Legal Administrator - 4525

Washington, D.C
May 31, 2023
Jun 08, 2023
Full Time

NATURE OF WORK This is supervisory, administrative work managing the administrative operations of a legal office, including supervising all non-attorney personnel; serving as a liaison between attorneys and staff; evaluating and providing oversight of the office's operating and information systems; overseeing and managing the office's finances; assisting in client development activities; and evaluating, managing, and maintaining the facilities of the office. Work includes identifying and planning for the changing needs of the organization; sharing responsibility for strategic planning with the Chief Counsel; and partnering with the Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel to select, train, and develop SCCE staff. Work is bound by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; Secretary of the Senate policies and procedures; the U.S. Senate Handbook; and the Senate Ethics Manual, but requires independent judgment in setting priorities and handling assignments.


Conditions of Employment

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Work is performed in an office environment and requires the use of normal safety precautions to avoid everyday risks and discomforts. Work requires frequent walking, standing, bending, and carrying items up to 25 pounds, as well as regular use of typical office equipment, software programs, and methods of communication such as a computer, e-mail, telephone, photocopier, and fax machine. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required for performance of duties, as well as working occasional extended and unscheduled work hours. Work also requires physical presence in the office, except as otherwise required by the Office of the Secretary of the Senate.


Work requires a bachelor's degree, with a minimum of seven years of experience managing employees, preferably in a legal or professional services organization, and experience managing business operations such as human resources, technology, facilities, and finance. Certified Legal Manager (CLM) certification a plus. Experience supervising and developing staff.

Basic knowledge of the Senate as an institution preferred.

Demonstrated leadership skills and willingness and ability to delegate.

Familiarity with general processes, systems, philosophies, structure, methods, and approaches of small- to mid-sized law firms, large law firm branch offices, or corporate legal departments.

Familiarity with document management system software and electronic discovery software.

Ability to identify and analyze complex issues and problems in management areas, to be a resourceful and creative problem solver, and to recommend and implement solutions.

Ability to manage office functions economically and efficiently, organize work, establish priorities, and maintain good interpersonal relations and communications with attorneys and support staff.

Ability to work extended and unscheduled hours as dictated by workload and case-filing deadlines. Excellent communication, interpersonal, and follow-through skills.

Excellent time management skills and keen ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities.

Strong quantitative skills and knowledge of business English, spelling, and grammar. Demonstrated poise, tact, and diplomacy.

Excellent analytical and judgment skills and ability to handle confidential matters with discretion.

Ability to interact professionally with all levels of attorneys and staff.

Ability to work well independently and as a part of a team.

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and professional environment.

Ability to drive the improvement of systems and procedures and streamline workflow.

Thorough working knowledge of software applications, equipment, electronic calendaring, et cetera, to effectively lead, assess, and mentor direct reports.

Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.


CLM certification a plus.


See minimum qualifications above for education details and Licenses & Certifications.

Additional information

The Secretary of the Senate is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with the requirements of Senate rules, regulations, and applicable Federal Laws. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Decisions to grant reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please email with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line. No moving, relocation or pre-employment travel expenses will be paid for this position, or while in application for this position.