PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Administrative Law Judge (Administrative Law Judge I)


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.


• 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.



website: Human Resources: (512) 936-7060


• Graduation from an accredited law school with a LLB or JD degree. • 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.


• 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 of trial or administrative hearing procedures.
• Proficiency in the use of personal computers, specifically with Microsoft Word and Excel.
• 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, testimonies, 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 prioritize workload, work efficiently, and effectively utilize organizational skills. • Ability to attend work regularly and adhere to approved work schedule.


  • An internal applicant who is selected for a position in their current salary group with the same or new state classification title will not receive a salary increase.
  • Candidates invited to interview may be given a writing skills exercise.
  • If required for position, licensure as a Professional Engineer or to practice law in Texas will be verified on the

    selected candidate through either the Professional Board of Engineers or the State Bar of Texas.

  • Some positions may require additional work hours including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays to meet

    critical deadlines. Employees will earn compensatory time or overtime dependent on FLSA status.

  • More than one position may be filled under this posting. Employees are required to comply with agency

    policies and provisions outlined in the employee handbook.

  • The job posting in no way states or implies that the duties listed above are exclusive. Employees are required

    to perform other duties as may be assigned.

  • A satisfactory driving record is required for driving a state or personal vehicle to conduct agency business.

    Selected candidates will have their driving record evaluated in accordance with the Commission’s Traffic

    Safety policy.

  • For males born on or after January 1, 1960, the PUC will verify proof of Selective Service registration through

    the online Selective Service System. Any males born after January 1, 1960 who are not registered will need

    to provide proof of exemption from the Selective Service registration requirement.

  • The Public Utility Commission participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s

    Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

  • The PUC has a Post-Employment Restriction – details furnished upon request.
  • Female and minority applicants are encouraged to apply.
  • The PUC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,

    sex, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, age or disability in employment or the provisions of


  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the PUC will provide reasonable

    accommodation for individuals with a disability. An individual requiring a reasonable accommodation should contact Human Resources at (512) 936-7060 or

website: Human Resources: (512) 936-7060