Do you have a passion to provide meaningful contributions to your community? Would you like to be part of an organization whose central mission is helping to protect, stabilize and strengthen the lives of South Carolina's children, families, and vulnerable adults? If so, the SC Department of Social Services has the right job opportunity for you!
We're looking for an enthusiastic Attorney III who provides professional legal services and representation for the Florence County, area adoption office, area Foster Care office, and region Day Care Licensing office, including representation in Family Court on issues relative to child protection, foster care, adoption, adult protection and economic services.
The Attorney III represents the Agency in all matters pertaining to emergency or non-emergency removal of children and vulnerable adults, termination of parental rights, inspection warrants, in-home protective services, permanency planning, judicial review of children or adults receiving services and any appeals resulting from such actions. Timely prepares, files, and serves or ensures the timely preparation, filing and service of all pleadings, motions, Orders, notices, rules to show cause and other Court documents related to representation of the Agency.
Manages work flow for timeliness and statutory compliance. Monitors Title IV-E activity ensuring the legal department has timely and adequately complied with laws, policy, and statutes in timely delivering the required Orders to Judges and all other parties and case managers within twenty (20) days of the decision.
Oversees hiring, firing, evaluating, supervising of paralegals, administrative staff and Attorneys in assigned offices. Effectively trains paralegals and administrative staff. Conducts oversight regarding office protocol and information systems. Provides general management of the Legal Department and management interaction with human services staff and community partners. Serves as a liaison and resolves conflicts with Court personnel, human services staff, other program areas and the Legal Department.
Responsible for Attorney(s), paralegal(s) and administrative staff protocol; training; ensuring proper utilization of all office systems; administrative duties of the office; overseeing the office staff; and coordination and monitoring all activities. Communicates with human services staff. Implements logistics between legal staff and human services staff. Monitors the status of pending matters. Follows up on Permanency Planning and Termination of Parental Rights hearings, keeps Attorneys and human services staff informed of progress. Ensures effective office performance. Trains support staff in the use of office systems, maintenance, protocols, scheduling, and docketing procedures. Utilizes LCMS and CAPSS and monitors progress. Tracks Court Information Summaries, scheduling, supply management, office staffing, and human resources functions for all administrative support staff, paralegals and Attorneys; assigns follow-up duties to ensure timely compliance.
Assumes county-wide responsibility for ensuring good working relationship and communications between county legal office(s) and other system stakeholders. Ensures that an effective system of regular and ongoing legal trainings for human services staff is carried out.
Utilizes and ensures the utilization of the Legal Case Management System (LCMS) for legal operations and documentation of legal activity in cases. Ensures LCMS compliance, obtains and provides feedback for improvement of LCMS. Ensures that new employees receive appropriate and timely training in LCMS.
All South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) Employees are expected to Adopt, Implement, and Promote the Published Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles
, While Employed by the Agency.
A Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school and three (3) years experience as a practicing Attorney.
Necessary Special Requirement: Must be a member of the SC BAR.
Experience as a DSS Attorney preferred.
Working knowledge of the laws of South Carolina. Considerable knowledge of state and federal law relating to children and family services and of general statutory law, case law, and common law. Ability to interpret and apply law and judicial decisions. Ability to analyze and synthesize facts, evidence, and legal theory and to understand and craft legal pleadings, discovery, and proposed orders. Ability to express arguments and conclusions clearly and logically. Must be a member of the South Carolina Bar.
This application for employment with the SC Department of Social Services must be completed in its entirety. A resume may be included; but shall not be substituted in lieu of the completion of this application in part or in whole. "See Resume" is not acceptable information for the completion of any part of the requirements of this application. If such is submitted, this employment application will be considered incomplete and may not be forwarded as eligible for consideration to hiring managers.
The employee must be able to communicate effectively (written and orally) and write legibly. Must possess a valid driver's license. May be required to work after hours/some overnight travel and must be able to lift approximately 15-20 lbs.
If you certify, by completion and submission of this application, that you possess educational credentials that qualify you for the available DSS positions, you will be required to provide a certified official transcript, if you are selected for job offer.
Division: Office of General Counsel / Florence County