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Washington State Olympia,
legal assistant medicaid fraud people neglect legal support assessment accommodation
Description**Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or ****_www.washingtonrelay.com_****.****_Agency Information_**The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office’s newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO**.**The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for two permanent full time _Legal Assistant 3_ positions in the Medicaid Fraud Control Division. This position is located in Olympia, Washington. This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).This recruitment announcement may be used to fill multiple open positions for the same classification, in addition to the position(s) listed in this announcement.The work of the Office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division (MFCD) focuses on both criminal and civil law enforcement. At this time, we have a Legal Assistant 3 position available. This position provides assistance to MFCD assistant attorney’s general, investigators, paralegals and financial analysts assigned to investigate and help litigate criminal actions, civil and dual track actions involving Medicaid provider fraud and abuse and neglect at Medicaid funded facilities. The 75% federally funded MFCD’s mission is combating provider fraud as well as abuse and neglect in residential facilities.MFCD’s Headquarters is located in Olympia, Washington with some team members also located at the AGO’s Spokane Office and Seattle Office. The Division currently has a staff of 58 FTEs, including attorneys, auditors, investigators, data analysts and professional support staff.MFCD involves protecting not only the Medicaid program of roughly 13 billion dollars per annum, but also its most vulnerable persons, typically elderly nursing home patients and Medicaid recipients in any setting. In many of our cases, there is no precedent so MFCD is consistently on the cutting edge of legal theories and issues. The cases range from abuse and neglect of persons in nursing homes, large scale organized individual and corporate civil and criminal fraudulent activity to national whistleblower actions. Our staff is a highly professional, fun and seasoned analytical investigative team. MFCD is unique in that all cases have an attorney, investigator and data analyst assigned. This, and the great people who make up the unit, gives MFC a particularly terrific team atmosphere.DutiesIn support of AAG(s), performs complex legal assistant duties at the senior level under general direction performs complex legal support functions; trains, leads and/or mentors lower level staff and serves as a resource for staff regarding technical legal assignments.Under general direction performs complex legal support functions such as: identifying and pursuing next steps in litigation or adjudication process; verifying legal citations and references for accuracy, consistency, and case relevance; composing correspondence for signature; properly formatting, preparing, processing, filing, citation verification, and serving documents before federal, state, local, and appellate courts and upon parties to the case.Applies specialized knowledge of various court rules related to legal practice subject matter and court filing procedures and is a liaison with prosecutor’s offices, court clerks, and other agencies statewide.Reviews work product of lower level legal staff for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with agency procedures and court rules. Provides training to other legal staff in the area of legal support expertise, contribute expertise to the development of training or reference materials; or in a one-on-one mentor capacity.Enter legal documents and case specific correspondence into CMS document and calendar tabs; as case progresses, independently tract and update status of attorney’s cases by obtaining due dates from the court documents or court rules and/or critical court dates and deadlines; advise attorney of upcoming commitments; deadlines and special items needing attention; using one knowledge of specific case and hearing schedules. Use Microsoft Outlook and Law Manager to monitor, update, calendar, and tickle important dates/deadlines relating to case files. Maintain f: drive case folders and hard files pursuant to established office procedures.Independently compose and prepare pleadings for trial or hearing per attorney direction, check legal citations, references and quotation information in briefs; examine documents to assure that all necessary legal steps and points have been covered, and that all legal deadlines and due process requirements are met; ensure the proper and timely filing and serving of legal pleadings in the appropriate courts and on the various parties. Independently compose letters and memoranda for attorneys.Serves as back-up to other clerical staff based on established office procedures.QualificationsOption 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience. A Bachelor’s degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.**_Skills Assessment_**Applicants to the Washington State Office of the Attorney General Legal Assistant Classifications are required to take a skills assessment test, administered online by eSkill.* Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications as listed in the job announcement will receive an email from eSkill with a link to an online skills assessment. You will have three days after the email is sent to take the assessment.Supplemental Information**A background check consisting of employment history, professional references and educational verification (e.g., degree, license, or official transcript) may be conducted. Prior to any offer, the applicant selected will be required to submit to and pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check conducted by the Washington State Patrol, Criminal Records Division. The incumbent will submit to additional background checks as a condition of employment every five (5) years thereafter.****APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:**In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:* A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;* A current resume detailing experience and education.**READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:*** Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.* You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.* The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the “work experience” and “education” sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.* A resume will not substitute for completing the “work experience” section of the application.* All information may be verified and documentation may be required.Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.For assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or Judith.Vandergeest@atg.wa.gov.*Salary:* $41,352.00 – $54,108.00 Annually*Location:* Thurston County – Olympia, WA*Job Type:* Full Time – Permanent*Department:* Attorney General’s Office*Job Number:* 2021-01501*Closing:* 3/9/2021 11:59 PM Pacific*Agency:* State of Washington*Address:* View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504*Phone:* View Posting for Agency Contact*Website:* http://www.careers.wa.gov
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