Under direction, to supervise the administrative operation of the Hearing Office; to confer with and assist other Administrative Law Judges on problem cases and provide guidance; to assist in the program for continued improvement of the administrative hearing process; to preside over hearings and prepare decisions under the provisions of the State Civil Service Act and related statutes; and to perform other related work.
Presides over and conducts hearings in connection with charges filed under various provisions of the State Civil Service Act providing for hearings of disciplinary appeals, appeals from rejections during probation, discrimination cases, nondisciplinary terminations, medical demotions/terminations; presides over and conducts hearings for cities and counties pursuant to the Local Agency Personnel Standards; presides over and conducts hearings for State colleges and universities pursuant to the Education Code; prepares proposed decisions for the State Personnel Board; sets for hearing cases assigned and gives notice to interested parties; conducts settlement and other prehearing conferences and administers oaths; issues subpoenas; instructs participants in hearings as to their rights; questions witnesses; rules on motions and objections and receives evidence; reviews transcripts of hearings; presides over and conducts hearings provided under contract with other agencies for appeals of transfers, layoffs, reports of performance pending layoff, and voluntary resignations and for requests for reinstatement from automatic resignations; prepares and submits final or proposed decisions prepared pursuant to delegation to the appropriate agency; prepares motions and resolutions for consideration by Board in cases assigned; prepares correspondence and prepares reports; confers with, assists, supervises, trains, orients and evaluates performance of other Administrative Law Judges; supervises support staff of Hearing Office, supervises the assignment of cases, the setting of cases for hearing, the providing of notice to interested parties, the preparation of portions of the Board Calendar pertaining to cases referred to Administrative Law Judges, the notification of parties as to decision of the Board in cases assigned, the ordering of transcripts and preparation of administrative records; performs the administrative work of the Hearing Office; assists in the program for continued improvement of the administrative hearing process, efficiency of the Hearing Office, and quality of the output.
Membership in The State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.) and Either I One year of experience performing the duties of an Administrative Law Judge I, State Personnel Board.
Five years of experience in the practice of law* after admittance to The State Bar of California, at least three years of which shall have involved the trial of contested cases in a trial court, or the conduct of formal hearings or inquiries.
Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application; procedure of administrative hearings, the rules of evidence, and laws relating to issuing of subpoenas, taking of depositions, and the serving of notices; court decisions interpreting the powers of administrative boards and agencies; principles and theories of administrative law and of the judicial review of administrative actions; provisions of the State Civil Service Act pertaining to the rights of State employees; principles and objectives of effective personnel management and understanding of the uses of proper administrative procedures for furthering these objectives; the principles and techniques of effective supervision and training; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles and precedents to legal problems; prepare motions and resolutions on cases heard, conduct fair and impartial hearings in a manner that will obtain all pertinent evidence and secure confidence and respect; maintain a fair and impartial attitude of mind without bias or prejudice; communicate effectively; provide assistance and guidance to other Administrative Law Judges on complex or sensitive cases; direct the activities of other Administrative Law Judges; direct and control the activities of support staff; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; effectively contribute to the formulation and administration of both traditional and innovative approaches to the continued improvement in efficiency and quality of Hearing Office output; plan, organize, direct, and supervise the work of others; and effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Willingness to travel, judicial temperament, self motivation and tact.
Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" or "legal experience" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The State Bar of California.