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The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers a diverse variety of career opportunities. As public servants, we promote economic opportunity and financial security for individuals and businesses. Working in state government is an important role and rewarding experience.
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Employment Service Assistant, Vermillion | Search Job ID 7746 on the Bureau of Human Resources' Career Space
The Vermillion job service office has an opening for an Employment Service Assistant (ESA). An ESA is an important position as they provide the first impression of our office. They provide excellent customer service to our walk-in and telephone customers. This position offers full state benefits. Looking for someone who has the ability to multi-task, has above-average Microsoft Office skills, can look up information efficiently and be a team player. This opening closes January 25.
Employment Service Assistant, Spearfish | Search Job ID 7743 on the Bureau of Human Resources' Career Space
The Spearfish job service office has an opening for an Employment Service Assistant (ESA). An ESA is an important position as they provide the first impression of our office. They provide excellent customer service to our walk-in and telephone customers. This position offers full state benefits. Looking for someone who has the ability to multi-task, has above-average Microsoft Office skills, can look up information efficiently and be a team player. This opening closes January 27.
Staff Attorney, Pierre | Search Job ID 7333 on the Bureau of Human Resources' Career Space
When our state started its workers compensation system a century ago, the framers decided on a controversial method of deciding benefit disputes—using administrative judges instead of trial court judges. This guidance was given for them: “justice demands that the true facts be found as far as it is humanly possible to do so. The (hearing) should therefore be strictly impartial, uninfluenced by fear, favor, or friendship, and the facts should be truly found from the evidence.” DLR administrative judges have earned the respect of the insurers, employer, and employees who appear before them by doing just that. Maybe you have the sense of fairness and public service this job demands?
Health Actuary, Pierre | Search Job ID 6550 on the Bureau of Human Resources' Career Space
Wanted… Team player with good communication skills and the ability to multi-task is needed to take a primary role in evaluating South Dakota’s health insurance companies as a Health Actuary. This position requires building positive relationships and working in a demanding team environment. Health insurance industry knowledge, software proficiency and data analysis knowledge is required. You must be an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) meeting the health qualification standard. If this opportunity seems exciting to you, please get in contact with us.
Other job listings in DLR and state government can be found on the Bureau of Human Resources website.
“I have been working with the Division of Banking in the Sioux Falls office since graduation three years ago. I was excited by the prospect of living and working in Sioux Falls. The complexity in the banking industry fascinates me. Each examination brings new questions to answer, but training and guidance from experienced mentors ensure I am well-equipped to meet any challenge. I also enjoy the opportunity to explore the local economies of various towns across the state.”
— Brady Schlechter, Financial Institution Examiner
“I have been working for the DLR Spearfish office as an Employment Specialist since September 2014. The culture is client-centered and client-focused. The people who work for this Department are dedicated to helping the public and their families. DLR employees go the extra mile to help individuals on their job search journey and often times coordinate resources with other agencies. We help people when they are in need of employment, but are unsure where to start. I am proud to be a part of an organization whose focus is to serve the people in our local communities. My biggest reward of working here is the joy I share with someone whom I’ve helped on their path to employment.”
— Jamie Boettcher, Employment Specialist
“I started with the Department right out of college. To be honest, I really didn’t know much about state government and had only been to Pierre once before (on a sixth grade field trip). Twelve years later, I’m still here and can’t picture myself working elsewhere. I’ve been fortunate to have amazing mentors, professional development opportunities and room for advancement. My husband and I also love all the camping, boating, hunting and outdoor recreational activities Pierre has to offer.”
— Dawn Dovre, Director of Policy & Public Affairs
“After growing up in south central South Dakota, I went to college and lived in Minnesota for 12 years. While I loved Minnesota, I looked forward to living closer to family and getting back to my South Dakota roots. I started with DLR shortly after moving to Pierre and over five years later, am still here. The work I do is challenging, yet rewarding. The department offers opportunities for continued education and career advancement, which has been of great value to me. Pierre is a nice sized community with a variety of recreational activities and a great education system for my young family.”
— Kendra Ringstmeyer, Labor Program Specialist
“I took a job with DLR and moved to Pierre not knowing if the Division of Insurance was right for me. In a few short years, I have prosecuted dozens of actions, hearings, and depositions; facilitated mergers; liquidated an insurance company; lobbied in the legislature; and associated with some of the prominent industry members statewide and nationally – all with the support of my peers in the Department. This job has offered experiences, professional associations, and personal opportunities I couldn’t find anywhere else. Along the way my wife and I found our family, rewarding careers in public service, and a big lake for our sailboat. For me, that’s the whole package.”
— Frank Marnell, Senior Legal Counsel
Paid Time Off
As a full-time employee, you will earn 15 days of vacation leave each year, as well as 14 days of sick leave.
Plus, you have these paid holidays off: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Native Americans’ Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In addition to being enrolled in the State Health Insurance Plan, DLR contributes to programs which protect you if, through no fault of your own, an unforeseen event occurs which affects your employment, or when you retire. This includes Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.
DLR will contribute a matching 6 percent of your salary toward your retirement pension. Learn more about the South Dakota Retirement System and view the current Class A Handbook for foundation members.
And more …
- Longevity pay
- Training opportunities
- Reduced tuition at State Universities
- Paid Professional Liability Insurance
View more details of the benefits of working in state government.
The State of South Dakota recognizes the enormous contributions of men and women who have served their country in uniform. As a veteran of the Armed Services, you may be entitled to preference when seeking employment with state government. Learn more about opportunities for veterans.
The State of South Dakota extends disability preference (disability consideration) to applicants certified by a vocational rehabilitation counselor as meeting the definition of severely disabled. Having disability preference entitles the applicant to an interview (phone or in-person) on civil service positions found in the Executive Branch of state government. Learn more about disability preference.