Organization

Vermont Attorney General's Office
Vermont

Posted Date

April 8, 2021

Division

Department of Corrections

Contact Information

Edward Kennedy
ted.kenney@vermont.gov

The Office of Vermont Attorney – Department of Corrections (DOC) Unit – has an immediate opening for a full-time Assistant Attorney General to serve as the Unit’s Director. The job requires at least 7 years of relevant legal experience.

The position is responsible for the supervision and management of three (3) assistant attorneys general and one (1) paralegal staff representing the State of Vermont / DOC / and its officials and employees in state and federal trial and appeals, as well as contested administrative and Parole Board hearings. The Director also provides general legal advice to the DOC and is General Counsel to the Vermont Parole Board. In addition, the Director shall also maintain their own case load.

Cases include habeas corpus petitions, federal and state constitutional claims, tort claims, small claims matters, requests for judicial review of sentence calculations and disciplinary actions, public records cases, sex offender classifications, and petitions for review of governmental actions/agency decisions.

Responsibilities

The Director is responsible for the overall operation of the Unit in a manner that adheres to professional legal standards and objectives.  The Director’s administrative responsibilities include the following:

  • Personnel management for the Unit (including participating in recruitment and hiring of Unit staff, completion of performance evaluations, and setting and monitoring performance goals for each staff member);
  • Oversight of Unit operations, including assignment of all cases, monitoring Unit priorities, case progress, and supervising all staff;
  • Representation of the Unit in dealings with other Agencies and Departments;
  • Review and statutory approval of DOC contracts and grants;
  • Staff training;
  • Outreach training.

Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with litigation experience, especially in Vermont courts. Candidate must be willing to travel and work independently but within the structure of a government legal team. A working knowledge of the Microsoft suite and the ability to gain knowledge of applicable state and federal law and departmental regulations and policies are a must. Candidates must be a member in good standing of the Vermont bar, or be eligible to waive in, with excellent oral and written communication skills.

Application Process

This assistant attorney general position is a full-time, exempt position. Salary and benefits will be based upon qualifications and experience in accordance with the Attorney Pay Plan. The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For a full copy of the EOE policy, please see: https://humanresources.vermont.gov/sites/humanresources/files/documents/Labor_Relations_Policy_EEO/Policy_Procedure_Manual/Number_3.0_EQUAL_EMPLOYMENT_OPPORTUNITY_AFFIRMATIVE_ACTION.pdf

This position will remain open until filled. Please respond by sending your statement of interest and resume to Assistant Attorney General Edward Kenney, AHS Division Chief, HC 2 North, 280 State Drive, Waterbury, Vermont 05671-2080 or ted.kenney@vermont.gov.