Human Service Specialist II/Legal Technical Writer
Iowa State University - Ames, IA

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The Human Services Specialist II/Legal Technical Writer is responsible for researching and updating training and instructional materials for new and experienced attorneys working for the Bureau of Collections (Child Support Recovery Unit). This position also assists with legal research and policy research as requested by Attorney General's office.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, capable of working independently, but at the same time be accountable to the team. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills are also necessary to be successful in this position. The candidate will also have the ability to perform in depth legal research with very little supervision, the ability to analyze numerous and sometimes conflicting legal resources and reduce the information to short summaries.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree with emphasis in paralegal studies or a bachelor's degree with paralegal certificate and two years' experience that includes conducting legal research and analyzing resources, and/or writing technical documentation. A law degree will substitute for experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Law Degree
  • Experience that demonstrates knowledge of federal regulations and state law concerning child support.
  • Experience with Westlaw or similar database.

Minimum $33,676; commensurate with qualifications

Special Conditions

This position has been reposted and the guarantee consideration date has been extended.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university's verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check.

In accordance with ISU policy and DHS contract, in the event the Child Welfare Research and Training Project is discontinued before the end of the term date, your employment may be terminated with a 30 day notification. Furthermore, all vacation must be taken during the term of appointment.

This position is located at the Lucas State Office Building in Des Moines, IA.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on "Apply for this Vacancy" and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact information for three references

If you have questions regarding this vacancy, please email Kate Goudy-Haht at or call 515-294-6502.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

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