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TJJD - Attorney III - Senior Appeals Attorney - (AUS) - 10724

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 6/23/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00010724
Categories: Legal
Keywords: legal, law

Job Description

All applicants must complete the following additional forms (available at http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms) and attach to the application, email to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov, or mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757, Austin, TX 78711 for consideration: 

  1. TJJD Employment Application Supplement (HR-003)

  2. Child Abuse Registry Check Consent Form (HR-028)      

  3. Disclosure of PREA Employment Standards Violation (HR-975)  

  4. Authorization to Release Information (HR-074)   

Failure to complete and submit the above forms will cause delays in your consideration for this position.


A complete job description and requirements are available at:  https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=00010724&tz=GMT-05:00.


Applicants applying through Work In Texas (WIT) will also need to complete the supplemental questions and forms to be considered for this posting.  To complete the supplemental questions, please go to the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en) to register and create a profile, or login and access your existing profile.  A complete job description and other job requirements are available there.  To complete the supplemental forms listed above, go to http://www.tjjd.texas.gov/index.php/doc-library/category/304-forms) and attach to the application, email to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov, or mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757, Austin, TX 78711.


Send completed application, supplemental questions/forms, and copies of diploma and college transcripts via email to HRJobs@TJJD.Texas.gov or regular mail to TJJD Human Resources, PO Box 12757, Austin, TX 78711.


Your job application must be completely filled out and cover all employment.  Your application must contain complete job histories, which include job titles, name of employer, dates of employment, supervisor's name and phone number, and a description of duties performed, and whether it was full-time or part-time and hours per week.  If this information is not provided, your application may be rejected as incomplete.  Resumes do not take the place of this required information.


Applicants must attach to the application a copy of a high school diploma/equivalent or college diploma and transcript if a degree or college semester hours are required to meet minimum qualifications.  A copy of all required certifications and/or licenses must also be attached to the application.


Applicants must be able to pass a Criminal Background Check and any other requirements listed under Minimum Qualifications.


State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information can be found at https://www.ers.texas.gov.  Benefits include:  Retirement plan, paid group health & life insurance for employee, paid holidays, paid vacation leave, paid sick leave, longevity pay, educational assistance program, employee assistance program.  Optional add-on benefits include:  Dental, Vision, Optional Life Insurance, Voluntary AD&D Insurance, Dependent Health & Life insurance, Health & Dependent care flexible spending accounts, etc.  Additionally, certain designated positions are eligible for hazardous duty pay, career ladder advancements, and free meals while on duty.


The TJJD Office of General Counsel (OGC) processes and prepares proposed appeal decisions for appeals filed by youth committed to TJJD, parents or guardians of such youth, or TJJD employees, which require review and response by the executive director or designee. Such appeals are generally appealing facility-level responses to youth grievances or the findings and decisions of youth disciplinary due process hearings for alleged rule violations. Other appeals include the findings of abuse, neglect, and exploitation investigations and investigations in alleged employee misconduct involving harassment, retaliation, and discrimination.
Performs highly complex (senior-level) attorney work ensuring all proposed appeal decisions are sound, accurate, well-reasoned, professionally written and timely. Work includes the gathering, tracking, and analyzing of pertinent information and maintaining a digest of appeal decisions interpreting agency policy for dissemination within the agency. Provides technical assistance and training to agency administrators and field staff regarding the appeal process and policies.

Other duties include planning and organizing work, interpreting laws and regulations, preparing legal documents, rendering legal advice and counsel, consulting with trial attorneys; providing legal advice to agency staff on issues including personnel, juvenile corrections and supervision practices, open records, open meetings, compliance with laws, legislative changes, administrative procedure, and transactional matters; providing technical assistance on juvenile-related matters to juvenile justice practitioners across the state; conducting training on juvenile justice and associated matters; and providing legal advice and technical assistance in abuse, neglect, or exploitation cases involving potential revocation or suspension of certification for juvenile probation or supervision officers and reviewing the investigations for legal sufficiency. May assist with the maintenance of case law decisions, legislative changes and opinions related to juvenile justice, and the development of legislative commentary reports and statutory implementation guides.  May supervise the work of others.

Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. May be required to work in excess of 40 hours per workweek, be on-call, and travel occasionally.


