Assistant County Attorney – Transactional

Salary Depends on Qualifications

Location Houston, TX

Job Type Regular Full-time

Department County Attorney’s Office

Job Number 08019

Closing 5/29/2022 11:59 PM Central

Position Description The Harris County Attorney’s Office (HCAO) is seeking a Transactional Real Estate Attorney to join our Real Estate Division as an Assistant County Attorney. The Real Estate Division specializes in legal matters regarding Harris County’s acquisitions and sales of real property. 
The Assistant County Attorney in this role is responsible for providing legal counsel, and researching, negotiating, and drafting legal documents for the purchase, sale, lease, and operation of real estate interests, including deeds, easements, title examinations, contracts, leases and concession agreements for parks and county buildings, roads, and other public purposes.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides legal counsel for Harris County real estate transactions including, fee and easement interests, leasehold interests, acquisitions, divestitures, and donations
  • Researches and analyzes legal issues related to Harris County real estate transactions
  • Drafts, prepares, reviews, negotiates, and manages real estate transactions and instruments for Harris County real property interests
  • Drafts, researches, and prepares administrative applications and orders for Commissioner’s Court review and approval for real estate transactions
  • Develops and manages relationships with clients, the public, and other work groups related to assigned cases
  • Performs multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining an effective balance of priorities and high productivity
  • Maintains case files electronically in CACI and OpenText
  • Responds promptly to phone calls, emails, and other correspondence
  • Participates in one-on-one sessions with the Managing Attorney of the Division to give and receive feedback
  • Participates in Division staff meetings
  • Encourages and mentors attorneys, paralegals, interns, and law clerks
  • Advises various County departments and officials regarding real estate legal issues that impact day-to-day business dealings, including the department’s rights, responsibilities, and benefits under an agreement
  • Negotiates legal terms of and draft contracts, amendments, addendums, and court orders
  • Acts as Liaison regarding legal issues affecting client departments and other departments and/or governmental entities
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Other Duties:

  • This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position 
  • Management may, at its discretion, assign, or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx

If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email 

[email protected] 
This position is subject to a criminal history check. Only relevant convictions will be considered and, even when considered, may not automatically
disqualify the candidate.
Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Active Bar License in Good Standing for the State of Texas
  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant legal experience in transactional-based Real Estate law, including research, negotiating, and drafting real estate documents
  • Applicants should provide a cover letter, resume with references, and at least one writing sample with their application.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of federal and state rules of civil procedure, the Local Government Code, and the Texas Property Code
  • Excellent research, verbal, and writing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to communicate and work in a collaborative group
  • Proficiency with technology and legal tools such as Westlaw, Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe, and PowerPoint
  • Gathers, organizes, and summarizes legal issues quickly for clients or management, in person or via email
  • Complies with the Harris County Personnel Policies and Procedures and the policies of the County Attorney
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with groups and individuals across the organization
  • Occasionally works extended hours to accommodate case load demands
  • Organizes and prioritize assignments to meet deadlines
  • Complies with office training requirements
  • Performs thorough legal and factual analyses and exercises good judgment

Key Values:

  • Thrives in a culture based on teamwork 
  • Accepts constructive criticism and recommendations for improvement from management
  • Establishes and builds trust by diplomatically but assertively addressing conflicts directly with co-workers
  • Establishes rapport, seeks guidance, and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues. 

Action

  • Acts as a self-starter and able to work independently without supervision 
  • Seeks additional duties and responsibilities
  • Makes effective and efficient use of time in carrying out responsibilities
  • Organizes and prioritizes multiple projects simultaneously to maintain a high level of productivity and meets deadlines with minimal intervention. 

Success

  • Proactively seeks avenues for self-development
  • Reports to work on time, seldom call in unexpectedly, and maintain a good attendance record

Service

  • Recognizes public service as a high calling and is dedicated to the mission of our office
  • Understands that our office serves the people of Harris County
  • Demonstrate responsiveness both positively and professionally

General Information

Location: 
Located in downtown Houston, the Harris County Attorney’s Office represents Harris County government, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, and the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network in all civil matters, including lawsuits.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HCAO employees work from home, which requires that you have the ability to work from home and reliable internet access. Once restrictions are lifted, you will be provided an office. This job typically operates in a professional office environment, and the attorney in this role uses standard office equipment such as computers, printers, scanners/copiers and phones.

Position Type, Typical Work Schedule, and Work Environment: 

  • This is a full-time position 
  • Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, with occasional weekends and holidays as necessary 

Physical Demands:
This is largely a sedentary role, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Employment may be contingent on passing a drug screen and meeting other standards.
 Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.

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