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Job Title:
Legal Assistant
Division:
Standards and Enforcement Services (TALCB)
Job Posting #
2012-15-TALCB
Monthly Salary:
$3,250.00 - $3,750.00
State Classification:
Legal Assistant II
Class No., Group:
3574, B17
Location:
Austin
FLSA Status:
Nonexempt
Work Week:
Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week (flex schedule may be possible after first evaluation)
Travel:
None
Posting Date:
12/03/2019
Closing Date:
On Hold
Job Summary:

Serve as a legal assistant in the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board’s (TALCB) Standards & Enforcement Services Division. Review and analyze new complaints against real estate appraisers and appraisal management companies.  Assist attorneys and investigators with case management.  Input and maintain database information related to audit and complaint cases.  Assist attorneys and investigators in preparing cases for trial .  Research and apply applicable statutes and rules.

Minimum Education:

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in law or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Experience:
  • Minimum two years of administrative support
  • Experienced using an electronic database to store, track, and manage caseload.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of electronic file and records management and ability to maintain accurate electronic case log to track case progress and statistics
  • Knowledge of word processing and other software programs
  • Knowledge of business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; and database programs
  • Ability to research, analyse and apply statutes and rules
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to adapt and multi-task while delivering quality results in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional manner
  • Ability to plan and arrange workload to meet schedules and deadlines
  • Ability to learn the laws, regulations, and rules pertaining to regulation of real estate appraisers and appraisal management companies
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Two years of relevant legal assistant/paralegal experience in a government agency or law firm, corporate counsel office, legal-aid or family legal office
  • Experience updating and maintaining electronic records
  • Experience using VERSA database system
  • Knowledge of Texas Public Information Act laws and corresponding rules promulgated by the Texas attorney general
  • Knowledge of the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Act and Texas Appraisal Management Company Act (Chapters 1103 & 1104, Texas Occupations Code) and the Rules of the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
Job Duties:
  • Review and analyse consumer complaints to determine jurisdiction, alleged violations and appropriate course of action
  • Accurately maintain audit & complaint information in VERSA database to ensure consistent and effective case resolution management.
  • Prepare statistical and other data reports using Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Prepare documents related to complaint openings and case resolutions
  • Assist attorneys with successful case management and preparation for contested case hearings
  • Answer phone calls and respond to e-mails on wide range of case-related issues and inquiries
  • Respond to Texas Public Information Act requests under the Chapter 552, Government Code, corresponding Texas Attorney General rules and related agency guidelines
Additional Requirements:

Resume and cover letter detailing how your experience ties to the position

Copies of college transcripts and paralegal certificate (if applicable) must be provided at the time of interview

Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background investigation that will permit a candidate to access the Texas CJIS System.

Environmental & Physical Conditions:  Normal office work environment, mostly sedentary in nature. May involve walking; standing; remaining stationary for long periods of time; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Work involves extensive telephone usage and repetitive hand/wrist/finger motions while using the computer.

To Apply:

Submit a complete (no blanks) State of Texas Employment Application along with a cover letter, resume, and DD-214 or DD-1300 (if applicable) to:  human.resources@trec.texas.gov or 512-936-3547 (fax).  Applications may be submitted via WorkInTexas; however, the additional documents must be submitted to Human Resources prior to being considered for an interview. 

Applications will not be considered until all required documentation is received by TREC/TALCB.

Skills test will be conducted at the time of interview.

Military Crosswalk Information: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Contact:

Tawana Hood, Human Resources at 512-936-3604

Job Vacancy Announcement


Job Title:
Legal Secretary
Division:
Standards and Enforcement Services (TALCB)
Job Posting #
2011-14-TALCB
Monthly Salary:
$3,000.00 – $3,175.00
State Classification:
Legal Secretary III
Class No., Group:
3567, A16
Location:
Austin
FLSA Status:
Nonexempt
Work Week:
Monday-Friday, 40 hours/week (flex schedule may be possible after first evaluation)
Travel:
None
Posting Date:
11/27/2019
Closing Date:
On Hold
Job Summary:

Serve as a legal secretary in the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board’s (TALCB) Standards & Enforcement Services Division.  Provides administrative and legal support for the division’s attorneys, investigators and legal assistants.  Work involves preparation and dissemination of legal correspondence, reports, and forms, processing of files through database system, serving as division receptionist and record management tasks.

