The Texas Water Development Board Texas Water Conservation by mikeholy


									                                  The Texas Water Development Board
                                           General Counsel

The Community
Austin is the capital of the State of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Situated in Central Texas, it is
the fourth largest city in Texas and the 16th largest in the United States of America. As of the 2006 U. S.
Census estimate, Austin has a population of 709,893. The city is the cultural and economic center of the
Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area with a population of more than 1.5 million. Austin is located in the
beautiful Texas Hill Country on the Colorado River where the latter crosses the Balcones escarpment.
The escarpment separates the Hill Country from the black land prairies to the east. The City and the area
is known not only for its lakes, parks and music but also for its quality of life, active and involved
residents, high tech business climate, college town vitality and its cultural, social and economic diversity.

State Agency Organization
TWDB has a staff of over 326 authorized positions and with a 2008 operating budget of $48,384,749, it
manages over $4 billion in assets primarily consisting of municipal bonds and administers a myriad of
financial assistance programs delivering over $600 million per year in grants and loans for water related
infrastructure development in Texas. Its headquarters is located in the heart of Austin, Texas just a few
blocks north of the State Capitol of Texas. In addition to the headquarters in Austin, the TWDB has five
regional offices: in Mesquite, Houston, Harlingen, El Paso, & San Antonio.

A six-member Board of Directors governs the TWDB. Each member of the governing board, appointed by
the governor to a six-year staggered terms and confirmed by the Texas Senate, authorizes and advises
the actions of the executive administrator and the agency’s organization. TWDB’s Board of Directors
meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday of the month in Austin. The Board considers loan
applications from eligible applicants, awards grants for water-related research and planning, and
conducts other TWDB business, such as approving the State Water Plan.

Position Profile
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting
with regional planning, and preparing the State Water Plan for the development of the state’s water
resources, and administering cost-effective financial programs for the construction of water supply,
wastewater treatment, flood control and agricultural water conservation projects. The six-member
Board of Directors appointed to six-year staggered terms by the Governor meets monthly, usually on the
third Tuesday of the month in Austin. The Board considers loan applications from eligible applicants,
awards grants for water-related research and planning, and conducts other TWDB business, such as
approving the State Water Plan.

The General Counsel serves as the Chief Legal Officer for the Texas Water Development Board reporting
directly to the agency’s Executive Administrator. As the Chief Legal officer the person is responsible for
directing, planning, organizing and monitoring legal activities; interpreting laws and regulations; providing
legal advice, counsel, and assistance to TWDB Board Members, Executive Administrator and staff. The
General Counsel will be expected to provide effective leadership and management of the agency’s Legal
Division and supervising legal staff for a state agency responsible for water resource planning, data
collection and dissemination and financial assistance programs.

The new General Counsel provides legal advice, counsel, and assistance to Board staff and the TWDB
Board Members. Therefore, the person must have the ability to maintain high level, effective working
relationships with agency personnel, Board Members, consultants, and government officials. The position
requires extensive expertise in contract law, federal and state grants administration, water rights,
groundwater law, ethics and other related Texas administrative law. This knowledge is required as the
General Counsel will be routinely required to: Manages and leads a legal staff of approximately 8 lawyers
and executive assistants. Presents material and responds to questions at public hearings in multiple
Directs the development, implementation and review of new rules, rule revisions, and rule concepts
Participates in briefings, meetings and special reports for the agency’s programs. Prepare
correspondence regarding state and federal environmental laws. Prepare, supervises and reviews
information for legislative consideration to include legal opinions, briefs, pleadings, motions and
other legal documents. Attends legislative hearings and testifies when necessary as resource
witness. Directs agency litigation activities in coordination with the Office of the Attorney General and
contract attorneys. Manages the agency’s open meetings and open records activities. Drafts bills and
amendments for legislative consideration. Performs legal research and reports on findings and
conclusions. Analyzes complex legal issues. Responsible for program compliance with state and federal
laws, rules and regulations. The General Counsel will be responsible for all legal activities of Board
programs and administration of the Board. Internally the General Counsel will need to build, support and
enhance a positive, productive organizational culture and workplace that demonstrates integrity, honesty,
trust, support and respect. The position will also require knowledge and skills related to the tasks above
including knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, practices, and management principals. The General
Counsel must have knowledge of Texas state government and the legislative process. The person must
also have knowledge of State and Federal water-related financial assistance and environmental laws, the
Texas Open Meetings and Records Act, the Texas Public Information Act, the Texas Administrative
Procedures Act, and employment and ethics laws. The ideal candidate will be required to manage
multiple priorities in a deadline-oriented environment.

Education & Experience
LL.B or J.D. degree is required. Ten years of progressively responsible professional responsible
professional work experience in water law, governmental contracts and procurement, the legislative
process, municipal finance, employment and administrative law, including considerable experience
serving in a supervisory or managerial capacity. Member in good standing with State Bar of Texas.
A state employment application must be completed prior to any interview. A photocopy of the official
college or university transcript must be attached to the state employment application.

Compensation & Benefits
TWDB offers a competitive salary range for this position with a minimum starting salary of approximately
$120,000 and can be higher, depending on qualifications and experience. In addition to base salary,
TWDB offers health and welfare benefits, life insurance, vacation and sick leave and other competitive
benefits. TWDB participates in the Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS) with
proportionate retirement program features with Texas Municipal Retirement System, Employees
Retirement System, Judicial Retirement System, Teachers Retirement System & City of Austin (COA)
and offers 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans. In lieu of participating in Social Security,
TWDB offers a Supplemental Retirement plan.

Application Process
To Apply: Qualified candidates please submit your resume online by visiting our website at This position is open until filled; with an accelerated
process - on-going review of the applicants to meet this very important need for the Texas Water
Development Board. For more information please contact Ted Benavides by calling our toll
free number 877.356.2924 or visit our website at to view the
detailed recruitment brochure for this position.
   The Texas Water Development Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity
                                     at all levels of its workforce!

                                       For Texas Recruitments
Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/drivers
 license check prior to interview. Under the Texas Public Information Act, information from your
                           résumé may be subject to public disclosure.

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