ATTORNEY - LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

POSITION OVERVIEW

PN#19599 LABOR & EMPLOYMENT ATTORNEY

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:

The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service - Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
  • Partnership & Teamwork - Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals,
  • Integrity & Candor - Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
  • Dignity & Diversity - Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
  • Innovation & Imagination - Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.

Comprised of over 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, drafting ordinances, advising on ethics and conflicts of interest, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto - "Service Through Law."
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The City of Houston seeks two attorneys with at least 4 to 6 years of labor and employment law experience to provide general labor, employment and human resources counsel to City departments and handle contested evidentiary matters as members of the Labor, Employment and Civil Rights Section (LECR) of the law department.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Handling contested administrative matters, such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Commission on Human Rights proceedings and other administrative evidentiary hearings.
  • Counseling City departments on employment, labor and human resources issues.
  • Handling pre-termination meetings and civil service commission hearings regarding employee disciplinary matters, including terminations or indefinite suspensions.
  • Drafting, revising and reviewing policies and ordinances.
  • Assisting with collective bargaining contract negotiations and negotiate and draft contracts.
  • Training city employees on relevant legal issues.
  • Preparing labor and employment related lawsuits for trial and handling jury and bench trials in federal and state courts.
  • Researching and drafting motions.
  • Preparing and responding to discovery.
  • Presenting and deposing witnesses.
  • Interviewing witnesses and investigating and developing facts and evidence.
  • Evaluating the settlement value of cases.
  • Handling mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
  • Drafting appellate briefs.
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions.
  • Willingness to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL:
Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.
EXPERIENCE:
Fouryears of experience in the practice of labor and employmentlaw.

LICENSE:
Must be a member of the Texas State Bar. Musthave a valid Driver's License and be in compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to applicants with:
  • Excellent oral advocacy skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with local federal and state courts and judges.
  • Experience working with federal, state or local governmental entities.
  • Expertise with the Texas Human Rights Commission Act, the Texas Local Government Code Chapters 143 and 174, 42 U.S.C. • 1983 et seq., and 42 U.S.C. ••2000d and 2000e et seq.
  • General understanding of constitutional law.
  • Familiarity with the 29 U.S.C. •201, et seq. , 42 U.S.C. •12010, et seq ., and 29 U.S.C. •2601 et seq.
  • Proficiency with Word, Outlook, Excel and the use of technology in the practice.


GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED:Yes
All applicants will be expected to provide a writing sample, transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION:Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

SALARY INFORMATION:
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in similar positions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: http://www.www.houstontx.gov

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or please call 832.393.6090.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. If you need special services or accommodations, call TTY 7-1-1.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.


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