Overview

Pay Grade: M

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is one of Georgia’s four health agencies serving the state’s growing population of over 10 million people. DCH serves as the lead agency for Medicaid, oversees the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) and Healthcare Facility Regulation, impacting one in four Georgians.

Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, DCH provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s most vulnerable and under-served populations. Six enterprise offices support the work of the agency’s three program divisions. DCH employees are based in Atlanta, Cordele and across the state.

DCH is committed to providing superior C*ustomer Service and Communication, embracing Teamwork and fostering A*ccountability to ensure that our internal and external customers and stakeholders feel included, respected, engaged and secure.

The Georgia Department Community of Health is seeking a Legal Services Officer for the Office of General Counsel, Medicaid Legal Services unit.

Job Responsibilities

The Legal Services Officer will provide legal support to the Department through the Office of General Counsel, Legal Services Unit. In doing so, He/she is responsible for working assigned cases, preparing them for hearings, submitting and responding to relevant motions, interviewing and preparing witnesses. Moreover, this position requires analysis of issues facing the department and recommendations to ameliorate the same. When the situation arises, the Attorney must negotiate, and draft settlement agreements involving sums as small as ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000.00) to over TWO MILLION DOLLARS ($2,000,000.00). Additional job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Drafting and preparing legal documents and correspondence. This includes Motions for Summary Determination, Motions for Continuance, Motions to Substitute Counsel, etc.

Reviewing and assembling appeal files to determine the optimal course of action in support of the Department’s best interest etc.

Conducting legal research utilizing Lexis and/or other reference materials.

Assisting outside counsel, whether the State AG’s office or SAAGs, with cases that are before both the Superior and/or federal court.

Oral and written communication with Medicaid members, Medicaid providers, opposing counsel, the Attorney General’s Office, court officials, etc.

Interviewing witnesses in preparation for administrative hearings.

Attending Departmental meetings.

Preparing related reports.

Presenting matters on behalf of the Department before OSAH as well as the departments designated hearing officer.

Assisting various Program Specialists with legal issues associated with their programs.

Provide “in house” training in conjunction with Program Specialists.

Serves as liaison between DCH and other interested stakeholders.

Stay abreast of current issues across the Medicaid spectrum.

Attend seminars and training, provide a synopsis of the same.

Counsel the public with regard to the programs and services available under the DCH umbrella.

Travel required throughout the state of Georgia.

Seek ways to improve internal procedures and practices of Legal Services.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university AND license to practice law in the State of Georgia OR eligibility to sit for the next Georgia Bar examination followed by Georgia Bar exam passage and licensure to practice law in the State of Georgia within one (1) year of hiring OR reciprocity AND Two years of relevant legal experience OR Two years of experience required at the lower-level Attorney 2 (LEP021).

Position may be filled at lower level, depending on experience and qualifications.

Current Georgia state government employees will be subject to SPB rule provisions.

Additional Information

EARN MORE THAN A SALARY! In addition to a competitive salary, the Georgia Department of Community Health offers a generous benefits package, which includes employee retirement plan; paid holidays annually; vacation and sick leave; health, dental, vision, legal, disability, accidental death and dismemberment, health and child care spending account.

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. All qualified applicants will be considered, but may not necessarily receive an interview. Selected applicants will be contacted by the hiring agency for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected will not receive notification.

THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO CLOSE AT ANY TIME ONCE A SATISFACTORY APPLICANT POOL HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT WORK EXPERIENCE LISTED WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. CURRENT GEORGIA STATE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WILL BE SUBJECT TO STATE PERSONNEL BOARD (SPB) RULE PROVISIONS. THE POSITION MAY BE FILLED AT A LOWER OR HIGHER POSITION LEVEL.

This position is unclassified and employment is at-will. Candidates for this position are subject to

a background history, reference check, and credit check. For more information about this job

contact: : http://dch.ga.gov

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $65,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Wear masks, sanitize stations available, social distancing practiced.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Atlanta, GA 30303: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)

Experience:

  • Pharmacy technician experience: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Customer service: 1 year (Preferred)

License/Certification:

  • Pharmacy Technician License (Preferred)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification (Preferred)

Work Location: One location