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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: C4002 / Paralegal,Sr
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Performs varied paralegal work involving a high level of difficulty and responsibility to assist University Counsel and other attorneys with legal and factual research, investigations, analyses, reviewing and analyzing documents, drafting pleadings, position statements and affidavits, providing litigation support, and conveying legal information and follow-up operational advice to university clientele under administrative direction of an attorney.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. As directed by attorneys, conveys legal information and follow-up operational consultation to management regarding the legal implications, risks, and liabilities of proposed and actual policies, practices, and contractual situations, some of which may involve significant risk or importance to the institution.
  2. Analyzes specific legal problems relevant to the institution and assists in the development of responsive solutions, strategies, policies, and/or procedures.
  3. Drafts complex pleadings and/or discovery responses/requests for meetings and/or administrative hearings; prepares affidavits, compiles and organizes evidence and/or other information, and drafts position statements or briefs for such proceedings.
  4. Drafts, for review by attorneys, formal institutional responses and/or position statements regarding the institution's position on various policies, regulations, administrative actions, and transactions.
  5. Interviews witnesses, attends depositions, and agency hearings as directed by attorney.
  6. Conducts fact investigation and analysis, which may include site visits or inspections.
  7. Performs legal and/or factual research and investigations as specifically assigned; analyzes data and recommends courses of action to attorney, as appropriate. Researches aspects of the case for purposes of discovery.
  8. Organizes and analyzes documents, screens responsive and privileged documents.
  9. Supports with pretrial/trial and hearing preparation.
  10. Provides assistance and coordination in negotiating agreements and settlements with commercial, governmental, and administrative entities in consultation with attorneys.
  11. Communicates directly with outside administrative agencies and attorneys on matters that may involve monetary, political, or public relations risk to the institution.
  12. Represents the organization on internal committees, task forces, and other official meetings.
  13. Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest developments in college and university law and in other related areas.
  14. May present training classes or prepare written informational materials on specific legal topics.
  15. May supervise and/or lead lower graded staff and/or student employees.
  16. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED; at least 9 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Ability to interact with students, faculty and/or staff in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to conduct complex legal research.
  • Ability to gather and organize legal evidence.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Knowledge of legal contract, agreement and settlement procedures and documentation.
  • Ability to draft legal documents, such as pleadings, legal responses, affidavits, position statements and briefs.
  • Knowledge of current and developing legal issues and trends in area of expertise.
  • Knowledge of legal implications of policies and practices.
  • Ability to develop and implement legal strategies and solutions.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requres: a) independent preparation of legal opinions and position statements on complex, difficult, and/or sensitive issues of relatively high importance to the institution for review by attorneys; b) independent drafting and preparation of complex policy statements, contracts, and settlement agreements for attorney review; c) direct, independent interaction with external counsel and agencies on moderately complex legal issues; d) identification and anticipation of legal problems and assistance in development of problem resolution strategies; e) advisement of university officials of relevant developments of law, as appropriate.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017