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State of Montana Lead Supervising Counsel (66503) in Helena, Montana

[Building a Stronger Montana]


The Montana Department of Labor & Industry exists to promote and protect the well-being of Montana’s workers, employers and citizens, and to uphold their rights and responsibilities.


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  • Individual Responsibility

  • Individual Growth

  • Ethics in the Workplace

  • Continuous Improvement

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As the Lead Supervising Counsel for UID, WSD, and ERD you will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, supervision, and professional legal work for the Department. You will be responsible for assuring that high quality legal representation is provided to the Department and is in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. The position generally focuses on labor law involving unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, collective bargaining, wage and hour, employment-independent contractor status, medicaid workforce development assistance, apprenticeship, and human rights law. However, the position may represent any division of the Department, including professional and occupational licensing.

In this position you may supervise up to 8 positions, including lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries, and interns, as applicable.

You will be most qualified if you have the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities on Day One:

  • Extensive knowledge of legal research methods and techniques of court, hearing and legislative proceedings; of state and federal statutes, case law, and constitutional provisions affecting the program areas administered by the department.

  • Thorough knowledge of rules, policies, practices, precedents and organizational structure of programs served of administrative practices and procedures, and of principles and practices of staff management.

  • Considerable knowledge of organizations interrelated with those of the state and federal agencies and private sector.

  • Ability to analyze most difficult legal problems, to synthesize a course of action and to direct and oversee implementation.

  • Ability to organize and provide general supervision to a diverse or highly specialized staff and to represent the agency in legislative hearings.


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Education and experience is achieved through completion of a Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school plus one year experience with six years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law preferred, admittance to the Montana Bar, admittance to practice in Montana state courts and Federal District Court.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

*This position may be covered by a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA)


You are REQUIRED to attach a cover letter, resume, and writing sample at the time of application.

In your cover letter please address the following question:

  • How your professional career has prepared you to meet the requirements for this position?

In your resume, include all work experience you have held that would help you qualify for this position, including duties and dates of employment (month & year - start & end).

Include a recent legal writing sample of less than 20 pages solely written by you that displays your professional work.

A complete state application is not required; however, you will need to initiate the application and attach the cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position. Failure to attach the cover letter and resume will result in your application being considered incomplete and will not be considered further.

Only electronic applications will be accepted. Materials submitted but not requested will not be considered in the selection process.

All documents for Veteran or Disability preference must be received or date stamped by the closing date. You will receive an email with instructions on how to submit such documents.

If you need an accommodation with the application process please contact the HR office.

For a copy of the complete job description send your request to .


Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation package! Upon date of hire, employees working at least half-time for more than six months are eligible for state paid premiums toward employee “core” medical, dental, and basic life insurance coverage. Learn more about them HERE ! Employees earn 15 working days of annual leave, 12 days of sick leave and 10-11 paid holidays each year. Membership in a Retirement System - vesting criteria applies. Flexible schedules may be considered.

Job: *Legal

Title: Lead Supervising Counsel (66503)

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 19142528