Sr. ACA II – GENERAL TRANSACTIONAL ATTORNEY

City of Houston
Published
July 21, 2021
Location
Houston, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Applications accepted from:      ALL PERSONS INTERESTED
Job Classification:                       SENIOR ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY II:  GENERAL TRANSACTIONAL ATTORNEY
Department:                                 LEGAL
Division:                                        CONTRACTS
Reporting Location:                     900 BAGBY, 4TH FLOOR
Workdays & Hours:                      MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*   *Subject to Change

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 client departments
  • Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our client departments 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

 
Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys across 10 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 or 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 a solutions-focused transactional attorney to join the Legal Department’s Contracts Section.  The Contracts Section handles a wide variety of legal issues such as drafting and negotiating public contracts, advising on procurements, and drafting and interpreting local ordinances.
 
The ideal candidate will be team-oriented and have extensive knowledge regarding Texas procurement laws and best practices in procurement, as well as experience in all aspects of governmental procurement, preferably at the municipal level, including but not limited to: experience advising clients regarding procurement laws and policies applicable to requests for qualifications, requests for proposals, bids, cooperative purchasing, information technology, and alternative delivery of construction.
 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
 

  • Drafting and negotiating complex contracts.  
  • Counseling clients on procurement rules applicable to City, state and federally funded projects.
  • Drafting and training clients on relevant City policies, procedures, and City Code provisions.
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects, such as drafting City Attorney legal opinions.
  • Working with litigation teams on disputes involving transactions relating to City of Houston contracts.

 
WORKING CONDITIONS 
This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

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