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Hearing Examiner - Pierre

Hearing Examiner - Pierre

Hearing Examiner

Job ID: 27417
Agency: Bureau of Human Resources and Administration - Office of Hearing Examiners
Location: Pierre
Salary: $76,316.40 - $102,533.20/annually, depending on experience
Pay Grade: L2
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

This is a Full-Time 40 Hours Weekly position with the Bureau of Human Resources and Administration - Office of Hearing Examiners. For more information on the Office of Hearing Examiners, please visit

Join our office and become an essential part of South Dakota government. The Office of Hearing Examiners is a small but integral part of our government. We have a low stress office with a varied caseload, keeping work interesting. We are within the Executive Branch, Bureau of Human Resources and Administration, but our work is performed independently.

The primary role of this position is to conduct quasi-judicial due process and administrative hearings statewide and to adjudicate contested cases; rule on motions and on admissibility of oral and documentary evidence; prepare findings of fact, conclusions of law, and orders; conduct pre-hearing conferences; issue subpoenas, oversee post-hearing procedures; and issue written final or proposed decisions pursuant to state and federal law. The types of cases are varied and concern administrative matters originating across almost all state agencies, boards and commissions.

This is a perfect position for those attorneys who are tired of the competitive nature of litigation and want a different role in our legal system, one that makes the decision. The OHE does not have clients but serves the government agencies and people of South Dakota.

As part of the State of South Dakota, the OHE offers a comprehensive benefits package, including multiple insurance coverage options (health, vision, dental, life) and access to SDRS Retirement and supplemental retirement plans. This position offers an opportunity for rewarding, public service work with the benefit of a work-life balance. Newly admitted attorneys may be considered, depending on qualifications.

Licenses and Certifications:

Requires a law degree and experience as a practicing attorney. The successful applicant must be a member of or eligible for admission to the South Dakota Bar.

This position also requires occasional travel within the state. A valid driver license is required.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

A strong work ethic, self-starter, and experience in administrative hearings, administrative law, and/or civil litigation. Courtroom or Boardroom experience is a plus. Computer skills and the ability to draft and type your own decisions is required. Training at the National Judicial College will be offered to the successful candidate.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act, Civil Procedure, and the Rules of Evidence;
  • knowledge of the law, and South Dakota law;
  • knowledge of the courts and judicial system as well as state government offices;
  • excellent writing, and legal research skills;
  • attention to detail;
  • organization and time management skills;
  • ability to make difficult and sound decisions with time deadlines;
  • ability to communicate with diverse populations including attorneys and pro-se parties;
  • communication skills, both written and oral;
  • knowledge and ability to use a personal computer for everyday work and research (Microsoft);
  • skill and ability to learn new technology and applications (NetDocs, ODMS, Adobe Acrobat);
  • skill and ability to quickly move from one type of case to another;
  • ability to research, analyze, and summarize complex legal issues, facts, and laws to make a proposed or final decision; and,
  • ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, and impartiality in all matters before the Office.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume or Curriculum Vitae; and Writing Sample. Attorneys with less than 3 years of legal experience or practice, please include a law-school transcript.

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.

The State of South Dakota offers $0 premium employee health insurance option 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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