Staff Attorney

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Job Vacancy Announcement

Agency Job Posting #: TSBP 22-006
Work in Texas #: 14980798


Number of Openings: 1

Schedule: Full-Time

Opening Date: 12/09/2021

Closing Date: 01/31/2022

Job Title:                               Staff Attorney

State Classification:          3504 – Attorney III

Monthly Salary:                  $6,363 (B25)

Team:                                     Legal

Reports to:                           Assistant General Counsel

Travel:                                    None

New Hires & Rehires:         60 day waiting period for health coverage

Military Crosswalk

Army: 27A

Navy: 250X

Coast Guard: LGL10

Marine: 4402, 4405, 4406, 4407, 4408, 4409, 4410, 4411, 4417

Air Force: 51JX, 92J0

General Description

Performs highly complex (senior-level) legal work. Work involves evaluating requests for Prescription Monitoring Program data under the agency’s Law Enforcement Access Portal and Patient Access Program, reviewing and directing responses to requests for information under the Texas Public Information Act, overseeing and planning legal activities, preparing legal documents, participating in hearings, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. May supervise the work of others.

Works under limited supervision of the General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drafts and reviews responses to requests under the Texas Public Information Act. Assists with verbal requests for information available under the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Reviews and evaluates subpoenas, warrants, court orders, and requests for production of Prescription Monitoring Program data for validity and compliance with the Texas Controlled Substances Act.
  • Submits information to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) according to established laws and guidelines of NPDB.
  • Plans and organizes legal activities.
  • Coordinates the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, contracts, proposals, and reports.
  • Coordinates and hears administrative, regulatory, evidentiary, and enforcement hearings.
  • Advises staff and the public on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws.
  • Enforces agency regulatory provisions and prosecutes violations. Reviews drafts of laws, rules, and regulations affecting agency operations.
  • Schedules hearings, interrogates witnesses, and prepares decisions on administrative appeals of decisions and rulings.
  • Prepares case for court trial and represents the agency in matters before a court as appropriate.
  • Assists in formulating, coordinating, and establishing policies and procedures.
  • Assists in preparing subpoenas requiring the appearance of witnesses, records, and documents for hearings and civil litigations.
  • May draft memoranda on regulatory matters and administrative rules for the Texas Register.
  • May research, draft, or assist in drafting bills and amendments in an administrative hearing or with their authorized representatives.
  • May supervise work of others.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
  • Complies with all agency personnel policies, including regular attendance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings.
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of agency administrative rules and regulations.
  • Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis.
  • Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software.
  • Skill in using reasoning and logic.
  • Skill in identifying and solving complex problems.
  • Skill in prioritizing workloads.
  • Skill in using judgment to identify courses of action.
  • Ability to conduct hearings.
  • Ability to prepare opinions and briefs.
  • Ability to prepare cases for trial.
  • Ability to conduct research, and to summarize findings.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws.
  • Ability to use legal reference materials.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to supervise the work of others.

Education and Experience Requirements:                                                                                                                            

Experience in legal work. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Applicant must be eligible, as determined by the Texas Department of Public Safety, to access criminal history records. Must pass state and/or national fingerprint identification checks.

Must be licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas.

Environment/Physical Conditions

Normal office environment.  Tobacco-free environment.  Work involves sitting and operating a personal computer for long periods of time. Physical conditions will require a person with sufficient stamina to maintain a constant high level of concentration for long periods of time. Work involves reading and reviewing large numbers of documents. Work involves processing information quickly and accurately. Work involves frequent retrieval and replacement of files into 4- and 5-drawer vertical filing cabinets and transporting of files between offices and filing cabinets. Must be able to lift 35 pounds. Work involves verbal communications with others.

The specific statements shown in each section of this position description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements and criteria necessary to successfully perform the job.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter that focuses on the applicant’s unique qualifications for the position and a completed State of Texas Application with all requested information. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A resume may be submitted as a supplement to the State of Texas Application; however, a resume submitted in lieu of the application will be rejected. Additionally, an application with “see resume” within the summary of experience is considered incomplete and will be rejected.

 

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) accepts the State of Texas applications only for posted vacancies. Applications must be received by 5:00 P.M. CST on the closing date.

 

Applicants may submit their State of Texas application directly to TSBP using the following methods or online at WorkInTexas. Note that any supplemental items (such as cover letters and resumes) must be sent directly to TSBP by using the methods below:

 

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

333 Guadalupe St. Ste. 3-500

Austin Texas 78701

human.resources@pharmacy.texas.gov

Veteran’s Preference

In order to receive a veteran’s preference for any position, the following documents must be submitted with the employment application: a copy of the DD-214; a statement of compensation from the Veteran’s Administration, or a copy of the DD1300.

 

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer: TSBP does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. A copy of TSBP’s EEO Plan Utilization Report is available at http://www.pharmacy.texas.gov/files_pdf/EEO_Utilization_Report_TSBP_Amended.pdf

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Posted: January 14, 2022