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451.2019-10

Class Title: Attorney III

Position Number: 451.2019-10

Opening Date: January 7, 2019

Closing Date: January 22, 2019

Starting Salary: $6,000 - $7,000 monthly

Division: Legal

Work Location: Austin Headquarters

Overnight Travel: 5%

Application Process:  Complete a State of Texas Job application and document how you meet the job requirements, education, and experience listed below. .  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.  A copy of law school transcript is required.  All applications must have an original signature.  Incomplete applications or applications received without the required documentation will not be accepted for consideration. Applicants selected for interview may be required to complete a writing assignment.

Submit Applications and Transcripts to:

Human Resources, 2601 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX. 78705, or fax to (512) 475-1313, or e-mail to jobs@dob.texas.gov or via WorkInTexas.com . Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on the closing date. A State Application may be obtained from the Department of Banking website or WorkInTexas.com .

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General Description

Performs moderately complex (journey-level) legal work.  Duties include planning and organizing work, interpreting laws and regulations, examining and preparing legal documents, drafting rules and legislation, rendering legal advice and counsel, preparing cases for agency hearings and/or trials, and representing the Department in administrative hearings.  May train others.  Work is performed under the direction of the Department’s General Counsel with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advises Department staff regarding effective and proposed state and federal laws and regulations relating to the agency or regulated entities.
  • Advises Department staff, regulated entities and general public on the interpretation and application of laws and regulations administered or enforced by the Department.
  • Assists with administrative enforcement actions and represents the Department in administrative hearings.
  • Prepares and reviews legal documents, reports, legal opinions and briefs.
  • Assists in formulating, coordinating and establishing Department policies and procedures.
  • Assists in reviewing and drafting legislation and rules.
  • Performs legal research.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
    Experience and Education

  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. degree. Copy of law school transcript must be submitted with the State of Texas Application for Employment.
  • Member in good standing with the Texas State Bar.
  • Four years experience as a Texas licensed attorney. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  •   Ability to participate in hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to interpret and apply laws, and to use reason and logic in identifying and solving complex problems.
  •   Ability to prioritize workloads, complete case files within reasonable time periods, and use judgment to identify courses of action.
  • Skill in legal research and analysis.
  • Ability to maintain effective public relations.
  • Competency in use of computers.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, team members, regulated entities, and the public.
  • Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in litigation, with preference for administrative litigation.
  • Knowledge of and experience in business and commercial law.
  • Knowledge of the Texas Administrative Procedure Act and the Texas Public Information Act.
  • Experience in drafting legislation and regulations.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and practices pertaining to state and national banks, and money services businesses.
  • Knowledge of state laws and regulations pertaining to perpetual care cemeteries and prepaid funeral contracts.

Special Requirements

  • A driver’s record check will be conducted by the Department.  Satisfactory driving records are required for driving state or personal vehicles to conduct agency business.
  • Final applicants are subject to criminal background and credit check.

Physical and Cognitive Requirements:

The physical demands described here are represented of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires the incumbent to primarily perform sedentary office work; however, mobility (standing and walking) is routinely required to carry out some duties. It requires extensive computer, copiers, printers telephone and client/customer contact. The job also requires normal cognitive abilities requiring the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. It requires the stamina to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions. Marginal or corrected visual and auditory requirements are required for reading printed materials and computer screens and communicating with internal and external customers. The position requires:

  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent sitting.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Travel: less than 5% with possible overnight stays.

Remarks

State law prohibits any employee of the Department from being or becoming “directly or indirectly indebted to, or financially interested in an entity supervised or regulated by the Banking Commissioner.”  See Texas Finance Code, Section 12.107.

Those selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone.  Final male applicants between the ages of 18 to 26 will be required to furnish proof of registration or exemption from registration with the selective service system.

E-Verify – This organization participates in E-Verify. This employer will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The Texas Department of Banking is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. A disabled individual requiring reasonable accommodation shall not be denied the opportunity due to the disability. The applicant should contact Human Resources if reasonable accommodation is required during the application process at (512) 475-1347.