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Attorney I - Department of Social Services

Attorney I - Department of Social Services

Attorney I

Job ID: 27369
Agency: Department of Social Services
Location: Pierre
Salary: $77,000 - $84,000/annually, depending on experience
Pay Grade: L1
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

The Department of Social Services seeks an attorney committed to serving the public. As the largest state agency, DSS attorneys engage with a wide variety of legal topics and settings, including:

  • child protection, foster care, and adoption;
  • Medicaid and behavioral health;
  • food and nutrition support, income and work programs;
  • child support;
  • professional licensing; and
  • key public policy decision-making.

We practice before South Dakota’s circuit courts and Supreme Court, as well as before administrative law judges. This is a senior attorney position with supervisory responsibilities.

This is a Full-Time position with the Department of Social Services. Join the South Dakota State Government team where Family/Life balance is valued. We strive to meet this commitment by providing 15 days of paid vacation, 14 days of paid sick leave, family leave, and 11 paid holidays per year, along with reasonable flexibility and career development opportunities. Start and build your career here! To learn more about how DSS values and serves South Dakota citizens, visit

Becoming a team member with the State of South Dakota means that you are offered: employer health insurance with a $0 premium option, dental, vision, with additional insurance options available, and excellent retirement benefits. This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS. We offer 6% matched retirement into the SD Retirement System (SDRS). Many other fringe benefits! You can view our benefits information at

Gain experience in and perform the following duties:

  • An attorney interested in a range of legal subjects relating to professional licensing, open meetings and open records, child abuse and neglect, child welfare agency licensing, Medicaid and other state/federal assistance programs, child support enforcement, and behavioral health services;
  • A highly motivated attorney with a passion for serving the public and who displays a high level of effort and commitment towards completing assignments and goals;
  • A dependable and organized individual who effectively plans and organizes work activities;
  • A person who is dedicated and who will represent the Department of Social Service with integrity and enthusiasm; andAn individual who works cooperatively with others and promotes a friendly work climate in order to achieve shared goals.

Licenses and Certifications:

The applicant must be a graduate of an accredited law school; be a member of the South Dakota State Bar or willing and qualified to become a member of the South Dakota State Bar, and qualify for appointment as a Special Assistant Attorney General.

The Ideal Candidate Will:

  • display high standards of ethical conduct.
  • communicate effectively and efficiently.
  • understand litigation practice and strategies.
  • exercise sound judgment when making decisions and take prompt, decisive action.
  • analyze information, issues, situations, practices, and precedents to arrive at a logical interpretation.
  • work independently while accepting guidance and soliciting input.
  • actively seek, collect, and evaluate information to learn more about issues or events.
  • successfully plan and organize work activities, adjust to multiple demands, and prioritize tasks to complete assignments and meet schedules and deadlines.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume.

This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. The State of South Dakota as an employer will be using E-Verify to complete employment eligibility verification upon hire.

Must apply online:
You must apply online, emailed resumes or submissions will not be accepted.
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
Telephone: 605.773.3148
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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