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Alabama

There are no current job openings for Alabama. Please check back soon or contact Jayne Harrell Williams at the Alabama Association of School Boards.

 

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Arizona

Experienced Attorney| Mesa, Arizona | Application Deadline: April 4, 2022

Udall Shumway PLC, a well-established Mesa, Arizona law firm with a preeminent education law division, seeks an attorney to join our collegial and fast-paced education/public employment law group.  The firm represents public school districts, community colleges and charter schools across the state.

The firm offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a structured bonus program, profit sharing and 401K, excellent work-life balance, and a full range of benefits including but not limited to health, dental, life insurance, short term disability, and long-term disability.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Arizona State Bar in good standing or the ability to gain reciprocal admission within 30 days of employment offer.
  • At least 6 years of experience as an attorney representing public educational and/or governmental entities.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task for school clients and commitment to excellent client service and work-product.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, research ability, analytical skills, and a strong client-focused attitude.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and contributions to their community.

Apply:

Please submit cover letter/resume/writing sample and references to Katie Bryant at kjb@udallshumway.com.

 

Experienced Attorney  |  Mesa, Arizona  | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Description

Udall Shumway PLC, a well-established Mesa, Arizona law firm with a preeminent education law division, seeks an attorney to join our collegial and fast-paced education law group.  The firm represents public school districts, community colleges and charter schools across the state. 

 

The firm offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a structured bonus program, profit sharing and 401K, excellent work-life balance, and a full range of benefits including but not limited to health, dental, life insurance, short term disability, and long-term disability.

 

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Arizona Bar in good standing or the ability to gain reciprocal admission within 30 days of employment offer.
  • Preferably at least 6 years of experience as an attorney representing public entities.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, research ability, analytical skills, and a strong client-focused attitude.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience in education, municipal or employment law matters, including federal and state laws governing public entities.
  • Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task for school clients and commitment to excellent client service and work-product.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and contributions to their community.

Apply:

Please submit cover letter/resume/writing sample and references to Katie Bryant at kjb@udallshumway.com.

 

Associate General Attorney  |  Tucson Unified School District, Arizona  | Application Deadline: Thursday, July 15, 2021 11:59 PM PST


Description

Assists the General Counsel in directing the overall legal functions of the Tucson Unified School District. Participates as a member of a general law team, concentrating on advice to and representation of the school district in school law, contracts, employment, compliance, and student matters.  For more information, visit https://jobs.tusd1.org/associate-general-counsel-effective-2021-2022-school-year/job/16921832.


Minimum Requirements

Juris Doctorate Degree, Licensed to practice law in Arizona or eligible for admission on motion. Four-years experience practicing law.

Preferred Qualifications 

Experience in Labor/Employment law.

Additional Requirements After Hire 

FBI fingerprint background check (at employee’s expense). Proof of immunity to rubeola (measles) and rubella (German measles), or proof of MMR immunization.

  

Experienced Attorney  |  Mesa, Arizona  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Udall Shumway PLC, a well-established Mesa, Arizona law firm with a preeminent education law division, seeks an attorney to join our collegial and fast-paced education law group.  The firm represents public school districts, community colleges and charter schools across the state.  
The firm offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience, a structured bonus program, profit sharing and 401K, excellent work-life balance, and a full range of benefits including but not limited to health, dental, life insurance, short term disability, and long-term disability.

Minimum Requirements
·      Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
·      Member of the Arizona Bar in good standing or the ability to gain reciprocal admission within 30 days of employment offer.
·      Preferably at least 6 years of experience as an attorney representing public entities.
·      Superior written and oral communication skills, research ability, analytical skills, and a strong client-focused attitude.
·      Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications:  
·      Experience in education, municipal or employment law matters, including federal and state laws governing public entities. 
·      Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.
·      Demonstrated ability to multi-task for school clients and commitment to excellent client service and work-product.
·      Demonstrated leadership experience and contributions to their community.

Apply:
Please submit cover letter/resume/writing sample and references to Katie Bryant at kjb@udallshumway.com.

 

Arkansas

There are no current job openings for Arkansas. Please check back soon or contact Kathy Ivy at the Arkansas School Boards Association.

