Note: If you applied for this announcement previously, you do not need to reapply.
This announcement will be used to fill a full-time permanent Senior Assistant County Attorney position. The Senior Assistant County Attorney position involves advanced level professional legal work in the Anne Arundel County Office of Law. The work involves considerable contact with high-level County officials in providing legal advice and services that have significant impact on County policies, practices, and operations.
The position represents and provides advice to the County and its agencies regarding employment and personnel matters including labor negotiation and arbitration to include providing accurate and timely legal advice and opinions primarily to the Office of Personnel and other Departments regarding employment and personnel matters including labor negotiation and arbitration. The position assists in the creation of any legislation including bills to effectuate labor agreements and other amendment of personnel laws; assists in the drafting of changes to the Employee Relations Manual and other rules concerning procedures for handling personnel matters; represents the Office of Personnel on grievances and retirement appeals before arbitrators and administrative agencies; and, provides training and assists in the preparation of training curriculum on employment and personnel matters including labor negotiation and arbitration.
Nature and Variety of Work
Employees in this class are assigned legal work with the highest level of difficulty within the Office of Law. It is expected that any case or legal issue assigned to the attorney selected for this position will be properly performed with minimum guidance and oversight. A Senior Assistant County Attorney should have extensive and varied experience in complex litigation, negotiations, transactions, and preparing legislation.
The work performed by a Senior Assistant County Attorney is distinguished from that performed by the Attorney III position by the complexity of litigation and cases assigned as well as minimum supervision in handling legal issues. Cases assigned are usually high profile in nature and are significant in scope, with decisions made having a major impact on County operations. Work performed is normally reviewed by a Supervising County Attorney or a Deputy County Attorney.
Examples of Duties and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
(Note: The duties and responsibilities enumerated in this class specification are for the purpose of determining a common set of minimum qualifications and salary level for all positions in this class. They are not intended to include all of the essential functions of all positions in the class.)
- Represents County officials and employees in complex litigation in federal and State courts and before administrative hearing bodies.
- Performs research and provides written and oral legal advice to department heads and County officials and employees.
- Investigates and makes decisions regarding claims filed against the County by drafting pleadings, discovery documents, motions, trial memoranda, taking depositions, preparing briefs, and planning complex litigation strategy.
- Drafts, reviews and approves for form and legal sufficiency a wide variety of contracts and legal documents.
- Conducts discovery in judicial and administrative proceedings. Prepares and responds to interrogatories; prepares and takes depositions and produces documents.
- Attends and provides legal advice at County Council hearings and other meetings.
- Defends County, public officials and employees involved in federal civil rights or State constitutional law litigation.
- Attends court proceedings regarding the defense of pending civil actions.
- Prepares witnesses and clients for court and related proceedings.
- Participates in County collective bargaining negotiations.
- Represents County in grievance proceedings before Personnel Board.
- Recommends for or against financial settlements to Self-Insurance Fund Committee.
- Advises Risk Management on insurance matters and assists in negotiation and settlement of claims.
- Instructs County employees on liability matters.
- Serves as counsel to one or more County departments; participates in resolving major legal issues;
- prepares for and conducts major cases in court; and collaborates with special counsel.
- Advises and assists other attorneys in the Office of Law on questions of policy, law and litigation processes, techniques and practices as requested.
- Performs related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of the common law and of federal, State, and County laws, particularly in regard to general administration and regulatory functions of county government.
- Thorough knowledge of judicial and administrative rules, and of the rules of evidence.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research.
- Thorough knowledge of the methods and practices of pleading civil cases and of effective trial techniques.
- Thorough knowledge of structure, processes and functions of County government and rules of the County Council.
- Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents in highly complex cases and to present such materials in clear and logical form for oral or written presentations, as briefs, opinions, orders, or decisions.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Ability to analyze and interpret complex legal documents and instruments.
- Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with County officials, judges, court officials, and the public.
- Ability to draft complex instruments, legislation, and opinions.
- Ability to advise other attorneys in the Office of Law on complex litigation processes, techniques and practice.
- Ability to use a personal computer.
Graduation from an accredited school of law; admission to the bar of the State; and four (4) or more years of experience in professional legal work as an attorney.
Preference will be given to applicants with the following:
- Four (4) or more years of experience involving labor negotiations and interest arbitration between governmental entities and unions.
- Four (4) or ore years of experience regarding governmental employment and personnel matters.