Paralegal (Research Assistant)

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

Application closes: Sept. 18, 2019

Paralegal – Research Assistant 

Opening Date:  September 5, 2019

Closing Date:  September 18, 2019 

Job Class Code: 0677

Grade: 1

 Salary: $35,588.80 - $47,944.00/annually

*Pursuant to 5 MRS § 196 the salary for this position has been set by the Office of the Attorney General

Position Number:  006000041

 Bargaining Unit: MSEA-B, Professional and Technical Services Unit

Job Description:

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a full-time (40 hours/week) paralegal position located in our Augusta Office. This individual will provide in-office support for heavy administrative law caseloads of Assistant Attorneys General in the Professional and Financial Regulation Division.

Duties include:

  • Legal Research using Westlaw and other resources.
  • Document management; information management.
  • Drafting letters, pleadings, proposed orders and memoranda.
  • Tracking case data, caseload distribution, maintaining calendars for administrative hearings and court appearances and deadlines.
  • Working with investigators and organizing investigation files
  • Preparing and organizing hearing exhibits
  • Assisting the Division Chief with a variety of administrative tasks.
  • Assisting with division events including meetings and continuing education programs.
  • Communicating with state agency staff, opposing attorneys, court staff.
  • Communicating with witnesses, preparing witness subpoenas, arranging for service of process.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and responding to inquiries.
  • Summarizing hearing transcripts for appellate brief writers.
  • Preparing document appendices for appeals in the Law Court.
  • Providing administrative hearing support to prosecuting attorneys.
  • Proofreading and editing documents.
  • Applying knowledge of Maine law
  • All other responsibilities assigned by the Division Chief.

The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic about a career in a government setting, be self-directed, highly organized, efficient and accurate with excellent writing skills and the ability to work independently. The candidate must have strong computer skills and be proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel and Adobe Acrobat. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills for working with attorneys and staff at all levels, the courts, the public, co-workers and supervisors and have strong communication skills.  A strong work ethic is imperative.

The following internet site provides information on the Office of the Attorney General, State of Maine: http://www.maine.gov/ag/

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor’s Degree - OR - graduation from an approved, accredited paralegal program of instruction and one (1) year of paralegal experience. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.

Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for this position, prepare a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position and the knowledge, skills and abilities required.

Include resume, three references (to include one work-related reference) and complete online direct hire application.

The Department is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to electronic transmission malfunctions.

Job offer to new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, criminal records, and driver’s license check, and professional license requirements if applicable.

Please direct all questions to Andrew Black at 207-626-8835 or email Andrew.Black@maine.gov

BENEFITS

The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement is 14.47% of salary for Bargaining Unit positions and 19.27% for Confidential Positions.  

The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.

The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:

  • Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing): $461.75 biweekly 
  • Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly
  • Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%): $415.58 biweekly
  • Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly

*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.

Other fringe benefits are available and may require employee cost contributions. 

A review of benefits (subject to position/salary) are available on the following internet sites, http://www.maine.gov/bhr/state_jobs/index.htm and http://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/

 Why Work for the State of Maine?

State of Maine employees have a wide variety of health benefits and wellness programs available to them. Whatever your health and wellness goals may be, we have solutions to help you meet your goal. Preventive care is covered 100%, low-cost generic medications, premium-free dental insurance for full-time employee coverage, tobacco cessation program and MUCH MORE!

Benefits Include: Health, Dental and Vision Insurance; Retirement Savings; Flexible Spending Accounts; Gym Membership Reimbursement; and Living Resources (Employee Assistance Program).

Public Sector employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  To learn if you qualify, please visit https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service#qualify.

The State of Maine also offers paid holidays, training, and the chance to make a difference in Maine with a career in public service.

 The State of Maine Government and Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state or federal laws.  Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.