California

General Counsel | Long Beach Unified School District | Long Beach, California | Application Deadline: March 14, 2021 

Established in 1885 with fewer than a dozen students meeting in a borrowed tent, the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) now educates nearly 70,000 students, from preschool to high school, in 85 public schools located in the cities of Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and Avalon on Catalina Island. With a team of more than 12,000 full-time and part-time employees, the school district is the largest employer in Long Beach and the fourth largest school district in California. LBUSD serves one of the most diverse large cities in the United States, and dozens of languages are spoken by local students. It has a 2021-22 Operating Budget of $1.15 billion.

Under the new leadership of Superintendent Jill Baker, LBUSD is entering a new era. The General Counsel position is being brought in house for the first time in over a decade and is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of the new team as it strives to achieve high outcomes and positive impacts for its students and their families through creative initiatives, strategies and improvements. Under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, this General Counsel will plan, organize, direct and provide professional legal services and counsel to the District in a wide variety of legal matters such as labor and employment, student rights, real estate, litigation, liability, and school bonds. This person will serve as the primary legal advisor and represent the District before a variety of administrative and legislative bodies.

The General Counsel will be a key member of the District’s Executive Team. The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of the California Education, Government, and Labor Codes, and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Alternative Dispute Resolution processes and methods and procedures required to provide legal services to administration and a governing body of a public agency. Requires the equivalent of a JD degree from an accredited law school; and 10 years of experience practicing law including experience providing legal counsel to school districts, educational institutions, or similar public agencies.

Salary range: $203,902 to $239,428 DOQ

Please apply online by March 14, 2022 at https://www.alliancerc.com/searches/current-recruitments/general-counsel-lbusd/. For questions, contact Sherrill Uyeda at suyeda@alliancerc.com or Cindy Krebs at ckrebs@alliancerc.com at (562) 901-0769. EEO/ADA.

 

Assistant General Counsel

School & College Legal Services of California has an immediate opening in Santa Rosa, CA for a school law attorney with experience providing legal services for TK-12 and/or community college districts. SCLS is a joint powers of authority public education law firm with a competitive salary schedule, flexible billable hour requirements, a collaborative work environment, and generous paid time off (vacation, holidays, and other leaves). Our employees are eligible for retirement through PERS.  Learn more here.

Colorado 

Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator - Staff Attorney / Adams 12 Five Star Schools / Thornton, CO / Application Deadline:  July 1, 2022

 

SUMMARY:  Responsible for working collaboratively with district leadership to support the district equity commitments, including nondiscrimination laws and policies.  Coordinate the district’s Title IX compliance, assist with the district complaint processes, and provide legal services to district staff and administrators as needed on a variety of matters including transactional, student and employment.   

1. Coordinate administration of the district process and procedures for investigating and resolving Title IX and other discrimination complaints.  Serve as Nondiscrimination Title IX Coordinator.

2. Ensure district compliance and manage day-to-day responsibilities regarding State, federal and district policies to prevent and prohibit discrimination. 

3. Develop and implement training initiatives to educate students and staff on rights, responsibilities, and resources regarding nondiscrimination, Title IX and equitable educational environments. 

4. Coordinate internal investigations on behalf of the district concerning violations of district policy, discrimination, harassment, and any other discrimination related matters. Maintain a tracking system of investigations outcomes.  Analyze data and develop proactive measures to address trends and patterns.

5. Assist legal counsel in providing legal guidance on issues as assigned.

6. Work with students, staff, families and community partners to advance the district’s Title IX work and equity commitments.

7. Provide representation in court and other administrative processes, including truancy cases, expulsion hearings, Office of Civil Rights reviews and complaints, subpoenas, etc. as assigned. 

EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school is required.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of legal experience. Preferred in education or public administration; or school law
  • Experience with Title IX, Equity and nondiscrimination preferred.

LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS or CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Criminal background check required for hire.
  • A license to practice law in the State of Colorado required.
  • Ability to travel among school locations.

SALARY INFORMATION:

SALARY INFORMATION: Level 17:  $88,304 - $129,731
MONTHS PER YEAR: 12

Learn more and apply for the position.

 

Equity Compliance Officer/Associate Legal Counsel | Cherry Creek School District No. 5, Greenwood Village, Colorado | Application Deadline: January 28, 2021

 

SALARY SCHEDULE:
See Administrator Salary Schedule; Pay Grade – Range 5, available at https://www.cherrycreekschools.org/Page/2906


BENEFITS:
Our employee benefits package includes medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, long term disability, critical illness insurance, and accident insurance. Visit our website for full details.

 

SUPERVISOR:
General Counsel or designee.

