JOB NUMBER: 13-031-3045
CLOSING DATE: May 3, 2013 - 1:00 p.m. CST
SALARY: Commensurate with experience, plus excellent
POSITION TITLE: Public Affairs Administrator
DEPARTMENT: Chief Disciplinary Counsel - Austin
This position serves as the primary media contact for all inquiries
regarding the attorney grievance and discipline system and disciplinary
actions against members of the State Bar of Texas. This role also
serves as the internal communications coordinator relative to
developing and enhancing written materials used for the purpose of
informing and educating members of the Bar and the public about the
grievance and discipline system. Works under limited supervision with
considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent
judgment. Reports directly to the Chief Disciplinary Counsel. The
position involves frequent communication with the Chief Disciplinary
Counsel staff in its various offices statewide, the Executive
Department of the State Bar, members of the Commission for Lawyer
Discipline, the media, and external entities and individuals.
- Initiates contact and responds promptly to requests from the news
media with respect to inquiries about the attorney grievance and
discipline process and pending or final disciplinary actions against
members of the State Bar of Texas. Maintains positive relationships
with members of the media.
- Handles substantive media inquiries and coordinates with the
Bar’s Communications Department on press releases regarding
recent judgments provided to local media outlets. Monitors
high-profile grievance and disciplinary matters.
- Prepares news releases and media advisories in efforts to
increase member awareness of professional ethics rules and related
programs. Develops educational materials for constituency groups and
presentation materials for speaking engagements to educate and enhance
the understanding of the attorney grievance and discipline process to
members and the public. Provides strategic and tactical support for
communications response to unanticipated events in short time frames.
- Coordinates content and development of various reports, articles,
newsletters, and brochures highlighting aspects of the disciplinary
system, including the Commission for Lawyer Discipline’s Annual
Report and other discipline related programs. Provides relevant and
up-to-date content for the department’s communications, including
website, Texas Bar Journal and other social media outlets on
timely issues relative to the attorney grievances and discipline
- Assists the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in legislative matters,
working closely with Governmental Relations to provide information and
services to member of the Texas Legislature. Drafts proposed statutes
and regulations as necessary.
- Develops and cultivates professional relationships with key
internal and external stakeholders to the grievance and discipline
system. Identifies outreach strategies for stakeholders to the
attorney discipline system.
- Monitors statewide media for reports on allegations of attorney
ethics violations and/or involvement in criminal activity. Compiles
data for statistical reporting purposes.
- Performs other responsibilities as required.
J.D. required. Must have a Texas law license. Undergraduate degree
in Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or related
concentration, plus a minimum of five years of related communications
and public relations experience preferred. Broad knowledge of the
Texas legislative process preferred. Requires professional demeanor,
good diplomacy skills, excellent writing and communication skills,
strong organizational, planning, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to assimilate information from a variety of
sources, analyze information, and quickly recommend course of action.
Requires ability to explain and advocate facts, positions, and policy
in a succinct and convincing manner. Ability to develop press releases,
presentation talking points, reports, and newsletters. Experience
using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Ability to
establish credibility and support the organization’s preferences
and priorities. Occasional travel required. Personal computer and
computer software knowledge required.