Job Classification: PARALEGAL (NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES)
Department: LEGAL DEPARTMENT
Section: Neighborhood Services
Reporting Location: 900 BAGBY
Workdays & Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM* *Subject to Change
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the “OCA”) provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering 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 – Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
- Dignity & Diversity – Promoting each person’s value.
- Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives.
Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys working in 11 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.
Every member of the OCA must be committed to “Service Through Law.”
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston Legal Department seeks a skilled, energetic, team-oriented Paralegal who is self-motivated and excited to be a part of the Neighborhood Services team. The core functions and duties of the Paralegal include, but are not limited to:
- Processing inquiries regarding deed restrictions, alcohol permits, nuisance abatement, and regulatory matters.
- E-filing, issuance of citations, and coordinating service of process with court services.
- Setting up files for administrative hearings.
- Setting up and maintaining litigation files.
- Performing legal research on a wide variety of matters.
- Assisting attorneys in drafting various documents such as ordinances, motions, and orders including formatting, reviewing, and verifying documents for accuracy.
- Opening and closing files, tracking invoices, and other administrative duties as assigned.
- Communicating with the public and offices of elected officials.
There are no major sources of discomfort, i.e., essentially normal office environment with acceptable lighting, temperature and air conditions.