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General Counsel II

Practice Areas: Contracts Job #: 00013451 Exp.: 5+ Years Salary: $8,750 - $10,833 Monthly
General Description: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) is seeking an attorney to join its quest to change the future of Texans and Texas through the power of higher education. The Coordinating Board provides leadership and coordinating across Texas colleges and universities. As part of its mission, the Coordinating Board collects and analyzes data to provide institutions of higher education with the tools to best serve their students. The agency uses financial resources and data-driven tools to drive improvement of individual student achievement and economic performance across the state, working diligently to help Texans and Texas recover from the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

This position reports to the General Counsel and may provide legal counsel and work product to the Commissioner of Higher Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Board staff. Work consists of providing legal counsel for state procurement and reviewing contracts and grant agreements; drafting or reviewing administrative rules, proposed legislation, policies, and procedures; and interpreting statutes, case law, rules, and regulations. Must have excellent attention to detail and the ability to handle a high volume of work under tight deadlines. The successful candidate will be a dynamic thinker with a commitment to excellence and a strong desire to further the mission of providing coordination for Texas higher education and promoting access, affordability, quality, success, and cost efficiency in higher education, resulting in a globally competitive workforce that positions Texas as an international leader. This position will work under moderate to minimal supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

General Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Participates in drafting, developing, reviewing, and negotiating contracts and contractor proposals. Works closely with agency staff on all aspects of contracting.
  • Develops and updates contract and solicitation templates and additional contract forms/guidance, interprets contractual provisions, and provides advice on all facets of contract and grant (State and Federal) issues.
  • Drafts, reviews, and negotiates Memoranda of Understanding and Interagency Contracts with other State agencies.
  • Drafts and reviews administrative rules governed by the Texas Administrative Procedure Act.
  • Researches and analyzes legal questions.
  • May prepare and review legal documents such as pleadings, motions, briefs, opinions, position statements, proposed legislation, proposed rules, and other legal memoranda.
  • Provides counsel on data privacy and data security. May serve as the Chief Privacy Officer for the agency.
  • Reviews and prepares responses to public information requests.
  • Performs other work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of state government contract and procurement law, State and Federal grant law, and commercial laws.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and rules governing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Skill in legal research, legal and business writing, and analysis.
  • Skill in using personal computers, general office software, databases, and online legal research services and software.
  • Skill in negotiation.
  • Skill in interpersonal communications.
  • Ability to prepare legal documents, including legal briefs, pleadings, motions, administrative rules, proposed legislation, and contracts and grant agreements.
  • Ability to conduct research, to interpret and apply laws, and to summarize findings.
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple projects, tasks and priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain knowledge of all pertinent laws, rules, regulations, and procedures.

Military Crosswalk:

Required Minimum Education and Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  • Five years’ full-time experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.
  • Demonstrable knowledge in procurement and contracts law.
  • Knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure:
License to practice law in the State of Texas and be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Preferred Education and Experience:
  • Considerable experience in the areas of State government contract law, and State and Federal grant law.
  • Knowledge of Texas procurement laws and rules and CPA Contract Management Guide.
  • Experience with contracting and procurement of IT services.
  • Experience in contract litigation.
  • Experience in contract management.
  • Knowledge of federal laws and regulations governing expenditure of federal grant funds.
  • Experience negotiating licenses and working in the areas of copyright and trademark.
  • Knowledge of data breach, data privacy, and state and federal confidentiality laws, including FERPA.
  • Knowledge of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Knowledge of higher education law.
  • Knowledge of employment law.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions:
  • Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires:
  • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance at work;
  • Frequent use of personal computer, copiers, printers, and telephones;
  • Frequent sitting;
  • Frequently works under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.
  • Must be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of customer service deliverables.
  • Show flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and work schedules; working extended hours as necessary.
  • Adhere to the organization’s internal management policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the agency’s performance measures and mission.
  • Travel occasionally for work assignments (generally less than one percent of time).

Closing Date: 16th March, 2021

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