 

SUMMARY:  
The Equity Compliance Officer/Associate Legal Counsel position is an in-house legal position that reports to General Counsel for the district. This position will assist with Section 504 Compliance, investigate student discrimination complaints, and provide legal services to District staff and administrators as needed in a wide variety of matters, including transactional matters, student matters, including IDEA cases, and employment matters. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties and assignments may vary based on building assignment, academic year, and school needs. The following frequencies and percentages of time spent are approximations only.

1. Develop, revise, and implement procedures to identify students who require accommodations under Section 504 and educational services under IDEA.
2. Develop and disseminate procedural and legal requirements about Section 504, IDEA, and Title IX.
3. Serve as a resource for district staff on compliance with Section 504, IDEA, and Title IX.
4. Provide trainings to district staff on Section 504, IDEA, Title IX, and other legal matters.
5. Investigate and issue findings for internal student discrimination complaints filed pursuant to Board Policy AC-R.
6. Draft, revise, and update Board policies, as assigned.
7. Review, revise, and draft contracts for District.
8. Assist with truancy court, as assigned.
9. I Investigate student OCR complaints,  CDE state complaints jn IDEA matters, and CCRD/EEOC complaints filed by employees and draft responses to complaints and CCRD/EEOC position statements, as assigned.
10. Attend mediations for district legal matters, as assigned.
11. Provide legal guidance to district staff in response to inquiries including compliance with district policies, federal and state law and their interpreting regulations.
12. Assist in responding to CORA requests, subpoenas duces tecum, and requests for educational records under FERPA, as assigned.
13. Research legal issues, as assigned.
14. Assist with expulsion hearings/appeals, as assigned.
15. Investigate and handle Level III employee grievances and employee dismissal matters, as assigned.
16. Assist with IDEA Due Process cases, as assigned.
17. Assist district legal counsel with other legal matters.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a Juris Doctorate degree with an American Bar Association accredited institution.
  2. Active and valid Colorado Law License.
  3. Minimum of 3 to 5 years legal experience in education law/litigation.
  4. Demonstrated skills in problem solving legal issues for school districts.
  5. Demonstrated skills in working collaboratively with school staff, administrators, and other legal team staff members. 
  6. Experiences in special education law preferred.

Learn more and apply for the position

 

Executive Director of Employee Relations  |  Longmont, CO  | Application Deadline: August 22, 2021 

Position Overview:

Executive Director of Employee Relations is responsible for administering overall legal functions of St. Vrain Valley Schools, including providing legal advice to the Superintendent, Cabinet and the District Leadership Team.  The Executive Director of Employee Relations provides day to day advice and counsel on a variety of legal matters, including Constitutional law and employment law.  They also represent the district in court hearings and administrative proceedings.

Requirements: 

•            Juris Doctorate degree
•            Minimum three years of experience in education law, employment law, and/or representation of public entities.  
•            Criminal background check required for hire.
•            Colorado Law License

Apply:

Learn more about the position and apply online.

 

 

 

Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel  |  Denver, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled 

 

Description

The Chief Legal Counsel and General Counsel will:

• Serve as general counsel to CASB and advise CASB staff and the CASB Board of 
Directors on legal issues.
• Lead CASB’s member legal resources and policy teams.
• Serve as a resource for CASB-member school boards seeking general legal 
information and policy information.
• Research and develop resources to keep CASB members apprised of current legal 
issues and policies affecting Colorado school districts.
• Provide legal support to CASB’s advocacy and policy teams.
• Monitor, review, and comment on rules pending before the State Board of 
Education and other state agencies that pertain to schools.
• Serve on committees and working groups with the Colorado Department of 
Education and other state agencies and organizations that pertain to schools.• Monitor state and federal cases and decisions that pertain to schools.
• Develop and deliver presentations that provide general legal information to school 
board members and other school district personnel at district locations and CASB 
events.

