Attorney - TREC Enforcement Division
Job Vacancy Announcement
The Attorney position reports to the Enforcement Director and performs highly complex attorney work. Work involves planning and organization, interpreting laws and regulations, preparing legal documents, rendering legal advice and counsel, consulting with opposing counsel, preparing cases for, and representing the agency at administrative hearings, reviewing statutes and rules, and proposing necessary revisions.
No outside professional practice is allowed by any agency employee without prior approval.
• Represent the agency in hearings as assigned
• Review and respond to consumer complaints and referred applications
• Manage a caseload of pending complaints
• Prepare petitions for hearings; legal opinions, briefs, memos, and other documents as assigned
• Respond to phone or written inquiries concerning Enforcement Division issues
• Perform other duties as assigned
• Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. or L.L.B. degree
• Licensed by the State Bar of Texas, in good standing
Attorney II: Minimum two (2) years’ experience in law practice, either private or government.
Attorney III: Minimum four (4) years of experience in law practice, either private or government
• Work experience with administrative hearings or litigation
• Work experience in writing pleadings, including petitions and orders
• Work experience negotiating or drafting settlements
• Work experience with real estate transactions and contracts
• Working knowledge of The Real Estate License Act (Chapter 1101, Texas Occupations Code) and other laws administered by the agency
• Effective written and verbal communication skills
• Skill in operating a personal computer, to include Word, Excel, and Adobe
• Ability to learn administrative law
• Ability to learn state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to program areas
• Ability to write clear and accurate opinions, briefs, pleadings, motions, orders, rules, memoranda,
• correspondence, etc.
• Ability to manage a caseload of pending complaints
• Ability to advise staff, regulated entities, and the public on the interpretation of agency laws and regulations
• Ability to effectively communicate with the public by phone, in writing, and in person
• Ability to work with a team to solve problems
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize work to meet deadlines
• Ability to review, analyze, and resolve complaints (using administrative hearings and alternative dispute resolution processes) against license holders, including real estate brokers, sales agents, inspectors, instructors, and schools
• Ability to litigate contested case hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
• Experience using office productivity software such as Microsoft Office to create documents, spreadsheets, meetings and manage email.
• Experience working on a Microsoft Windows based computer in a networked environment
• Experience with basic operation of web browsers such as navigation and searching
Environmental & Physical Conditions: Normal office work environment, mostly sedentary in nature. May involve walking; standing; remaining stationary for long periods of time; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Work involves extensive telephone usage and repetitive hand/wrist/finger motions while using the computer.
To apply for this position, complete an on-line application either through the TREC CAPPS External Applicant Career Section at the CAPPS Careers Website or through Work In Texas (WIT).
All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.
TREC does not accept paper applications. Applications will not be considered until all required documentation is received by TREC/TALCB.
For job opening inquiries or to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act please contact the TREC Human Resources by phone at 512-936-3604. Applications must be received by the closing date to be considered for this posting.
Resume and Cover Letter detailing how your experience ties to the position is required
If granted an interview, you will also be required to submit (1) a writing sample (no more than 10 pages, it may be an excerpt), (2) law school transcripts and (3) references.
Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background investigation that will permit a candidate to access the Texas CJIS System.
Military Crosswalk information: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf
TREC/TALCB provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Applicants should communicate requests for disability-related accommodations during the application process to Human Resources. 1-800-RELAY TX (for hearing impaired).
TREC participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25, to provide proof of their Selective Service registration or of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.
Applicants who possess a valid Texas Real Estate License with be required to place their license in an “Inactive” status.
Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection. Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application.
For questions regarding this posting, please contact the TREC/TALCB's HR Department at: email@example.com