Job Description

Paralegal Project Specialist

  • 521989
  • Full-time


Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
Accountability, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Passion, Quality, Respect, Courage, Teamwork

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid agency, is driven by its mission to deliver comprehensive, cost-effective health care to Arizonans in need. AHCCCS is a nationally acclaimed model among Medicaid programs and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

AHCCCS employees are passionate about their work, committed to high performance, and dedicated to serving the citizens of Arizona. Among government agencies, AHCCCS is recognized for high employee engagement and satisfaction, supportive leadership, and flexible work environments, including remote work opportunities. With career paths for seasoned professionals in a variety of fields, entry-level positions, and internship opportunities, AHCCCS offers meaningful career opportunities in a competitive industry.

Come join our dynamic and dedicated team.

Paralegal Project Specialist

Office of General Counsel (OGC)

Job Location:

Address: 801 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Posting Details:

Salary: $60,000 - $65,000

Grade: 20

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

This position serves as a high level legal assistant offering paralegal services to the General Counsel Unit. This position may allow the incumbent to work from a Virtual Office work site.

Major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
* Maintain up-to-date records of motions, minute entries, orders, Administrative Law Judge decision, Director’s Decisions, and Final Decisions in the tracking system for administrative hearings.
* Track pending Director’s Decisions, Final Decisions, and Trust Reviews to ensure that they are issued in a timely manner.
* Maintain up-to-date calendar of matters involving the agency as a party to an administrative hearing.
* Under the direction of an attorney, draft Director’s Decisions and Final Decisions.
* Monitor ‘’ inbox requests; Take verbal appeals (eligibility & Fee-For-Service) on as needed basis by reception, forward completed information/documentation to eligibility specialist PD or JR for Fee-For-Service.
* Maintain up-to-date records of litigation matters in the Office of Administrative & Legal Services litigation tracking system. Process mail received through the Right Fax system and direct them to the appropriate staff

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

* Concepts, terminology principles and procedures of American law
* Methods and techniques of writing briefs, opinions, reports, and other documents in established formats
* Methods and techniques of legal research
* Use of statutes codes and other legal resources
* Rules, regulations and policies governing the grievance and appeals process
* AHCCCS program, the interrelationship between AHCCCS divisions and agency administrative policies and procedures
* Legal and medical terminology
* Arizona and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the basic legislative process, and Westlaw and/or Lexis

* Office administration, such as prioritizing and multi-tasking
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including skill in writing legal documents
* Strong interpersonal and communication skills in dealing with public and external entities
* Computer skills including utilizing Google Suite, MS Office software, ProLaw database, PMMIS mainframe system, office hardware such as fax machines, printers, copiers and phone system
* Customer service and discretionary skills (in dealing with angry, confused and frustrated clientele)
* Exceptional organizational skills

* Extracting and utilizing information in statutes, court decisions, legal documents and records
* Interview and elicit information in a legal investigation; write legal documents/reports
* Establish and maintain work relationships with representatives of the courts and Federal, State and local government agencies
* Apply work management principles, and techniques, plan, prioritize and manage time, multi-task,communicate effectively
* Work independently and main confidentiality
* Develop and maintain positive working relationship with division and agency staff


Arizona Driver License.

* 1-3 years experience working in a legal environment.

* Bachelor's degree in paralegal studies or a closely related field, and/or a paralegal certificate. Acceptable paralegal certifications include an ALP, PLS, CLP or PP from a NALS or CP or AP from NALA.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

* Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees.

* Successfully pass fingerprint background check, prior employment verifications and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

* Travel may be required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.) AND have an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months including no DUI, suspension or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. If an Out of State Driver License was held within the last 39 months, a copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required prior to driving for State Business. Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.

If this position requires driving or the use of a vehicle as an essential function of the job to conduct State business, then the following requirements apply: Driver’s License Requirements.

All newly hired State employees are subject to and must successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify).


Among the many benefits of a career with the State of Arizona, there are:
* 10 paid holidays per year
* Paid Vacation and Sick time off (13 and 12 days per year respectively) - start earning it your 1st day (prorated for part-time employees)
* Paid Parental Leave-Up to 12 weeks per year paid leave for newborn or newly-placed foster/adopted child (pilot program).
* Other Leaves - Bereavement, civic duty, and military.
* A top-ranked retirement program with lifetime pension benefits
* A robust and affordable insurance plan, including medical, dental, life, and disability insurance
* Participation eligibility in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
* RideShare and Public Transit Subsidy
* A variety of learning and career development opportunities

By providing the option of a full-time or part-time remote work schedule, employees enjoy improved work/life balance, report higher job satisfaction, and are more productive. Remote work is a management option and not an employee entitlement or right. An agency may terminate a remote work agreement at its discretion.

Learn more about the Paid Parental Leave pilot program here. For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Lifetime Pension Benefit Program
* Administered through the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)
* Defined benefit plan that provides for life-long income upon retirement.
* Required participation for Long-Term Disability (LTD) and ASRS Retirement plan.
* Pre-taxed payroll contributions begin after a 27-week waiting period (prior contributions may waive the waiting period).

Deferred Retirement Compensation Program
* Voluntary participation.
* Program administered through Nationwide.
* Tax-deferred retirement investments through payroll deductions.

Contact Us:

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by emailing
Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. The State of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

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