Required Qualifications
• Juris Doctor degree and licensed to practice law in Colorado.
• Experience in education law in Colorado and nationwide.
• Experience with school board policy research and/or development.
• Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including public speaking.
• Ability to analyze legal issues and trends within Colorado and nationwide and to 
forecast their impact on public education.
• A genuine desire to work with people to improve public education.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively interface with publicly-elected boards of 
education, the education community, political figures, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications
• Knowledge of statutory and regulatory compliance requirements impacting 
education within Colorado and nationwide.
• Experience representing school districts, nonprofit education organizations, or 
other public education entities.
• Experience with the legislative process and working with educational advocates / 
lobbyists.
• Understanding of member school boards’ needs and an association's role in 
meeting those needs.
• Experience serving as a senior leader within an organization.
• Ability to contribute to and champion strategic change.
• Experience supervising and managing staff.
• Experience managing multiple concurrent projects and responsibilities.
Industry: Education

Benefits

Sick leave, vacation leave, Public Employees Retirement Association membership, a group disability policy, and employee life insurance policy. Additional optional benefits include a 401k plan, health insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance. 

Salary

CASB will offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, within the 
range of $100,000 - $120,000.

To Apply
Anticipated start date: To be negotiated.
Please send a resume, a cover letter, an email with salary requirements, and references to 
Brittany Crossman at bcrossman@casb.org. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

Attorney  |  Boulder, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Caplan and Earnest’s school law team seeks an attorney with at least two years of litigation experience to represent our school clients in a variety of contested matters, such as agency investigations, administrative hearings, state and federal court proceedings, and charter school appeals.  This position requires exceptional writing and oral advocacy skills and a commitment to serving public education and educational institutions. Experience with education-related litigation, including litigation involving students with disabilities, civil and constitutional rights, and charter schools is welcome but not required.

Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Geralyn Casper at gcasper@celaw.com. For more about our firm, visit our website at www.celaw.com.  

 

Attorney  |  Denver, CO  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Semple, Farrington, Everall, & Case, P.C., a well-established law firm in downtown Denver specializing in complex school/labor & employment/government entity defense, seeks an exceptional attorney with 5+ years of meaningful civil litigation experience and excellent writing skills. Experience relevant to our specialty areas preferred and ability to act as lead counsel (e.g., party depositions, 1st chair in evidentiary hearings, final reviewer of court submissions) required. Competitive salary and benefits; and remote arrangements considered.

Apply

To apply, submit cover letter/resume/references to Brent Case at bcase@semplelaw.com

 

Associate Attorney | Longmont, CO | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Longmont, Colorado office of Lyons Gaddis has an opening for an experienced school district and public sector attorney, with an emphasis on Special Education.

Lyons Gaddis has served the needs of Colorado clients for over 45 years. We have a team-oriented culture with an unrelenting commitment to be the best at what we do. If you are interested in joining our team and your background aligns with our needs for this position, please reply with a letter of introduction, as well as a resume and a writing sample to careers@lyonsgaddis.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Requirements

  • Five years of experience in handling special education matters, as well as representing school districts and other public sector organizations.
  • Passion for providing exceptional client service.
  • Live in Northern Colorado or be willing to relocate.

Apply

Send a letter of introduction, as well as a resume and a writing sample to careers@lyonsgaddis.com. For more information, visit lyonsgaddis.com/news-and-community/careers.

 

Connecticut

Education Law Associate | Milford & Westport, CT | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Berchem Moses, P.C., a mid-sized Connecticut law firm, seeks an education law associate. Strong academic background and excellent research, writing and organizational skills required. Salary DOE.

Apply
Please forward resume, in confidence, with salary requirements to:

Firm Administrator
Berchem Moses, P.C.
75 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460
jkrouzil@berchemmoses.com

Delaware

There are no current job openings for Delaware. Please check back soon or contact John Marinucci at the Delaware School Boards Association.

 

Florida

 

General Counsel (In-House)  | Broward County, FL  | Position Open until interview process begins, as early as Nov. 30, 2021 

 

Position Overview

The School Board of Broward County, Florida (SBBC) (Fort Lauderdale) is seeking a legal professional to serve as its next General Counsel. The General Counsel will provide full time, exclusive General Counsel services, including without limitation, attendance at all School Board meetings, advice to the School Board and District Administration, management of “in-house” attorneys and outside counsel, legal representation in litigation and administrative matters, and ensure appropriate legal training for the School Board and District staff.

Candidate Profile
Education: An earned Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school. Experience: A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively more responsible work experience
in the field related to the title of the position. Experience with education and/or school law. Experience supervising a team of attorneys addressing legal issues across multiple subject areas. Admission to and member in good standing of the State Bar of Florida is required. 

Application Process:
Applicants should apply by submitting a Cover Letter and Resume/Curriculum Vitae to the Office of the Chief Human Resources & Equity Officer – Broward County Public Schools. Application documents should be submitted electronically to the following email address: Diane.plesher@browardschools.com More information available in the position announcement. 

