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Legal Assistant III

Texas Veterans Commission - Austin, TX

Legal Assistant III




Job Summary: Performs advanced (senior-level) legal assistant work. Position reports directly to and supports agency General Counsel. Work involves performing variety of routine/non-routine legal support functions for all programs/divisions of the agency. Regular coordination/interaction with executive management and all levels of commission staff. Must be comfortable working under limited supervision and demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and be a self-starter. Minimum Education: Graduation from accredited four-year college or university with major course work in any field; OR Associate s Degree in paralegal studies; OR graduation from a certificate program/course of study for legal assistants. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Experience: Three (3) years full-time experience as paralegal, legal assistant, or legal secretary (preferably for a State of Texas government agency or institution of higher education). Experience used to satisfy this requirement may not be applied to meet the minimum education requirement. Job Duties: Public Information Act/Open Records Requests. Process incoming Public Information Act requests submitted to the agency. Perform duties related to administrative rulemaking requirements in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. Open Meetings. Coordinate timely notice of all TVC open meetings in accordance with the Texas Open Meetings Act. Assist Records Management Officer with duties related to administering the agency's records retention schedule and records management plan. Maintain disposition log, provide guidance to staff, assist with records retention schedule amendments and recertification. Advisory Committees. Prepare annual forms for new and reappointed committee members. Research/analyze state and federal statutes, case law, regulations, rules, advisory opinions, policies and guidelines regarding issues affecting veterans, TVC or its staff. Assist General Counsel with litigation cases involving the agency or its employees. Serve as primary Texas Register Liaison for the agency. Perform other duties as assigned. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the Texas Public Information Act. Knowledge of the Texas Open Meetings Act and public notice requirements. Knowledge of the Administrative Procedure Act and rulemaking procedures. Knowledge of legal terminology, legal research methods and online legal research tools. Knowledge of Texas Register and Texas Register Liaison duties. Knowledge of State of Texas records management procedures/TexLinx. Knowledge of the legislative process. Knowledge in administrative or government law. Skill in drafting legal documents and memos. Skill in researching, comprehending and explaining previously interpreted laws, rules and regulations. Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing and meeting deadlines. Skill in filing and organizing files and documents. Skill in proofreading and citation checking. Ability to work efficiently and independently. Ability to analyze, exercise sound judgment and effective decision-making. Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing with executive management, staff and external stakeholders. Ability to pay attention to detail. Ability to adapt to shifting priorities. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information. Ability to comply with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with State of Texas government agency or institution of higher education preferred. Knowledge of Veterans programs and relevant state and federal laws. Certification as a Legal Assistant or Paralegal through the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) or the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or through the Texas Board of Legal Speci

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Texas Veterans Commission


Legal Assistant III Texas Veterans Commission - Austin, TX, United States


Location: Austin, TX