Minimum Education:

Graduation from high school or equivalent is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Experience:
  • Minimum two years of administrative work experience OR clerical data entry experience.
  • Work experience in data entry
  • Work experience organizing, filing, and maintaining administrative documents
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and database programs
  • Ability to organize, index and file legal and administrative documents; maintain record retention and filing systems
  • Ability to plan, organize and work independently, as well as within a team environment
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to multi-task while delivering quality results in a timely manner
  • Ability to work effectively in high-pressure situations under strict deadlines with extreme attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a professional manner and deal with industry stakeholders and the public
  • Ability to quickly learn the laws, regulations, and rules pertaining to regulation of real estate appraisers and appraisal management companies
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of policies, practices, principles, procedures, documents, forms and legal terminology related to court system or the State Office of Administrative Hearings, including the administrative procedures act, the Texas rules of civil procedure and evidence
  • Ability to research, analyze and apply statutes and rules
  • Experience using VERSA database
  • Knowledge of Texas Public Information Act laws and corresponding rules promulgated by the Texas attorney general
  • Knowledge of the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Act and Texas Appraisal Management Company Registration and Regulation Act and the Rules of the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board
Job Duties:
  • Provide administrative and legal secretarial support for the division’s attorneys, investigators and legal assistants.  Process files through database system and prepare and disseminate correspondence, reports and forms,
  • Primary receptionist for phone calls received by TALCB SES
  • Review and process mail for division staff; schedule, maintain, and update appointment calendars detailing events
  • Manage and process applicant background reviews, gather criminal history documentation/information, and assist attorneys in the review of applicant criminal history reports
  • Coordinate the Peer Investigative Committee (PIC) process
  • Coordinate the review appraiser contractor process for commercial experience audits
  • Perform other duties as assigned
Additional Requirements:

Resume and cover letter detailing how your experience fits the duties of this position

Employment is contingent on passing a criminal background investigation that will permit a candidate to access the Texas CJIS System.

Environmental & Physical Conditions:  Normal office work environment, mostly sedentary in nature. May involve walking; standing; remaining stationary for long periods of time; pulling and pushing; kneeling, stooping and bending; and safely lifting and carrying items weighing up to 30 pounds. Work involves extensive telephone usage and repetitive hand/wrist/finger motions while using the computer.

To Apply:

Submit a complete (no blanks) State of Texas Employment Application along with a cover letter, resume, and DD-214 or DD-1300 (if applicable) to:  human.resources@trec.texas.gov or 512-936-3547 (fax).  Applications may be submitted via WorkInTexas; however, the additional documents must be submitted to Human Resources prior to being considered for an interview. 

Skills test will be conducted at the time of interview.

Military Crosswalk Information: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf

Contact:

Tawana Hood, Human Resources at 512-936-3604

TALCB Looking for Qualified Commercial Appraiser Contractor

TALCB is seeking certified general real estate appraisers to review commercial appraisal reports as part of the experience audit process required to obtain a license.  If you are a general certified appraiser with commercial review experience interested in doing contract work, please read our full Request for Qualifications to learn more about this contracting opportunity.

Setting The Record Straight; What Really Happens During An Investigation At TALCB

You may have heard commentary recently about the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB)’s Standards and Enforcement Services (“SES”) Division, which may have raised some questions.  First, we hosted a Facebook Live Event with our Director of Enforcement where we answered your questions:

Another TALCB Win for Consumers

AUSTIN, TX - The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB) is pleased to announce an important win for consumers in Texas. Former real estate appraiser trainee, James P. Edwards, has been indicted in Tarrant County District Court on 16 different felony counts. This criminal prosecution protects Texas consumers from Edwards’ illegal and deceptive appraisal activities.

Get ACE Credit for Attending a Board Meeting

Receive a minimum of 2 hours and up to a maximum of 4 hours of ACE credit for attending the Board meeting held in Austin, TX, during February of an even-numbered year.

ACE credit will be awarded in whole hour increments depending on the actual length of the Board meeting. For example, if the meeting lasts 2 and one half hours, license holders who attend the entire meeting will receive 2 hours of ACE credit.

To be eligible for ACE credit, current license holders must: 

  • Attend the meeting in person;
  • Attend the entire meeting, excluding breaks;

Appraising After a Natural Disaster

The appraiser faces many new challenges appraising after a natural disaster. To avoid problems there are several steps an appraiser can take. Keep in close contact with your clients about any outstanding assignments.  Notify them of any delays you are experiencing. Make your client aware of the new challenges facing your appraisal practice.  Questions to ask your client: Will you need additional services such as a re-inspection or revising the effective date? Are you aware that typical sources of data may no longer be available? Don’t assume everyone is aware of the problems you now face.