Application Deadline: Documents must be received by COB Monday, August 16, 2021

Georgia

There are no current job openings for Georgia. Please check back soon or contact Kari Lewallen at the Georgia School Boards Association.

 

Hawaii

There are no current job openings for Hawaii. Please check back soon.

 

Idaho

There are no current job openings for Idaho. Please check back soon.

 

Illinois

 

Students/Special Education Associate Attorney | Itasca | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn, LLP, a prominent Illinois education law firm in the Chicago metropolitan area with a large, and growing, special education practice, is seeking one attorney with a minimum of three years of experience focusing on special education and student matters.

This position offers a highly competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, and annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. To learn more about our firm, visit our website at www.hlerk.com. No phone calls please.

 

Associate Attorney | Itasca | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn, LLP, a prominent Illinois education law firm in the Chicago metropolitan area, is seeking one attorney with one to two years of experience to join its thriving practice. Recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. 

Experience with school and educational law preferred, but not required. This position offers a competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, gym membership, and annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com. To learn more about our firm, visit our website at www.hlerk.com. No phone calls please.

 

School Law Associate - Business Practices | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

This leading Chicagoland school law firm seeks a talented and highly motivated Associate with 3-7 years of experience to immediately join its Chicago Office and its excellent professional growth opportunities.

Experience in school law and related matters strongly preferred, particularly in the areas of school finance and property tax matters, contract procurement, transactional matters, local government, board governance, construction disputes/litigation, and school policy. Experience in related fields, including municipal law, public finance and government regulation accepted. Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience in pertinent fields preferred. Candidate must have strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to deliver excellent client service. Illinois license required.

Please submit your cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample to Ellen McNulty at emcnulty@edlawyer.com. Please upload all required documents in the order listed in one .PDF document. Only candidates selected for an interview will receive a response.

Assistant Inspector General - Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG is seeking to hire an assistant inspector general to provide legal counsel and support to the OIG’s Sexual Allegations Unit, which investigates cases involving sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students.

Responsibilities

  • Write and edit investigative summary reports, which are sent to the Chicago Board of Education
  • Provide guidance on investigations of a sensitive and difficult nature involving the sexual abuse or harassment of CPS students
  • Advise on strategic and legal investigative matters, including investigative techniques, the strength of evidence obtained and issues pertaining to Title IX
  • Perform legal research and write and edit legal memoranda on issues related to investigations and issues pertaining to Title IX
  • Prepare subpoenas and other documents for administrative and criminal actions
  • Provide training on legal issues as requested by the Inspector General
  • Closely coordinate with CPS’s Law, Safety and Security, and Title IX Offices, other departments and external agencies to ensure student safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social-emotional services to students, families and staff
  • Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • JD from an ABA accredited law school supplemented by a minimum of two years of legal experience, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Admission to the Illinois Bar

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience investigating sexual misconduct, particularly child sexual abuse or sexual harassment, and performing field work, such as interviews of children and/or victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or trauma
  • Experience investigating sexual misconduct, particularly child sexual abuse or sexual harassment, and performing field work, such as interviews of children and/or victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or trauma
  • Knowledge of sexual assault or sexual harassment issues and the relationship of sexual assault or sexual harassment on victims

Apply
Learn more about the position and apply online.

Investigators — Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit | Chicago | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 370,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Five core principles are embedded within these commitments – high quality, rigorous instruction, talented and empowered educators, safety and support, financial stability and collective impact.

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) serves as the investigative watchdog of CPS. The OIG was recently given responsibility of all cases involving the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students and is forming a new team to investigate such cases. The OIG is seeking to hire eight investigators at multiple levels to staff this new Sexual Abuse and Harassment Investigations Unit. Under direction of the Inspector General and supervision of the Chief Investigator, Investigators will conduct investigations of a sensitive and difficult nature involving the sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students.

