Douglas County 1630

Pay Range GC14


The classifications within this three-level series perform duties utilizing specialized knowledge of legal procedures and documents which affect the accuracy of reliability of further legal-related processes.

This classification is the advanced level of the legal assistant series and is distinguished by the responsibility for organizing and running a legal office and supervising staff. This classification performs technical legal assistant research and drafting of legal documents as required.


(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples. Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Assume responsibility for managing the office of a county administrator serving as administrative secretary, which includes: act as liaison between department and public providing information requiring knowledge of policy and procedure, maintaining fiscal, employee, office supplies and equipment records; prepare department head correspondence, make reservations and prepare necessary vouchers for travel; compile and prepare quarterly reports; prepare work orders.

2. Determine sequence of procedural steps to move paperwork through department in a timely manner. Monitor work schedules to ensure timely completion of legal tasks on time in accordance with court and statutory time frames.

3. Develop, establish, maintain, and oversee departmental routines and office procedures, computerized systems, files, forms and recordkeeping. Supervise support staff and is involved in selection, training and evaluation of employees; plan, organize, assign, coordinate and review work of support staff; design and recommend new procedures and change in work flow.

4. Draft and independently prepare initial legal documents, petitions, pleadings, summons, findings of fact, conclusions, orders, and other material of important, and often confidential, nature from brief verbal instructions, notes, or personal knowledge and research. Research information from files, manuals, journals, judgments, and library to support document preparation. Schedule hearings with docket clerk; maintain case docket.

5. Assist with budget preparation; monitor fiscal expenditures. Receive contract funds and monitor department contracts.

6. Attend meetings or hearings and prepare minutes; may participate in the absence of the department head.


Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of legal office practices, procedures, documents, terminology, phrases; thorough knowledge of business English, grammar, and composition; thorough knowledge of practices, procedures and policies of a legal office in the public sector and its relationship to courts, municipal government, attorneys. Skill in: Taking and transcribing dictation; use of modern office equipment which includes automated equipment and systems; processing information on a computer. Ability to: Communicate effectively in oral and written forms; develop, improve, and implement office procedures, forms, systems; independently conduct departmental research and prepare legal reports and correspondence; plan, organize, and supervise the work of support staff; establish and maintain records, reports, fiscal and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies, establish new policies when applicable, and to use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; courteously meet and deal effectively with other employees, other agency officials, court personnel, law enforcement officials, attorneys, committees, advisory boards, vendors, clients and families and the public.

Education, experience and training: Five years clerical experience of a progressively responsible nature, two years of which must have been in a public or private law office and includes supervisory experience OR a satisfactory equivalent combination of education, experience and training.


This classification works under the general direction of a department head. Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience. The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to employee discretion and interpretation. Employee works independently and estimates and manages time efficiently. Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within departmental policy and procedures, federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; court regulations and procedures; criminal and civil codes; numerous legal reference materials and manuals; various dictionaries and secretarial handbooks. The employee uses seasoned judgment, initiative and experience in independently interpreting and applying guidelines and contributes to modifications of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Works in an office environment; work is generally sedentary; however, may require bending, hearing voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 50 pounds, pushing, reaching, standing and walking.