Attorney III/IV

Texas Board of Nursing

Location: Austin, TX
Salary: $6,666.67 – $8,750.00 per month

General Description
This is primarily a volume litigation position involving caseload management before the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Performs highly responsible professional legal and administrative work for the Board of Nursing. Handles prolonged, complex, and/or unusual legal cases. Interprets laws and regulations; gives legal advice; prepares and reviews opinions, briefs and other legal documents; consults with agency General Counsel, trial attorneys and Executive Director. Works under administrative directions of the agency General Counsel with wide latitude for individual professional action and decision.

This position is based in our downtown office in Austin, Texas. The work for this position will be primarily performed in this downtown office location, but occasional travel may be required. Work typically takes place in an environmentally controlled office setting.

Education and Experience Requirements
Must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited institution. Must be licensed as an attorney by the Supreme Court of Texas. Should have three to five years experience in administrative, civil, and/or criminal law proceedings. Previous experience in the health care field, particularly with the Nurse Practice Act, is desirable. A strong academic background may substitute for experience in administrative law and/or healthcare law. Extensive litigation experience regarding medical malpractice issues may substitute for experience in administrative law.

Duties and Responsibilities

Is responsible to the agency General Counsel. Works in collegial relationship with the agency’s division directors, nursing consultants, and investigators. Reviews all cases for potential disciplinary action, in conjunction with the Board’s investigators. Advises the Board’s investigators regarding evidence needed to prove charges. Prepares, in conjunction with the Board’s investigators, Charges, Notices of Hearings, Agreed Board Orders, Board Orders, and other legal documents relating to formal and informal disposition of contested cases and administrative proceedings. Files Charges in accordance with applicable law and rules of the agency. Examines and verifies the qualifications of expert witnesses. Conducts informal conferences and disciplinary hearings to adjudicate violators of the Nursing Practice Act and rules governing the practice of nursing. Conducts discovery. Monitors the development and enactment of state and federal laws and rules which have an impact upon the practice of nursing of the Board of Nursing. Monitors the Board’s compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act, Open Meetings Act, Open Records Act, and Nursing Practice Act. Provides assistance and maintains liaison with the Attorney General’s office, appropriate local, state and federal prosecutors, and other enforcement agencies involved in the investigation or prosecution of nurses and imposters. Keeps administration informed of changes in federal and state laws that affect the regulation of nursing education and practice and licensing and licensing examinations. Provides information, interpretations, and explanations of Nursing Practice Act and rules to Board members, agency staff, and agency constituents. Conducts or assists in conducting presentations to professional groups. Provides legal advice regarding personnel matters. Performs related duties as required.

The Texas Board of Nursing is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or status as an individual with a disability or protected veteran in its hiring and recruitment process. Veterans’ and former foster youth employment preferences are granted as required by law. The Texas Board of Nursing 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.

How to apply

Please submit a resume to [email protected]