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Job Title:
Staff Attorney
Division:
Standards and Enforcement Services (TREC)
Job Posting #
1801-09-SES
Monthly Salary:
$6,300.00
State Classification:
Attorney IV
Class No., Group:
3504, B25
Location:
Austin
FLSA Status:
Exempt
Work Week:
Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week (flex schedule may be possible after first evaluation)
Travel:
None
Posting Date:
01/04/2018
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.

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 use a personal computer for document preparation, research, and communication
  • 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 meet deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work
  • 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 work with a team to solve problems
  • Ability to litigate contested case hearings at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Work experience with administrative hearings or litigation
  • 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
  • Work experience in writing pleadings, including petitions and orders
  • Work experience negotiating or drafting settlements
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 Standards & Enforcement Services issues
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Additional Requirements:

Resume and cover letter detailing how your experience fits the duties of this 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

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:

Submit a complete (no blanks) State of Texas Employment Application along with a cover letter, resume, and DD-214 or DD-1300 (if applicable) to:  human.resources@trec.texas.gov or 512-936-3547 (fax). Applications may be submitted via WorkinTexas; however, the additional documents must be submitted to Human Resources before being considered for an interview.  

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 512-936-3604