Responsibilities

  • Interview complainants, witnesses, and employees to gather facts in order to investigate cases of alleged sexual abuse or sexual harassment of CPS students
  • Conduct site visits to collect documents and physical evidence and to perform analysis of documents and evidence collected
  • Prepare reports of investigation activities conducted
  • Testify in court, at arbitrations or hearings on investigation findings
  • Update and maintain case files and case management records in order to report on the status of assigned investigations
  • Collaborate with and assists other investigative staff to conduct criminal, large scale and complex investigations
  • Closely coordinate with CPS’s Law, Safety and Security, and Title IX Offices, other departments and external agencies to ensure student safety and facilitate the delivery of trauma and/or social-emotional services to students, families and staff
  • Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
All positions require:

  • A valid State of Illinois driver’s license
  • Flexible availability required during non-operating hours

Investigator II

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Investigator III

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in the public or private sector conducting sexual misconduct investigations, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Aptitude and ability to handle cases of middle level complexity (e.g. multiple subjects and/or multiple allegations)

Investigator IV

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of five years of work experience in the public or private sector conducting sexual misconduct investigations, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Ability to function as lead investigator on large scale investigation cases, as required
  • Experience assisting in the training of entry level staff on standard and specialized investigative methods, procedures and techniques

Apply
Learn more about the position and apply online.

Associate Attorney | Edwardsville, Illinois | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
Mid-size law firm Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C. seeking an attorney with 3-7 years of experience for a full-time position in its Edwardsville, Illinois office. Competitive salary and benefits. Partner track.

Requirements
The ideal candidate will have exceptional research and writing skills and litigation experience, as well as strong interpersonal skills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in employment law, education law, and public sector constitutional law preferred. Superior written and oral communication skills, outstanding analytical skills, and a client-focused attitude are required.

Apply
Submit cover letter, resume, transcripts and writing samples to Terri Cole, tcole@tuethkeeney.com.


Experienced Associate Attorney: Labor and Personnel Practice Group | Arlington Heights, IL. | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description 
Prominent Illinois education law firm Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn LLP with a thriving employment and labor law practice seeks 1 attorney with a minimum of 3 years of experience. The firm is based in Arlington Heights but handles cases throughout Illinois. As we have offices in Peoria and O’Fallon, some travel will be required. This is an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated, organized, and successful lawyer who is looking for a chance to advance their career.

The position offers a very competitive salary, bonus structure, profit sharing/retirement account, health and dental insurance, reimbursement for job related fees, annual stipend for Continuing Legal Education training and bar membership fees.

Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience focusing on employment and labor law. Collective bargaining experience strongly preferred.
  • Candidates that have demonstrated leadership experience, excellence in academics, and contributions to their communities are highly valued.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, independent, ethical, and committed to the practice of representing school districts in matters involving students.

Apply
Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@hlerk.com and be sure to specify which opportunity you are responding to.

Education/Labor & Employment Attorney | Berwyn, IL | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Established law firm that concentrates in the representation of units of government, including elementary schools, high schools, and community colleges.

The firm is seeking an attorney with a high level of understanding and 2-5 years of experience in education law and/or labor & employment law. This position requires the attorney to provide legal services and counseling on various education and employment issues to municipalities and Boards of Education. The ideal candidate for employment should have experience in most of the following areas:

Requirements

The ideal candidate should have experience in most of the following areas:

  • Collective bargaining agreement negotiations, interpretations and grievances;
  • Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board issues regarding unfair labor practices as well as unit certification issues;
  • Administrative litigation matters (i.e. IDHR, EEOC, etc.);
  • Tenured teacher and employee dismissal hearings and procedures;
  • Student disciplinary, records, residency, and special education issues;
  • Transactional work regarding vendor contract review and competitive bidding issues;
  • Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act compliance issues;
  • Policies review; and
  • Drafting, reviewing, and revising legal documents such as legal opinions and ordinances/resolutions.

Apply

The firm offers competitive salary and benefits, including healthcare and 401(k). If you are interested in working in a collaborative, collegial environment, please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to Sylvia Valdez at valdez@dlglawgroup.com.

Indiana

There are no current job openings for Indiana. Please check back soon or contact Lisa Tanselle at the Indiana School Boards Association.

 

Iowa

There are no current job openings for Iowa. Please check back soon or contact Marte Brightman at the Iowa Association of School Boards.

 

Kansas

There are no current job openings for Kansas. Please check back soon or contact Leslie Garner at the Kansas Association of School Boards.

 

Kentucky

There are no current job openings for Kentucky. Please check back soon or contact John Powell at the Kentucky School Boards Association. John can be reached at 502-783-0062 ext. 1112 or john.powell@ksba.org.

 

Louisiana

There are no current job openings for Louisiana. Please check back soon or contact Robert L. Hammonds at Hammonds & Sills.

