Feb 28, 2020
Legal Assistant III Featured
$42,243 - $55,602 yearly
MISSION: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will improve outcomes for all public-school students in the state by providing leadership, guidance, and support to school systems. POSITION OVERVIEW: A Legal Assistant for the SBEC Enforcement Division performs highly advanced legal tasks for several attorneys and supports the entire division by processing Public Information Act (PIR) requests and school district reports of contract abandonment by educators. The work involves extensive administrative duties, legal drafting, complex discovery for use in legal proceedings, trial preparation including trial notebooks, exhibits and witnesses, and managing attorney caseload. The Legal Assistant’s work is vital to ensuring that the SBEC Enforcement attorneys can protect Texas students by sanctioning certified educators as efficiently and effectively as possible. Please note that a cover letter is a required attachment for applying to this position. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additionally, please be sure to respond to the short answer prompt found in the supplemental questions. The response should be added in a separate Word or PDF document in the attachments section of the application. Applicants who are strongly being considered for employment must submit to a national criminal history background check. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Provides legal assistant support to multiple attorneys, including drafting motions, pleadings and discovery; calendaring all deadlines; electronic filing with the State Office of Administrative Hearings; coordinating, assembling and preparing documents for use in legal proceedings; scheduling court reporters and translators; and otherwise assisting as needed in trial preparation. Assists with processing department Public Information Act Requests, including tracking deadlines. Copies and redacts responsive documents for release to public and submits samples to Attorney General for withholding. Processes requests to pursue contract abandonment cases on behalf of school districts, ensuring that the documentation provided by the district meets the requirements of SBEC rules. Reports all changes in case status as appropriate, including final orders and penalties, in Abacus, in ITS, to NASDTEC, and on the educator's certificate. Communicates with members of the public, the education profession, other TEA divisions, legal offices and SOAH regarding cases status and procedures. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. Experience: At least three (3) years of experience as a legal assistant or other relevant experience. Substitutions: Education and experience may substitute for one another on a year-for-year basis. OTHER QUALIFICATIONS: At least three (3) years of experience in litigation is generally preferred. Experience with Public Information Request (PIR) functions involving and providing responses under the Texas Public Information Act or similar statutes is generally preferred. Experience with State Office of Administrative Hearing cases is generally preferred. Ability to effectively and appropriately use computer software including Microsoft Office. Experience with database software. Highly organized with an ability to prioritize and manage time to organize and complete multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines. Excellent professional written and communication skills. Ability to handle high-level administrative issues; to analyze and solve work-related problems. Meticulous attention to detail with an ability to carefully review and edit professional written work. A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback and continuously improve. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, or veteran status, unless an applicant is entitled to the veteran’s preference. Additional Military Crosswalk (occupational specialty code) information can be accessed here . This position requires the applicant to meet Agency standards and criteria which may include passing a pre-employment criminal background check, prior to being offered employment by the Agency. No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not accept telephone calls and cannot reply to all email inquiries. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
Texas Education Agency Austin, TX, USA Full-time