Attorney II

TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION JOB VACANCY NOTICE-REVISED

Opening Date: August 13, 2021

Job Posting Number: 21-04

Number of Vacancies: 1

State Job Title: Attorney II (Revised)

Travel Required: Yes

Closing Date: Until Filled
Work In Texas Posting Number: 14721242
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification and Salary Group: 3503/B23
Type of Job: Full-Time

Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000 annual guaranteed salary plus potential to earn merit payments.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.

Division: Office of the General Counsel / Enforcement
Work Location: Sam Houston Building, 10th Floor, 201 E. 14th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

How to Apply:
REFER TO: Human Resources
TELEPHONE: (512) 463-5784 E-Mail: [email protected] TDD (800) 735-2989 (Relay Texas)

REMARKS (application procedure, special requirements):

  •   A State of Texas employment application must be completed.
  •  Employment applications may be obtained from the Texas Workforce Commission website at https://twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/state-texas-application-employment, or you may contact Human Resources at (512) 463-5784.
  •  Applications must be hand-delivered, mailed or e-mailed directly to the Texas Ethics Commission. Faxed applications will NOT be accepted. No résumés will be considered without a completed State of Texas Employment application.
  •  Any requests for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the applicant to Human Resources.
  •  The Texas Ethics Commission is in a smoke-free building.
    DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, WE DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS. ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

    THE TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, OR DISABILITY IN EMPLOYMENT OR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Texas Ethics Commission (“Commission”) is hiring an attorney to perform moderately complex (journey-level) attorney work administering and enforcing state ethics laws. Depending on the experience and interests of the applicant, the position may be either in the Commission’s Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) or its Enforcement Division. Work for the OGC includes researching and interpreting laws and regulations, drafting advisory opinions, analyzing pending legislation during legislative sessions, and responding to requests made under the Public Information Act. Work for the Enforcement Division would involve investigating and processing sworn complaints, conducting discovery and hearings, and drafting and negotiating settlements. This position works under moderate supervision with significant latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

SPECIFIC JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Performs legal research and prepares legal memoranda on regulatory matters, including briefs, opinions, and motions.
  • Drafts rules, advisory opinions, forms, instructions, and guides, and may draft notices for the Texas Register.
  • Makes presentations to the Commission board, groups regulated by the Commission, and the general public.
  • Processes and investigates sworn complaint cases.
  • Conducts discovery, including requests for production, written questions, and applications for the issuance and enforcement of subpoenas.
  • Conducts or assists in administrative enforcement hearings before the Commission board, including preliminary review hearings, and pre-hearing conferences and formal hearings subject to the Administrative Procedure Act, Texas Rules of Evidence, and Texas Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Drafts and negotiates settlements with respondents and opposing counsel.
  • May research and analyze legislation, and communicate with or testify before members and staff of the Texas Legislature, during legislative sessions.
  • May assist in reviewing and processing public information requests and requesting rulings under the Public Information Act.
  • Performs related work as assigned.

    MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum 1 year of legal experience.
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. (Juris Doctor) or L.L.B. (Bachelor or Laws) degree.
  • Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas.
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in providing legal advice to government officials or the general public.
  • Knowledge of the laws under the jurisdiction of the Commission.
  • Experience in administrative law or regulatory enforcement.
  • Litigation and/or trial experience, including moot court or mock trial experience.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to prepare briefs, conduct research, summarize findings, interpret and apply laws, use legal reference materials, and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently under moderate supervision.
  • Ability to conduct contested hearings.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers, agency staff, and external contacts.
  • Ability to work effectively in a professional team environment.
  • Strong public speaking skills.

    REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSURE:

• Must be actively licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR WORKING CONDITIONS:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires:

  • Ability to remain in a seated position for long periods of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs.
  • Normal cognitive abilities including the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies.
  • Marginal or corrected visual and auditory requirements.
  • Constant use of personal computers, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Ability to move about the office to access file cabinets and office machinery.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.

    WORK EXPECTATIONS: Must be able to:
  • Regularly, reliably, and punctually attend work.
  • Telework /Flexible schedule available.
  • Responsibly handle sensitive and highly confidential information and situations.
  • Work extended hours as necessary.
  • Travel occasionally for work assignments and training.
  • Show flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and work schedules.
  • Adhere to the agency’s internal management policies and procedures.
  • Exhibit work behaviors consistent with agency core values.

    RELATED MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY CODES: Veterans, Reservists, or Guardsmen with a MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A Judge Advocate General, 250X Judge Advocate General Corps, LG10 or 04 Legal, 4410 Master of Law (General), and 44 Legal services or other related fields pertaining to the minimum

experience requirement may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are encouraged to apply. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

E-VERIFY:

This employer 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.