 

Maine

Special Education Attorney| Manchester, NH | Deadline: Until Filled

Drummond Woodsum’s Manchester, NH office is looking for an experienced attorney to join our school law practice representing public school districts with a focus on special education. Our special education practice serves schools throughout the State of New Hampshire, but also works closely with our Maine special education practice. Our practice includes advising school clients on their special education duties and other student rights issues, as well as conflict resolution and litigation of special education disputes. Our school law team also regularly conducts lively presentations and trainings for our clients and school officials, both in person and via online platforms.

The ideal candidate for this position is an attorney with at least 3-5 years of legal experience and a desire to practice law using a team based approach. While experience in the world of special education is desirable, it is more important that the right candidate have excellent academic credentials, research, writing, and analytical skills, and be highly motivated to learn. We are looking for a candidate who has effective interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence, and who will be able to balance top-notch client advocacy with compassion and understanding. The right candidate will also be committed to conducting trainings for school leaders and members of the education community, advising school superintendents and special education directors, and handling litigation before administrative tribunals and courts.

At Drummond Woodsum, we have intentionally created a collegial firm culture that emphasizes devotion to serving our clients, collaboration, and mutual respect. We offer an environment where personal and professional growth are fostered through thoughtful mentorship and a respect for work-life balance. In addition to the firm being a tremendous place to work, we’re also fortunate to be based in northern New England, one of the most beautiful areas of the country. New Hampshire offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed in the nation, with easy access to the mountains, the ocean, and the countryside.

Drummond Woodsum offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including competitive medical and dental insurance, a generous profit sharing contribution, paid parental leave, contributions to your HSA, STD/LTD, and professional development. We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring practice, and encourage qualified candidates of all backgrounds to apply for the position. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Jess Garretson, HR Manager, at jgarretson@dwmlaw.com. All inquiries held in the strictest confidence. No phone calls, please.

For additional job openings for Maine, please contact Angie Audette at the Maine School Boards Association.

Maryland

Staff Attorney, Transactions | Baltimore County Public Schools | Towson, MD | Deadline: Oct. 27, 2022


REPORTS TO:
Deputy General Counsel

DEFINITION:
Reviews all agreements, contracts, Memoranda of Understanding, construction change orders, deeds and solicitations for compliance with state law, regulation and Board of Education policy.  Ensures compliance with document productions for procurement matters as filed under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) or court order. 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

  • Reviews all contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding, deeds, real estate documents, change orders and solicitations.  Maintains a database of standard contract language for inclusion in all Board of Education agreements.  
  • Ensures that all contracts are compliant with best practices, Board policies, and Superintendent’s rules.
  • Serves as primary contact for the Department of Facilities Management and the Department of Purchasing in the negotiation and implementation of contracts.
  • Assists the Department of Facilities Management and the Department of Purchasing in disputes with contractors and vendors.
  • Maintains all Law Office contract files.
  • Reviews all documents prepared in anticipation of trial on transactional matters or prior to release under subpoena or Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) request.
  • Provides support to the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel in all bid protests, administrative appeals or judicial actions involving contract or bid disputes.
  • Regularly reviews judicial decisions, administrative agency opinions and newly enacted legislation.  Keeps current with pertinent legislation, regulations, and case law involving procurement and contracts. 
  • Provides support and guidance to administrators on contracts and agreements.
  • Handles routine research, as necessary, on contract issues.
  • Handles routine contracts correspondence and telephone interactions concerning legal issues not requiring the attention of the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel.
  • Ensures accurate tracking and recordkeeping for all contract and change order deadlines.
  • Maintains database and/or central repository of all existing contracts.  Maintains and monitors compliance with all Records Retention Schedules.
  • Assists in complying with requests for records filed pursuant to the MPIA or filed under court or administrative order.
  • Drafts pleadings and/or routine correspondence related to procurement litigation, as necessary.
  • Represents the Superintendent in administrative hearings, as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Education, Training and Experience: 

  • Possession of a juris doctorate degree from an accredited school of law.
  • Coursework, training, or experience in procurement or contracts is required. 
  • Three year’s legal work experience is preferred.
  • Experience in education law is desirable.

