Position Details

Position Title: Chief Legal Counsel – (19141235)
Department: Legal
Salary: $85,883 – $115,000
Yearly Benefits Package Eligibility:  Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan
Status:  Regular
Schedule:  Full-Time
Travel:  Yes, 5 % of the Time
Primary Location:  Helena
Agency:  Department of Commerce
Union:  000 – None
Bargaining Unit:  000 – None

The Montana Department of Commerce in Helena is seeking an individual for Chief Legal Counsel to apply leadership skills in a dynamic and rewarding job, while providing legal advice and direction to the Director and other officials, which directly affects the administration of the Department.

At the Department of Commerce, we work to enhance and sustain a healthy economy so Montana businesses, communities, and people can prosper. Our offices reside in a contemporary office building with ample parking, providing a friendly and highly professional work environment as well as a beautiful city in which to live.  Helena is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and provides numerous recreational, cultural and community involvement opportunities.

The successful candidate can expect to spend the majority of their time in the following areas:

50% – Legal Advisor: Conducting advanced legal research and investigation into state and federal administrative rules, statutory and case law, practices of other states, etc., to provide comprehensive professional legal support, direction and advice. This includes legal support for a broad range of areas including local government technical assistance, economic and community development, tourism promotion, housing and health facility financing programs, grant and loan programs, employment and contract law, accounting and tax law, etc.

20% – Legislation/Administrative Rules: Monitoring, evaluating, drafting, synthesizing and reviewing new and changed legislation and administrative rules to facilitate the efficient operation of Department programs.

15% – Supervision: Supervising two (2) FTE Attorneys and a Paralegal, which involves reviewing subordinate’s work plans and procedures; handling disciplinary actions; resolving conflicts; hiring; training; and recommendations for terminating staff. Determines the duties and responsibilities of subordinate positions and evaluates performance.

10% – Litigation: Preparing and litigating cases on behalf of the department in trial and appellate courts, and administrative tribunals to ensure compliance with law and to protect the interests of the Department and its constituents.

How to Apply

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

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).

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 submit any of the attachments will result in your application being 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 dochr@mt.gov


Minimum Qualifications:  Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA accredited law school, five (5) years of job-related experience and a member of the State Bar of Montana in good standing.

Applicant Pool Statement:  If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection. Training Assignment:  Not Applicable


Name: Penny Fassett
Email:  dochr@mt.gov
Phone:  406-841-2718

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources system and each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection process. An employee or applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation during the application or hiring process should contact the state agency human resources staff identified on the job listing as soon as possible or use the relay service by dialing 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer support services including assisting applicants with submitting online applications.

Montana State Government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, or sexual orientation), age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to the merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.