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Special Investigations Counsel (Attorney III)

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 10/10/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00006264
Categories: Legal
Keywords: legal, law

Job Description

MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems.

POSITION OVERVIEW: The position supports the deputy senior counsel by managing agency complaint, investigation, and enforcement actions, interpreting the law, developing rules and providing legal advice as it relates to investigations, monitoring, academic and financial accountability ratings, accreditation, and/or defending the enforcement actions in court proceedings. The position provides comprehensive legal support to the Office of Complaints, Investigations, and Enforcement including support for the agency's complaints management program as well as the agency's Special Investigations Unit. The position works under limited direction with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides legal support and counsel to the agency's complaints management and special investigations programs, including advising on policies and procedures; the review and resolution of complaints; jurisdictional reviews; and all aspects of conducting investigations into school districts and charter schools.
  • Reviews investigation reports and correspondence, jurisdictional memos, and complaints correspondence. Interprets laws and regulations relating to the functions of the department and renders legal advice and counsel.
  • Provides legal guidance and support on policies and procedures.
  • Reviews proposed legislation and provides bill analysis on bills relating to the functions of the department.
  • Advises agency staff regarding the agency's complaints process and investigation process relating to districts and charter schools.


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Experience: At least (3) years of experience in the areas of Agency investigations and sanctions as well as some experience with APA rulemaking, interpreting complex laws and regulations, analyzing legislation, preparing or reviewing fiscal notes, and/or supporting Agency operations. Legal experience in the areas of: Administrative law, including litigation before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and Federal and State grants programs.  Experience in advising a regulatory agency in the area of complaints, dispute resolution, investigations or enforcement is preferred. 

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas.
  • Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to produce high quality work in a dynamic environment
  • Highly organized; ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet deadlines
  • Ability to break down complex information into comprehensive parts, ask questions, synthesize and analyze
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve
  • Ability to engage in a collaborative, results-oriented team environment
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office applications and managing the lifecycle of complex technical documents 
  • Provide sound legal counsel and recommendations to agency clients that help them make business decisions in the best interest of the agency and the State of Texas
  • Effectively interpret policies, procedures, statutes, rules and regulations
  • Use negotiating strategies to reach outcomes that gain the support and acceptance of all parties
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships at all organizational levels including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal clients, and external stakeholders
  • Self-starter with an outcomes-based approach to management
  • Work under pressure to timely complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines

 No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran's preference.

Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here.

This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency.