North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Wake County, NC

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This position acts as legal advisor to the agency and to the agency’s senior management. The WRC General Counsel acts independently of the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office. While this position may advise the Commission or the Commissioners, its primary function is to advise the agency, agency employees and the Executive Director.

Conduct Agency Legal Activity
Implement the legal processes required to effect the privileges, obligations, and rights of the organization. Provide legal support and advice to all departments and divisions Advise of risk and legal implications of rules, policies and procedures. Draft contracts, agreements, pleadings, briefs, legal memoranda, letters and other legal documents. Conduct pretrial preparations for conference and defending the organization in law cases. Assist the AG’s office or representative in litigation involving the agency. Represent the legal opinion of the agency to parties outside the agency. Provide professional representation and legal interpretation. Assist real estate acquisition and sale of parcels, title review, drafting and reviewing real estate contracts, easements, leases and other real estate-related documents. Work with Human Resources Department on personnel issues as needed.

Research and Investigation
Identify and select key governance issues, research and analyze them and provide a complete analysis and report to executive management. Manage legal risks. Research state and federal laws and regulations and advise the agency. Consult with colleagues specialized in specific areas of law and apply their knowledge of issues to analysis. Research and analyze administrative soundness of rules and rule changes. Evaluate possible legal consequences of rules changes and consult with staff.

Legal Review
Provide legal review of various legal documents such as contracts, licenses, leases, sales, purchases, real estate, MOUs, MOAs and other agreements. Review information to be released in response to public records requests. Review rules and policy drafts. Upon request, examine material, such as publications, advertisements etc., for legal implications

Advise the Rule-Making Process
Draft rules and rule changes. Work with designated personnel within individual divisions to identify the need for new rules, assist in development of new rules and amend or repeal existing rules. Determine whether or not an issue can be addressed through rules and, if not, recommend changes in legislation that allow the Commission to manage the attendant issues. Ensure that a rule or rule change falls within the agency’s statutory authority. Address the Rules Review Commission.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Legal Competence
  • Thorough knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory, and common law
  • Thorough knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures
  • Knowledge of multiple legal topics such as torts, contracts, ethics, game laws, personnel laws, etc.
  • Ability to learn and gain expertise in new areas of legal specialization as needs change
  • Ability to assist AG Office attorney with agency litigation
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, court decisions, legal principles and other legal precedent, contract, civil and statutory, regulatory and common law
  • Ability to read and interpret Regulations, Administrative Code, etc.; ability to analyze their impact and to recommend a course of action.
  • Ability to perceive the operational environment from a legal, political, legislative, and operational perspective.

  • Ability to analyze legal problems and render formal opinions and recommend a course of action.
  • Ability to analyze facts and legal instruments
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions, direct employees and programs in various areas of responsibilities
  • Ability to synthesize information, weigh competing resource needs and make decisions incorporating this information relative to the policies, procedures, programs of the agency
  • Ability to read and interpret Regulations, Administrative Code, etc.; ability to analyze their impact and to recommend a course of action.
  • Ability to analyze and weigh risks and to advance mitigating measures.
Research and Consultation

  • Ability to research legal issues
  • Ability to consult with attorney special interest groups within wildlife agency organizations (SEFWA, AFWA) as needed for technical advice and guidance.

  • Ability to respond to the public both directly and indirectly
  • Ability to express conclusions and arguments clearly and logically in oral and written form
  • Ability to interact with county and municipality governments.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Graduation from a recognized school of law. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. Necessary Special Qualification: license to practice Law in the State of North Carolina. . . .

Supplemental and Contact Information:
To apply for this position, please click the APPLY link above:
  • Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state applications. "See Attached Resume" , etc. will result in an incomplete application.
  • To receive credit, all relevant experience must be included in the work history section of the application. Any information omitted from the application but included in the resume will not be considered for qualifying credit.
  • If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted.
  • Persons eligible for Veteran's Preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214.
  • NC WRC uses the Merit-Based Recruitment & Selection Plan to select the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills & abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of NC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • All applicants must complete and submit a State application for employment using the new NEOGOV Online Job Application System ( ) for the State of North Carolina.
  • Application for employment must be submitted by 5pm on the closing data. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with your application.
For additional information, please contact Amy Willis by email at or by phone at (919) 707-0103.

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