Agency Attorney/Dept of Social Services – Ashe County

Ashe County
February 15, 2021
150 Gov't Circle, Suite 1400, Jefferson, NC
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March 16, 2021 11:59 PM


The attorney will consult with the social workers in the filing of petitions, preparing the cases for trial, and in the follow-up hearings required for establishing permanency for children who have been removed from their homes. The attorney is responsible for seeing all deadlines are met to include hearings and the filing of all orders within the required time frames. The attorney will also provide legal assistance to APS for Protective Orders in district court and guardianship matters before the Clerk of Court. The attorney represents the department in child support matters. The attorney will work with the staff in non-court matters where legal counsel is needed and assist in the interpretation of Federal and State laws and regulations


Grade 80 $74,433


Graduation from a recognized school of law. Membership in good standing in the North Carolina State Bar as a licensed practicing attorney. Must have knowledge of case, statutory, common law and regulations; working knowledge of judicial procedures and Rules of Evidence. Must be able to prepare complex cases for trial; to litigate in district and superior courts; prepare appeals briefs and argue cases in the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. Must be able to communicate clearly and professionally (written and oral), to hand adversarial trials, and to effectively maintain a large case load.

Special Requirements

This position is a full time position. Standard agency hours are 40 hours per week 8:00AM to 5 PM. However, the attorney is expected to work whatever hour’s necessary to accomplish the responsibilities and duties of their position; hours worked over 40 hours per week earn comp time. Work hours may include nights, weekends, and holidays as required for court appearances, case consultation, and obtaining non-secure custody orders for children or emergency protective orders for adults alleged to be abused, neglected, dependent or exploited. The employee is required to assist in the operation of a community shelter in the event of an emergency.


All applications must include a signed State Application for employment (PD 107 located on the Ashe County website at, a cover letter, resume, and a copy of transcript from the institution where the applicant received the highest degree. An official transcript will be required upon employment. Completed applications must be submitted to the Ashe County Department of Social Services. Applications may be dropped off in person or mailed to, 150 Gov't Circle, Suite 1400, Jefferson, NC 28640 (Attn: Joshua Poe); by fax to Joshua Poe at 336-846-5779 or email applications to [email protected] prior to the 11:00 a.m. deadline on March 16, 2021. Any questions please contact Joshua Poe at 336-846-5702.