STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B23

Class No. 3520

GENERAL COUNSEL I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs routine (journey-level) legal work. Work involves interpreting laws, regulations, and rules; preparing legal documents and agency administrative rules; rendering legal advice and counsel; consulting with attorneys; assisting in preparing cases for hearings and trial; assisting in drafting and negotiating contracts; and drafting bills for legislative consideration for an agency. May train, coordinate, and lead the work of others. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Advises on the interpretation, application, and enforcement of agency laws and regulations.

Reviews laws, rules, and regulations affecting agency operations and administration.

Provides legal advice to the agency on policy decision making.

Provides updates on pertinent legal issues affecting the agency.

Drafts legal documents, bills, administrative rules, and amendments for legislative consideration.

Assists with the development of agency programs and the establishment of agency procedures.

Assists in the agency’s strategic planning process.

Assists in the representation of the agency with the Office of the Attorney General in civil or criminal actions brought by or against the agency.

Assists management with the development of appropriate legal solutions related to the agency’s internal business operations.

May conduct interviews to obtain facts of a case.

May attend various meetings on behalf of the agency and its governing body. 

May represent the agency in cases brought before the State Office of Administrative Hearings. 

May advise agency management on programs and issues involving legal risks.

May assist in drafting and negotiating contracts and related documents.

May train, coordinate, and lead the work of others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in legal work. Graduation from an accredited law school with an LLB or JD degree. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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. 

Ability to prepare legal documents; to prepare 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 train, coordinate, and lead the work of others.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

Must be licensed as an attorney by the State of Texas.


State Auditor’s Office

Reviewed 9-1-17