State of South Carolina
We’re looking for an enthusiastic Attorney III who provides professional legal services and representation for the Richland County, area adoption office, area Foster Care office, and region Day Care Licensing office, including representation in Family Court on issues relative to child protection, foster care, adoption, adult protection and economic services.
The Attorney III will timely conducts case staffing meetings for the purpose of analyzing the legal status of cases and otherwise advising staff on agency legal matters. Prepares case for court by conducting and responding to discovery, interviewing, and preparing witnesses and reviewing agency documentation and reports from other sources.
Represents the agency in all matters pertaining to emergency or non-emergency removal of children and vulnerable adults, termination of parental rights, inspection warrants, in-home protective services, permanency planning, judicial review of children or adults receiving services and any appeals resulting from such actions.
Timely prepares, files and serves or ensures the timely preparation, filing and service of all pleadings, motions, orders, notices, rules to show cause, and other court documents related to representation of the agency in legal actions. Pleadings and proposed orders shall include all determinations required by state and federal law.
Complies with agency policy, state and federal law regarding the provision of notice of legal proceedings to appropriate parties to agency actions.
Complies with agency policy, state and federal law with respect to representing the agency in permanency planning hearings and termination of parental rights.
Utilizes or ensures the utilization of the Legal Case Management System for legal operations and documentation of legal activity in cases
Establishes and maintains professional network and attends training sessions in order to enhance individual professionalism. Reviews legislation, statutory changes, and case law decisions and advises staff about the law. Participates in regular agency meetings to discuss and analyze outcomes and determine areas needed for improvement.
All South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) Employees are expected to Adopt, Implement, and Promote the Published Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles, While Employed by the Agency.A Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school and three (3) years experience as a practicing Attorney.
Necessary Special Requirement: Must be a member of the SC BAR.
Experience as a DSS Attorney preferred.
Good working knowledge of state and federal child welfare laws. Excellent research and writing skills. Ability to interpret laws and apply laws in court decisions. Knowledge of child welfare, abuse/neglect law and litigation and administrative law and process. Capability to prepare spreadsheets and reports using Excel, Access, Word documents or other similar software. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Experience working in a State Agency preferred.This application for employment with the SC Department of Social Services must be completed in its entirety. A resume may be included; but shall not be substituted in lieu of the completion of this application in part or in whole. “See Resume” is not acceptable information for the completion of any part of the requirements of this application. If such is submitted, this employment application will be considered incomplete and may not be forwarded as eligible for consideration to hiring managers.
The employee must be able to communicate effectively (written and orally) and write legibly. Must possess a valid driver’s license. May be required to work after hours/some overnight travel and must be able to lift approximately 15-20 lbs.
If you certify, by completion and submission of this application, that you possess educational credentials that qualify you for the available DSS positions, you will be required to provide a certified official transcript, if you are selected for job offer.
Division: Office of General County / Richland County