Chief Staff Attorney Job Description

Job series:  Chief Staff Attorney
FLSA status: Excluded
OCC Group: Management
Job code: R45330
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 1/24/2003.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provides highly complex legal services and manages the Staff Attorneys' Office for the Colorado Court of Appeals.
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
Chief Staff Attorneys are distinguished from other classifications due to the assignment of management responsibilities for the Colorado Court of Appeals Staff Attorney's Office. This position provides full supervision and is fully accountable for supervising Deputy Staff Attorneys, Staff Attorneys and other support staff. Supervision is received from the Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals. 
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Researches, analyzes, and drafts written opinions. Consults with judges on legal issues of a general and specific nature and attends oral arguments. 
 
Responsible for the recruitment, selection and termination of employees for the Staff Attorneys Office. 
 
Establishes expectations and provides employee performance feedback on an on-going and annual basis. Assists subordinates in establishing goals. Evaluates subordinates' goal achievement through conferences or informal meetings. Makes decisions regarding subordinate's employment probationary/trial period.
 
Provides orientation and on-going training, mentoring and coaching to subordinates. Makes provisions for subordinates to attend outside training. May provide cross-training and interdepartmental training.
 
Assigns duties and responsibilities to staff; develops and establishes procedures for operating and maintaining required administrative systems.
 
Develops and implements new policies in conjunction with Deputy Staff Attorneys and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. Implements policy changes from the State Court Administrator's Office and Chief Justice Directives.
 
Monitors and addresses problems regarding quality and quantity of staff attorney draft opinions according to established standards.
 
Attends meetings and training as required.
 
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Manages multiple operations or programs. Plans, provides broad direction, establishes standards, and evaluates operations for diverse programs. Has significant latitude in personnel decisions.
 
QUALIFICATIONS   
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited law school; possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Colorado; eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Colorado; and five years of experience in the practice of law, some of which should be in a supervisory capacity.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and arms to perform repetitive motions. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

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