20-27 Attorney I

Texas Water Development Board

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We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp

*Only candidates who apply via email to (HR “at” TWDB.texas.gov) with an official State of Texas Application or through the WorkInTexas.com website will be considered for this position. View this position and apply at https://www.workintexas.com/vosnet/SharingPassthrough.aspx?enc%3d9B8%2fuT7EfbEIDLIMZ8rhozf84wIQQlxq1JZSrPPy%2bUXmRDVzz4BKFyQjHBCihWG%2f7gY7LEXd82gZ2LbVxoUyhNnGMmrDKsgW7391NnFKCpwGwpIkqvjHbilMOVUEZEFwSagaa%2f2uSt%2fVfMggq%2biuJ4FR0AStGBTmoW8UjYJDtBTLNd5uIlAsHy%2bJwKEfJGxZ0sDhTORrcgvGZ3tScBdjeA%3d%3d

To be considered for this posting, applicants must provide one writing sample, minimum of five pages to the maximum of 10 pages. Applicants can email the writing sample to HR”at” twdb.texas.gov.

Job Description Summary

Performs entry-level to routine (journey-level) attorney work. Work involves assisting the General Counsel in planning and organizing work, interpreting laws and regulations, preparing legal documents, and rendering legal advice and counsel. Performs legal services for the Board, Executive Administrator, and agency staff. Assists with and conducts reviews of rule concepts and draft rules; and participates in briefings and meetings. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiatives and independent judgement. Reports directly to the General Counsel of the Office of General Counsel.

Essential Job Functions

· Represents state agency clients interpreting state and federal statues and rules relating to agency program administration.

· Reviews application and securities documents related to agency programs to ensure adherence to legal requirements.

· Responds to open records requests, conducts rulemaking, monitors changes in state and federal agency rules, as required.

· Drafts contracts in accordance with agency’s legal authority and with state and federal laws and regulations relating to contracts and contract management.

· Analyzes agency compliance with state agency reporting requirements, records management requirements, and open government requirements.

· Drafts and analyzes state and/or federal legislation.

· Maintains confidential and sensitive information.

· Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.

· Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.

· May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.

· Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

· Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

· Admission to the State Bar of Texas. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

· One to two years of experience as a practicing attorney.

Preferred Qualifications

· Knowledge of and experience in administrative or government law.

· Knowledge of and experience in the state or federal legislative processes.

· Experience in interpreting and analyzing state or federal laws.

· Knowledge of fundamentals of contract law, government law, and Texas state agency contracts.

· Knowledge of bond and securitized instrument transactions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

· Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to the Texas Water Development Board; and of the principles and practices of public administration.

· Knowledge of environmental law concepts.

· Knowledge of legal requirement of loan documents.

· Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.

· Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.

· Skills in conducting efficient legal research including use of Westlaw and other internet legal research.

· Ability to identify relevant legal issues.

· Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave, and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.

· Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.

· Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.

· Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.

· Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.

· Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly, and with infrequent errors.

· Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.

· Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.

· Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.

· Ability to manage multiple tasks.

· Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.

· Ability and willingness to travel 10% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.

· Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.

· Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.

· Ability to train others.

Please see complete job description at http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/index.asp

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Posted: January 24, 2020