451.2021-15

Attorney II

Position Number: 451.2021-15

Opening Date: April 14, 2021

Closing Date: April 28, 2021

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. The required documentation may be submitted separate from the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the required documentation is received by the closing date.

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General Description

Work involves moderately complex legal work, examining and preparing legal documents, drafting rules and legislation, rendering legal advice and counsel, and representing the Department in administrative hearings. 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 affecting 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.
  • Performs legal research.
  • Prepares and reviews legal documents, reports, legal opinions, and briefs.
  • Assists in reviewing and drafting legislation and rules.
  • Assists in formulating, coordinating, and establishing Department policies and procedures.
  • Assists with administrative enforcement actions and represents the Department in administrative hearings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications
     Education, Experience and Licensure

  • 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.
  • One year experience as a Texas licensed attorney. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and experience in business and commercial law.
  • Experience in administrative and civil litigation.
  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings and of laws and regulations, and rules related to the agency.
  •   Ability to conduct hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to interpret and apply laws, to use reason and logic in identifying and solving complex problems.
  •   Ability to prioritize workloads and use judgment to identify courses of action.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Skill in legal research, writing 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.

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, speech and auditory requirements are required for reading printed materials and computer screens and communicating with internal and external customers.

  • 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.