Director of Litigation & Risk Management (Unclassified)
JOB CODE: 3324
PAY GRADE: 2310
SALARY RANGE: $63,783 - $106,870
LOCATION OF WORK
Under the direction of the Parish Attorney, represents the City-Parish in all phases of civil litigation, small claims, and workers' compensation. Provides specialized legal services and risk related legal services characterized by complexity, variety, and heavy work volume to the City-Parish government. Supervises subordinate staff in specific aspects of the litigation process. Work involves responsibility for supervising subordinate staff responsible for receiving and investigating all lawsuits and claims filed against the City-Parish and its employees. Work is performed with considerable independence and is evaluated through conferences, reports, and results obtained on major risk related legal issues confronting the City-Parish. Performs other work as requested.
ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Prepares pleadings, briefs, and memoranda; researches applicable laws. Administers and directs the City-Parish Risk program involving the monitoring of complex property and casualty insurance claims, workers' compensation claims, and the accident and injury prevention program; analyzes and interprets controlling laws and regulations. Appears in appeal cases and docket calls. Directs administrative functions; formulates and establishes policies and procedures for risk management and clerical staff. Supervises other attorneys in the handling of suits filed against the City-Parish. Attends meetings with committees and department heads; advises department heads on risk specific issues. Responds to public inquiries when necessary. Serves on the accident review and related committees. Performs administrative tasks as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of civil, parish, state, and federal laws and precedents, with particular reference to their effect on the City-Parish government and its operation. Knowledge of the principles and methods of administration, organization, and supervision. Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and administrative requirements of workers' compensation and risk management. Knowledge of judicial procedures and of the rules of evidence. Knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research. Knowledge of civil pleadings and effective techniques in the trial of such cases. Skill in the operation of some technical office equipment. Ability to analyze legal issues, facts, evidence, and precedents in highly complex cases and present such materials effectively in oral and written form. Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of a staff of professional and clerical employees. Ability to organize, interpret, and apply legal principles and knowledge to legal problems. Ability to prepare contracts and other legal documents. Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with City-Parish officials, court personnel, and the public. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, to individuals and to groups. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, City-Parish officials, and the general public.
Juris Doctorate degree supplemented by four years of progressively responsible work experience in administration, civil, and workers' compensation litigation, local governmental functions, procedures, and policy, including three years of supervisory experience.
CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES / REGISTRATIONS
(Unless otherwise specified below, must possess at the time of appointment and must be maintained current throughout employment in this classification.) Admission to the State Bar.
OTHER JOB ASPECTS
Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.