Gathers and analyzes background information pertinent for the preparation and review of proposed appeal decisions; coordinates related activities. (25%)

Prepares proposed appeal decisions that are legally sound, well-reasoned, well written, factual, consistent and timely. (25%)

Maintains statistical data related to the appeal decisions interpreting agency policy for dissemination within the agency. (5%)

Oversees the preparation of and prepares related management reports, including special projects and non-routine reports, reports developed for planning purposes, reports as needed for legislative analysis and compliance monitoring reviews, and to provide relevant information to the general counsel and deputy general counsel. (5%)

Collaborates with OGC staff in meeting established objectives and goals; shares information, identifies concerns and trends, and recommends improvements to resolve problems or enhance operations. (5%)

Serves as the liaison between the OGC and agency administrators and field staff for the appeals section; and represents the appeals section at meetings, hearings, conferences, and seminars. (10%) 


Advises staff and the public on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws. (5%) 

Reviews drafts of laws, rules, and regulations affecting agency operations; analyzes juvenile justice legal issues and monitors legislation affecting juvenile justice and agency operations; and may draft or assist in drafting bills, legislative amendments, or agency administrative rules. Analyzes related legislation for impact on section operations; recommends and evaluates potential administrative code rule revisions; and oversees the implementation of related legislation and administrative code rule requirements. (5%)

Assists in formulating, coordinating, and establishing agency policy and procedures and OGC guidelines relating to the appeal and appeal decision processes; provides technical assistance and training to administrative and field staff regarding the appeal process and related policies. (5%)

Assists in meeting established objectives and goals; shares information, identifies concerns and trends, and recommends improvements to resolve problems or enhance operations. (5%)

May provide guidance to others.

Monitors outcomes for racial, ethnic, and gender disparities and acts to address identified disparities.

Performs a variety of related duties not listed, to be determined and assigned as needed.

Performs all duties in compliance with TJJD safety policies and procedures.
   •Reports safety hazards and corrects hazards when possible.
   •Completes required documentation in the event of an accident/injury within requested time frames.

Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency attendance and leave policies.



Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school. A license to practice law in the State of Texas. Five years of full-time wage-earning experience in administrative, employment, appellate, labor, or criminal law or closely related field.

   •Experience working in the juvenile justice system.
   •Prosecution or other litigation experience.
   •Experience drafting and reviewing appeals.
   •Experience working on employment matters.
   •Experience in legal research and writing.

Note: Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be from an accredited educational institution.

Experience and Education Substitutions:
   •Pro-rated part-time experience may satisfy the experience requirement.

Note: Any degree, diploma, high school equivalent, or course hours required to meet minimum qualifications must be from an accredited educational institution.

Requirements for Continued Employment:
   •Failure to maintain required licensure/certification will result in termination of employment.
   •Remain in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.



The following physical demands and working conditions are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
Ability to see
Ability to hear (with or without aid)
Heavy lifting, up to 25 lbs.
Heavy carrying, up to 25 lbs.
Repeated bending
Identify colors
Depth perception
Operate motor equipment
Reaching above shoulder
Dual simultaneous grasping
Manual/finger dexterity


Knowledge of:
   •Or ability to learn local, state, and federal laws and regulations affecting the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, agency operations, and juvenile justice practitioners statewide.
   •Or ability to learn legal principles, practices, and proceedings as well as agency laws, regulations, and rules.

Skill in:
   •Legal research, writing and analysis.
   •Operating computers and using applicable computer software.
   •Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
   •Identifying and solving complex problems.
   •Using judgment to identify courses of action.

Ability to:
   •Conduct computerized legal research and access information from legal and legislative databases (e.g., LexisNexis, Westlaw Next and other Internet sources).
   •Write clear and accurate opinions and briefs.
   •Interpret and apply knowledge of laws affecting the agency and the juvenile justice system.
   •Draft, review and negotiate contractual matters.
   •Conduct hearings, negotiate and prepare cases for trial, summarize findings and use legal reference materials.
   •Communicate effectively.
   •Work collaboratively with all stakeholders and maintain a professional, courteous demeanor.
   •Prioritize and manage multiple tasks; plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments; and meet deadlines.
   •Recognize when decisions need to be made, process information logically, make decisions, and demonstrate the soundness of those decisions.
   •Work in excess of 40 hours per work week, be on-call, and travel.


In order to receive veteran's preference, a copy of your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), VA disability rating (if applicable), or a DD Form 1300 (Report of Casualty) must be attached to your application.


Go to https://texasskillstowork.com/, https://www.onetonline.org/, or http://www.careeronestop.org/ for assistance translating your military experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications/requirements, and skill sets.


Additional Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Code or Crosswalk information is available from the Texas State Auditor's Office at Legal MOS Codes.


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Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls.  If you submitted your application through the CAPPS Career Center (https://capps.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en), you may also check the status of your application by accessing your profile and selecting My Jobpage and selecting My Submissions.

Thank you for considering employment with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.



The Texas Juvenile Justice Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability in employment or the provision of services.