DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This job description is not an employment agreement or a contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job posting or job description at any time without notice. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) is the state agency that regulates the practice of dentistry in Texas. As of September 1, 2017, the agency is authorized to employ 59 FTEs and has 15 board members. Because the TSBDE is a small agency, all employees must exhibit a spirit of teamwork and cooperation and be willing to assist in any agency work activities as necessary. The Staff Attorney is a team member of the Legal Division and will work under the direct supervision of the Litigation Manager, with minimal to limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. The Staff Attorney will perform entry-level to journey-level attorney work. Specifically, the Staff Attorney will examine and prepare legal documents, render legal advice and counsel, consult with licensees and opposing counsel, and assist in preparing and prepare cases for trial. The successful candidate will be a team player who takes responsibility to ensure that all assigned activities are performed quickly, accurately, and in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules, regulations and requirements and that all legal documents are properly created and maintained. Full-time employment (40 hours per week) is required. EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Review complaint files to assess evidence and recommend appropriate resolution. Prepare for informal settlement conferences and negotiate settlement of complaints. Prepare or assist in preparing cases for administrative hearing and in representing the agency in matters before the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Advise staff and the public on legal matters and the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws. Prepare legal opinions, briefs, proposals, and reports. May provide research for policy and process questions. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: For Attorney I and Attorney II: EDUCATION: Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Must be a member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. For Attorney II: EXPERIENCE: At least two years of experience in legal work in administrative law or litigation is required. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES: Ability to review a file and summarize findings, conduct research, interpret and apply laws, assess case strengths and weaknesses, prepare cases for hearing, use legal reference materials, prepare briefs, and communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings and of laws, regulations, and rules related to the agency. Skill in using reasoning and logic; identifying and solving complex problems; prioritizing workloads; and using judgment to identify courses of action. Strong attention to detail. Skill in using a computer and applicable software. Ability to work effectively and independently in a dependable and organized manner in order to meet various deadlines. Ability to work cooperatively with others in a team environment. OTHER: Normal office environment in downtown Austin office location. Tobacco free work environment. Work hours are normally 8:00 AM 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some overtime may occasionally be required. Travel out of Austin may occasionally be required. In compliance with House Bill 2559 agencies that hire a person who is retired from the Employees Retirement System (ERS) on or after September 1, 2009 are required to remit a surcharge of 9.5% each month the return-to-work retiree is employed. Selected candidates meeting this requirement will be offered a base salary 9.5% lower to cover this surcharge. MILITARY: Navy 2505, 2510, 2515, 2520, 2529,