Travis County (TX)
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Managing Attorney, Office of Parental Representation
at Travis County (TX)
- Job Summary
Directs the operation of the Office of Parental Representation and manages all daily activities involving personnel, case handling and resources to include departmental budget. Managing Attorney will carry a full caseload of approximately 50 cases per year. Provides legal representation for parent clients in civil matters relating to child abuse and neglect, foster care, and termination of parental rights. Develops and implements policies and procedures for the operation of the department and plans for future development. Oversees and participates in the review, filing, preparation, presentation and disposition of cases, Oversees compliance with applicable State and Federal laws and guidelines, and departmental policies and procedures. Evaluates and participates in the development of policies, programs and procedures and makes recommendations to facilitate efficiency and effectiveness.
This classification is in a series of attorney classifications. This class functions as the managing attorney and department head of the Office of Parental Representation and incumbent has management and administrative responsibilities in addition to functioning as a high level attorney. This department is under the Justice Planning Division which is a direct report to the Travis County Commissioners Court.
- Duties and Responsibilities
- Manages and directs the department's professional and support personnel, equipment, facilities and finances. Evaluates personnel and services of the department. Allocates resources and plans for future services and budgetary needs of the department.
- Directs and advises legal staff on issues of law and the disposition of cases. Directs and provides administrative oversight for the attorneys and other staff within the department, including but not limited to hiring, performance evaluation, disciplinary action, and dismissal.
- Performs advanced legal work, representing parents in civil child protective services litigation. Makes presentations and conducts trainings and seminars for staff, community groups, and organizations.
- Acts as primary liaison and representative for the department with law enforcement agencies, regulatory agencies, criminal justice agencies, Texas Legislature, other elected officials within the County, and the community at large.
- Prepares reports, compiles statistics, and monitors the unit's workload to ensure that quality services are being provided.
- Conducts research and plans or assists in planning and developing programs, policies and procedures, goals and objectives of the unit. Prepares, analyzes, and presents department budget and statistical reports.
- Meets with judges regarding court administration of the civil Child Protective Services (CPS) dockets.
- May prepare and submit grant proposals to State and Federal agencies and ensure compliance with contract agreements.
- Prepares and presents outcome and performance to the Travis County Commissioners Court at a minimum of one time annually.
- Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
- Minimum Requirements
Education and Experience:
J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school AND ten (10) years licensed attorney work experience.
Three (3) years of supervisory or management experience and five (5) years of litigation experience in civil child abuse and neglect cases, including substantial hearing and trial experience.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Legal principles and practices including civil, criminal, juvenile, constitutional, and administrative law and alternative dispute resolution.
- Management and supervisory principles, practices and techniques.
- The American Bar Association Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases.
- Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, Travis County Local Rules, Chapters 151-153 and 261-266 of the Texas Family Code and all other relevant State and Federal laws, codes, and regulations.
- Methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques for presentation of cases in court or to effectively present facts and precedents orally and in writing in law related matters.
- Child development, social work, the child welfare system, and related community services available to support children and families.
- The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges' Resource Guidelines for Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases.
- The National Association of Counsel for Children Child Welfare Law Office Guidebook.
- All aspects of substantive civil child abuse and neglect litigation.
- Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
- Supervising others, allocating resources and evaluating programs.
- Problem solving and decision-making.
- Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.
- Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures, and legal precedents in area of specialty.
- Operating a variety of modern office equipment, including a computer.
- Motivate, train, supervise and develop attorneys and support staff.
- Analyze and appraise facts, procedures, and legal precedents affecting complex court cases in areas of specialty.
- Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.
- Present facts, precedents and arguments orally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
- Operate a variety of office equipment and a computer including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
- Work independently and efficiently to meet deadlines.
- Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
- Work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, outside agencies, other county staff and officials, and the general public.
- Manage, analyze, and interpret office related data.
- Work Environment & Other Information
Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.
This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Work Hours: 8am to 5pm M-F
Department: Justice Planning
Location: 1010 Lavaca