First Assistant Parish Attorney (Unclassified)



JOB CODE: 3064

PAY GRADE: 2330

SALARY RANGE: $70,320 - $117,517

LOCATION OF WORK
Parish Attorney

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
Under the general direction of the Parish Attorney, represents the City in all phases of litigation and renders professional legal advice to department heads. Provides specialized legal services characterized by complexity, variety and heavy work volume to all departments, boards and agencies of the City-Parish government. Performs work with professional independence, subject only to general guidance regarding broad policy questions. Work is reviewed periodically through conferences on major legal issues confronting the City. Performs other work as requested.

ESSENTIAL WORK TASKS
Supervises all division heads within the Parish Attorney's Office, as well as all Section Chiefs within the Administrative Division of the Parish Attorney's Office. Performs high level administrative tasks, both independently and at the direction of the Parish Attorney, including personnel and budgeting matters; implements office management policies and procedures determined by the Parish Attorney; represents the Parish Attorney in his absence. Serves as legal counsel for City-Parish departments, agencies and elected officials in a wide range of complex issues. Attends meetings with committees and department heads; renders legal advice and prepares legal opinions for City-Parish department heads, the Metropolitan Council and the Mayor's Office; represents the City-Parish in state and federal litigation in the trial and appellate courts.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of municipal, state and federal laws. Knowledge of pre-trial and trial procedures in the litigation process; including knowledge of the rules of evidence, civil procedure and criminal procedure. Knowledge of the methods of legal research, including proficiency in computer based research. Knowledge of established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to municipal matters. Knowledge of the principles and methods of administration, organization and supervision. Skill in the preparation and trial of civil law cases and misdemeanor criminal matters. Ability to analyze and prepare a wide variety of legal documents. Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing. Ability to analyze legal issues, facts, evidence and precedents in highly complex cases and to present such materials effectively in oral and written form. Ability to effectively supervise the work of subordinate attorneys and to provide direction and delegation of tasks in order to administer the efficiency of the Parish Attorney's Office. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, City-Parish officials and the general public.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE
Juris Doctorate degree, supplemented by twelve years of responsible work experience in the Parish Attorney's Office or fifteen years of general legal 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
None.


NOTE:
Unclassified job specifications may be revised at the will of the appointing authority.