Overview

Under limited supervision, provides advice, counsel, support and technical assistance to agency management and staff on a variety of legal matters. Depending on candidate selected, may provide management and leadership to one or more internal units or divisions.  Serves as agency liaison to the Office of the Attorney General.  Develops, oversees, administers, and implements processes designed to maintain and monitor the legal and regulatory compliance of agency processes and activities. Maintains working knowledge of all applicable laws, statutes, etc., both state and federal, governing the operation of the agency. Coordinates and implements due process procedures and procedures for appeals as provided for in applicable legislation.  Monitors proposed legislation for the agency. Serves as agency Open Records Officer/Document Custodian.  Serves as the Chief Ethics Officer for the agency.  Reviews all agreements involving contracts, professional service agreements, data sharing agreements, and intergovernmental contracts.  Serves as legal advisor to the Agency’s Board and prepares proceedings as necessary. Supervises subordinate staff, if any.  Reports to the President of the Agency.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

1.  Directs the operation for the Legal Affairs department.

2.  Provides advice, counsel, support and technical assistance to agency management and staff on a variety of legal matters. Responds to requests for information and provides answers, opinions, and recommendations regarding legal, liability and/or risk-management issues.

3.  Maintains working knowledge of all applicable laws, statutes, etc. governing the operation of the agency and applies that knowledge to departmental operations and situations.

4.  Develops, oversees, administers and implements administrative processes designed to maintain and monitor the legal compliance of departmental activities.

5.  Provides advice and counsel on proposed legislation to determine potential impact upon the agency and its mission.

6.  Reviews all agreements involving contracts, professional service agreements, data sharing agreement, intergovernmental contracts, and federal grants.

7.  Creates and maintains a high-performance environment characterized by positive leadership and a strong team orientation.

   

8.  Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by attending professional development training, workshops, seminars and conferences and by reading professional literature in the related technical field.

9.  Displays a high level of effort and commitment to performing work; operates effectively within the organizational structure; demonstrates trustworthiness and responsible behavior. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

The following standards express the minimum background of training and experience DESIRABLE as evidence of an applicant’s ability to qualify for this specific position. Other training or experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may qualify an applicant for the position.

1.  Juris Doctorate from an accredited college or university AND licensed to practice law in Georgia AND eight years of management related legal experience. Note: An equivalent combination of education and job specific experience that provided the knowledge, experience and competencies required to successfully perform the job at the level listed may be substituted on a year-over-year basis.

2.  Executive level experience in applicable legal or governmental environment. 

3.  Polished and professional communicator and presenter, must be able to represent agency in professional meeting environments with policymakers, legislators, and other key constituents.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

1.  Substantial Experience in Contract Negotiation, Education, Employment Law, Statutory Interpretation, and Open Records/Open Meetings Act.  Prior State of Georgia government or student loan industry experience preferred.

Final management responsibilities, salary, and job title will be dependent upon the qualifications of the selected applicant.

  

The mission of the Georgia Student Finance Commission is to promote and increase access to education beyond high school for Georgians. To achieve this mission the commission administers state and lottery-funded student financial aid programs including the HOPE Scholarship, HOPE Grant, and Student Access Loan Program and provides college planning and other educational services to more than 2 million Georgians through GAFutures.org. The commission seeks to improve its own operations and inform policymakers and other stakeholders through analysis, interpretation and publication of information using the extensive data collected in support of its programs. 

All selected applicants may be subject to a criminal background investigation and the highest level of education indicated will be verified before final approval to begin work. Applicants have the right to challenge the contents of any criminal history record obtained for the purpose of employment with GSFC.

The Georgia Student Finance Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

Note: This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified.


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