Are you an experienced legal professional looking for new opportunities to further your career? The South Carolina Comptroller General’s Office is seeking a hardworking and dependable candidate just like you to apply!
Purpose: Oversees and manages the provision of all legal services for the state’s central accounting agency. Provides strategic guidance, consultation, and support to management on a comprehensive range of legal and associated issues involved in carrying out the mission of the CGO.
Responsibilities of the General Counsel:
You will represent and/or coordinate the representation of the CGO in all legal matters with a great degree of independence and discretion.
You will prepare and issue legal opinions as requested by agency staff.
You will inform and advise the Comptroller General and executive leadership on legal implications of proposed legislation, policies, and administrative decision.
You will represent the CGO in cases pending in judicial and administrative forums including appeals.
You will review CGO policies and procedures to give constructive legal feedback.
You will provide legal guidance to the Comptroller General in the review and approval of matters before the State Fiscal Accountability Authority.
You will provide guidance to the Public Engagement Officer in efforts to receive, review, and resole media, constituent, and stakeholder requests.
You will serve as the agency’s Ethics and Privacy Officer.
Minimum and Additional Requirements:
A juris doctor degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and experience as a practicing attorney.
A member of the SC Bar.
Previous experience with state and federal tax law and laws related to state finances.
Knowledge of SC laws, Administrative Procedures Act, policies, standards and procedures of the Attorney General’s Office, general case, statutory and common law, judicial and quasi-judicial procedures.
Ability to interpret laws, analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments, express conclusions and arguments clearly and logically, make presentation and prepare reports.
The Comptroller General's Office is a small office, with just under thirty employees, with large responsibilities. The Comptroller General supervises state spending, keeps the state's books and maintains accounting controls over state agencies. All payrolls for state employees, vouchers for bills owed by the state and interdepartmental payments between state agencies are submitted to the Office for processing. The Office examines all payments to ensure they are properly authorized by agency officials, that funds are available to cover them, and that they are properly classified in the state's accounting system. Upon approval, the Office issues a warrant for each payment to authorize the State Treasurer to release the funds. The Office also offers fiscal and accounting advice to state agencies and local governments, and it reports each year on the financial operations and conditions of state government.