PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION Administrative Law Judge in AUSTIN, Texas
Application Process: Complete a State of Texas Application for Employment documenting how you meet the minimum qualifications. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. A law degree is a minimum required qualification; official/unofficial law school transcripts are required and must be submitted with the application (if you submit your application via www.workintexas.com, you must submit your transcripts via email to email@example.com). If you submit your application via workintexas.com, please do not submit another application directly to the PUC. Incomplete applications will not be accepted for consideration. Applicants interviewed will receive written non-selection notification. VETERAN S PREFERENCE Veterans, Reservists, or Guardsmen with a Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) or additional duties that fall in the fields listed in the below link who meet the minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply. The MOS codes applicable to this position can be accessed at: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf GENERAL DESCRIPTION Perform highly complex administrative hearing work in the Commission Advising and Docket Management Division to include processing and presiding over electric, telecommunications, and water utility cases. Work under limited supervision with considerable latitude for initiative and independent judgment. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS Establish procedural schedules and discovery deadlines for cases. Conduct prehearing conferences. Approve uncontested applications and prepare orders for Commission approval. Prepare application and hearing notices compliant with the Texas Open Meetings Act, Public Utility Regulatory Act, Texas Water Code, Administrative Procedure Act, and Commission rules. Conduct legal research and analysis. Rule on discovery matters, scheduling requests, and motions. Administer oaths and enter rulings on evidentiary and procedural matters. Issue interim orders. Conduct hearings in dockets in which the Commissioners preside. Compile and maintain records of evidence, and ensure proper handling for appeal and confidentiality. Review the work of legal assistants. Make presentations to the Commission. Assist with monitoring the status and assuring the timely processing of pending docketed proceedings, tariff matters, and projects. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Graduation from an accredited law school with a LLB or JD degree (law school transcripts must be submitted with the State of TX application; see application instructions). Licensed and eligible to practice law in Texas. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Four (4) years of general legal experience as a licensed attorney. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Undergraduate degree in engineering, finance, accounting, economics, or related field. Experience as a hearings examiner or administrative law judge. Experience in the practice of utility regulation or administrative law. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES Knowledge of trial or administrative hearing procedures. Proficiency in the use of personal computers and Microsoft Word and other software programs. Ability to prioritize workload, work efficiently, and effectively utilize organizational skills. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to read, interpret, and apply case law and statutes. Ability to identify and analyze substantive and legal issues presented in pleadings, testimony, and briefs. Ability to analyze issues and draw well-reasoned conclusions; evaluate findings and relate them to the case in question. Ability to work effectively with other staff members. Ability to attend work regularly and adhere to approved work schedule.