Summary: Under general direction from DHAs President & Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel is responsible for assisting the agency in handling legal matters referred to the department including, without limitation, drafting and monitoring complex contracts, assisting in the negotiation and documentation of real estate development and acquisition transactions, handling and/or supervising forcible entry and detainer cases and other in-house litigation matters as determined by the President & CEO, assisting in the preparation of litigation documents, researching legal issues and preparing legal memoranda, ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal procurement laws and regulations, and responding to public information requests.
Essential Job Functions: The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Drafts complex contracts and other legal documents and serves as a liaison between the Office of the General Counsel and other departments.
Provides advice regarding procurement issues reviews and approves requests for proposals and invitations for bids.
Researches legal issues and prepares memoranda of law, legal briefs, and legal opinions as assigned.
Prepares pleadings and other court documents.
Indexes and summarizes depositions.
Assists in preparing witnesses for court appearances, and other testimony.
Monitors administrative cases, including resident and employee grievances, EEOC matters and like issues.
Provides direct services, which may include appearing in court, and supervising other legal and non-legal staff on forcible entry and/or detainer cases and other lease enforcement matters.
Provides legal counsel and training to staff in the monitoring of regulatory compliance.
Supervise Office of the General Counsel staff.
Assures absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, client records and DHA information.
Enthusiastically promotes the President/CEOs priorities for the operations of DHA.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of DHA organization, operations, policies and procedures.
Knowledge of Texas criminal and civil statutes, rules, administrative orders, policies and procedures, and applicable Federal rules and regulations.
Knowledge of Texas judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
Knowledge of legal precedents and court decisions impacting public housing issues.
Knowledge of the duties, powers, authorities and limitations of a General Counsel.
Knowledge of legal research methods, techniques, sources, and databases.
Knowledge of legal case management procedures, ethics and techniques.
Knowledge of principles of record keeping, case files and records management.
Skill in reviewing and assessing legal issues and documents.
Skill in reading, interpreting, understanding and applying legal standards and procedures, applicable Federal rules and regulations, and DHA policies and procedures.
Skill in researching and identifying precedence in case law.
Skill in verbal and written communication, and exercising judgment and discretion in decision making and negotiations.
Skill in operating electronic devices utilizing a variety of business software.
Skill in establishing cooperative working relationships with employees, attorneys, law enforcement agencies, and other participants in the civil justice process.
Skill in effective communication, both verbal and written.
Skill in interacting with people of different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.
Must be able to lift/carry up to 10 pounds.
Juris Doctorate (JD) degree required; and at least three (3) years experience in the practice of law; civil, corporate, banking, and real estate law.
Must be licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas to practice law in the State of Texas, remain active with all annual license requirements, and maintain a clear criminal record.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Open Until Filled
Explanation of Hiring Process
Thank you for your interest in job opportunities with the Dallas Housing Authority. All applications for open posted positions must be submitted via on-line at www.dhantx.com. No on-line applications will be accepted after the noted closing date on the announcement. We encourage you to visit our website often to view and apply for vacant positions with the agency.
DHA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity and all employees and applicants are treated equally without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.