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General Counsel II-III (Deputy General Counsel)

Austin, TX
Full Time
Job #: 00007494 Exp.: 5+ Years
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General Counsel II-III (Deputy General Counsel)
Performs advanced and/or managerial (senior level) legal work. Work involves state agency administration and working closely with the General Counsel on the day-to-day operations of the General Counsel Division. Work involves directing and planning the agency’s legal activities; interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; preparing legal documents; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with attorneys; advising agency management on programs and issues involving legal risks. The ideal candidate will possess seven years of legal experience, related to the position, with at least three of those years supervising attorneys and legal staff. Additionally, the candidate is able to express legal opinions clearly and persuasively; the candidate is able identify and analyze an/a existing or potential problem and find a solution; is able to adapt and is open to new ideas; has a proven track record of championing change and innovation; diversity and inclusion; and demonstrates and encourages collaboration.

This position:
  • Provides leadership, direction, and guidance to General Counsel Division staff;
  • Manages legal projects to include working with directors and attorneys;
  • Coordinates the drafting and review of legal documents, bills, administrative rules, and amendments for legislative consideration;
  • Provides updates on pertinent legal issues affecting the agency;
  • Provides legal advice to agency staff and the Commissioner of Insurance;
  • Assists the Attorney General’s office in preparing cases for litigation;
  • Works with executive management on top priority issues and assignments;
  • Acts as liaison between executive management and general counsel directors and staff;
  • Supervises the work of others; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This position requires:
  • graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree;
  • licensure as an attorney to practice law in the State of Texas. Good standing as a member of the State Bar of Texas;
  • five years of legal experience in a related field with at least three of those years supervision of other attorneys and legal staff.
  • a resume to be submitted with the application.

Salary is contingent upon qualifications

Preferences for this position include:
  • seven (7) years of legal experience in a related field;
  • service as an attorney at a state agency;
  • significant experience as a litigation attorney;
  • experience with insurance law, employment law, administrative law, including open government issues, and state agency procurements; and
  • experience in drafting rules and legislation.

This position requires demonstrated knowledge of:
  • legal principles, practices, and proceedings;
  • state and federal laws, rules, and regulations;
  • agency administrative rules and regulations; and
  • legislative drafting techniques;

This position requires demonstrated skill in:
  • legal research, writing, and analysis, including plain English legal writing;
  • using a computer and applicable software, including word processing;
  • using reasoning and logic;
  • identifying and solving complex problems;
  • prioritizing workloads;
  • using good judgment to analyze legal problems and identify courses of action; and
  • project management and/or team leadership.

This position requires the demonstrated ability to:
  • participate and assist staff in administrative hearings;
  • prepare opinions and briefs;
  • identify and analyze legal problems, and prepare sound, clear opinions;
  • research complex legal issues efficiently;
  • summarize research findings clearly and effectively;
  • interpret laws and regulations affecting the agency;
  • use or learn to use relational databases and tracking systems;
  • use electronic and hard-copy legal reference materials;
  • express comments and legal opinions clearly and persuasively;
  • deal tactfully and professionally with the public, co-workers, agency staff and industry representatives;
  • explain legal concepts to lay persons;
  • communicate effectively;
  • work independently;
  • organize and manage multiple priorities;
  • handle complex civil actions; and
  • respond to dynamic situations on an as-needed and case-by-case basis.

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