SENIOR PARALEGAL

City of Houston, TX - Houston, TX (30+ days ago)3.8


POSITION OVERVIEW
Division/Section: General Counsel

Workdays & Hours: *Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Subject to change
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston Legal Department seeks a skilled, energetic, team-oriented Paralegal who is self-motivated and excited to be a part of the General Counsel Section's team. The core functions and duties of the Paralegal include, but are not limited to:

Processing Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) requests in compliance with statutory deadlines, corresponding with departments and requestors regarding requests, researching and drafting arguments to the Texas Attorney General's Office to prevent disclosure of requested information, redacting documents for production, and preparing weekly interdepartmental reports.
Performing legal research on a wide variety of matters.
Assisting attorneys in drafting various documents such as legal opinions, interoffice memoranda, legal briefs, ordinances, resolutions, motions, and agreements including formatting, reviewing, and verifying documents for accuracy.
Opening and closing files, tracking invoices, and other administrative duties as assigned.
Working in Word, Outlook, Excel and other software programs.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL:
Requires a high school diploma or a GED certificate and a certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies.

An associate's degree may be substituted for the certification requirement. Above average academic performance is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
Five years of experience as a paralegal at a comparable professional organization required. An additional two years of paralegal experience may be substituted for the certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies.

LICENSE:
Valid Driver's License and compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to applicants with:
A Bachelor's Degree in Paralegal Studies or a related field
Excellent research and writing skills
Excellent organizational skills
Excellent communication skills
Proficiency with Word, Outlook, and Excel

**Eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6 are preferred.**
GENERAL INFORMATION
SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED: None
However, the Department may administer a skill assessment evaluation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: No
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION:
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade 19

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov. To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832) 393-6069.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information. If you need special services or accommodations, please call TTY 7-1-1.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.