STATE OFFICE OF ADMIN HEARINGS Administrative Law Judge II/IDEA Hearing Officer in AUSTIN, Texas

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your state application is complete. A complete application will include all salary history and former supervisors. Supervisors will not be contacted without the applicant's permission. GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Responsible for handling contested cases brought under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Cases are governed by IDEA (20 U.S.C. 1400, et seq.), applicable federal regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 300), and state regulations (19 Tex. Admin. Code 89.1001 et. seq). Manages case docket; presides over prehearing conferences and hearings on the merits; prepares interim orders and final decisions on the merits. Strict deadlines apply under federal law. Decisions are appealable directly to federal or state district courts. Writes orders and decisions, rules on discovery disputes and preliminary legal issues, and performs administrative duties. Conducts prehearing conferences and formal evidentiary hearings. Interprets and applies procedural and substantive statutes, rules, and policies pertinent to IDEA cases, with rulings made from the bench or in writing, as applicable. Compiles and maintains record of evidence, ensuring proper handling of matters for appeal, confidentiality, and other considerations. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for initiative and exercising independent judgment. Annual continuing legal education in IDEA required. Statewide travel required as hearings are held at location convenient to the parents and student involved. Primary duty will be handling IDEA cases, but may also preside over non-IDEA cases as available time allows. WORK TO BE PERFORMED: Presides as an IDEA Independent Hearing Officer (IHO) / Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in IDEA cases, or other administrative hearings as time allows, and writes interim orders, final orders, and final decisions, as appropriate. Responsible for hearings involving IDEA and other hearings as time allows. Administers oaths; examines witnesses; rules on evidence; and issues orders relating to discovery and other prehearing matters, including scheduling orders and jurisdictional issues. Analyzes testimony and other evidence. Applies all pertinent law to case. Performs related work as assigned or apparent. Conforms to agency policies regarding ex parte communications and ethics matters. Performs work consistent with SOAH standards and in compliance with adopted policies, rules, and procedures. May provide guidance, training or mentoring to other ALJs in area of expertise. Attends work regularly, in accordance with agency leave policy. Complies with all applicable security and safety rules, regulations and standards. Travels as necessary. Driving record will be checked at beginning of employment and annually thereafter. QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Required: Graduation from an accredited law school with a LL.B. or J.D. degree. Minimum of six years of litigation, presiding, or APA experience (or a combination of these areas). Excellent research and writing skills. Preferred: Experience working with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Experience in education or school law. An education degree or work experience in education. Administrative Law experience. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of IDEA, administrative law, and the hearing process in the State of Texas and ability to handle cases according to requirements of law; ability to determine and apply the relevant rules and statutes pertinent to the assigned cases; and the ability to preside over hearings effectively. Effective oral and written communication skills, including administrative decision-writing skills. Skill in the use of electronic data and/or word processing equipment and software. Ability to work with minimal supervision. Ability to meet deadlines. Ability to comply with ethical