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SENIOR PARALEGAL (DISASTER RECOVERY)

at City of Houston

Posted: 7/23/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2409114
Categories: Legal

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

POSITION OVERVIEW


Division/Section:
 Disaster Recovery

Workdays & Hours: *Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
 *Subject to change

LEGAL 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
 
Composed of approximately over 90 of Houston's finest attorneys working in 10 sections, the Legal Department handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, disaster recovery, a diverse array of human resources, labor, and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, taxation, constitutional, election matters, ethics, and quality of life matters,  as well as the preparation of related City ordinances, affecting Houston and its citizens. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto – "Service Through Law."
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The City of Houston Legal Department seeks a skilled, energetic, team-oriented Paralegal who is self-motivated and can work independently on various transactional assignments with the attorneys in the Disaster Recovery Section ("DRS") of the Legal Department.
 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing inquiries from Housing and Community Development Department ("HCDD") related real property, affordable housing, and construction matters.
  • Actively engaging with attorneys to assist in the drafting, reviewing, and processing of various real estate documents including deeds, forgivable loan agreements, promissory notes, and other real estate conveyance documents.
  • Assisting attorneys in drafting various documents such as contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and routine correspondence, including formatting, reviewing, and verifying documents for accuracy.
  • Reviewing various databases to ensure the proper execution of documents.
  • Regularly communicating with various client departments to provide status updates and request additional information.
  • Performing legal research related to disaster recovery and housing matters.
  • Maintaining attorney calendars and schedules.
  • Facilitating the processing of documents to obtain various signatures.
  • Performing title review and drafting related documents.
  • Opening and closing files.
  • Working in Word, Outlook, Excel, and other software programs.


SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS
This position and the DRS are grant funded positions dependent on the availability of federal grant dollars. In addition, the tenure of the section and position shall track the duration of the need for disaster recovery activities. Currently, the City projects that services will be needed for at least 5 years.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATIONAL:
Requires a high school diploma or a GED certificate and a certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies.
 
An associate's degree may be substituted for the above certification requirement.  Above average academic performance is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
Five years of experience as a paralegal at a comparable professional organization are required.  An additional two years of Paralegal experience may be substituted for the certificate in paralegal or legal assistant studies. 

PREFERENCES

Preference will be given to applicants that possess:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with multiple attorneys on transactional matters.
  • Strong drafting skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Skilled in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Proficiency in Word, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint, and the technology in the practice.
  • Ability to work under pressure and without close supervision, and to independently produce error-free documents.  
  • Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.

**Eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6 are preferred.**

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED:             None
However, the Department may administer a skill assessment evaluation.

SAFETY IMPACT POSITION:           No    
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 this classification.  
 
Pay Grade 19                                
 
APPLICATION PROCEDURES:
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at: 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 call (832) 393-6069.
 
If you need special services or accommodations, call (832) 393-6069. (TTY 7-1-1)
 
If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.
 
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. 
 
EEO 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.