Travel Involved: 0-10%
Employment Status: Full-Time
Responsible for assisting the General Counsel in handling legal matters referred to the department including drafting and monitoring contracts, conducting and/or monitoring litigation, assisting in the negotiation of real estate development and acquisition deals, researching legal issues and preparing legal memoranda, as determined by the General Counsel. Under the supervision and direction of the General Counsel, the employee may perform some or all of the duties listed below. Specific duties are as follows:
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Prepares legal documents such as contracts, leases, petitions, appeals, and notices.
Provides advice regarding procurement issues—reviews and approves requests for proposals and invitations for bids.
Provides legal counsel to Houston Housing Authority departments on lease enforcement, risk management, workers compensation, and regulatory compliance matters.
Researches legal issues and prepares memoranda of law, legal briefs, and legal opinions as assigned.
Provide legal services in connection with the negotiation of real estate development and acquisition projects.
Provides legal counsel and training to staff in the monitoring of regulatory compliance.
Oversees risk managements and insurance matters.
Monitors administrative cases, including resident and employee grievances, EEOC matters and like issues.
Reviews legal publications or notices for pertinent information and disseminates to appropriate personnel.
Maintains records of Houston Housing Authority owned properties.
Responsible for providing direct services and supervising other legal staff to handle lease enforcement actions and forcible entry and/or detainer cases.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of federal law relative to the business of the Houston Housing Authority, including HUD regulatory and administrative law, taxation, environmental, health & safety and procurement.
Knowledge of HUD and Houston Housing Authority policies, procedures and practices.
Good knowledge of Texas housing, administrative law and property code.
Good knowledge of insurance and risk management issues.
Good knowledge of office practices and procedures, and basic arithmetic and legal proceedings.
Knowledge of standard bookkeeping principles, practices, and techniques.
Ability to communicate in an advisory capacity and relate to persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing, to attorneys, court personnel, the general public, and to staff.
Ability to take direction and work with others under stressful conditions.
Ability to provide supervision and leadership to staff.
Ability and experience to interpret and apply the many statutory and regulatory provisions pertaining to and involved in the business of the Houston Housing Authority.
Solid experience in drafting contracts.
Demonstrates mature professional judgment and a high degree of initiative and advanced critical thinking.
Strong organizational and analytical skills.
COMPLEXITY / SCOPE OF WORK
The employee performs a variety of tasks that are sensitive in nature. Occasionally, the employee is required to exercise personal judgment in making decisions in accomplishing assignments. Some tasks are very complex and require superior knowledge and intellect to solve them.
Non-routine situations are common and the employee is required to recommend solutions or the best course of action to the supervisor.
The employee's work affects the Legal Department’s effectiveness in providing sound legal advice to the Houston Housing Authority. Good job performance by theemployee enhances the Houston Housing Authority's ability to provide housing and assistance to Houston Housing Authority residents.
The employee follows the Houston Housing Authority's policies and procedures, HUD regulations, legal resources, and federal and state laws and regulations, in accomplishing assignments.
Methods for accomplishing routine work are at the discretion of the employee, subject to existing practices and procedures. When unusual situations arise, the employee may request guidance from the supervisor.
The employee receives instructions from the General Counsel.
Courses of action, deadlines, and priorities are established by procedure, the supervisor, or the employee, depending on the assignment.
Normally, the employee plans and carries out routine work activities with minimal supervision and independently resolves problems that arise.
Instructions to the employee may be general or specific in nature.
Problems or situations not covered by instructions are usually referred to the supervisor for resolution.
The employee's work is reviewed for conformity to organizational policies and attainment of objectives.
The employee has contact with Houston Housing Authority employees at all levels and with various categories of persons including: attorneys, court personnel, the general public, residents, business firms, contractors, consultants, insurance agencies, representatives of various social service, educational and government agencies.
The primary purpose of such contacts are to gain, clarify, or give information; plan, coordinate, and advise on work efforts; motivate, influence, or direct persons or groups; and to justify, defend, negotiate, or resolve controversial matters or issues.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS / WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is principally sedentary, but may involve some physical exertion, such as kneeling, crouching, or lifting to obtain files and records, and eye strain from working with computers and other office equipment.
Work involves the normal risks and discomforts associated with an office environment, but are usually in an area that is adequately cooled, heated, lighted, and ventilated.
Law degree from an accredited law school and holds a license to practice law in the State of Texas.
Strong familiarity with court proceedings, civil actions, pleadings, trial, etc. necessary for efficient representation of the Houston Housing Authority, including at least 3-5 years active litigation experience.
Solid advanced employment law experience strongly preferred.
Federal clerkship or law review experience preferred.
Valid Texas driver’s license or obtain such within the first thirty (30) days of employment.
Eligibility for coverage under Houston Housing Authority fleet auto insurance.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
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