Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel II)

Job #: 2024-43

  • TWC Job #: 16401776
  • Opening Date: 1/25/2024
  • Travel Required: 5%
  • Monthly Salary: $7,375.00 - $7,916.67
  • Position Location: Austin, Texas
  • Group Step: B28
  • Class: 3522
  • Status: Open

Assistant General Counsel – Austin, Texas

The Office of the Governor (OOG) is looking for an Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel II) to work in the General Counsel division.

Who We Are

The Office of the Governor works to build a healthier, safer, freer, and more prosperous future for all Texans. We are located primarily within the Texas State Capitol Complex in Austin.

What You’ll Earn

The salary is $7,375.00 - $7,916.67 a month ($88,500.00 - $95,000.04 a year).

Benefits include medical insurance, sick leave, and vacation leave. Also, State of Texas employees are eligible for a defined retirement plan. Learn more:

What You’ll Do

This is a job that performs complex (journey-level) legal work for the OOG. This position is responsible for the agency’s Public Information Act compliance and must provide well-researched legal services for the Governor and his staff on a wide range of legal issues, including state law and proposed legislation. Work involves interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; preparing legal documents; and drafting and negotiating contracts.

  • Provides legal advice to the Governor and the agency 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 the OOG.
  • Coordinates with other state agencies regarding legal matters 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 OOG.
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes legislation in advance of, and during, the legislative session.
  • Drafts and reviews legal documents and conducts legal research as needed.
  • Assists OOG staff, including the General Counsel, in legal matters that may arise.
  • Provides input on the development of agency programs and the establishment of agency procedures.

How You’ll Qualify

  • 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 three (3) years; or licensed in another state for three (3) 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.

You’re a Great Fit with

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

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 Texas driver’s license.

Other Things to Know and When You Should Apply

It’s a great job for a professional who enjoys conducting legal research, interpreting law, and providing legal advice. Apply now by submitting a state of Texas application.  Applications are reviewed daily.

Telework opportunities are available upon request. Reliable internet is required. Alternate work schedules and telework may be discussed with the hiring manager during the interview process.


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

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 512-463-8315 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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(512) 463-5873

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