission contract transactions.
• Analyzes complex factual and legal issues and prepares legal opinions, memorandums of fact and law and other legal documents.
• Potentially exercises responsibility for the development, preparation, and presentation of cases before administrative, state, federal, and appellate courts.
• Evaluates complex legal issues and provides advice, counsel, and assistance on legal matters.
• Evaluates proposed legislation and makes recommendations for agency action in response thereto.
• Performs legal research and reports findings and conclusions.
• Advises on law, regulations, and opinions of the courts and those of the Attorney General; prepares or directs the preparation of interpretations outlining facts and the applicable legal, administrative or executive decisions.
• Advises on questions of law or administrative policy involved in the operation of the agency and its contacts with industry, private or professional associations, state federal, or local government, and the general public.
• Performs related work as assigned.
• Supports other OTC lawyers, as needed.

• Comprehensive Knowledge of
o Applicable tax laws, agency policies and procedures.
o Methods and techniques for conducting legal research.
o Legal principles and their application.
o The scope of Oklahoma statutes and federal statutes, regulations, and policies; the Oklahoma Constitution; the principles of administrative and constitutional law; trial and hearing procedures; the rules of evidence.
o The principles of supervision.

• Ability is required to
o Understand, interpret and apply applicable laws, agency policies and procedures.
o Ensure timelines are being met while following tax laws/statutes of the State of Oklahoma.
o Develop briefings, presentations, and reports; and conduct data analysis.
o Represent the division and agency in a professional manner.

• Skills include
o Strong analytical skills.
o Strong critical thinking, attention to detail, sound judgment and decision-making.
o Training and supervision of subordinate personnel.
o Strong legal research skills regarding tax laws.
o Directing and/or performing independent and difficult research, analyzing, appraising and applying legal principles, facts, and precedents to difficult legal or factual problem.
o Presenting statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written or oral form.
o Presenting, explaining, or arguing cases to administrative commissions, boards, or courts.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of:
• J.D. from an accredited law school;
• PLUS licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma;
• PLUS an active member of the State Bar of Oklahoma;
• PLUS at least five (5) years of experience in the practice of law, including experience in tax law or related field and two (2) years of experience in trial or administrative law.

Preference may be given to applicants who have experience practicing in federal and state district courts, as well as applicants with significant prior supervisory experience.

Telework may be required based on the needs of the agency, division, and section.  If applicable, applicant must be willing and able to BOTH work on-site and telework at an off-site location, generally in the applicant’s home.  Applicant must have a secure internet connection and a dedicated telephone (landline) or smart phone device during scheduled working hours.

Employment with the Oklahoma Tax Commission offers benefits, which include medical, dental, life, disability and vision insurance, medical and health care reimbursement programs, retirement plan, deferred compensation plan, paid holidays, and longevity payments. Employees are provided a benefit allowance to spend toward their benefits. Employees earn three weeks annual and three weeks paid sick leave in the first year of employment.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities may be provided upon request.

All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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