Administrative Law Judge II


Job/Position DescriptionAdministrative Law Judge IIThe Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) position performs advanced legal and appellate work for the five (5) HHS agencies. The work involves conducting contested case hearings under the TexasAdministrative Procedure Act and grievance hearings under the HHSC Human Resources Manual as well as performing Administrative Reviews of Fair and Fraud Hearing Decisions pursuant to the Texas Government Code.The ALJ schedules hearings; travels to conduct hearings; conducts prehearing and other conferences;presides at hearings; rules on discovery disputes, motions, and admissibility of evidence; analyzestestimony and evidence presented in hearings; and issues appropriate orders and final decisions,including findings of fact and conclusions of law. The ALJand#146;s work also involves directing and planning legal activities, overseeing the preparation of legal documents, interpreting laws and regulations, and demonstrating judicial temperament in all actions. The ALJ works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment.Essential Job FunctionsAttends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.Conducts multiple types of complex hearings concerning more than 40 different programs or agency operations areas, including grievance proceedings for all HHS agencies including the following:I.Conducts grievance hearings (20%) and II.Conducts Employee Misconduct Registry Hearings (20%)Which consist of the following tasks:oManages decorum of courtroom, maintaining control of attorneys, witnesses, and clientsoManages and oversees process of litigationoSwears in witnessesoListens to testimonyoRules on objectionsoDetermines if elements of a case are proven in accordance with burden of proofoDetermines evidentiary disputesoAnalyses complex legal issues relating to HHSC program policiesWrites final decisions in contested cases and grievance proceedings, including findings of fact andconclusions of law, acting as the designee of the Executive Commissioner, (25)%Manages a complex hearings docket of cases by tracking, monitoring, planning, coordinating andscheduling activities to ensure that all state and federal statutes, rules and regulations are met withrespect to the hearings process, (15%)Conducts prehearing and other conferences to rule on motions and admissibility of evidence and todetermine the discovery and hearings schedule, (5%)Conducts Administrative Reviews of Fair and Fraud Hearing Decisions, including writing final decisions as necessary, (10%)Responds to requests for information from HHS agenciesand#146; staff and from external requestors, includingOpen Records requests, statistical inquiries, and pending hearings, (5%)Registrations, Licensure Requirements or CertificationsLicensed and in good standing with the State Bar of TexasKnowledge Skills AbilitiesAdvanced knowledge of legal principles and practicesAdvanced knowledge of trial and administrative hearings proceduresAdvanced knowledge of evidentiary and procedural issuesKnowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations affecting HHS agenciesand#146; operations andadministrationKnowledge of HHS agenciesand#146; programs, policies, rules, and proceduresSkill in planning and decision-makingSkill in organizing and expressing complex legal problems in a clear, concise manner sufficient tocommunicate orally and in writing with people of varied Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

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