Temporary Hearing Officer, Civil Service Commission

City of Baltimore, MD - Baltimore, MD4.0

Full-time | Temporary | CommissionEstimated: $48,000 - $62,000 a year
Class Description

The Civil Service Commission for Baltimore City Government is seeking a contract Temporary Hearing Officer to preside over employee grievance appeals. Assignments are made on a rotating basis between three Hearing Officers.

Hearing Officers are independent attorneys retained by the Commission to conduct hearings on grievances and to advise the panel of the Commission hearing the appeal on legal and procedural matters when the parties are represented by counsel. The Hearing Officer does not vote, but participates in deliberations only to the extent of advising the panel concerning legal and procedural matters. The Hearing Officer is responsible for conducting hearings in an orderly and expeditious fashion; making rulings on evidentiary and procedural questions; and drafting final decisions.

Essential Duties
Performs professional level work.
Hears and evaluates testimony and evidence de novo to determine case facts, maintains order and decorum, disposes of objections expressed, permits questioning and cross-examination of witnesses and ensures due process.
Manage pre-hearing conferences, exchange information and evaluate proposed evidence, consider expert witness testimony, determine issues, rule on any matters in dispute related to discover and rule on preliminary motions.
Examines case records and official files and ensures that all documents and exhibits are fully documented in the record.
Conducts legal research to fully address all legal arguments.
May meet with appellants and appellees, or their representatives to explain rights and obligations and discuss hearing rules and procedures.
Writes timely decisions which are binding on all parties.
Submits written findings and decisions to the Civil Service Commission.

Minimum Qualifications:
Currently have, and maintain through the contract, an active Maryland license to practice law
Have served as a neutral Hearing Officer or arbitrator in employer-employee disputes for at least three (3) years out of the past five (5) years and have conducted at least nine (9) hearings in the last three (3) years; OR Have a minimum five (5) years' experience in the full-time active practice of law, including two (2) years of experience practicing before federal or state courts or federal, state or local administrative agencies authorized to conduct evidentiary hearings; provided that the individual certifies that at least one-fourth (1/4) of his or her practice has involved the preparation and/or presentation of cases before federal or state courts involving employer-employee disputes, the National Labor Relations Board, state or local labor relations boards, state or local personnel or civil service or career service boards, or labor-management arbitrators;

Required Skills
Knowledge of court procedures and rules of evidence sufficient to be able to provide due process in administrative hearings and render decisions.
Skill in applying general law and evaluating facts and evidence in relation to individual cases.
Skill in exercising initiative, judgment, and decision making in solving problems and meeting organizational objectives.
Skill in independently adapting, interpreting and applying written guidelines, precedents and standardized work practices to a variety of unprecedented or problematic situations.

Physical Demands:
Sitting: remaining in the normal seated position.
Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words.
Hearing: perceiving the nature of sounds by ear.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

For additional information and/or immediate consideration, qualified and interested applicants must submit an employment application including a letter of interest and resume via the City's online recruitment system at: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/baltimorecity/default.htm

Baltimore City is an Equal Opportunity Employer