at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States
ParalegalPortland , Maine , United States | Legal | Full-time Apply by: Oct. 3, 2023 Apply with Linkedin Apply Workers’ Compensation Board Paralegal – Portland Advocate Office
+ Research, analyze, and evaluate a variety of complex legal material in order to incorporate related material into draft reports and assist attorneys in completing legal casework.
+ Interpret and explain laws, statutes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures in order to provide information, clarification, and/or promote understanding.
+ Abstract complex recorded instruments, records, and legal documents in order to compile needed documentation.
+ Compile and prepare a variety of complex and comprehensive legal documents and reports to provide draft or final documents for review and/or signature of Advocates and Administrative Law Judges.
+ Confer, negotiate, and/or advocate for clients, organizational representatives, attorneys, and others to provide advocacy, promote understanding, and/or resolve issues.
+ Maintain and organize databases compiling case data and information on various files maintained by the unit.
+ Interact with the public and act as a liaison between the public and the Advocates and ensure citizen complaints are directed to the appropriate authority.
+ Attend administrative hearings and/or meetings to provide administrative support.To be successful in this role, you should have:
+ Knowledge of legal documents, court procedures, rules of evidence and litigation practices.
+ Knowledge of applicable state/federal statutes, case law, and regulations.
+ Ability to prepare for and conduct alternative dispute resolution sessions.
+ Ability to understand, explain and interpret statutes and administrative regulations.
+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
+ Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
+ Ability to provide negotiation and advocacy services.
+ Ability to abstract and analyze complex comprehensive recorded instruments, records, and legal documents.Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelors’ Degree and two (2) years of paralegal experience in a law firm, court, or legal services agency – OR – graduation from an approved, accredited paralegal program of instruction and one (1) year of paralegal experience. Equivalent related experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
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 13.16% 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 (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-employees/rules-policies/policy-practices-manual/Employee-Rights-and-Responsibilities-Federal) .
+ 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 (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .
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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