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General Counsel V

Company name

The Texas Department of Information Resources

Organization Type


Job Type


Valid Through

Dec 25,2019

Posted on

Sep 11,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 11250 to 12500 Annually

Years of Experience

8-10 yrs required


Austin, TX, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
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General Counsel V
The candidate serves a wide spectrum of customers by providing technology leadership, solutions, and value to State of Texas government agencies, higher education, and local government entities of all sizes to facilitate the fulfillment of their core missions and by leveraging bulk buying power that enables eligible customers to buy IT products and services at aggressive discounts without the need for a lengthy procurement process. Performs highly advanced and/or managerial (senior level) legal work advising and representing the agency on legal matters; includes directing and planning legal activities, interpreting laws and regulations, and preparing legal documents. Functions as primary liaison with state leadership on legal issues. Supervises agency attorneys. Work is performed under minimal direction of the Executive Director with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Serves as general counsel to the agency; advises the executive director, the governing board and other state officials and staff on legal matters and issues; advises in the rule-making process on a variety of technical and other issues. Supervises agency attorneys; monitors attendance of employees under direct supervision; prepares or updates job descriptions; prepares annual evaluations for employees. Conducts general research, advises and represents the agency on issues related to intellectual property, information access, mediation adjudication, digital signatures, privacy, security, confidentiality, and federal IT legislation. Advises on legal, regulatory and technical aspects of information technology procurement, including contract terms and conditions for licensing agreements, outsourcing, leasing and seat management, professional services, shared risk arrangements, and other contracts as required. Advises the agency on and/or interprets legal and regulatory aspects of Texas state and federal law, policies, and regulations governing or affecting agency operations, responsibilities, and personnel issues. Researches and prepares legal documents; drafts and reviews bills, policies, and administrative rules; drafts form contracts, interagency contracts and memorandum of agreement implementing negotiated terms and standard conditions; reviews and approves all contracts and legally binding documents for the Executive Director’s signature. Renders opinions and interpretations or otherwise assists agency in complying with open meetings and open records laws and regulations. Works in collaboration with the Office of the Attorney General to represent the agency in civil action brought by or against the agency. Serves as the agency’s ethics officer; Provides advice and counsel on ethical issues and guidelines to agency employees and board members. Provides an internal review of other agency policies to ensure agency consistency and integration with the agency’s ethics philosophies. Integrates the agency ethics message throughout the agency’s culture. Promptly conducts investigations pursuant to complaints and allegations of ethical wrongdoing or conflicts of interest. Prepares written investigative reports as necessary. Develops and maintains procedures for the confidential handling and processing of complaints and allegations. Provide processes for the confidential hearing of employee issues related to the ethics or conflicts. Supports the agency’s efforts to comply with all applicable health and safety rules, and agency policies and procedures.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Graduation from an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. degree. Must be licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. Must have 8-10 years of experience as a licensed attorney. Should have 6-7 years of experience negotiating, drafting, and revising state procurements and contracts, preferably information technology contracts. Must have 4-6 years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role. 4-6 years of experience providing legal support for a state of Texas procurement function is required. Experience working with legislative committees, subcommittees, and boards of director is needed. Must have experience in and familiarity with telecommunications law, regulation, rates, and tariffs.
Should have extensive specialized knowledge of federal and state laws affecting agency operations and administration of agency policies, regulations, and procedures; extensive knowledge of laws and regulations governing employment; knowledge of Texas state government, state legislative processes, and the state budget process; knowledge of Texas purchasing and procurement laws.
Must have excellent skill in communicating both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Must have skill in legal research, writing and analysis; skill in accessing and obtaining information from computerized legislative and legal databases. Must have skill in finding solutions for or to deal proactively with work-related problems including personnel-related issues.
Ability: Ability to actively attend to, convey, and understand the comments and questions of others. Ability to act in a self-confident manner to facilitate completion of a work assignment or to defend a position or idea. Ability to work with limited supervision and to schedule workload to meet requirements and deadlines of the position. Ability to consult and provide sound advice and recommendations that enable others to make business decisions in the best interests of the relevant stakeholders. Ability to serve internal agency customers by focusing effort on meeting their needs, understanding their concerns, and effectively resolving issues. Ability to demonstrate conduct conforming to a set of values and accepted standards; ability to be truthful and be seen as credible in the workplace. Ability to effectively interpret and develop policies, procedures, and regulations. Ability to analyze voluminous facts and data, derive logical conclusions, and then make sound judgments and decisions in the best interests of the relevant stakeholders. Ability to exercise courtesy, tact, and diplomacy in all communications including the ability to exercise discretion when handling confidential information. Ability to comply with all agency policies and applicable laws. Ability to comply with all applicable safety rules, regulations, and standards. Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet required deadlines. Ability to work under pressure and exacting schedules to complete assigned tasks. Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships at all organizational levels, including agency management, direct supervisors, co-workers, internal, and external customers. Ability to understand, follow, and convey brief oral and/or written instructions. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to support and contribute to a cohesive team environment.

Additional info

Job Posting: #00006699

Company info

Human Resources
The Texas Department of Information Resources
P.O. Box 13564
Austin, TX 78711-3564
Phone: 512-463-5920
Fax: 512-475-4612