CLASSIFICATION:† ATTORNEY IV
Class Code:† 0715-32†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date Established:† 02-24-93†††††††††††
Occupational Code:† 7-5-5††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date of Last Revision:† 6-5-12
BASIC PURPOSE:† To administer and coordinate all legal and legislative objectives and activities for a state agency.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
∑ Administers and coordinates legal activities where the agency is a party in interest, or is an interested third party.
∑ Drafts, coordinates and monitors legislation which affects the agency to which assigned.
∑ Coordinates administrative rulemaking process; drafts policy statements and monitors agency policies.
∑ Negotiates labor management issues for the agency; conducts or monitors administrative or other hearings.
∑ Monitors compliance with court orders and administrative decisions, and implements corrective action.
∑ Supervises and coordinates legal staff activities and schedules.
∑ Recommends procedures such as sentencing orders concerning the agency, counsel, and the court.
Skill:† Requires skill in evaluating, planning or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge:† Requires expertise in a highly specialized, technical or professional discipline to manage or create policy at a systemwide administrative level.
Impact:† Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organization goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies.† Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision:† Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees and approving program policies.† The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions:† Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands:† Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication:† Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity:† Requires evaluating a combination of wide-ranging job functions to determine work procedures, to solve problems, and to reach conclusions by applying analytical, technical, or scientific thinking.† This level also requires planning policies and long-term strategies, drawing conclusions based on available criteria, and evaluating the effectiveness of program objectives.
Independent Action:† Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education:† J.D. from an American Bar Association recognized law school.
Experience:† Six years' experience in the active practice of law.
License/Certification:† Valid driverís license and/or access to transportation for statewide travel.
SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:† Must be an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and in Good Standing.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS:† Thorough knowledge of judicial procedures and rules.† Thorough knowledge of common, statutory and constitutional laws of the state.† Thorough knowledge of court and legal procedures.† Thorough knowledge of legal aspects of public assistance programs affecting life insurance and property holdings of applicants and recipients.† Ability to prepare legal pleadings, briefs and memoranda.† Ability to perform legal research.† Ability to render effective decisions and deal tactfully with the courts, law enforcement officials, state department heads and the public.† Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT:† This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.