Job Title: Legal Assistant III - Revised June 6, 2018 Open Date: 05/02/2018
Salary Group/Class No. B19/3576 Close Date: Until Filled
Current Status: Open Posting Number: 466-2018-006
Number of Positions: 1 WorkinTexas.com No.  
Monthly Salary: $3,520.34 - $4,633.50 Part-Time: No
Work Location: Austin Position Type: External
Travel Required: N/A FLSA Eligible: Non-Exempt

Applications Accepted By:

Mail:

Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner

Human Resources 2601 N. Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 78705

Fax or E-mail:
(512)936-7610 or
Personnel@occc.texas.gov
Attention: Human Resources
Job Description

The Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner is a financial regulatory state agency and offers competitive salary and State of Texas benefits.

Performs highly complex (senior-level) legal assistant work. Work involves coordinating legal activities; researching, analyzing, investigating, and drafting legal documents; and assisting attorneys with case management. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Military Occupational Specialty Codes

Army – 27D, 270A

Navy – LN, 2960

Coast Guard – No Military Equivalent

Marine Corps – 4400, 4421, 4422, 4430

Air Force – 5J0X1

Additional information on the SAO Military Crosswalk is available here: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Essential Job Functions

Participates as a legal team member in regulatory enforcement actions litigated before the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Conducts investigations and interviews.

Attends depositions and administrative hearings.

Drafts and edits agency orders, discovery documents, pleadings, motions, briefs, legal correspondence, and related documents.

Prepares evidence, exhibits, affidavits, and documents for use in administrative hearings.

Conducts legal and factual research and analysis using statutes, rules, case law, administrative records, and practice resources.

Coordinates and manages legal caseloads for team members.

Participates in meetings to discuss legal issues and activities.

Assists with rulemaking activities governed by the Administrative Procedures Act.

Assists with responses to requests governed by the Public Information Act.

Assists with meetings governed by the Open Meetings Act.

Assists with records management and retention governed by the Government Code.

Prepares travel vouchers, purchase order requests, and other administrative forms for the legal department in compliance with agency policy.

Maintains the Legal Department’s calendar.

Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information.

Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity

Performs related work as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate’s degree

Completion of an accredited legal assistant or paralegal program, or may substitute bachelors degree or post graduate degree in a related field.

Two (2) years of experience as a legal assistant or in a legal support role.

Strong writing skills.

Submission of the following items with the application via email to personnel@occc.texas.gov:

Resume;

Writing sample; and

Relevant academic transcripts from legal assistant program.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited educational institution with a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or other advanced degree.

Experience assisting attorneys with litigation.

Experience working for a regulatory agency.

Experience assisting attorneys appearing before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, or other administrative court.

Knowledge of the Administrative Procedures Act, State Office of Administrative Hearings rules, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Rules of Evidence, Government Code, Finance Code, Business & Commerce Code, Open Meetings Act, and Public Information Act.

Knowledge of and experience in consumer credit, financial industries, motor vehicle sales finance, credit access business, pawn transactions, crafted precious metal transactions, property tax lending, loans, debt collection, manufactured housing, real estate, refund anticipation loans, insurance, retail installment transactions, and secured transactions.

Ability to use spreadsheets, databases, and information tools.

Ability to understand and perform financial calculations and business math.

Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of legal terminology;

Knowledge of state and federal laws, rules and regulations;

Knowledge of research methods and techniques;

Knowledge of administrative and court procedures;

Knowledge of the legislative process;

Knowledge of public notice requirements;

Skill in understanding and processing information;

Skill in the use of office equipment;

Skill in the use of a computer and applicable software;

Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing and meeting deadlines;

Skill in effective oral and written communication;

Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making;

Ability to conduct research;

Ability to draft, prepare, and interpret legal documents;

Ability to evaluate and relate findings to cases in question;

Ability to conduct investigations;

Ability to communicate effectively;

Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback;

Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment;

Ability to provide excellent customer service;

Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 5%.

General

All information obtained regarding the status of regulated financial service providers is subject to strict confidentiality. Employees are restricted from having certain loans or financial connections with licensed lenders, may not hold a substantial ownership interest in any licensee, and may not be related to any officer, employee, or consultant of any financial trade association. Employees must manage their personal finances in a manner to avoid conflicts of interest with the agency’s regulated industries. Employees must file an annual ethics disclosure statement with the agency. Must have reliable transportation. Applicants will be required to sign a release authorizing the agency to obtain information regarding the applicant's credit history, police and criminal history information, and educational information.

Males born on or after January 1, 1960, between 18 and 25 years of age, will be required to present proof of Selective Service registration on the first day of employment or proof of exemption from Selective Service registration requirement.  All offers of employment are contingent on the candidate having legal authorization to work in the United States.  Failure to present such authorization within the time specified by the U. S. Department of Labor will result in the offer being rescinded.

How to Apply

Submit a State of Texas application via mail or in person to: Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, Human Resources, 2601 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78705; via fax to 512.936.7610; via email to personnel@occc.texas.gov; or via WorkinTexas.com. Applications MUST include a complete work history. Resumes submitted without a State of Texas application will not be considered.

Applications may be downloaded from http://occc.texas.gov/jobs.

For directions or to request physical accommodation during the interview process, contact Human Resources at 512.936.7666 or personnel@occc.texas.gov. If reasonably possible, please call at least 48 hours in advance to afford our representative and the hiring division sufficient time to properly review and coordinate your request.

Interviews will be conducted by appointment following pre-screen of applications. Only those applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.  The Office of the Consumer Credit Commissioner is an equal opportunity employer.