Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

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    Austin, Texas 78701
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General Counsel III

Job #: 2015-15
TWC Job #: 8338500
Opening Date: 01/23/15
Closing Date: Until Closed
Travel Required: N/A
Monthly Salary: *$6,666.66 - $8,750.00
Position Location: State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto
Group Step: B27
Class: 3522

*Salary Commensurate With Experience


Performs highly responsible professional legal work in the General Counsel division within the Office of the Governor. Works with the General Counsel in providing legal counsel to the Governor and his staff on a wide range of legal issues, including reviewing and drafting legislation and briefing the Governor on executions, and requests for clemency and pardons. Reviews bills for legal issues during the legislative session. Other related duties as assigned. Work is performed under the direction of the General Counsel with wide latitude for independent judgment.


  • Advises on the interpretation, application, and enforcement of laws and regulations.
  • Advises agency management on programs and issues involving legal risks.
  • Reviews laws, rules, and regulations affecting agency operations and administration.
  • Provides legal advice to the agency on policy decision making and identifies appropriate legal solutions.
  • Assists the agency staff, including General Counsel, in legal matters that arise with respective agencies.
  • Coordinates with the Offices of the Attorney General regarding executions and other legal matters.
  • Prepare legal documents; policies and procedures; conduct research; interpret and apply laws; summarize findings; prepare cases for trial; conduct hearings;
  • Communicate effectively; and train, coordinate, and lead the work of others
  • Drafts legal documents as needed. 
  • Complies with all agency policies and procedures including, but not limited to, applicable security and safety rules.
  • Provides input on the development of agency programs and the establishment of agency procedures.
  • Assists the Office of the Governor in all legal matters that may arise.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, regulations, and rules; and of agency administrative rules and regulations.
  • Skill in identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; and in reconciling differences.
  • Ability to prepare legal documents; to prepare policies and procedures; to conduct research; to interpret and apply laws; to summarize findings; to prepare cases for trial; to conduct hearings; to communicate effectively; and to train, coordinate, and lead the work of others
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
  • Skill in legal writing, mediation and negotiation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to work 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and to work over 40 hours as needed.


To apply, you may download the uniform State Employment Application or request an application from the Office of the Governor Human Resources Division, State Insurance Building, 1100 San Jacinto, Room 2.300, Austin, Texas, 78701. If required in this posting, copies of college transcripts must be provided concurrent with application for further applicant consideration. For additional information, please call 512- 463-5873, or visit our agency's website. Dial 7-1-1 for Relay Services.

The Office of the Governor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all new employees to present proof of eligibility to work in the United States within three (3) days of being hired. The Office of the Governor participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. Candidates selected for interviews will be subject to background check and required to complete authorization form.

Male candidates between 18 and 25 years of age are required to show proof of Selective Service registration (or exemption) prior to an offer of employment being extended. Such proof is not required to be filed with an application but must be provided upon request by the Human Resources office. For additional information pertaining to Selective Service registration, you may visit:

Notice to Applicants Who May Require Reasonable Accommodation in the Interview Process:

Applicants with disabilities who may need to discuss special accommodations during the interview process should contact 512-463-5873 and ask to speak to the Office of the Governor's Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator in the Human Resources Department. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.