The Office of Public Utility Counsel is currently hiring for the following positions:

 

ATTORNEY
Attorney I
Monthly Salary: $4,025 - $4,580/month
(Commensurate with Qualifications)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Performs professional legal work for the Office representing the interests of residential and small
commercial consumers, as a class, in contested cases and rulemaking proceedings involving regulated
electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunications utilities. Primary duties involve the practice of
administrative law, including the preparation of legal documents; providing legal advice and counsel to the
Public Counsel; interpreting laws and regulations; working with technical expert witnesses; preparing
contested cases for hearing; and appeals of administrative orders. Engages in the litigation and analysis of
legal matters with a heavy emphasis on technical issues including utility accounting, finance, engineering,
regulation policy, and the utility businesses generally. Works under close supervision with minimal latitude
for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Litigates and/or assists in litigating contested cases in administrative hearings during pre-trial and
trial stages. Tasks include formulating case strategy, drafting legal documents (pleadings, brief,
motions, memoranda), conducting discovery, appearing at hearings, arguing motions, and trying
cases.
• Participates and/or assists in rulemaking proceedings. Tasks include analyzing legal, regulatory,
and policy positions and preparing comments and draft administrative rules.
• May represent and/or assist in representing the Office before the courts in appeals of regulatory
agency decisions and orders. Tasks include writing appellate briefs and preparing and participating
in oral arguments before appellate courts.
• Provides legal advice and counsel to the agency.
• Researches points of law to support positions.
• Interprets state and federal legislation and regulations.
• Drafts well-reasoned and legally sound legal memoranda.
• Works cooperatively with others in a professional office environment.
• Acquires and maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions.
• Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule.
• Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information.
• Complies with all agency policies and procedures.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• Graduation from an accredited law school with a J.D. degree.
• Licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas. Must be a member in good standing of Texas State
Bar.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• One year of full-time experience in administrative law as a licensed attorney, including
participation in contested cases or rulemaking proceedings.
• Undergraduate degree in finance, accounting, math, engineering, or economics.
• Experience in mock trial and/or moot court.

MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:
http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Remarks:

• Candidates invited to interview may be required to submit a transcript and/or a writing sample.
• Licensure to practice law in Texas of the selected candidate will be verified through the State Bar
of Texas.
• The position may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays to
meet critical deadlines.
• More than one position may be filled under this posting.
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and,
if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new
employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to conduct
agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the employee
handbook.
• The Office of Public Utility Counsel has a Post-Employment Restriction – details furnished upon
request.

APPLICATIONS:

Only State of Texas applications entered via the Texas Workforce Commission
(TWC) website will be accepted
OPUC may request a resume, official law school transcript, or references from potential applicants.

 

 

Legal Assistant

Job Posting No.: 21-06
(Legal Assistant I-II)
Monthly Salary: $3,344 - $4,335
OPEN: July 13, 2021
CLOSE: Until Filled

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Performs responsible and complex legal assistant work. Assists in checking and correcting legal
documents and other legal papers prepared by agency staff and assisting attorneys with case
management. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative
and independent judgment. (Download PDF Version)

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
• Provides responsible secretarial and administrative support (both legal and technical) for
attorneys, accountants, economists, or other professional staff.
• Assists attorneys and staff with case management, including organizing and maintaining
voluminous files in pending cases, assembly of exhibits, and other documents, as necessary.
• Prepares legal correspondence and documents. Types from hand-written notes.
• Maintain deadlines and calendars.
• Answers telephone, screens calls, take messages and answer questions from public.
• Effectively prioritizes workload, draft routine correspondence, proofread and make
necessary revisions to complex and sometimes lengthy documents.
• Makes copies, processes mail, and performs other office tasks.
• Maintains Confidential Information files & logs for assigned professional staff.
• Must be able to work well with others, take initiative, be self-motivated, and dependable.
• Works in a team environment.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• High school graduate or equivalent.
• Excellent typing skills.
• Computer experience with knowledge of Microsoft Word for Windows and Microsoft Excel required.
• Must have excellent customer service skills including communication with the public.
• Two years legal assistant experience in a fast-paced environment preferred.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Knowledge of legal, regulatory, or government practices and terminology, modern office
equipment, business English, spelling, punctuation, and ability to accurately proofread
with attention to detail preferred.
• Three years legal assistant experience in a fast-paced environment preferred.

MILITARY OCCUPATION CODES:
http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

REMARKS:
• OPUC participates in E-verify and will provide to the Social Security Administration
(SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information
from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.
• A satisfactory driving record may be required for driving a state or personal vehicle to
conduct agency business. Employees may have their driving record evaluated.
• Employees are required to comply with Office policies and provisions outlined in the
employee handbook.

APPLICATION:
Send State of Texas application and references to:

Office of Public Utility Counsel
ATTN: Janalee Paiz
P.O. Box 12397
Austin, TX 78711-2397
Phone: 512-936-7515
Fax: 512-936-7525
Email: janalee.paiz @ opuc.texas.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office of Public Utility Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or
disability in employment or the provision of services. A disabled individual requiring reasonable
accommodation shall not be denied opportunity due to the disability. The applicant should
communicate requests for reasonable accommodation.