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Job Title:
Attorney III
Division:
TREC Enforcement Division
Job Posting #
2205-26-ENF
Monthly Salary:
$6,800.00
State Classification:
Attorney III
Class No., Group:
B25; 3504
Location:
Austin
FLSA Status:
Exempt
Work Week:
Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week (Flexible work schedule / Hybrid telecommuting)
Travel:
None
Posting Date:
05/19/2022
Closing Date:
Until Filled
Job Summary:

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.

We value employee work-life balance and provide our team members incentives that include telework, flexible work schedules, wellness leave incentive, health and retirement programs, 401K, vacation and sick leave paid, holiday pay, and other various benefits.  The Enforcement Division values teamwork and productivity to accomplish our consumer protection mission.  TREC oversees real estate brokerage, inspections, and timeshares.  The agency also provides education and licensing services, as well as regulation and enforcement of state laws.
 

Minimum Education:

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

Experience:

Minimum four years of experience in law practice, either private or government

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • 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
Preferred Qualifications:
  • 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
     
Job Duties:
  • 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 TREC Enforcement Division issues
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Additional Requirements:

Cover letter detailing how your experience ties to the position

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) and (2) law school transcripts

Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background investigation that will permit a candidate to access the Texas CJIS System.

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:

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) at http://www.twc.state.tx.us.

For job opening inquiries or to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act please contact the TREC Human Resources by calling 512-936-3604.  Applications must be received by the closing date in order to be considered for this posting. TREC does not accept paper applications. 

Submit a cover letter, DD-214 or DD-1300 (if applicable) to: human.resources@trec.texas.gov or 512-936-3547 (fax). 

Applications will not be considered until all required documentation is received by TREC/TALCB.

Military Crosswalk Information: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Contact:

Human Resources at 512-936-3604