The Harris County Attorney's Office (HCAO) represents Harris County, its departments, elected and appointed officials, and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. The HCAO also represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities.
An Assistant County Attorney working in the General Counsel Practice Group will be asked to draft transactions and gain knowledge of legal principles and procedures concerning contracts including federal and state laws, rules, and regulations that apply to the County; give formal and informal advice to various elected officials; prepare statements for our office and the County for media inquiries; and assist with public information requests and open meetings issues. The General Counsel Practice Group values action oriented team players who exhibit the highest of ethical standards and enthusiastically improve their professional skills while providing public service to Harris County. The practice group is willing to train the successful candidate.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This Assistant County Attorney primarily:
- Negotiates the legal terms and drafting contracts, amendments, addendums, and court orders
- Advises various departments and county officials on legal issues that impact the department's day to day business dealings including the department's rights, responsibilities, and benefits under a contract
- Advises various departments and county officials on legal issues including interpreting federal and state laws and regulations affecting the department
- Reviews various departments' and officials' policies and procedures to ensure they comply with all applicable state, federal, and local laws, regulations, rules, and ordinances
- Acts as a liaison on legal issues between a client department and a corresponding department or governmental entity, especially to Legislative Relations when the Texas Legislature is in session
- Reviews contracts related to federal grants, including but not limited to Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grants
- Performs other duties as assigned
Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
- Juris Doctorate (JD) obtained from an accredited school of law
- Licensure by the State Bar of Texas and good standing
- Effective analytical, organizational, and time management skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to handle complex legal issues that are often time-sensitive
- Ability to establish good rapport with clients, including elected and appointed officials
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office and the use of technology in the practice of law
NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.
- Knowledge of legal issues relating to Engineering or Employment
- Familiarity with federal grants
- Monday through Friday
- 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.
Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.