Performs advanced (senior-level) attorney work. Work involves organizing and planning legal activities, coordinating the preparation of legal documents, coordinating and providing advice regarding various hearings, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Veterans, Reservist or Guardsman with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A Judge Advocate General, SC - Judge Advocate General Corps, LGL10 Legal, 4402 Judge Advocate, 51JX Judge Advocate, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirement may meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf In order to receive Veteran's preference, a copy of the DD #214 is required at the time of interview. *This is a federally funded position for up to 18 months contingent upon continued funding. *This position may require additional travel. This position will be working during, and outside of normal business hours, including some weekends and holidays. *May be required to pass both Federal and State Background check.
Essential Job Elements:
Advises staff and the public on legal matters related to the Community Development and Revitalization (CDR) program and on the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws. Provides legal counsel and support for the Community Development and Revitalization program, including assistance with research, planning, organizing, and drafting CDR policies and processes. Serve as a liaison for the Community Development and Revitalization program area to the General Counsel and executive staff. Prepares legal opinions and memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and other legal documents related to assigned responsibilities. Assists with the preparation and coordination of legal contracts with the contract specialists. Assists the Attorney General's office or outside counsel in the representation of the agency in civil actions brought by or against the agency on legal matters and at functions related to assigned responsibilities. Reviews and analyzes proposed bills, rules and regulations affecting Community Development and Revitalization operations and administration.
Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a minimum of five (5) years of legal experience as a licensed attorney in the State of Texas with an emphasis in disaster response and recovery, community development, grant management, or related field.
Six (6) years of full-time experience as a licensed attorney at a Texas State Agency. Experience working with and interpreting federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to disaster response and recovery. Experience with major state and federal laws related to disaster response and recovery and "affirmatively furthering fair housing" regulations. Experience drafting and/or amending rules related to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) rulemaking process.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; and of agency administrative rules and regulations. Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis; in the use of a computer and applicable software; in using reasoning and logic; in identifying and solving complex problems; in prioritizing workloads; and in using judgment to identify courses of action. Ability to conduct hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct research, to summarize findings, to interpret and apply laws, to use legal reference materials, to communicate effectively, and to train others.
This position requires the employee to primarily perform sedentary office work; however, mobility (moving around the work-site) is routinely required to carry out some duties. This position requires extensive computer, telephone and client/customer contact and communication. It requires the ability to move and position oneself as needed for filing and similar routine office duties. The job also requires normal cognitive abilities requiring the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. It requires the stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions. Ability to read printed materials and computer screens. The individual must be able to move and transport records, documents, boxes, and all related information and materials, weighing up to 20 pounds when required. The individual must be able to remain stationary for long periods of time when commuting to and from assigned destination and when traveling on state business including fieldwork and training assignments.
Other (licenses, certifications, et cetera):
Must be a licensed attorney by the State of Texas. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.
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The Texas General Land Office/Veterans Land Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or genetic information in employment or the provision of services. A criminal conviction records check is required for applicants who are selected for a position. The State of Texas requires all males who are 18 through 25 and required to register with the Selective Service to present either proof of registration or exemption from registration upon hire. The U.S. Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires new employees to present proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The Texas General Land Office is a non-smoking agency. Smoking is permitted only in designated areas. In compliance with the FLSA, the GLO compensates overtime work though time off in lieu of payment.