Assistant Director/Legal Counsel

State of Ohio JobsColumbus, OhioFull TimeOn Site

Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County-Columbus
Work Locations: Riffe Tower 18 77 South High Street 18th Floor Columbus 43215-6108
Organization: Liquor Control Commission
Classified Indicator: Unclassified
Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt
Schedule: Full-time
Work Hours: M-F, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Compensation: $33.69 hourly/$70,001
Unposting Date: Nov 7, 2021, 10:59:00 PM
Job Function: Attorney/Legal
Job Level: Executive
Agency Contact Name: Janine Burnside
Agency Contact Information:

Assistant Director/Legal Counsel

Job Duties

The Ohio Liquor Control Commission is an adjudication and rule making agency that oversees the alcohol beverage industry. The mission of the Commission is to ensure compliance with the liquor laws and regulations of the state of Ohio and to provide fair and impartial hearings for the protection of the public and liquor permit holders. The Commission also adopts and promulgates rules, standards, and requirements regarding the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in Ohio. The Commission works in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Investigative Unit.

This position is in the unclassified service pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 124.11 (A)(9).

The Liquor Control Commission is seeking an experienced attorney to serve dual roles as the Commission’s Legal Counsel and Assistant Director by performing the following duties:

  • Provide legal counsel and advice to Liquor Control Commission (i.e., LCO) on legal matters and policy development and implementation relating to legal functions.
  • Supervise support staff including, assigning workload, reviewing work product and overseeing development of and enforcing policy affecting legal programs, proceedings and/or agency operations.
  • Research and drafts legal opinions, orders, notices, memoranda and other legal documents.
  • Analyze, monitor, and draft legislation.
  • Oversee Commission public records requests process.
  • Preside over administrative hearings, perform judicial functions and cooperate with Office of Attorney General on legal issues as required.
  • Oversee daily business functions of office (e.g., fiscal, communications, records retention, internal control/audit procedures and compliance, payroll administration and inventory, ensuring compliance with state purchasing rules)
  • Oversee with budget preparation and administration.
  • Analyze and evaluate programs, procedures and policies and revises where necessary (e.g., information/documentation concerning disciplinary actions, grievance process and evaluation process).
  • Provide consult to Executive Director in decision making.
  • Manage the Commission’s Administrative Rule Review and keep commissioners and Executive Director apprised of legislative and statutory changes affecting Commission rules.
  • Represent Commission and act on behalf of the Executive Director in program direction, public relations and public meetings.
  • Works on special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Admission to Ohio Bar pursuant to Section 4705.01 of Ohio Revised Code; 12 months experience as licensed attorney; AND 6 months experience in employee training and development.


  • Completion of 24 credit hours of continuing legal education from accredited programs for applicable 2-year reporting period pursuant to Rule X of rules of Government of Bar of Ohio.
  • Current certificate of registration pursuant to Rule VII of rules Government of Bar of Ohio.

Knowledge of (1) employee development, (2) supervision, (3) human relations, (4) budgeting, (5) public relations, (6*) agency policies & procedures (e.g., Liquor Control Commission policies & procedures), (7*) government structure & process (e.g., Ohio Revised Code 4301), (8) interviewing.

Skill in (9) word processing (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), (10) equipment operations (e.g., computer, phone, fax & copier).

Ability to (11) deal with many variables & determine specific action (e.g., research), (12) use proper research methods in gathering data, (13) gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things, (14) work alone on most tasks, (15) resolve complaints from angry citizens & government officials (16) cooperate with coworkers on group projects.

  • Developed after employment

  • Unless required by legislation or union contract, salary will be set at the lowest rate of the salary range with gradual increases in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code or OCSEA/AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Applicants must clearly indicate how they meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants are also encouraged to document any experience, education and/or training related to the job duties of the position applying for. You must clearly identify how you meet the minimum qualifications throughout your application and in your supplemental question responses.
  • If you require a reasonable accommodation for the application process, please email so special arrangements can be made.
  • You can check the status of your application on-line by signing into your profile. Questions not pertaining to the status of your application can be directed to Janine Burnside at
Background Check Information
  • The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a criminal background check as well as other investigative reviews. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position, unless restricted under state or federal law or federal restrictions. An individual assessment of an applicant's prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.
  • The final applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to appointment to test for illegal drug use. An applicant with a positive test will not be offered employment.

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