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Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Job Specification

OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL LEGAL RESEARCH SPECIALIST

 

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Pay Grade
H1N ($94,494.40 - $118,102.40 - $141,752.00)
Job Summary

Provides legal expertise to ensure that the Inspector General (IG) is able to act to the full extent of assigned authority, actions taken in executing duties withstand any legal scrutiny, and the IG is current on legal issues and trends.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Writes legal summaries, petitions, strategies, letters, and other documents for the Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
  • Researches legal issues and legislation
  • Compiles reports and evidence
  • Reviews and analyzes reports, documents, and problems to identify legal issues and recommend actions/solutions
  • Coordinates with outside agencies regarding cases and matters
  • Researches and drafts various policies and procedures
  • Assists transit court personnel as needed
  • Participates in and consults on investigations, studies, and audits as needed
  • Works on modernizing office workflow
  • Participates in strategic planning
  • Works with Metro Legal department and County Counsel
  • Monitors and recommends legislation to the Metro Government Relation Department
  • Attends various meetings as required
  • Provides guidance, coaching, and training, and oversees the work product of staff
  • Reviews work for quality and adherence to local, state and federal laws, ordinances and statutes, Metro, and OIG policies, procedures, and directives
  • Performs special projects requested by the Inspector General
  • Contributes to ensuring that the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and programs of Metro are carried out


    May be required to perform other related job duties

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of (defined as a learned body of information that is required for and applied in the performance of job tasks)

  • Methods of legal research involving issues arising from California and federal statutory and constitutional law
  • Trial and hearing procedures and rules of evidence
  • Principles and practice of administrative law and procedures; California statutory and constitutional law
  • Laws in relation to authority, responsibilities, and obligations of public officials, administrative boards, and agencies
  • Laws, rules, and procedures pertaining to conducting investigations, criminal prosecutions, and public sector contracting, such as public works project procurements
  • Employment law
  • Transportation and transit operations, including bus and/or rail
  • Proper investigation best practices
  • Required hardware and software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite


Skill in (defined as the proficient manual, verbal, or mental utilization of data, people, or things)

  • Performing legal research
  • Preparing legal correspondence and reports
  • Writing effectively and persuasively
  • Compiling, analyzing and interpreting complex data
  • Applying legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems
  • Communicating orally and in writing
  • Interacting professionally with various groups and individuals, and working effectively with outside agencies


Ability to (defined as a present competence to perform an observable behavior or produce an observable result)

  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, and labor agreements
  • Be sensitive to political issues
  • Analyze situations accurately and recommend effective course of action
  • Maintain and process confidential information
  • Provide proper advice quickly as needed, using sound judgment
  • Conduct or direct investigations
  • Present oral and written statements of fact, law, and argument in a clear and logical manner
  • Carry out work with the highest ethical standards
  • Represent OIG before the public and at the meetings as assigned
  • Read, write, speak, and understand English
Minimum Qualifications

A combination of education and/or experience that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Additional experience, as outlined below, may be substituted for required education on a year-for-year basis. A typical combination includes:

Education

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree


Experience

  • Five years of relevant paralegal, legal, or administrative experience working with legal documents and attorneys, and performing legal research and writing, including at least two years specialized experience in area of assignment


Certifications/Licenses/Special Requirements

  • A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions
  • Licensed Attorney
  • Admission to California Bar, maintaining status as active and in good standing
Special Conditions

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Metro provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Working Conditions

  • Typical office situation
  • Close exposure to computer monitors and video screen


Physical Effort Required

  • Sitting at a desk or table
  • Operate a telephone or other telecommunications device and communicate through the medium
  • Type and use a keyboard and mouse to perform necessary computer-based functions
  • Communicating through speech in the English language required
 

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Job GroupJob Class CodeFLSA StatusDate OriginatedDate Revised
Non-Contract1118Exempt03-MAY-1712-AUG-19

Disclaimer
This classification is at-will and the incumbent serves at the pleasure of the hiring authority when classified as an Intermittent, Emergency, or Temporary employee and/or is assigned to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) or Board Clerk's Office.

This job specification is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.

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