Job Vacancy DSHS ESA Claims Attorney Washington State

Job title: DSHS ESA Claims Attorney

Company: Washington State

Job description: Description

DSHS’s , is looking to hire four Claims Officer 2s for our Virtual Legal Office. Claims Officers are Attorneys who serve as legal advisers on child support matters. Work location at a VLO can be assigned to any DCS field office throughout the State of Washington, specifically Olympia, Tacoma, Kennewick, Wenatchee, or Yakima.

Attorneys with a strong commitment to public service and current admission to practice law in the State of Washington are encouraged to apply. No experience is needed. Initial training will be completed in a mostly virtual group environment. This is a great opportunity to gain legal work experience if you have a desire to work with a legal team located throughout the state of WA, sharing ideas and working collaboratively

Advantages of working for the VLO

  • Flexible work scheduling possible and teleworking
  • Informal work environment and relaxed dress code
  • Collaboration and problem-solving with statewide peers
  • Annual statewide educational seminars providing CLE credit
  • Encouragement to join strategic workgroups and policy initiatives
  • Career advancement opportunities within WA state

Some of what you will do

  • Represent the department’s interests in adjudicative and/or other legal proceedings, including Tribal court duties
  • Use independent judgment to provide equitable relief of child support debts owed to the State of Washington
  • Negotiate with private attorneys, other representatives, and other parties directly prior to adjudicative proceedings, with authority to settle matters
  • Appear as DCS’s representative/witness before an Administrative Law Judge
  • Draft and prepare legal documents
  • Provide advice and recommend procedures to Child Support Enforcement Officers according to federal and state statutory, administrative, and judicial laws regarding administration of the support enforcement program
  • Maintain and conduct ongoing reviews of case law, statutes, and regulations governing establishment and collection of child support or debts due to the state, while safeguarding sensitive and confidential information

Who should apply?

Professionals with current admission to practice law (or qualified to practice law) in the State of Washington

These jobs may be filled at the Claims Officer 1 level In-Training. Generally, those with no prior state service may be hired at the first step of the salary schedule.

Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Law practice experience in child support, domestic relations, debt recovery, or another related program helpful, but not required
  • Analyze information to determine responsibility for support or debts
  • Proficiency in conducting legal research
  • Effective communication skills, particularly using telephonic or electronic methods
  • Sensitivity and cultural knowledge to work well with diverse populations
  • Evaluate available judicial and administrative remedies to advise their use in specific support enforcement cases
  • Time and case management skills

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Interested? When applying, please attach the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A current resume
  • Three professional references

Questions about applying? Email Recruiter at about 10479 or call Jenny at 360-725-5848. For questions regarding these jobs, please email or 206-341-7061. To learn more about DSHS, go to .

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.

Per Governor Inslee’s state employees must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccine status will be verified. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available, once an offer of employment is made.

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Supplemental Information

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history may be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the job. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies. Employees driving on state business must have a valid driver’s license. Employees driving a privately owned vehicle on state business must have liability insurance on the privately owned vehicle.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any area of employment, its programs or services on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information. Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Recruiter at (360) 725-5810. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

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Expected salary: $63216 – 82884 per year

Location: Washington

Job date: Fri, 05 Aug 2022 05:27:31 GMT

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