The Texas Water Development Board seeks 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 forums. 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 www.watersconsulting.com/recruitment. 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 www.watersconsulting.com 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! http://sao.hr.state.tx.us/Publications/WFSummaries/WorkforceAnalysis/2006/580-2006.pdf 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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