HHSC seeks to fill several Attorney IV positions, selected by and accountable to the Chief Counsel and/or the General Counsel of HHSC.
The Attorney IV performs advanced legal, transactional, and administrative duties under the limited direction of the supervising attorney and in coordination with the Health and Human Services agencies. Work is performed with extensive latitude for initiative and independent judgment, and requires logical and creative thinking, sound judgment and common sense, strong writing and communication skills, and a demonstrable commitment to problem-solving and high-quality client service. The Attorney IV must demonstrate high ethical standards and the ability to handle complex matters with a high degree of quality under appropriate supervision.
The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence and continuous learning, an enthusiasm for public service, the ability to distinguish between personal or individual interests and the public good, and the willingness to work in an organization that values and promotes good character and collective—rather than individual—achievement.
Depending on the successful candidate’s skills and experience, the Attorney IV may be assigned to work principally in one or more practice groups within the Office of Chief Counsel or Office of General Counsel. Alternatively, the Attorney IV may be assigned to provide dedicated legal support to one or more class-action lawsuits. The work of the Attorney IV involves one or more of the following:
• Planning, preparing, and reviewing legal opinions, briefs, legislation, contracts, grants, administrative rules, internal policies, and public policy issues on health and human services programs, public procurement, and government contracts;
• Assistance with the representation of the agency in trials and at administrative hearings, public hearings, and other public meetings;
• Serving on interagency and intra-agency workgroups to coordinate and develop health and human services legal and policy initiatives;
• Drafting and reviewing administrative rules, contracts, and grant applications as necessary;
• Assisting and advising investigations and enforcements actions as necessary; and
• Preparing reports, position papers, and memorandum agreements.
Essential Job Functions:
EJF 1. Provides legal advice, counsel, and technical guidance to HHS Agency staff on interpretation and application of relevant state and federal statutes, administrative rules, regulations and policies. (15%)
EJF 2. Provides legal and policy expertise relating to HHS Agency programs and operations. (5%)
EJF 3. Performs advanced analytical work on legal and policy issues. (10%)
EJF 4. Prepares and reviews legal opinions, briefs, memoranda, legislation, policies, rules, and official correspondence. (10%)
EJF 5. Supports or assists in the development of strategies and programs to implement legislative, programmatic, and policy initiatives. (5%)
EJF 6. Plans, prepares, and reviews procurement documents, contracts and memorandum agreements. (25%)
EJF 7. Reviews, analyzes, and drafts legislation that may affect HHS Agency programs, operations, or policy. (5%)
EJF 8. Assists with the representation of the HHS Agency at public hearings and public meetings. (5%)
EJF 9. reviews and advises staff concerning Open Meeting Act issues and requests for information under the Public Information Act. (5%)
EJF 10. Assists with the representation of HHS agencies in class action litigation and administrative hearings. (5%)
EJF 11. Prepares and reviews administrative rules and internal policies concerning health and human services programs. (10%)
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings.
Knowledge of federal and state statutes, regulations, and policies affecting health and human services agency programs.
Knowledge of the Public Information Act, Ch. 552 of the Texas Government Code.
Skill in organizing and expressing complex legal problems clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
Skill in preparing high-quality, complex procurement and contractual documents.
Skill in identifying problems, evaluating alternatives, and implementing solutions.
Skill in demonstrating sound judgment and reasonable tolerance of ambiguity in the performance of job duties.
Skill in working collaboratively and cooperatively with clients, other government officers and employees, and stakeholder groups.
Ability to analyze moderately complex to advanced factual and legal issues related to a wide variety of federal and state laws.
Ability to organize and manage in a timely fashion multiple tasks of varying priorities and to make efficient use of time and resources.
Ability to think creatively and apply clear, logical problem-solving techniques.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with a wide range of audiences.
Ability to maintain effective and collegial relations with all levels of management and staff at the Commission, as well as with other agency management and staff and the public.
Ability to use computer applications and databases related to essential functions of the job, including computer-assisted legal research, word processing software, and the Internet.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas (preferred), or obtaining such licensure within 12 months of employment.
Initial Selection Criteria:
1. Experience in the review, development, negotiation, or management of contracts, grants, or commercial agreements.
2. Experience providing legal advice or assistance to federal, state, or local government entities, or to persons or entities appearing before or doing business with a governmental entity.
3. Experience in the representation, advising, or counseling of governmental or nongovernmental clients regarding general administrative law issues.
4. Experience as an attorney in the conduct of litigation or the management of outside litigation counsel.
5. Experience preparing legal opinions and/or memoranda of law.
6. Experience performing legal research and analysis.
7. Experience in state administrative law.
8. Experience as an attorney in civil litigation.
9. Experience as an attorney working with or advising a public or private health care program or institution, a public assistance or other health and human services program, a corporate or governmental law office.
10. Experience supervising work performed by attorneys and other legal staff.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee service center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.