Attorney IV

Job Title
Attorney IV
Job Number
00016653

Job Posting:

#00016653

Opened:

08/04/2021

Closes:

Open Until Filled

Position Title:

Attorney IV

Class/Group:

3505/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:

$7916.67-$8750.00

Duration:

Regular

Hours Worked Weekly:

40

Shift:

Days

Travel:

Occasional

Agency Address:

300 W. 15th St, #1300, Austin, TX 78701

Web site:

www.dir.texas.gov

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.
  • If you have problems accessing the CAPPS Career Section, please email the CAPPS Recruiting Help Desk at capps.recruiting@cpa.texas.gov

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

  • 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-million dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.  DIR is a fast-paced and collaborative environment with highly motivated and engaged employees dedicated to achieving the best value for the state. 

This role performs advanced (senior-level) attorney work for the Office of the General Counsel. Work involves planning and implementing legal tasks, preparing legal documents, including contracts and rules, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. Works under 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 complex contracts, including technology and license agreements; 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; research 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 
  • Serves as the agency's assistant ethics officer; 
  • Provides advice and counsel on ethical issues and guidelines to agency employees and board members
  • Provides an internal review of other agency policies to ensure agency consistency and integration with the agency's ethics philosophies. Integrates the agency ethics message throughout the agency's culture
  • Promptly conducts investigations pursuant to complaints and allegations of ethical wrongdoing or conflicts of interest. Prepares written investigative reports as necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

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 two (2) years of experience providing legal support for a state of Texas governmental entity relating to the entity's procurement and contracting functions.

EXPERIENCE & TRAINING PREFERRED

  • Experience with analyzing, implementing, and ensuring compliance with legislation
  • Experience with open records and open meetings laws
  • Experience drafting and revising information technology contracts
  • Experience negotiating information technology contracts
  • Familiarity with applicable information technology laws and regulations
  • Familiarity with state and federal procurement laws and contracting best practices

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of Texas state government, state legislative processes, and the state budget process
  • Excellent skill in communicating both verbally and in writing, in a clear and concise manner
  • Skill in developing complex contracts including the ability to select and apply the appropriate contract instrument for various acquisition strategies; knowledge of the principles and practices of state of Texas procurement laws, regulations, rules, policies, and procedures
  • Skill in finding solutions for or to deal proactively with work-related problems, including personnel-related issues
  • Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis
  • Ability to act in a self-confident manner to effectively communicate and promote the ideas, goals, and mission of the agency to the public
  • Ability to consult and provide sound advice and recommendations that enable others to make business decisions in the best interest of the project and/or the agency
  • Ability to serve internal agency customers by focusing effort on meeting their needs, understanding their concerns, and effectively resolving issues
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds and organizational levels
  • Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions
  • Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards
  • Ability to effectively interpret policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to work on concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment while effectively organizing, prioritizing, and coordinating work assignments
  • Ability to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties includes knowledge and execution of negotiation strategies and techniques
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, and internal and external customers
  • Ability to exercise courtesy, tact, and diplomacy in all communications, including the ability to exercise discretion when handling confidential information
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks
  • Ability to comply with all agency policy and applicable laws; ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards

COMPUTER SKILLS

  • Proficiency in the use of a personal computer and applicable software to complete job tasks (Microsoft Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, and Outlook for email preferred)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Regular and punctual attendance at the workplace
  • Criminal Background Check  
  • Occasional travel
  • Occasional overtime

WORK ENVIRONMENT

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

 

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