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Chief Legal Counsel

Chief Legal Counsel

Department of Revenue, Legal Division

Chief Legal Counsel 

Job ID: 18995

Agency: Department of Revenue, Legal Division

Location: Pierre

Salary: $95,484.24 to $106,091.28 annually, DOE

Pay Grade: L4

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a full-time position with the Department of Revenue. For more information on the Department of Revenue, please visit

This position is exempt from the Civil Service Act.

Why the Department of Revenue

At the Department of Revenue, culture is everything. It’s at the heart of what we do for our employees, community, and our customers – the citizens of South Dakota. Our work is driven with a vision to create an open and collaborative environment that provides professional customer service, contributes to a favorable economic climate, and is accountable to the citizens of South Dakota. Sound like a good fit? 

As a Department of Revenue employee, here’s what you’ll experience:

    Innovation – We are always looking for new ways to push forward and evolve

    Professional growth – We provide new challenges for you to tackle and encourage opportunities for you to tap into your strengths and interests to further develop professionally

    Fit – Get to do what you do best every day

    Collaboration – Ability to work with all divisions within the department as the leader of the Legal team

    Giving back to the community – Opportunities to support local organizations throughout the year

Who we want

    a highly motivated and experienced attorney with a passion for service and desire to make a difference while serving as a senior leader within the department;

    a dedicated individual who will represent the Department of Revenue with strong leadership skills and legal advice on a wide range of highly visible and sensitive issues;

    a leader who will provide direction and guidance to a team of lawyers practicing within a broad range of legal subjects, including, but not limited to: taxation, bankruptcy, Indian law, motor vehicles, alcohol and tobacco regulation, lottery, and gaming.

What you will do

The duties of the Chief Legal Counsel include:

    leading a team of attorneys including one senior attorney and three staff attorneys;

    leading the Investigative Service Bureau team which undertakes fraud investigations and supports all divisions of the department


    legal research and interpretation;

    legal counsel;

    legislation, rulemaking and policies - draft, review, and lobby legislative matters on behalf of the department;

    contract preparation and review;

    hearings and adjudication;

    providing legal advice to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Division Directors of the department;

    acting as a liaison between the department and the Attorney General’s office and other stakeholders.

What you need


    graduate of an accredited law school and member of the South Dakota Bar Association.

The ideal candidate will have:

    at least 5 years of experience in government practice or in-house legal department;

    knowledge and experience of litigation practice and strategies;

    excellent communication skills including both verbal and written;

    ability to be a strong strategic and analytical thinker;

    experience leading a team and operating in a fast-pace environment;

    experience in establishing a vision, goals, and objectives for all individuals within the legal division to include personal and professional development;

    ability to embrace organizational culture change and empower employees to be change agents;

    ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with diverse groups.

Equally important will be a strong work ethic and interpersonal skills, discretion, confidentiality, and a positive attitude! 

If you enjoy a fast pace, working with a fun group, and are comfortable both implementing and accepting changes, you're going to enjoy this position.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, attach your CV/resume, cover letter, and a writing sample.

Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment.

 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.

The State of South Dakota offers employer paid health insurance plus eleven paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.

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 Email:

"An Equal Opportunity Employer"

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

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