Attorney / Assistant General Counsel

Recruitment #210119-UNCE-26


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. The mission of the Department of Health is to promote, protect and improve the health of all Oklahomans through strategies that focus on preventing disease and injuries.

OSDH is seeking a full time Attorney / Assistant General Counsel providing support to Legal Division. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Position Description:  
The Attorney / Assistant General Counsel will be within the Office of the General Counsel handling a wide variety of legal issues for the Department’s administrative service areas and program areas. Will assume all functions of planning, organizing and monitoring legal activities, interpreting laws and regulations; providing legal advice, counsel and assistance. In addition, will be expected to work efficiently and productively under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment in legal issues large in scope, complexity and activity.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Prepares briefs, pleadings, motions, petitions and other legal documents.
• Reviews existing contracts and grants, providing legal advice and counsel regarding the terms and conditions.
• Analyzes complex factual and legal issues and prepares legal opinions, memorandums of fact and law and other legal documents.
• 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 regarding legal matters.
• Assists in drafting bills and amendments for legislative consideration, completes reports on changes in legislation, evaluates proposed legislation and makes recommendations for agency action in response thereto.
• Assists in the review, analysis, and/or drafting of agency rules.
• 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.
• Assists in the compilation and review of agency documents responsive to open records requests, subpoenas, and discovery requests.
• Performs related work as assigned.

Essential Functions
• Evaluates complex legal issues and provides advice, counsel, and assistance regarding legal matters.
• Experience with the development, preparation and presentation of cases before administrative, state or federal court.

Education and Experience
• Graduation from an accredited law school.
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma.
• Two or more years legal experience as a licensed attorney preferred.
• Experience in administrative law, contracts, litigation, and/or other areas of law involved in the operations of a government agency preferred.

Valued Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of legal principles and their application; of legal research methods; of the scope of Oklahoma statutory laws and provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution, of the United States Constitution, of the law and regulations on human resource management; of the principles of administrative law; of trial and hearing procedures and the rules of evidence.

Skill in directing and/or performing independent and difficult research; in analyzing, appraising and applying legal principles, facts and precedents to difficult legal or factual problems; in communicating effectively both orally and in writing; in presenting statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written or oral form; in presenting, explaining, or arguing cases to administrative commissions, boards, or courts; in dictating correspondence involving the explanation of difficult legal matters.

Physical Demands and Work Environment
Office Environment
Computer based
Travel may be required.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


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No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.