TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES Staff Attorney in GALVESTON, Texas

JOB POSTING NOTICE Galveston County is seeking for a Staff Attorney for the County Legal Department. This position is responsible for assisting in the provision of a broad range of legal services in support of county government operations. JOB TITLE: Staff Attorney DEPARTMENT: County Legal BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, TCDRS Retirement, AUL Alternate Plan QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIRED SKILLS Graduation from an accredited school of law, and admitted to practice law in the State of Texas. 4+ years experience with Texas Public Information Act issues. Litigation experience (Employment Law, Real Estate and other areas) is desirable. Skill in decision making and problem solving. Customer Service Oriented. Excellent Computer Skills. Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Must possess a valid Texas Driver s License. Must pass Criminal Background check. RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE Primary focus on research, analysis, and drafting concerning Public Information Act requests and submissions to the Texas Attorney General on a broad array of county records, responding to subpoenas seeking production of county records and records of county officials, and advising county officials concerning records retention policies and compliance with records retention statutes and regulations. Additional responsibilities on as needed basis: o Researches, drafts and advises on open government, conflict of interest, county government, tort, contract, employment, constitutional, and election laws. o Assists with general litigation as assigned; drafts briefs and motions for filing in federal and state trial and appellate courts; engages in oral arguments; assists in the trial of cases; exercises independent judgment in the evaluation of legal theories and the application of same to specific fact situations in a given case; performs independent research in law; performs discovery to determine relevant facts; coordinates response to discovery requests; participates in court ordered mediations; reviews the progress of and assists outside counsel. o Drafts, reviews, revise, and interpret contracts, county policies, interlocal agreements, and memoranda of understanding. o Reviews, drafts, revise, and negotiate easements; preserves and protects county right of way. o Manages property damage claims from third parties. o Advises elected and appointed officials and department heads concerning legal issues. Able to report regularly for work and be on time. Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. SOFT SKILLS REQUIRED FOR POSITION 1. Judgment/Decision Making Demonstrates consistent logic, rationality, and objectivity in decision-making. Achieves balance between quick decisiveness and slower, more thorough approaches, i.e., is neither indecisive nor a hip-shooter. Shows common sense; Anticipates consequences of decisions. 2. Communication Oral Communicates effectively one to one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts. Demonstrates fluency, quickness on one s feet, clarify organization of thought processes, and command of the language. Easily articulates vision and standards. Keeps people informed. 3. Organization/Planning Plans, organizes, schedules, and budgets in an efficient, productive manner. Focuses on key priorities and effectively juggles multiple projects. Anticipates reasonable contingencies; Pays appropriate attention to detail. Manage personal time well. 4. Business Literacy Understands and absorbs new information. Stays current with developments in our field and expects others to stay current with developments in the field. Frequently shares new knowledge with others. Integrates new information to enhance existing models or create new ones. Helps others translate new information into practical application in our area. 5. Customer Focus Regula