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Employment Opportunity

Position: Assistant General Counsel
Job Number: 14-032
Number of Vacancies: 1
Division: Commissioner's Office
Open Date: 08/11/2014  
Closing Date: open until filled
Hiring Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Application Process: Complete a State of Texas Job application and document how you meet the minimum required education and experience; be detailed in explaining your experience that relates to the duties and responsibilities listed. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. A copy of your official college transcripts is required if the position requires education beyond high school. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration.

Submit Applications and Transcripts to: Human Resources, 1200 E. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752 or fax to (512) 427-6510 or email to employment@thecb.state.tx.us.

General Description:

Performs advanced legal work.  Work involves providing legal advice and counsel to agency staff; preparing and reviewing legal documents including contracts and grant agreements, administrative rules, proposed legislation, policies and procedures; and interpreting statutes, case law, rules and regulations.  Works under minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.  This position reports to the General Counsel.

  

General Duties and Responsibilities:

·         Provides advice and counsel to agency staff on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of agency rules and regulations, and state and federal laws.

·         Researches and analyzes legal sources such as statutes, case law, administrative records, Attorney General Opinions, Ethics Commission opinions, legislative histories, and various articles, rules, and regulations.

·         Participates in drafting, developing, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and contractor proposals.

·         Develops and updates contract and solicitation templates and additional contract forms/guidance, interprets contractual provisions, and provides advice on all facets of contract and grant (State and Federal) issues. Drafts, reviews, and negotiates Memoranda of Understanding and Interagency Contracts with other State agencies.

·         Prepares and reviews legal documents such as pleadings, motions, briefs, opinions, position statements, proposed legislation and other legal memoranda.

·         Prepares and reviews position statements and other correspondence with State and Federal agencies, including the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

·         Reviews and prepares responses to public information requests.

·         Coordinates with internal and external teams regarding legal research and work or other project issues.

·         Assists with representing the agency in pre-trial, trial, and appellate phases of lawsuits, including drafting discovery documents and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial.

·         May oversee litigation processes and functions.

·         May assign and/or supervise the work of others.

·         Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Required Minimum Education and experience:

·         Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.

·         Five years full-time experience as a licensed, practicing attorney with significant experience performing legal research and analysis, and preparing legal briefs, pleadings, motions, contracts, grant agreements, and other legal documents.

·         Experience drafting and/or reviewing competitive solicitations as well as drafting and reviewing/negotiating State contracts/grants. 

 

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

·         Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Knowledge of litigation processes, and of legal principles, practices, and proceedings.

·         Knowledge of Texas Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Public Information Act, and Texas Open Meetings Act.

·         Knowledge of administrative law, state government contract law, State and Federal grant law, and commercial laws.

·         Knowledge of laws, regulations, and rules governing the Higher Education Coordinating Board.

·         Skill in legal research, legal and business writing, and analysis.

·         Skill in using personal computers, general office software, databases, and online legal research services and software.

·         Skill in negotiation.

·         Skill in interpersonal communications.

·         Ability to prepare legal documents, including contracts and grant agreements, to conduct research, to interpret and apply laws, and to summarize findings.

·         Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, tasks and priorities.

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally.

·         Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

·         Ability to obtain and maintain knowledge of all pertinent laws, rules and procedures.

 

Preferred:

·         Considerable experience in the areas of administrative law, State government contract law, and State and Federal grant law.

·         Considerable experience with Texas Administrative Procedure Act and the Texas Public Information Act.

·         Knowledge of Texas procurement law.

·         Knowledge of federal regulations affecting grant-making by state agencies using federal funds. 

·         Experience negotiating licenses and working in the areas of copyright and trademark.

·         Experience with the rules and process of the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).

·         State and Federal litigation experience, including experience researching and preparing legal briefs, pleadings, and motions.

Job offer and continuation of employment with THECB may be contingent upon

  • Proof of educational credentials that satisfies the minimum requirements of the position.
  • Eligibility/authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Satisfactory results from Criminal History Background Check.  

If applicable, compliance with the Selective Service Law for males ages 18-25. Please be advised that under Texas law, names and other information concerning applicants or nominees may be subject to disclosure upon request.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions

 Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires

  • Regular and punctual attendance;  
  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers and telephones;
  • Frequent sitting;
  • Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others

 

Remarks:

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is a Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. An individual with a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation shall not be denied the opportunity due to the disability. The applicant should contact Human Resources if reasonable accommodation is required during the application process at (512) 427-6190. For vocal and/or hearing assistance call 7-1-1, (512) 427-6190.

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