General Counsel II- Office of the Governor

Job #: 2024-43

Work in Texas Job #: 16401776

Opening Date: 1/25/2024

Travel Required: 5%

Position Location: Austin, Texas

Group Step: B28

Class: 3522

Status: Open

Assistant General Counsel – Austin, Texas

The Office of the Governor (OOG) is looking for an Assistant General Counsel (General Counsel II) to work in the General Counsel division.

Who We Are

The Office of the Governor works to build a healthier, safer, freer, and more prosperous future for all Texans. We are located primarily within the Texas State Capitol Complex in Austin.

What You’ll Earn

The salary is $7,375.00 – $7,916.67 a month ($88,500.00 – $95,000.04 a year).

Benefits include medical insurance, sick leave, and vacation leave. Also, State of Texas employees are eligible for a defined retirement plan. Learn more:

What You’ll Do

This is a job that performs complex (journey-level) legal work for the OOG. This position is responsible for the agency’s Public Information Act compliance and must provide well-researched legal services for the Governor and his staff on a wide range of legal issues, including state law and proposed legislation. Work involves interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; preparing legal documents; and drafting and negotiating contracts.

  • Provides legal advice to the Governor and the agency on a wide range of legal matters as assigned. 
  • Provides advice and guidance to management and staff regarding timely and accurate disclosure of agency records under the Public Information Act.
  • Consults and coordinates with OOG divisions to ensure consistent, compliant, and timely processing of agency Public Information Requests.
  • Coordinates with other agencies regarding compliance with their Public Information Requests that are relevant to the OOG.
  • Coordinates with other state agencies regarding legal matters affecting those agencies or the OOG.
  • Communicates effectively with members of the Texas Legislature, advocacy groups, local governmental entities and law enforcement, constituents, and others as authorized on behalf of the OOG.
  • Monitors, reviews, and analyzes legislation in advance of, and during, the legislative session.
  • Drafts and reviews legal documents and conducts legal research as needed.
  • Assists OOG staff, including the General Counsel, in legal matters that may arise.
  • Provides input on the development of agency programs and the establishment of agency procedures.

How You’ll Qualify

  • Graduation from an accredited law school and current member of the bar in good standing; and
  • Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas for three (3) years; or licensed in another state for three (3) years and able to secure licensure in Texas as soon as practicable; and
  • Must be able to research, analyze, and solve legal problems and to interpret laws and regulations.

Note: Experience and education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.

You’re a Great Fit with

  • Prior experience or knowledge relating to Public Information Act requests.
  • Prior experience drafting and negotiating contracts or grant agreements.
  • Prior experience working on state agency procurements.
  • Prior experience working in and around the Texas Legislature.

Registration, Certification or Licensure

  • Texas State Bar License in good standing or licensure in good standing in another state with demonstrated ability to obtain Texas licensure soon after joining the office.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license.

Other Things to Know and When You Should Apply

It’s a great job for a professional who enjoys conducting legal research, interpreting law, and providing legal advice. Apply now by submitting a state of Texas application.  Applications are reviewed daily.

Telework opportunities are available upon request. Reliable internet is required. Alternate work schedules and telework may be discussed with the hiring manager during the interview process.

Veterans, Reservists, or members of the Guard can compare this position to Military Occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor’s Office.