Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel III)

Job #: 2022-25

  • TWC Job #: 14914683
  • Opening Date: 11/09/2021
  • Travel Required: 5%
  • Monthly Salary: $7,699.17 - $7,875.00/mo
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B29
  • Class: 3523

Veterans, Reservists or members of the Guard can compare this position to Military Occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor's Office.

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

Only interviewed applicants will receive notice of the final disposition of the selection process.

OOG employees applying for a position in the same pay group, if selected, will be laterally transferred with a maximum increase in salary of 3.4%.

General Description

The Assistant General Counsel works in the General Counsel Division within the Office of the Governor (OOG) and reports to the General Counsel. Performs advanced and/or managerial (senior-level) legal work for the OOG. Work involves providing well-researched legal services for the Governor and his staff on a wide range of legal issues, including drafting and negotiating contracts, procurement documents, and grant agreements; preparing other legal documents; interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; and briefing the General Counsel and Governor on executions and other issues. Reviews bills for legal issues during the legislative session. May supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties

  • Prepares legal documents, including contracts, procurements, grant agreements, and legal memoranda.
  • Provides legal advice relating to the management of OOG programs, including any issues involving legal risks.
  • Reviews and advises on the interpretation, application, and enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations affecting OOG operations and administration.
  • Provides input on the development of OOG programs and the establishment of relevant procedures.
  • Provides legal advice to the OOG on policy decision-making and identifies appropriate legal solutions.
  • Assists OOG staff, including General Counsel, in legal matters that arise with respect to other state agencies.
  • Attends various meetings on behalf of the OOG.
  • Coordinates with other state agencies regarding legal matters affecting those agencies or the OOG.
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes legislation in advance of, and during, the legislative session.
  • 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 OOG.
  • Assists OOG’s General Counsel Division in complying with Public Information Act responsibilities.
  • Assists OOG’s General Counsel Division with management of litigation involving the agency.
  • Reviews legal documents and conducts legal research as needed. 
  • Provides advice and counsel on a wide range of legal matters as assigned. 
  • Maintains regular work schedule.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited law school and current member of the bar in good standing; and
  • 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; and
  • Must be able to research, analyze, and solve legal problems and to interpret laws and regulations.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.  

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience drafting and negotiating contracts or grant agreements.
  • Prior experience working on state agency procurements.
  • Prior experience or knowledge relating to Public Information Act requests.
  • Prior experience working in and around the Texas Legislature.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Requirements

  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings.
  • Knowledge of state constitutional, statutory, and administrative law.
  • Knowledge of the Texas legislative process.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and software applications.
  • Skill in identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Skill 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 research legal issues and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws and to summarize findings.
  • Ability to use software such as Microsoft Office Suite and Westlaw. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with agency staff.

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 move up to 20 Ibs. 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.

How to Apply

Applications are received only 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. Requests for accommodation should be made to the Human Resources office as early as possible in the application/employment process. 

Apply Online at Work in Texas

Equal Opportunity Employer

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 View a copy of the Agency's Equal Employment Opportunity Utilization Report.

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 email the OOG’s Reasonable Accommodation Program Manager or call 512-463-5873 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.

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