Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel III)

Job #: 2019-02

  • TWC Job #: 3616079
  • Opening Date: 9/12/2018
  • Travel Required: NA
  • Monthly Salary: $7,500.00 - $9,000.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B27
  • Class: 3522

Military Occupational Specialist codes that may be applicable to this position: 27, 27A, 250X, 04, 4402, 44, 51JX, 51, 51JX

Omission of data on the state application is grounds for disqualification of the application.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

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 drafting and negotiating contracts; preparing other legal documents; interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; reviewing and drafting legislation; and briefing the Governor on executions and other issues. 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 and the use of initiative.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Prepares legal documents, including contracts, policies and procedures, and legal memoranda.
  • 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.
  • Attends various meetings on behalf of the agency.
  • Coordinates with the Office of the Attorney General, as well as other agencies, regarding legal matters.
  • Conducts research; interprets and applies laws; summarizes findings; communicates effectively; and trains, coordinates, and leads the work of others.
  • Provides guidance to agency staff, the board, or the commission on various open government regulations and the agency’s administrative rules.
  • Drafts and reviews 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

Graduation from an accredited law school. Must have been licensed to practice law in the State of Texas for at least five years. Must have prior experience working on procurement issues within a state agency.  Must be able to research, analyze and solve legal problems, to draft legal documents, and to interpret laws and regulations. Must be able to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.  Must be familiar with applicable software such as Microsoft Office Suite, LexisNexis, and Westlaw. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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, including contracts; 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 for at least five years
  • Prior experience working on procurement issues within a state agency
  • 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.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:   Texas State Bar License in good standing. Valid Texas Driver’s License.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:  This classification functions in a standard office environment.   Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, use office machinery, set up conference rooms for meetings, etc. Must be able to communicate and exchange accurate information via phone, computer, and in person.  Must be able to observe and evaluate data in a variety of formats, including hard copy, electronic, and media formats. Must be able to work hours during a legislative session that include holidays and as needed.