Attorney III-IV

Job Posting:
#00012437

Opened:
11/25/2020

Closes:
Open Until Filled

Position Title:
Attorney III-IV

Class/Group:
3504-3505/B25-B27

Military Occupation Specialty Code:
Coast Guard-LGL10; Air Force-92J0

FLSA:
Exempt

Number of Vacancies:
1

Division/Section:
Office of the General Counsel 

Salary Range:
$7500.00 - $8500.00 / monthly

Duration:
Regular

Hours Worked Weekly:
40

Shift:
Days

Travel:
None

Agency Address:
300 W. 15th, #1300, Austin, TX 78701

Web site:

Refer Inquiries to:
Human Resources

Telephone:
(512) 463-5920 or (512) 475-4612


HOW TO APPLY:
  • Select “Apply Online” to apply for the job at https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en
  • You must create a CAPPS Career Section candidate profile or be logged in to apply
  • Update your profile and apply for the job by navigating through the pages and steps
  • Once ready, select “Submit” on the “Review and Submit” page.

Applicants must provide in depth information in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section to demonstrate how they meet the position qualifications. Incomplete applications may result in disqualification.

Resumes may be uploaded as an attachment but are not accepted in lieu of the information required in the EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS section of the application.

Interview Place/Time: Candidates will be notified for appointments as determined by the selection committee.

Notice: Section 651.005 of the Government Code requires males, ages 18 through 25 years, to provide proof of their
Selective Service registration or proof of their exemption from the requirement as a condition of state employment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The Department of Information Resources does not exclude anyone from consideration for recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, retention, or any other personnel action, or deny any benefits or participation in programs or activities, which it sponsors on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability.  Please call 512-463-5920 to request reasonable accommodations.

THE OPPORTUNITY
The Texas Department of Information Resources is the state agency charged with protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-billion dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government. DIR serves a wide spectrum of customers including State of Texas government agencies, county or local government offices, and public education entities of all sizes. DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state.

Performs highly complex (senior-level) to advanced (senior-level) attorney work for the General Counsel's Office. Work involves overseeing and/or organizing, and planning legal activities, coordinating and/or preparing legal documents, including contracts and rules, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. Works under moderate to limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

WHAT WE DO
The ideal candidate will have the ability to highlight their strengths in the following functions:

  • Reviews, revises, and drafts contracts and procurement documents, including technology and license agreements and procurements.
  • Negotiates contracts with vendors and advises staff as necessary on such contracts. 
  • Reviews, revises, and drafts interagency contracts, inter-local contracts, and memoranda of understanding. 
  • Advises staff on legal and regulatory aspects of procurement functions. 
  • Reviews, revises, and drafts solicitation documents. 
  • Interprets and advises staff on the application of laws and regulations that affect the agency. 
  • Researches legal issues and advises staff on issues related to contract terms and conditions, rulemaking, procurement, privacy, confidentiality, security, open records, and relevant federal laws and rules. 
  • Assists agency in complying with open meetings and open records laws and regulations. 
  • Assists in resolving substantive and procedural issues. 
  • Researches and prepares other legal documents as necessary. 
  • Reviews drafts of laws, rules and regulations affecting agency operations and bills or amendments for legislative consideration.

EDUCATION
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with an LL.B or a J.D degree.  Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Texas.

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING REQUIRED
  • Minimum of six (6) years of experience as a practicing and licensed attorney. 
  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience providing legal support for a state of Texas governmental entity relating to the entity’s procurement and contracting functions. 

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING PREFERRED
  • Experience drafting and revising information technology contracts.
  • Experience negotiating information technology contracts.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating communications technology (telecommunications) contracts.
  • Experience as a Texas state agency attorney. Experience advising governmental entities as to open records laws.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
  • Knowledge of intellectual property licensing best practices 
  • Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others
  • Ability to act in a self-confident manner to facilitate completion of a work assignment or to defend a position or idea
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and to schedule workload to meet requirements and deadlines of the position
  • Excellent skill in communicating both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to consult and provide sound advice and recommendations that enable others to make business decisions in the best interests of the relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to serve internal agency customers by focusing effort on meeting their needs, understanding their concerns, and effectively resolving issues
  • Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards; ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace
  • Ability to effectively interpret and develop policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Ability to analyze voluminous facts and data, derive logical conclusions, and then make sound judgments and decisions in the best interests of the relevant stakeholders
  • Skill in legal research, writing and analysis; skill in accessing and obtaining information from computerized legislative and legal databases
  • Skill in finding solutions for or to deal proactively with work-related problems
  • Extensive specialized knowledge of federal and state laws affecting agency operations and administration of agency policies, regulations, and procedures; extensive knowledge of laws and regulations governing employment; knowledge of Texas state government, state legislative processes, and the state budget process; knowledge of Texas purchasing and procurement laws
  • Ability to exercise courtesy, tact, and diplomacy in all communications including the ability to exercise discretion when handling confidential information
  • Knowledge and experience in the application of IT in Texas state agencies; knowledge of standard terms and conditions for information and communications technology contracts; knowledge of computer technology and laws, including intellectual property aspects of software preferred; background in telecommunications regulation preferred
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal, and external customers
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to comply with all agency policies and applicable laws
  • Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks

COMPUTER SKILLS
  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software necessary to perform work assignments e.g. word processing, spreadsheets (Microsoft Office)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
  • Regular and punctual attendance.
  • Criminal background check.

WORKING CONDITIONS
  • Frequent use of a personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephones.
  • Frequent work under stress, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Frequent standing, walking, sitting, listening, and talking.
  • Occasional bending and stooping.
  • Occasional lifting and climbing.