Assistant General Counsel/Public Information Coordinator (General Counsel II)
Job #: 2020-45
- TWC Job #: 14017554
- Opening Date: 3/03/2020
- Travel Required: NA
- Monthly Salary: $6250.00 - $6666.67/mo
- Position Location: Austin, Texas
- Group Step: B27
- Class: 3522
Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) code of 46A- Public Affairs Officer, PA- Public Affairs Specialist, 14FX- Information Operations, or other related fields may meet the minimum requirements for this position and are highly encouraged to apply.
Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_InformationandCommunication.pdf
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.
The General Counsel Division provides expert legal services for the Office of the Governor (OOG). This position reports to the General Counsel, is responsible for the agency’s Public Information Act compliance, and must provide well-researched legal counsel and other advice to the Governor and his staff on a wide range of legal issues including state law and proposed legislation. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
- Provides advice and counsel on a wide range of legal matters as assigned.
- Provides advice and guidance to management and staff regarding timely and accurate disclosure of agency records under the Public Information Act.
- Consults and coordinates with OOG divisions to ensure consistent, compliant, and timely processing of agency Public Information Requests.
- Coordinates with other agencies regarding compliance with their Public Information Requests that are relevant to OOG.
- Works strategically with relevant state agencies on legal issues affecting those agencies or the OOG.
- 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 legislation in advance of, and during, the legislative session.
- Drafts legal documents as needed.
- Assists the Office of the Governor in other legal matters that may arise.
- Provides input on the development of agency programs and the establishment of agency procedures.
- Complies with all agency policies and procedures including, but not limited to, applicable security and safety rules.
- Conducts research; interprets and applies laws; summarizes findings; communicates effectively; and coordinates with the work of others.
- Attends various meetings on behalf of the agency.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Must have graduated from an accredited law school and currently be a member of the bar in good standing.
- Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas for four (4) years or licensed in another state for four (4) years and able to secure licensure in Texas as soon as practicable.
- Must have experience in working with the Texas Public Information Act or equivalent law.
- 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.
- Prior knowledge and experience working in and around the Texas Legislature.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements:
- Knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act.
- Knowledge of state constitutional, statutory, and administrative law.
- Knowledge of state 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 and with requestors of public information.
- 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.