Job Openings

Attorney I

Closes: 11/28/2018
Job Posting No.: 015068SC
Salary: GR. B20 ($3,972.98 / Monthly)
Vacancy Location: Huntsville, TX
UNIT/DEPT: State Counsel for Offenders

  • Longevity Pay
  • Regular Service Retirement
  • Telephonic Interviews Will Not Be Accepted
  • Work Site Visits Will Not Be Conducted 
  • No Study Material
  • Moderate Overnight Travel


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Graduation from a law school accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  2. Must maintain a current active license to practice law in the State of Texas during employment with Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) through the State Bar of Texas or other appropriate Texas licensing authority.

*The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) may be reduced by 2.5%.**

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met.
27, 250X, LGL10, 04, 44, 51, 921O, RI

**State Counsel for Offenders has only one Attorney position available. Applicants need only submit one application for employment.**

*Outside applicants will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment.*

Applicants must submit the State of Texas Application For Employment and the applicable supplement for outside applicants (PERS 282) or current TDCJ employees (PERS 598) to the contact person listed on the job posting. Applications may also be submitted through the Work In Texas website; however, the applicable supplement must also be submitted to the contact person. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to the contact person's email address; however, applications will not be accepted by email.

Sonia Navarrete
State Counsel for Offenders
2503 Lake Rd, Ste 14
Huntsville, TX 77340
PH (936-437-5203)

FAX (936-437-5293)
EMAIL (sonia.navarrete@tdcj.texas.gov)

*Applicants who fax an application are requested to fax both their State of Texas Application for Employment and the applicable supplement. Applicants who wish to submit their application with attachments should either hand deliver it to the contact person or send it via U.S.Mail or overnight delivery.*

**Faxed applications must be complete and legible in order to be considered and must not have been sent from a fax machine located at a TDCJ unit or department.**

Applications must be received by the contact person by 5:00PM on 11-28-2018. A complete job description and all application forms may be obtained at the above address or by viewing the Job Description. Job Descriptions are available in PDF format which maybe read with the free Adobe Reader.

*Equal Opportunity Employer*

*Authority is granted on or after: 12-01-2018*

Attorney II

Closes: 11/28/2018
Job Posting No.: 015069SC
Salary: GR. B21 ($4,247.44 / Monthly)
Vacancy Location: Huntsville, TX
UNIT/DEPT: State Counsel for Offenders

  • Longevity Pay
  • Regular Service Retirement
  • Telephonic Interviews Will Not Be Accepted
  • Work Site Visits Will Not Be Conducted
  • No Study Material
  • Moderate Overnight Travel


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Graduation from a law school accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  2. One year full-time, wage-earning experience as a licensed attorney.
  3. Must maintain a current active license to practice law in the State of Texas during employment with Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) through the State Bar of Texas or other appropriate Texas licensing authority.

*The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) may be reduced by 2.5%.**

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met.
27, 250X, LGL10, 04, 44, 51, 921O, RI

**State Counsel for Offenders has only one Attorney position available. Applicants need only submit one application for employment.**

*Outside applicants will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment.*

Applicants must submit the State of Texas Application For Employment and the applicable supplement for outside applicants (PERS 282) or current TDCJ employees (PERS 598) to the contact person listed on the job posting. Applications may also be submitted through the Work In Texas website; however, the applicable supplement must also be submitted to the contact person. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to the contact person's email address; however, applications will not be accepted by email.

Sonia Navarrete
State Counsel for Offenders
2503 Lake Rd, Ste 14
Huntsville, TX 77340
PH (936-437-5203)

FAX (936-437-5293)
EMAIL (sonia.navarrete@tdcj.texas.gov)

*Applicants who fax an application are requested to fax both their State of Texas Application for Employment and the applicable supplement. Applicants who wish to submit their application with attachments should either hand deliver it to the contact person or send it via U.S.Mail or overnight delivery.*

**Faxed applications must be complete and legible in order to be considered and must not have been sent from a fax machine located at a TDCJ unit or department.**

Applications must be received by the contact person by 5:00PM on 11-28-2018. A complete job description and all application forms may be obtained at the above address or by viewing the Job Description. Job Descriptions are available in PDF format which maybe read with the free Adobe Reader.

*Equal Opportunity Employer*

*Authority is granted on or after: 12-01-2018*

Attorney III

Closes: 11/28/2018
Job Posting No.: 015066SC
Salary: GR. B23 ($4,713.63 / Monthly)
Vacancy Location: Huntsville, TX
UNIT/DEPT: State Counsel for Offenders

  • Longevity Pay
  • Regular Service Retirement
  • Telephonic Interviews Will Not Be Accepted
  • Work Site Visits Will Not Be Conducted
  • No Study Material
  • Moderate Overnight Travel

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Graduation from a law school accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or by the United States Department of Education (USDE) with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  2. Two years full-time, wage-earning experience as a licensed attorney.
  3. Must maintain a current active license to practice law in the State of Texas during employment with Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) through the State Bar of Texas or other appropriate Texas licensing authority.

*The salary for an ERS Retiree (or non-contributing member) may be reduced by 2.5%.**

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position. Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met.
27, 250X, LGL10, 04, 44, 51, 921O, RI

**State Counsel for Offenders has only one Attorney position available. Applicants need only submit one application for employment.**

*Outside applicants will be required to submit to pre-employment drug testing as a condition of employment.*

Applicants must submit the State of Texas Application For Employment and the applicable supplement for outside applicants (PERS 282) or current TDCJ employees (PERS 598) to the contact person listed on the job posting. Applications may also be submitted through the Work In Texas website; however, the applicable supplement must also be submitted to the contact person. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to the contact person's email address; however, applications will not be accepted by email.

Sonia Navarrete
State Counsel for Offenders
2503 Lake Rd, Ste 14
Huntsville, TX 77340
PH (936-437-5203)

FAX (936-437-5293)
EMAIL (sonia.navarrete@tdcj.texas.gov)

*Applicants who fax an application are requested to fax both their State of Texas Application for Employment and the applicable supplement. Applicants who wish to submit their application with attachments should either hand deliver it to the contact person or send it via U.S.Mail or overnight delivery.*

**Faxed applications must be complete and legible in order to be considered and must not have been sent from a fax machine located at a TDCJ unit or department.**

Applications must be received by the contact person by 5:00PM on 11-28-2018. A complete job description and all application forms may be obtained at the above address or by viewing the Job Description. Job Descriptions are available in PDF format which maybe read with the free Adobe Reader.

*Equal Opportunity Employer*

*Authority is granted on or after: 12-01-2018* 

Executive Assistant II

Job Description:
Performs advanced (senior-level) professional assistance work for the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Work involves overseeing high-level administrative operations of an agency or division. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides administrative and technical assistance to TIDC, including answering phone calls, routing incoming calls, taking messages, greeting visitors, and directing them to the appropriate staff.
  • Maintains files and records; develops, coordinates, and maintains record keeping and filing systems.
  • Performs data entry. 
  • Assists in planning meetings and conferences.
  • Prepares, edits, and distributes minutes, correspondence, reports, studies, forms, and documents.
  • Assists staff with travel requisitions, electronic requisitions for office supplies, other requisition requests.
  • Prepares and disseminates information concerning agency programs and services.
  • Assists in compiling statistical data and preparing various charts, graphs, and written summaries.
  • Reviews forms and applications for completeness of information.
  • Responds to inquiries and interprets rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Provides technical guidance and advice on administrative matters to agency executives, management, or other staff.
  • Assists in the development of administrative or technical assistance policies and procedures.
  • Assists in researching, composing, designing, or editing agency publications.
  • Maintains professionalism in the course of work with employees, co-workers, and management.
  • Maintains confidentiality when working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies
    Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university; may substitute four years of related experience for required education on a year for year basis. 
  • Two years of high-level administrative or closely related experience.
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required; including creating statistical tables, charts and graphs.
  • Experience using database applications; data entry and running reports.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Executive assistant experience with a State of Texas employer.
  • Experience in the judicial branch. 

To Apply:
Submit a complete application through Work In Texas at www.workintexas.com. Applications must be complete, including start and end dates of work experiences. Following a screening of applications, interviews of qualified applicants who have submitted a completed state application will be scheduled. Only applicants interviewed will be notified of their selection or non-selection.

Full Job Description TIDC Executive Assistant 

 

Program Specialist IV (preferably an attorney)

Job Description:

Plans, develops, and implements TIDC’s policy monitoring program. Provides highly complex (senior-level) consultative and technical assistance work to staff, government agencies, community organizations, and the public. Responsibilities include (1) evaluating indigent defense systems and procedures; (2) fostering accountability and quality legal representation; and (3) promoting compliance with the Fair Defense Act, rules promulgated by TIDC, and other applicable laws. Prepares and presents reports on findings and recommendations. Works collaboratively with judges, lawyers, and local officials to develop remediation plans in instances of noncompliance. Provides guidance on how to operate public defense more efficiently and effectively. May train others. Works under limited supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data both on- and off-site to identify system strengths and weaknesses, as well as to determine compliance with program requirements, laws, and procedures.
  • Prepares and presents detailed, comprehensive written reports of findings and recommendations related to program activities.
  • Develops and presents training materials on program activities.
  • Performs related work as assigned and complies with all OCA policies.
    Minimum Qualifications: 
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Two years of graduate studies in law, public policy, or related field. 
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Skill in use of Microsoft Office applications.
    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws relating to indigent defense.
  • Public defense experience or judicial clerkship.
  • Two years of experience in law, public policy, research, or related field. 
  • Skill in conducting legal research.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills. 

    Full Job Description TIDC Policy Analyst (Program Specialist) (preferably an attorney)

     

    Assistant Public Defender

    Bowie County Public Defenders Office

    This position provides a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned felony, misdemeanor or juvenile cases in Bowie County. Assists in the daily operation of the Public Defender’s Office. Responsibility will be determined upon previous experience but will include felony and misdemeanor case load. Ability to prepare legal documents and pleadings. Other duties assigned by the Chief Public Defender.

    Educational Requirements

    1. Juris Doctor or equivalent
    2. Current active membership in the State Bar of Texas and in good standing with State Bar of Texas.

    Salary Range

    Minimum of $60,000/year plus benefits set forth below.

    Other Benefits

    Paid medical/health insurance; Texas County and District Retirement Program
    Two (2) weeks paid vacation—three (3) weeks after ten (10) years
    Ten (10) days paid sick leave; currently 12 days paid holidays
    Monthly Travel Allowance
    Paid Yearly State Bar of Texas Dues and yearly Criminal Law Seminar

    To submit a resume for this position, please mail resume to following address or email:

    Rick C. Shumaker, Chief Public Defender
    424 West Broad Street
    Texarkana, Texas 75501
    Email: Rick.Shumaker@txkusa.org

    All replies strictly confidential.

    Attorneys Staff Public Defender Division

    TRLA seeks experienced, felony-qualified attorneys for Lavaca County and its Bee County offices, Live Oak, McMullen, Refugio and Goliad counties. With caseload controls, staff investigators and a solid litigation budget, the program emphasizes zealous advocacy in a rural environment. The program costs are split equally between the state and the participating counties.

    Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with 180 attorneys, is the largest civil legal services program in the nation, covering a 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. Indigent defense services through the TRLA non-profit corporation began approximately ten years ago, and have now been extended to 8 counties. The non-profit arrangement establishes a strong measure of independence for defender staff, backed by a firm with a strong national reputation for zealous advocacy. TRLA provides its defender clients the full range of representation, both civil and criminal, including advice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. A mental health component is being added to the program in the fall.

    The primary responsibilities are:

    • Serve as lead counsel of record in up to 50 felony cases, 100 misdemeanor cases, and 10 juvenile cases per year;
    • Mentor less experienced attorneys in the program; and
    • Try cases to a verdict.

    Qualifications:

    • Licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam;
    • One year of criminal litigation experience or comparable academic or clinical experience in criminal law;
    • Have served as lead counsel in at least 3 felony trials before a jury;
    • Experience with appeals;
    • Preference for an attorney who is professionally functional in the Spanish language;
    • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and legal research software; and
    • Completion of six hours of continuing legal education in criminal law within the twelve months preceding service as a Public Defender staff attorney

    to apply click below:
    https://trla.wufoo.com/forms/r18n7vw20gxf1kp/

    ASSISTANT FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Office of the Federal Public Defender
    Western District of Texas (Del Rio)

    THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER, Western District of Texas, is accepting applications for the position of assistant federal public defender to be stationed in the Del Rio office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.

