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Working under the direction of Commissioner-elect Wright of the Railroad Commission of Texas, the General Counsel performs advanced, experienced-level legal work for the Commissioner and his staff. This includes providing the Commissioner and his staff direction and planning of legal activities; interpretation of laws, regulations and rules; and preparing legal documents, rendering legal advice and counsel. Additional duties involve consulting with the Commissioner and his staff regarding inquiries received from the general public. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment to handle a wide variety of duties with multiple deadlines. The ability to exercise astute judgment in all situations is required. The ideal candidate must be able to work under pressure, with frequent interruptions, to perform a variety of activities while maintaining confidentiality in all matters.
Essential Job Duties
- Directs and plans legal activities for the Commissioner and his staff and advises on programs and legal issues.
- Advises the Commissioner and his staff on the interpretation, application and enforcement of laws and regulations.
- May assist the Commissioner and/or his staff with the drafting and review of legal documents, administrative rules and related activities.
- Reviews laws, rules, and regulations affecting operations and administration of the office of the Commissioner.
- Provides legal advice and opinions on policy decision making and identifies appropriate legal solutions.
- Assists with formulation, coordination, and establishment of policies and procedures for the office of the Commissioner.
- Consults with Commissioner’s staff regarding inquiries received from the general public.
- May participate in the strategic planning process for the Commissioner and his staff.
- Coordinates efforts in pursuit of the goals, objectives, and mission of the Commission.
- Performs related work as assigned.
- This position may require occasional travel.
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
- Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.
- Must be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.
- At least five years' legal experience.
- Five years of experience with a state or federal agency.
- Experience in a state, federal or similar governmental entity with regulatory responsibilities.
- Knowledge of oil and gas industry.
- Direct experience working with elected officials and/or agency executives.
- Knowledge of Texas Open Meetings Act.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of accepted business practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of applicable rules, regulations and policies, including but not limited to Texas Open Meetings Act.
- Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; of state and federal laws, regulations, and rules; and of agency administrative rules and regulations.
- Skill in identifying problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions; in using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; and in reconciling differences.
- Skill in prioritizing wide range of duties and adapting appropriately as priorities change.
- Skill in analyzing and organizing information and solving problems.
- Ability to prepare legal documents; to formulate, coordinate, and establish policies and procedures; to conduct research; to interpret and apply laws; to summarize findings; to prepare cases for trial; to conduct hearings; to communicate effectively; and to supervise the work of others.
Remarks: There is one available position. Official transcripts, DD214 or DD1300, copies of license/certifications, or other minimum requirement validations will be requested at the time of the job offer.
Closing Date: 15th December, 2020