Posting Type: Open to All Applicants Category: Legal FLSA Exempt/
Non-Exempt: Exempt Agency: Dept of Family & Protectve Svc Department: Regional Litigation - CPS DD Job Title: Legal CPS Regional Attny III Posting Number: 519650 Full Time/Part Time : Full Time Regular/Temporary: Regular Job Location: 3635 SE MILITARY DR City: SAN ANTONIO Contact: AccessHR Service Center Telephone: 888-894-4747 Salary Range: $5,258.66 - $6,573.32 Salary Group: B25 Shift: Days (First) Travel: 50% Closing Date: 10/18/2022 Job Description:
Legal CPS Regional Attny III
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is responsible for protecting the unprotected: children, elderly, and people with disabilities, from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. DFPS is a qualifying organization for the Service Loan Forgiveness Program. DFPS also offers excellent health benefits, special discounts on many products and services through the Discount Purchase Program, a lifetime monthly retirement annuity as well as Texasaver 401(k) and 457 Programs under the Employees Retirement System of Texas. As an additional benefit you will receive 12 days of paid annual leave, 12 sick days, and the potential to earn up to four days of administrative leave each year. Your annual paid leave accrual increases as your tenure increases. This position provides direct representation in court in legal cases for both Child Protective Services. The position provides expertise, guidance and instruction in family law, civil litigation, and agency policy. The position monitors the progress of all Texas Department of Family and Protective Services court cases within the assigned area of responsibility and takes appropriate measures to ensure the timely and appropriate resolution of those cases. The position interacts routinely with caseworkers, supervisors, program directors and program administrators; agency attorneys, county and district attorneys, and opposing counsel; judges; agency clients, witnesses, community professionals, and expert witnesses; and protective services clients and the general public.
Essential Job Functions:
Advises staff on legal matters and interprets laws, regulations, and policies.
Advises county and district attorneys on legal matters, and interprets laws, regulations, and policies.
Provides agency representation in court cases.
Prepares cases for trial and handles the trial on most cases.
Provides legal training to agency staff and the legal community.
Coordinates specialized legal efforts with appropriate experts.
Prepares or supervises the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, legal pleadings, and reports.
Performs other duties as assigned and required to maintain unit operations.
Assists in formulating, establishing, and coordinating office systems.
Promotes, monitors, and ensures that respect is demonstrated for cultural diversity.
Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of family law, probate law, guardianship law, elder law, and civil practice.
--Ability to synthesize law, administrative rules, agency policies and goals, and best practice recommendations to reach an appropriate interpretation.
--Ability to convey complex legal ideas and instructions clearly to staff.
--Ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with agency staff and the legal community.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Certifications: Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from an accredited law school. License to practice law in the State of Texas Additional Information:
Physical requirements for the position include the ability to drive a vehicle, to lift and carry objects, operate a computer, including operating word-processing, data management and other computer software, to be capable of verbal and written communication, and to operate machinery and equipment, such as copiers, facsimile, and other office equipment. MOS Code:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 4402, and 51JX. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
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