Attorney II

Classification Number: 3503

Starting Wage: $5,833.33/Month
Opening Date: 11/17/2020
Closing Date: Until filled

Agency: STATE SECURITIES BOARD
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 13167, Austin, Texas 78711-3167
Work Location Address: 208 East 10th Street, Austin, Texas  78701

Number of Openings: 1
Duration: Regular/Full-time
Hours/Week: 40

FLSA Exempt: Yes
Travel Required: Yes, up to 5%
Texas Drivers License Required: Yes

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Works with the attorneys in the General Counsel Division to provide legal advice to agency staff.
  • Rulemaking: assists in developing and drafting regulations and preparing filings with the Texas Register.
  • Conducts or assists with legal research, includes analysis of legislation, legislative history, and statutory and case law impacting agency operations; includes monitoring bills and reporting on Texas legislative matters, rulemaking by other agencies, and proceedings affecting the agency.
  • Receives and processes routine and complex Texas Public Information Act (TPIA) requests in accordance with the TPIA, includes copying and scanning records and drafting related correspondence; researches Texas Attorney General opinions; prepares, reviews, drafts and edits briefs to be filed with the Office of the Attorney General related to TPIA requests;
  • Participates in the development and delivery of training to staff on the TPIA, ethics, records retention and the Texas Securities Act, and updates training materials as needed.
  • Proofreads and edits legal and administrative documents; organizes, maintains, and updates internal databases; distributes electronic publications.
  • Reviews press releases and website content for accuracy and clarity, includes some basic website editing and posting using Drupal (training provided) and electronic notices to subscribers using GovDelivery/Granicus.
  • Works overtime (more than 40 hours per week) when necessary to complete time-sensitive work (mainly during the biennial legislative session).
  • Complies with division and/or agency training requirements and maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions.
  • Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule.
  • Prioritizes and independently manages multiple tasks with varying deadlines.
  • Works collaboratively with others, and works independently while maintaining a professional, courteous demeanor.
  • Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
  • Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity.

Performs other work as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (License, Education, Experience):

The minimum qualifications require graduation from accredited law school with J.D. Degree, a license to practice law in Texas, and a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. At least 6 months of full-time legal experience as a licensed practicing attorney, law clerk or legal intern.

PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Working knowledge and experience with open records laws and processing of TPIA requests; Texas and/or federal legislative process; securities regulation or the securities industry. Recent (within the past 4 years) legal experience in any, or all, of these areas.

HOW TO APPLY (Application procedure, Special requirements):

To be considered for this position, you must submit (1) a completed standard state application, (2) a State Securities Board “Supplement To Application For Employment”, (3) a copy of your law school transcripts, and (4) a writing sample.  Applications and the Supplement form may be downloaded from the Agency website at https://www.ssb.texas.gov.  The preferred method to submit completed applications, along with the Supplement, transcripts, and writing sample, is via email at human.resources@ssb.texas.gov.  You may also mail to Human Resources, State Securities Board, P.O. Box 13167, Austin, Texas 78711-3167 or fax to 512-305-8327.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a standard state application. Applicants to be interviewed will be contacted by the Agency. Applications accepted for this position only.

Veterans, Reservist, or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Military Crosswalk information is at http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf