Careers

Attorneys

The Office of General Counsel offers a wide range of employment opportunities to attorneys in all stages of their legal careers.  From recent law school graduates to seasoned practitioners, we invite lawyers at any level of practice to join the OGC team and experience firsthand the rewards of working for “Pennsylvania’s Law Firm.”

OGC attorneys are called upon daily to counsel their clients on a variety of legal issues that are as diverse as they are challenging.  Depending upon the agency placement, OGC attorneys have the chance to develop hands-on experience and expertise in such areas as procurement and contracts, environmental, labor, health care, criminal justice, claims and tort liability, technology, and administrative law.

Each Commonwealth agency is represented by a combination of OGC attorneys who are either developing their legal skills or are resident experts in various substantive areas of the law. New attorneys can gain invaluable, practical experience as they work side-by-side with experienced lawyers in resolving challenging, complex, and unique legal issues.  More experienced attorneys can refine their legal skills by taking on a lead role in the resolution of our agencies’ legal disputes.  In addition, OGC provides a variety of opportunities for those who aspire to be litigators; for those who want to handle transactional or regulatory matters; and for those who yearn to practice in such areas as health care, the environment, or criminal justice. OGC also offers management and supervisory positions to attorneys who are seeking to develop or refine their administrative and managerial skills.

OGC offers the qualified and motivated lawyer a legal practice that is exciting, challenging, and rewarding.  It is the practice of public service law that is unmatched by virtually anything in the private sector.

We seek lawyers who are well-rounded, enthusiastic, creative, and dedicated to client service.  We value good judgment, integrity, personality, and interpersonal skills.

If you are interested in employment opportunities within the Office of General Counsel, including OGC offices in various Commonwealth departments and agencies, please submit an appropriate cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to:

Governor's Office of General Counsel
Attention:  Human Resources
333 Market Street, 17th Floor
Harrisburg, PA  17101
 


Applications are reviewed by members of the Hiring Committee, which represents a cross-section of OGC attorneys.  The members of the Hiring Committee are:

Rodney R. Akers, Senior Deputy General Counsel

Robert T. Datorre, Assistant Counsel, Department of Education

Scott Ford, Chief Counsel, Pennsylvania State Police

Jodi Frantz, Department Counsel, Insurance Department

Timothy Gates, Deputy Chief Counsel, Department of Corrections

Tawny Mummah, Deputy General Counsel

Heather M. Sharp, Assistant Counsel-in-Charge, Department of Transportation

Kathrin Smith, Assistant Deputy Chief Counsel, Public School Employees’ Retirement System

Catharine E. Thurston, Deputy General Counsel

Dennis A. Whitaker, Chief Counsel, Department of Environmental Protection

The OGC Hiring Committee employs a four-step process to determine the hiring and placement of OGC attorneys:

  1. Submission of Credentials – preliminary review of skills and qualifications to determine appropriateness for further consideration by the Committee;
  2. Screening Interview – an initial interview with two OGC attorneys, one of which must be a member of the Hiring Committee;
  3. Hiring Committee Interview – an interview before the Hiring Committee (comprised of a minimum of six members); and
  4. Agency Interview – dependent on OGC needs, candidates then interview with one of the OGC agency legal offices.

In addition to offering rewarding careers in public service, OGC, like other agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, offers competitive pay, comprehensive medical benefits, paid time off and attractive retirement benefits.  The current salary range for OGC attorneys is indicated below: 

  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 37.5 Hour Attorney Pay Schedule Effective July 1, 2014 Pay Scale Type AT .jpg

* Annual rates are approximate and are derived by multiplying the biweekly rate by 26.08 and rounding to the nearest dollar. 

   

For a description of the relevant job specification for each of the attorney classes above, please click here.

 

Support Staff

Paralegals and professional assistants, among others, form important parts of the OGC team.  OGC’s Professional Support staff is a key contributor to its success.  There are numerous support staff opportunities available at OGC for intelligent and motivated individuals. The work is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling.  We hope you will consider joining the OGC team.