    Requirements
    An assistant federal public defender must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school and admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state; and (2) licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Spanish-language fluency is required for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including but not limited to an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check.

    Duties
    The assistant federal public defender will represent clients charged with federal criminal offenses and clients involved in other matters covered under the Criminal Justice Act. The position requires travel for investigation, litigation, and training, and may involve foreign travel. Federal public defender attorneys may not engage in the private practice of law.

    Selection Criteria
    The successful applicant will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, staff, and court and agency personnel as part of their employment. Experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred, but not required.

    Salary and Benefits
    The salary of an assistant federal public defender is commensurate with that of an assistant U.S. attorney with similar qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position offers federal government employment benefits, including participation in health and life insurance program, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

    How to Apply
    Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement number 18-15), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with three references. Litigation experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 2205 Veterans Blvd., Suite A-2, Del Rio, Texas 78840-3141. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced September 10, 2018, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.

    The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

    RESEARCH AND WRITING SPECIALIST

    Office of the Federal Public Defender
    Western District of Texas (Del Rio)

    THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER for the Western District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of research and writing specialist, to be stationed in the Del Rio office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.

    Requirements
    The research and writing specialist position is an attorney position. Applicants must be: (1) a graduate of an accredited law school; and (2) admitted to practice in good standing before the highest court of a state. Spanish-language fluency is preferred for this position. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including but not limited to an FBI name and fingerprint check.

    Duties
    The primary duties of a research and writing specialist include: (1) drafting motions, memoranda, briefs, and petitions to be filed in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States; and (2) consulting with attorneys on legal issues arising in discovery, motion practice, trial, sentencing, and appeal. A research and writing specialist may be required to perform general paralegal duties, as well as other duties as assigned. The research and writing specialist is not an assistant federal public defender and does not ordinarily sign pleadings or make court appearances. The position requires occasional travel.

    Selection Criteria
    The successful applicant for research and writing specialist will have an established capacity or clearly demonstrated aptitude for excellence in criminal defense practice, a commitment to the representation of indigent accused persons, and a reputation for integrity. Applicants must also possess the ability to communicate effectively with clients, witnesses, colleagues, and court and agency personnel. The successful applicant will have strong legal research and word processing skills, will be able to analyze legal issues from complex records, and will write clearly and concisely. Appellate writing experience or experience in handling federal criminal cases is preferred.

    Salary and Benefits
    The starting salary for a research and writing specialist falls within a range of $50,598 (JSP-9, Step 1) to $121,280 (JSP-15, Step 1). The salary of the successful applicant will commensurate with the person’s qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position offers federal government employment benefits, including participation in health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit).

    How to Apply
    Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement 19-02), résumé, and representative writing sample, along with 3 professional references. Legal experience should be described in detail. Send completed application to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 2205 Veterans Blvd., Suite A-2, Del Rio, Texas 78840-3141. No electronic submissions will be considered. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Victoria B. Longoria, Personnel Administrator, at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced October 5, 2018; subject to the availability of funds, and is open until filled.

    The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.

    Assistant Public Defender II

    Webb County Public Defenders Office
    1110 Washington St. Ste. 102 Laredo, TX
    Full-Time, Starting Salary: $73,955.87

    Description
    This position is responsible for providing legal representation for indigent clients.

    Examples of Duties

    • Represents clients who have been charged with an offense; meets with clients and provides advice concerning charges pending and available options.
    • Researches case law and special legal issues.
    • Conducts background investigations; interviews witnesses, victims, and law enforcement officers.
    • Prepares cases for trial; represents clients in court.
    • Negotiates cases with District Attorneys, clients and family members.
    • Remains informed of new court decisions, new laws, and revised rules and regulations.
    • Prioritizes plans and organizes work to meet numerous deadlines and amended deadlines for motions, extensions, show cause and evidentiary hearings, and other court requirements.
    • Supervises and delegates responsibilities to legal secretaries and investigators.
    • Maintains legal files and records.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications

    • Graduation from an accredited school of law.
    • Sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position, usually associated with the completion of an apprenticeship/internship or having had a similar position for one to two years.
    • Current membership in the State Bar of Texas.

    Supplemental Information

    • Ability to communicate in English and Spanish.

    How to apply

    Please apply at the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/webbcounty


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