DPS - OGC - General Counsel Legal Assistant II - Contracts

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY - Austin, TX

Full-time
DPS - OGC - General Counsel Legal Assistant II - Contracts (00007998)

Organization: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Primary Location: Texas-Austin

Work Locations: AUSTIN HQ (MAIN) PO BOX 4087 5805 N LAMAR BLVD, AUSTIN TX 78752 Austin 78773

Job: Office and Administrative Support

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Standard Hours Per Week: 40.00

State Job Code: 3574

Salary Admin Plan: B

Grade: 17

Salary (Pay Basis): 3,500.00 - 3,500.00 (Monthly)

Number of Openings: 1

Overtime Status: Non-exempt

Job Posting: Nov 7, 2019, 1:21:33 PM

Closing Date: Dec 6, 2019, 11:59:00 PM

Description

**The Department of Public Safety - Office of General Counsel is seeking a Legal Assistant (Contracts) position with experience in state contracting and state procurement, business or transactional law, or the potential to gain that experience. Ideal candidate will have Texas contracting and procurement experience and familiarity with the Texas Procurement and Contract Management Guide, experience performing multiple tasks with strict deadlines, excellent oral and written communication skills, and excellent computer and Microsoft Suite skills. **

THE POSTING WAS EXTENDED. THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY APPLIED DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications must contain complete job histories, which includes job title, dates of employment, name of employer, supervisor's name and phone number and a description of duties performed. If this information is not submitted, your application may be rejected because it is incomplete. Resumes do not take the place of this required information.

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Perform routine (journey-level) legal assistant work in a support role for the attorneys in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). Work under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment concerning priorities, methods, and legal procedures to accomplish assigned duties.

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 27D, 270A, 4400, 4421, 4422, 4430, 5J0X1, 27, 44, 5j

ESSENTIAL DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Conduct limited investigations into the facts surrounding lawsuits in response to discovery requests. Prepare affidavits regarding litigation and obtain necessary documents relevant to discovery requests.

2. Evaluate and establish the appropriate level of priority for case files, manage a system to track cases, and notify each attorney of pending deadlines and hearings.

3. Direct the preparation of monthly Commission reports and other reports as assigned.

4. Maintain internal docket concerning all litigation matters.

5. Act as liaison between the Department and members of the Office of the Attorney General.

6. Assist Department personnel in preparation for depositions, trial testimony, subpoenas or any other aspects of litigation in which they may become involved.

7. Assemble exhibits, affidavits and other legal documents for filings, responses, and other related litigation matters including for use of Attorney General in trial or for internal use at Peer Review Board and discharge hearings.

8. Assist attorneys in preparation of written responses to EEOC/TWCCRD complaints. Conduct limited investigations into the facts and circumstances surrounding discrimination complaints. Prepare affidavits from the relevant witnesses regarding their knowledge of the situation. Gather and assemble responsive documents.

9. Use independent judgment to review, analyze, process and respond to Public Information Act requests. Draft correspondence to communicate with the requestors, Department personnel, and the Attorney General’s Office.

10. Participate in conducting training classes on the Public Information Act for Department personnel; respond to requestors pertaining to the Department’s administrative process for Public Information Requests.

11. Direct the preparation of monthly reports regarding Public Information Requests.

12. Conduct extensive legal research on a broad range of legal issues. Prepare briefs and reports of legal research findings, prepare various legal and administrative documents; verify accuracy of legal citations and references.

13. Perform a variety of criminal law related tasks including: drafting and editing policies and procedures; reviewing documents for legal sufficiency; and legal research.

14. Respond to inquiries regarding legislation and statutes using independent judgment to respond to each request.

15. Perform the individual tasks necessary to prepare and coordinate the publication of Department law books that are within the responsibility of the Office of General Counsel.

16. Monitor and coordinate the drafting and submission of administrative rules to the Texas Register for publication.

17. Act as a liaison between the Department and members of the Secretary of State’s Office.

18. Review and draft responses to subpoenas.

19. Coordinate and monitor the retention of Legal Operation records.

20. May assign work to, monitor and oversee the work of support staff.

21. Coordinate the monitoring and tracking of Department legislation.

22. Attend work regularly and observe approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.

23. Perform any other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.

Qualifications

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS and REQUIREMENTS

Education - Graduation from a High School or equivalent is required. Graduation from a program of paralegal studies or the equivalent college level course work or certificate is preferred.

Experience – Legal Assistant II- Two (2) years’ of verifiable experience in legal assistant work.

Substitution Note: Education of the type described may be substituted for the each year of experience required. Note: Thirty (30) semester hours is considered equivalent to one (1) year of education.

Advancement to higher levels of this position is contingent upon prior work experience, complexity of work performed, successful performance, level of experience gained, and recommendation of the General Counsel.

Licensure and/or Certification - Must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.

Regulatory knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State, and Federal, regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures. Considerable knowledge of legal terminology, research methods and techniques, preparation and use of legal documents, administrative and court procedures, law office practices and procedures, and relevant laws. Working knowledge in the areas of civil litigation, criminal law, EEOC/TWCCRD compliance, the Public Information Act, and the Open Meetings Act.

Interpersonal Skills – Must exercise excellent interpersonal skills - position continually requires demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and an ability to establish and maintain effective working/professional relationships with external and internal customers.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to prioritize in a multi-demand environment and to perform work independently.

Communication Skills – Excellent verbal and written communication skills including proficiency in English composition, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Research and Comprehension – Knowledge of legal terminology, research methods and techniques, preparation and use of legal documents, administrative and court procedures, law office practices and procedures, relevant laws, and details of the English language as it applies to legal documents.

Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must be analytical, detail-oriented, and able to multi-task without sacrificing accuracy or timeliness. Ability to analyze problems, identify causative factors, and apply actions to effectively resolve current, and prevent recurrences of, problem conditions.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Microsoft Office Suite, e.g. Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint. Working knowledge of modern business office practices, including desktop publishing. Ability to conduct Legal Research utilizing Westlaw/Lexis or similar computer-assisted research.

Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must be able to follow standardized and highly restrictive procedures, responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations.

PHYSICAL and/or ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS
The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the 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.

Environment: Office;
Ambulatory skills, e.g. stand, walk, sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch;
Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;
Ability to speak, hear, and exercise visual acuity;
Ability to perform all duties at assigned work location on a regular and consistent basis;
Ability to perform all assigned duties under stressful circumstances and under prescribed deadlines;
Ability to transfer weights of twenty (20) pounds anticipated for this position;
Driving requirements: Low frequency (3%)

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.

DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase up to 3.4%.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.

Travel: 1 %

DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS WE DO NOT ACCEPT TELEPHONE CALLS, ONLY CANDIDATES SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.