Counsel (Attorney III)

Job #: 2020-15

  • TWC Job #: 13878149
  • Opening Date: 10/28/2019
  • Travel Required: 10%
  • Monthly Salary: $7,083.34
  • Position Location: Austin
  • Group Step: B25
  • Class: 3504

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

In order to qualify for this position a State of Texas Applications must be submitted through Work In Texas. The OOG requires all sections of the state application to be completed.

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

General Description:

This position will be assigned to the Office of the Governor (OOG) and will report to the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division. This division is being established in accordance with SB 1995, 86th Legislature, to review state agency rules in accordance with Chapter 57, Texas Occupations Code, as amended.  

Once established, the division will review certain proposed agency rules affecting market competition in the state relating to the business, occupation, or profession for which a license is issued, before the rule is adopted or implemented.  Additionally, the division will review the proposed repeal or re-adoption (with or without amendment) of certain agency rules affecting market competition.  The division will conduct a thorough, independent review of each proposed rule change, as set forth by law. In conducting the review, the division may request information from the state agency, require further analysis, solicit public comments, or hold public hearings.  This position will require extensive coordination with state agencies.  This position will require the performance of highly complex (senior-level) legal work; works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgement.

Essential Duties:

  • Performs legal and administrative activities related to the review of agency rules as set forth in SB 1995, 86th Legislature.
  • Prepares legal opinions, briefs, and reports related to the review of agency rules as set forth in SB 1995, 86th Legislature.
  • Advises stakeholders and the public on legal matters related to the review of agency rules as set forth in SB 1995, 86th Legislature.
  • Organizes and compiles recommendations into actionable information.
  • Assists with formulating, establishing, and reviewing division policies and procedures.
  • Prepares and delivers informational and educational programs and public presentations.
  • May assist with developing and recommending policies and procedures and preparing training materials.
  • Maintains accurate, well-organized, and secure databases and records administration practices.
  • May assist with updating training and operations manuals, educational materials, and information.
  • Researches and prepares effective and ethical business solutions as needed.
  • Complies with all OOG policies, procedures, and applicable laws.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. degree
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
  • Three years’ experience as a practicing attorney

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five years of experience as a practicing attorney
  • Experience with legal review of rules of Texas state agencies
  • Experience with occupational licensing and antitrust law

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:

  • Ability to analyze whether a rule affects market competition as described by SB 1995.
  • Proven ability to bring together multiple groups of stakeholders with varying opinions to manage decision making in a cooperative way.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas.
  • Thorough knowledge of management methods and practices which includes managing, planning, assigning, and reviewing the work of professional and clerical staff in a variety of tasks.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process which includes analysis and interpretation of legislation.
  • Working knowledge of automated information tracking systems.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Skill in presentations and meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to identify problems, evaluate alternatives, and implement effective solutions.
  • Ability to develop and evaluate policies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop and coach staff.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to train.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.

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 move up to 35Ibs.  Ability to drive and travel as needed.  Will need to move about the office to access file cabinets, 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. 

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. 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 Applicants may obtain a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report upon request.

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.