Legal Specialist, New Jersey Office of Child Support Services

Location: Trenton, New Jersey

Under direction of the Chief Executive Officer or other supervisory official in a state department, institution, or autonomous agency, performs confidential legislative, legal, and policy-influencing research related to department programs, in conformance with guidelines established by the State Attorney General; acts as liaison between a state department and the Office of the Attorney General in receiving, formulating, and transmitting requests for legal advice on behalf of a state agency; prepares reports and recommendations on the impact of proposed or existing legislation; does related work as required.

Responsibilities

  • Preparing, completing and ensuring compliance with annual amendments and as required updates to the State Plan for the Governor’s signature. (301.12, 302.10,302.13)
  • Ensuring all state statutes, regulations and policies are in compliance with federal statutes and regulations.
  • Provide comments on and advice for ensuring compliance with federal statutes /regulations on any proposed state statute, regulation, and court rule and policy issuance.
  • Assessment of subpoenas received by OCSS and other entities providing child support services.  The information gathered and used by OCSS is highly confidential in nature.  Its protection is governed by Title IV-D of the Social Security Act, as well as the Internal Revenue Code.  It is the responsibility of the Legal Specialist to determine whether requested information can be released pursuant to a subpoena.  If it is determined that the information can be released, the Legal Specialist oversees the production of the documents.  If it cannot be released, the Legal Specialist works in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to file a motion to Quash.
  • Provision of assistance and direction to IV-D attorneys handling cases.  The Legal Specialist often provides legal child support expertise to field attorneys dealing with unusual issues, intergovernmental and interstate cases.  This can include legal research, strategy, written documents, etc.
  • Conducting analyses of legal precedent impacting the child support program.  The Legal Specialist follows and analyzes legal developments in child support case law, noting those which are likely to have an impact on the program administration in New Jersey.
  • Provision of expert advice to OAG attorneys in IV-D matters.  Actual litigation of matters involving the Department of Human Services and OCSS is handled by the OAG.  Because child support is such a specialized and highly regulated program, it is difficult to become well versed in all of its nuances quickly.  The Legal Specialist, therefore, serves as an “expert advisor” to the attorneys handling litigation involving OCSS, providing the child support knowledge and assisting with drafting of legal documents.
  • Liaison to the County Welfare Attorneys (CWA Attorneys) Association and Family Practice Committee.  The Legal Specialist serves as liaison to the CWA Attorneys Association and attends their quarterly training sessions to provide updates on OCSS issues and respond to any concerns they may have.  The Legal Specialist also serves as a resource person on child support matters to the Supreme Court Family Practice Committee, which is appointed to recommend change to the court rules surrounding family practice.
  • Analysis and preparation of comments on Notices of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Review and approval of Informational Transmittals and other policy issuances to IV-D staffReview of (or preparation of) Child Support Program manual (CSPM) materials.
  • Review and comment on proposed procedures from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) and other delegated service contractors to ensure compliance with federal requirements.
  • Providing policy guidance to Project Work Teams (PWTs) and the Release Management Council (RMC) which are part of the governance of NJ Kids.
  • Participate in analyses of national cases for impact that directly influences case handling.

Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited law school with Juris Doctor (J.D.) or a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree OR graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree AND three (3) years of experience involving legal or legislative research, drafting of rules, regulations, legislation, amendments, and/or the interpretation of statutes.
  • Appointees currently matriculated in an accredited law school as an LL.B or J.D. candidate may substitute such enrollment for the three (3) years of required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Note: The legal specialist may be a full-time law school student working for the state on a limited part- time basis or during periods when law school is not in session.

How to Apply
Interested candidates possessing the requirements listed, should forward resumes with the job opportunity # as indicated below:

SUBMIT TO:

Recruitment Unit
Division of Family Development
Office of Human Resources
5 Quakerbridge Plaza, P.O. Box 716
Trenton, NJ  08625-0716
Fax #: (609) 588-4598
E-mail: dfd-hrresumes@dhs.state.nj.us

 

RESPOND BY June 11, 2014.

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