Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Franklin County Work Locations: Ohio Dept of Transportation 1980 W Broad St 4th Floor Columbus 43223 Organization: Transportation - Central Office Classified Indicator: Unclassified Bargaining Unit / Exempt: Exempt Schedule: Full-time Work Hours: 07:30 AM To 04:30 PM Compensation: $26.42 Unposting Date: Jun 6, 2019, 11:59:00 PM Job Function: Transportation
Under direction of Director & Chief Legal Counsel, acts for & on behalf of & represents Director & Chief Legal Counsel in their absence; serves as lead staff attorney by providing legal advice or presides over quasi-judicial administrative hearings involving statewide impact &/or most complex issues including legal advice regarding memorandums of understanding, settlement agreements, etc. Uses a computer & related software (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel) to prepare memoranda, contracts, leases, agreements, orders & other documents for agency staff. Assists with appeals of quasi-judicial administrative hearings (e.g., ensures preservation of record; reviews witness testimony, rulings on motions & objections, procedural determinations, evidence included & excluded) & uses a computer & related software (e.g., Microsoft Word) to prepare written decisions including findings of fact & conclusions of law for cases appealed to Director's Office (e.g., decertification of Minority & Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), Ohio logos program, debarring of contractors). NOTE: Determinations involve multiple & most complex types of issues & determinations/allowances having statewide impact. Researches case & statutory law, constitutions, state & federal rules, legal treatises, opinions & orders.
Serves as Public Records Custodian for the department. Works with Public Information Officers & others on responses to public records requests, directs staff on completing public records requests & records retention questions. Advises staff regarding & coordinates responses to public records requests, subpoenas, media communications, ethics questions, etc.
Prepares compatibility analysis for ODOT staff identifying possible conflicts or ethical violations. Reviews & advises ODOT staff on secondary employment.
Provides legal advice to agency staff & responds to inquiries from state & county agency administrators, general public, legislators & government officials. Attends meetings with attorneys &/or in-house counsel regarding legal issues. Uses a computer & related software (e.g., Microsoft Word & Excel) to prepare reports & maintain records. Monitors work of support staff as assigned. Reviews agency programs & policies in order to assess legal implications. Reviews or drafts legislation & administrative rules, advisory opinions, etc. as needed. Conducts grievance hearings. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.
This Position is Unclassified per Section 124.11(A)(29)
Admission to Ohio Bar pursuant to Section 4705.01 of Revised Code; 6 mos. exp. as licensed attorney. -Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above may be substituted for the experience required, but not for the mandated licensure.
Knowledge of law (i.e., procedural & substantive); legal research methods; legal writing; interviewing; laws, rules & procedures applicable to operations of employing agency*; employee training & development*. Ability to deal with large number of variables & determine specific course of action; organize & interpret extensive variety of legal material in books, journals or legal documents; communicate verbally regarding legal issues; handle sensitive contacts with government officials, adverse parties &/or general public. (*)Developed after employment.
ALL ANSWERS TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY THE WORK EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION PROVIDED ON YOUR CIVIL SERVICE APPLICATION.
This position is Overtime Exempt per FLSA standards.
If this position is filled internally, the wage rate will be determined in accordance with the contract.
All candidates applying for employment opportunities should be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship for an employment visa is not currently available for positions with the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Background Check Information:
The final candidate selected for this position will be required to undergo a criminal background check. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position. An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal conviction will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.
The final applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis prior to appointment to test for illegal drug use. An applicant with a positive test result will not be offered employment.