Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel II)

Job #: 2020-26

  • TWC Job #: 13937464
  • Opening Date: 12/20/2019
  • Travel Required: 30%
  • Monthly Salary: $7,291.67-$7,875.00/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

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:

The General Counsel Division provides expert legal services for the Office of the Governor (OOG). This position reports to the General Counsel and must provide well-researched legal counsel and other advice to the Governor and his staff on a wide range of issues, with an emphasis in the area of criminal justice. This position will also work with the OOG’s Budget & Policy Division.  The Assistant General Counsel will focus primarily on supporting and disseminating the Governor’s statewide agenda in the criminal-justice area, including during the next legislative session, which will require complex legal and policy analysis and working with the Governor, his executive staff, the Texas Legislature, state agencies, local governments, and community and professional groups.  This Assistant General Counsel works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Advises the OOG on criminal-justice issues, including analysis of legal and policy ramifications, and including research, consultation with various stakeholders, and preparation of written material on a wide variety of complex criminal justice issues.
  • Advises the OOG on federal and state constitutional, statutory, and administrative law, as well as proposed legislation or agency action.
  • Advises the OOG on extradition and requisition requests.
  • Advises the OOG on the Governor’s clemency authority, including executions and pardons.
  • Works strategically with relevant state agencies on legal and policy issues affecting those agencies.
  • Communicates effectively with members of the Texas Legislature, advocacy groups, local governmental entities and law enforcement, constituents, and others as authorized on behalf of the Governor.
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes proposed legislation in advance of, and during, the legislative session.
  • Provides advice and counsel on a wide range of matters as assigned, including state and federal law matters. 
  • Drafts legal documents as needed.
  • Negotiates, drafts, and reviews agency grant agreements or contracts.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graduation from an accredited law school.
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas for at least four (4) years, or licensed in another state for at least four (4) years and able to secure licensure in Texas shortly after joining the office.
  • Must have prior experience as an Assistant District Attorney, Assistant County Attorney, or Assistant U.S. Attorney. 
  • Must be able to research, analyze, and solve legal problems, and to interpret laws and regulations.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships within and outside the agency. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior knowledge and experience working in and around the Texas Legislature. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Requirements:

  • Knowledge of state and federal criminal, constitutional, and administrative law.
  • Knowledge of state and federal court practice.
  • Knowledge of the Texas legislative process.
  • Ability to research legal issues and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to use software such as Microsoft Office Suite, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with agency staff, state leadership and other stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.

Registration, Certification or Licensure:   Texas State Bar License in good standing or licensure in good standing in another state with demonstrated ability to obtain Texas licensure soon after joining the office.  Valid driver’s license issued by a state.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:  This classification functions in a standard office environment. Ability to lift 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 www.sss.gov. 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.