Secretary Legal - Portland Advocate Office

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Secretary Legal – Portland Advocate Office

Portland , Maine , United States | Legal | Full-time Apply by: March 8, 2024 Apply with Linkedin Apply


Secretary Legal – Portland Advocate Office

Opening Date: February 23, 2024

Closing Date: March 8, 2024

Job Class Code: 6556

Grade: 13

Salary: $16.80 – $23.25/hourly

Position Number: 029000388


The Workers’ Advocate Division currently has a vacancy for a 40-hour per week Secretary Legal position in their Portland Office.


This position provides clerical support to four Worker Advocates and four paralegals.


- Create spreadsheets and perform data management.

- Create and use varied correspondence formats and compose standard business correspondence.

- Proofread and/or edit forms and letters.

- Maintain calendars and schedules.

- Receive and greet visitors and determine customer needs.

- Correspond with the public to receive/supply information.

- Receive, open, sort, and route incoming/outgoing mail/packages.

- Monitor, requisition, purchase, and maintain inventory/supplies.

- Examine documents/information, determine facts, detect errors and irregularities, and take action as authorized.

- Operate modern standard office equipment.

KNOWLEGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:(These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

- Knowledge of modern office methods and procedures.

- Knowledge of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and business English.

- Ability to operate modern standard office equipment.

- Ability to create spreadsheets and perform data management.

- Ability to use computerized and/or manual filing systems.

- Ability to create and use varied correspondence formats and compose standard business correspondence.

- Ability to proofread and/or edit documents.

- Ability to use alphabetical, numerical, chronological, and secondary filing systems.

- Ability to work with timelines and schedules.

- Ability to process standard mail transactions.

- Ability to determine and requisition inventory/supplies.

- Ability to determine facts, detect errors and irregularities, and take appropriate action in accordance with established procedures.

- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form.


Training, education, or experience in office and administrative support work that demonstrates:

+ 1) competency in applying a general knowledge of the principles and practices of office processes and administrative functions to perform routine secretarial support tasks, and

+ 2) the ability to use independent decision-making on the appropriate processes to follow, information to process and actions to take in accordance with standard procedures.


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto-“Dirigo” or “I lead”-as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce’s health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

+ Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

+ Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

+ Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements .

+ Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

+ Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.41 % of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

+ Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

+ Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

+ Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office .

+ Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

+ Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child-including fathers and adoptive parents-receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave . Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act ( .

+ Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

+ Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness ( .

There’s a job and then there’s purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC255874036

Posted On: Feb 25, 2024

Updated On: Mar 07, 2024

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