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Attorney IV

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Texas Health and Human Services Commission

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HHSC seeks an Attorney IV, selected by and accountable to the Chief Counsel of HHSC. The Attorney IV performs advanced legal, transactional, and administrative duties under the limited direction of the supervising attorney and in coordination with the Health and Human Services agencies. Work is performed with extensive latitude for initiative and independent judgment, and requires logical and creative thinking, sound judgment and common sense, strong writing and communication skills, and a demonstrable commitment to problem solving and high quality client service. The Attorney IV must demonstrate high ethical standards and the ability to handle complex matters with a high degree of quality under appropriate supervision. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence and continuous learning, an enthusiasm for public service, the ability to distinguish between personal or individual interests and the public good, and the willingness to work in an organization that values and promotes good character and collective—rather than individual—achievement. The Attorney IV will be assigned to work principally in the Policy Division within the Office of Chief Counsel. The Attorneys in the Policy Division work extensively on issues related to Texas Medicaid, provider reimbursement, managed care, and various health related programs. Additionally, the Attorneys in the Policy Division aide in the communication and negotiation with various stakeholders and the federal government. The work of the Attorney IV involves one or more of the following: • Planning, preparing, and reviewing legal opinions, briefs, legislation, administrative rules, internal policies, and public policy issues on health and human services programs; • Serving on interagency and intraagency workgroups to coordinate and develop health and human services legal and policy initiatives; • Providing general counsel to client program areas; • Aiding with communication and negotiation with stakeholders and other governmental entities; • Drafting and reviewing administrative rules; • Assisting and advising investigations and enforcements actions as necessary; and • Preparing reports, position papers, and memoranda.

Essential Job Functions:

EJF 1. Advises HHS Agency staff and the public on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of agency regulations and state and federal laws. (20%) EJF 2. Performs advanced analytical work on legal and policy issues affecting HHS Agency programs and staff. (20%) EJF 3. Prepares and reviews legal opinions, briefs, memoranda, legislation, policies, rules, and official correspondence on behalf of HHS Agency programs. (20%) EJF 4. Supports and assists HHS Agency staff in the development of strategies and programs to implement legislative, programmatic, and policy initiatives. (20%) EJF 5. Supports and assists HHS Agency staff in negotiations with the federal government and among stakeholders. (20%)

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; knowledge of laws, regulations, and rules related to the agency. Strong skill in legal research, writing, and analysis. Ability to prepare opinions and briefs, to conduct research, to summarize findings, to interpret and apply laws, to use legal reference materials, to communicate effectively, and to train others. Knowledge of ethical principles governing the practice of law. Experience in legal work, preferably related to state agency rules, policies, and related authorities in health and human services programs.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Consideration also will be given to applicant’s work history, prior known job performance, and ability to answer interview questions.

Initial Selection Criteria:

1. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. 2. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. 3. Experience practicing law with a Texas state agency preferred. 4. Experience in administrative law preferred. 5. Experience preparing legal opinions and/or memoranda of law. 6. Experience performing legal research and analysis. 7. Experience in state administrative law preferred. 8. Experience as an attorney working with or advising a public or private health care program or institution, a public assistance or other health and human services program, a corporate or governmental law office preferred.

Additional Information:

Requisition 369080

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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