OPEA Seeks Applicants

Staff Attorney
The Oklahoma Public Employees Association seeks a staff attorney to assist its members with administrative issues regarding state employment.

“Our members need an attorney who is familiar with the Oklahoma Merit System as well as other employment laws,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “The successful candidate for this position will be one who shows a tireless work ethic as well as a strong regard for state employees.”

The association asks for potential candidates to send their resumes, along with a cover letter to:

Staff Attorney Position
13 NE 28th
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
Below is the job description:
Serves as legal counsel to the Association, providing analyses and counsel on legal issues. Coordinates and administers Association’s human resources and legal advocacy programs.

Examples of Work Performed:
Advises the Executive Director and board on legal issues involving the Association.

Coordinates Employee Advocacy Program. Will assist as needed in filing formal grievances and Merit Protection appeals on behalf of the Association’s members and represent them in administrative hearings; answer questions and provides assistance to the Association’s members and staff concerning the grievance process.

Maintains records and documentation regarding agency issues and the filing of agency grievances and Merit Protection Appeals.

Assist with legislative program, including requesting, drafting, monitoring and lobbying of legislation involving public employees.

Represents Association before state agencies, boards and commissions, the legislature and other organizations on personnel and human relations issues of concern to the Association, including Affirmative Action and Merit Protection Commission.

Serves as the point person on Ethics Commission Rules.

Provides assistance and direction to help staff accomplish personnel issues.

Answers inquiries from members regarding public employees’ rights and benefits.

Assists with membership services activities in coordination with Membership Development Director.

May work on special assignments as required.

Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of the legislative process; of federal and state laws pertaining to public employees and of grievance systems.

Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in an adversarial setting; in communicating effectively and in exercising good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.

Education and Experience:
Juris Doctorate and experience with personnel law

Salary Range $43,000-$50,00 plus benefits

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