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State of Montana Lawyer in Helena, Montana

About the Department The Department of Commerce aims to make sure Montana is the best place to work, live and play. We work alongside private industry and local organizations to create jobs, grow businesses, develop affordable housing and improve community infrastructure. (You can learn more about ushere.) About this Position The Commerce Director's Office provides centralized finance, budget, legal, IT and HR services and resources for the Department Divisions and attached boards. This position is an attorney under the general supervision of the Chief Legal Counsel. The position conducts advanced legal research and investigation into state and federal administrative rules, statutory and case law, practices of other states, etc., to provide comprehensive professional legal support, direction and advice for the effective administration of the Department. This position is responsible to provide legal services and support to the rest of the department and boards and commissions administratively attached to the Department, including legal representation related to, but not limited to, land use, business development, infrastructure development, community development, tourism and film promotion, public housing, public bond issuance, housing and health facility financing programs, employment and contract law, accounting and tax law. This position is also the land use attorney for the Community Technical Assistance Program, which is housed within the Community MT Division. In addition, this position is involved in representing the various boards associated with the Department. This position is open to current State of Montana employees only. This position is posted until filled with a first review of applicants on May 27, 2022. What are we looking for? Education and Experience: * Juris Doctor from ABA accredited law school * At least five years of practical experience in law, strongly desired in land use and planning law * At least five years of practical experience with government contracts and procurement * Admission to the State Bar of Montana; Eligible to be admitted to practice in Federal district courts; Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeal; and the U.S. Supreme Court * Alternate combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Competencies: /Knowledge of:/ * Concepts and theories of the legal profession, public administration and program management. * Local, state and federal statutory and case law and administrative provisions, hearings procedures, and local government laws * Legal research methods and techniques * Administrative and court processes * State of Montana Legislative process * Contract drafting, and state procurement * State and federal laws related to land use, including general knowledge of local land use policies and regulations in Montana and principles and practices of land use planning including planning, zoning and subdivision. /Ability to:/ * Assess complex issues and determine their impacts * Communicate effectively to a diverse audience * Develop approaches to sensitive issues * Remain calm, professional and respond articulately under pressure * Interpret and apply statutes, codes, case law and precedents * Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with staff from diverse backgrounds How to apply Apply online by submitting yourresume,cover letter, and three professional business references. /(Please Note: You do not need to complete the “work experience” or the “education & certifications” portion of the application process in our recruiting system. You only need to upload the requested documentation.)/ Benefits * Lookhereto see the additional benefits! They include: o Work/life Balance o Health Coverage o Retirement plans o Paid Vacation and Sick Leave and Holidays o And more… * Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) –Employmentwith the State of Montana may qualify you to receive student loan forgiveness under the PSLF. Lookhereto learn more and see if you may qualify! Other important information to be aware of * Only online applications are accepted. By applying online, you can receive updates and monitor the status of your application. * If you fail to upload the requested application documents and/or preference documents, we will notify you via email. Failure to upload these documents after notification will result in your application being removed from consideration. *Job: Legal *Title: *Lawyer Location: Helena Requisition ID: 22141629