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South Dakota Department of Labor

Pierre, SD

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For more information on the Department of Social Services, please visit

The South Dakota Department of Social Services is seeking a licensed attorney to provide legal support to the Division of Economic Assistance. The Division of Economic Assistance programs include Energy and Weatherization Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Medical Eligibility (determining Medicaid or CHIP eligibility), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Duties would include researching and interpreting relevant laws, providing legal advice regarding procedure and policy to department staff, reviewing trusts, and representing the Department proceedings in administrative proceedings and on appeal. This position would also be responsible for assisting with child abuse and neglect appeals as necessary.

This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.

Licenses and Certifications:

Must be a graduate of an accredited law school; be a member of the South Dakota State Bar or willing and qualified to become a member of the South Dakota State Bar, and qualify for appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

Knowledge of:

civil practices and procedures (preferred but not required);

evidentiary procedures (preferred but not required);

appellate practices and procedures (preferred but not required);

administrative practices and procedures (preferred but not required);

trusts, estates, and probate (preferred but not required).

Ability to:

interpret federal and state laws and regulations;

display high standards of ethical conduct;

perform legal research efficiently and effectively;

attend to details of assignments and complete work timely, accurately, and thoroughly;

exercise sound judgment when making decisions and take prompt, decisive action;

analyze information, issues, situations, practices, and precedents to arrive at a logical interpretation;

work independently while accepting guidance and soliciting input;

effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work activities of self and others to meet schedules and deadlines;

work cooperatively with others and promote a friendly work climate in order to achieve shared goals;

communicate clearly and persuasively;

actively seek, collect, and evaluate information to learn more about issues or events.

The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit

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