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Attorney III

Job #: 451781 Salary: $6,250 - $6,875 Monthly
Performs highly complex legal work in the Policy Department of the Legal Services Division of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Chief Counsel. Work involves overseeing and planning legal activities, preparing legal documents, participating in hearings, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering legal advice and counsel. May provide guidance to others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

This position reports to the Policy Department’s Associate Director that oversees legal support provided to the Health, Developmental, and Independence Services (HDIS) Division and the Regulatory Services Division of the HHS system.

The position’s primary assignments are internal clients in the Regulatory Services division, specifically the programs that support long-term care provider state licensing and federal certification, including assisted living facilities, day activity and health services, intermediate care facilities, and nursing facilities. This work involves providing legal advice related to policy matters, including rulemaking, open meetings, and legislative interpretation.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
  • (80%) Advises HHS system clients and OCC leadership on legal matters and the drafting, interpretation, and application of agency policy; HHS and other agency regulations in the Texas Administrative Code; state law, including, but not limited to the Government Code and Health and Safety Code; and federal law and regulation, including, but not limited to, those concerning public health and welfare.
  • (10%) Prepares and/or assists in preparing cases for court trial and in representing the agency in matters before a court as appropriate.
  • (10%) May research, draft, and/or assist in drafting bills and amendments for legislative consideration.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
  • List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to performance in this position:
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, rules, and regulations; and of agency administrative rules and regulations.
  • Skill in legal research, writing, and analysis; in the use of a computer and applicable software; in using reasoning and logic; in identifying and solving complex problems; in prioritizing workloads; and in using judgment to identify courses of action.
  • Ability to conduct hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct research, to summarize findings, to interpret and apply laws, to use legal reference materials, to communicate effectively, and to provide guidance to others.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:
  • List the licensure, certification, or registration required to perform this job:
  • Experience in legal work. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.
  • Must be licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas.

Initial Selection Criteria:
  • Experience in legal work. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
  • Experience in legal principles, practices, and proceedings.
  • Experience in administrative law.
  • Experience with administrative rulemaking.
  • Experience in conducting research in preparing opinions, rules, and policies related to administrative law.
  • Experience in conducting research.

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