Summary of the job, including general nature and broad functions:
This is a non-lawyer position which will coordinate and manage all Public Information Act (PIA) Requests processed through the Office of the Harris County Attorney and will play a significant role in developing a pilot project to centralize and standardize the processing of requests to various County departments.
Detailed Tasks and Responsibilities
The successful applicant:
Exhibits comprehensive knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act through past work experience;
Meets strict deadlines required by the Act;
Prepares correspondence and legal briefs with minimum supervision from an Attorney;
Recognizes legal issues that require the intervention of an Attorney;
Develops and implements standardized and automated electronic processes that will be replicated in other County Offices;
Measures and provides data on a regular basis including number of requests processed, response time, and cost per response [including salary, benefits, and overhead];
Fosters relationships with attorneys and paralegals in the CAO;
Establishes and fosters relationships with Public Information Officers in other County Offices; and
Establishes and fosters positive relationships with the Public Law Practice Group.
Preference will be given to applicants who possess:
Extensive experience in handling Public Information Act requests;
Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the use of technology.
Educational/Licensure requirements: Associate’s Degree or higher
Compensation: Salary will be based upon experience. The position will be within the ExecAdmin column on the HCAO STEP chart.
Software used routinely (at least once each week): (Requires intermediate to expert skill levels): Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, Adobe Acrobat X Pro, and PowerPoint.
Computer and other equipment used: Dell Desktop and its peripheries, Desktop printer, Ricoh Multifunction Copier, and Fax Machine.
Must be able to thrive in an environment based on:
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers both within and outside the practice group
- Establishes and builds trust by diplomatically, but assertively, addressing conflicts directly with co-workers
- Seeks input from co-workers
- Seeks opportunities to recognize co-workers
- Accepts supervision and constructive criticism
- Reports to work on time and seldom calls in unexpectedly and maintains a good attendance record
- Manages stress to ensure productivity and co-workers are not negatively impacted
- Upholds high ethical standards in achieving the goals and mission of the Office
- Respects the rights and dignity of others
- Is familiar with and adheres to established rules for professional conduct
- Adheres to the highest ethical standards in the performance of legal services
- Acts with honesty and integrity in dealings with others
An Attitude for Action
- Self-starter, able to work independently without supervision
- Organizes and prioritizes multiple projects simultaneously to maintain a high level of productivity
- Proactively seeks additional duties and responsibilities
- Makes effective and efficient use of time in carrying out responsibilities
- Manages stress to ensure productivity
- Meets deadlines
- Seeks new ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the practice group
- Develops daily habits to improve both self and the organization
- Establishes goals and works to achieve them
- Willing to learn new duties, approaches, and routines
- Proactively seeks avenues for self-development
Service to All, According To Law
- Recognizes public service as a high calling
- Understands that our Office serves the people of Harris County by and through their elected representatives
- Communicates with persons inside and outside of the organization in a prompt, positive and professional manner
All resumes should be sent to [email protected].