Note: Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience that provide the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
 
License and Certifications:
Member of the Maryland State Bar

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Skill and ability to use a personal computer, including spreadsheet, database and word processing programs (Microsoft Office preferred). Knowledge of legal research (Westlaw or Lexis-Nexis), legal terminology, Maryland administrative law and appeal process, and statutes and regulations. 
  • Knowledge of procurement practices, procurement or construction law.
  • Knowledge of governmental procurement and construction practices.
  • Knowledge of MBE regulations and requirements.
  • Knowledge of property law.
  • Knowledge of Maryland State Education Law, Maryland State Board of Education cases, Baltimore County Public School organization and functions, and Board of Education policies and rules and state procurement processes. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Must be client focused and detail oriented. 
  • Must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, a self-starter who can work independently on many diversified tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: 
The work of this class is generally sedentary and performed in an office environment.  Duties can require travel to schools and facilities throughout Baltimore County. 
 
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:
Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to providing the highest quality education to BCPS students and staff while ensuring the health and safety of its students, employees, customers, clients, contractors, interns, and other visitors. BCPS strongly encourages all persons to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Information about accessing COVID-19 vaccines and boosters can be found at https://coronavirusvaccineoutreach-bc-gis.hub.arcgis.com/. Detailed information about BCPS' COVID-19 mitigation plan and requirements can be found at https://www.bcps.org/covid19.

FLSA:  Exempt

Eligible for the Baltimore County Employees’ Retirement System.

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position.  It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.

Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS).  Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references).  The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.

Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted.  Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools.  Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.

Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.

Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration. 

Pre-Employment Requirements:

All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (per COMAR) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $106.  An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.

Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.

If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.

Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.

Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.

All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefits session.

Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement
 
The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:  EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937).  There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students.  Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9600 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 118, Baltimore, MD 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information

Brad Kouyoumjian, PHR
Manager, Staffing 
Business Services Staffing
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204
Phone: 443-809-7874 
Fax: 410-296-0568
Email: bkouyoumjian@bcps.org

Chief Legal Counsel | Washington County, MD | Deadline: Until Filled

Description
The Chief Legal Counsel plans, administers, coordinates, and directs the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Office of Legal Counsel including providing legal services and advice to the Superintendent, Board of Education, and administrators on a variety of issues including labor and employment, parental rights, constitutional issues, student discipline, and special education. Category 15 on the A&S Salary Scale, 12-month work year. Salary Range: $131,074 - $199,446.

Minimum Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of the Maryland Bar in good standing.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience.
  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in education law, constitutional law, contract law, administrative law, Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, special education law and municipal law.
  • Knowledge of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title I, Title IX, and Title VII, State Department of Education regulations, and FEPRA.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the organizational philosophy, goals, and policies of Washington County Public Schools (WCPS).

Apply
Applications accepted at the Washington County Public Schools job portal.


School Law Attorney | Columbia, MD | Deadline: Until Filled

Description
A highly-regarded, mid-sized law firm is seeking a motivated attorney. Challenging work, exceptional work environment and generous benefits are all available to the right candidate. Superb opportunity for career growth and achievement.

Requirements

  • 3 to 5+ years’ experience
  • Motivated individual with excellent legal research and writing skills, oral and written advocacy skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, sharp attention to detail, and a desire to excel
  • Knowledge of education law/policy highly preferred

Apply
Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to recruitment@carneykelehan.com. All applicant information will be kept in the strictest confidence. No placement agencies please.

General Counsel | Rockville, MD

Description
The general counsel is responsible for ensuring cost-effective, creative, and proactive legal problem solving of the highest quality to assist the Board, the superintendent of schools, and other Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) staff to navigate legal requirements, evaluate and manage legal risk, align and conserve resources, promote collaborative dispute resolution and reduce avoidable litigation, if possible, and engage in strategic decision making to promote equity and academic excellence for all students. The general counsel reports directly to the superintendent of schools (superintendent) and the superintendent will supervise day-to-day school, administrative, and operational matters involving the general counsel. As a member of the superintendent's cabinet, it is expected that the Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) officers and the Board's chief of staff will work with general counsel on matters directly related to the daily work of the Board office. Serves as legal advisor on matters related to policy decision making. The superintendent and Board officers will collaborate on legal matters that have systemic implications or impact the overall operation of MCPS. Coordinates all legal counsel serving MCPS and the Board and supervises attorneys and other staff in the Office of the General Counsel.

Requirements

  • Knowledge of education law, including Maryland education law and special education law; public policy; knowledge of legal principles and practices; knowledge of contracts, land use, student matters, and negotiated agreements; demonstrated litigation abilities involving other agencies, private companies, individuals, and courts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Thorough understanding of public school operations and knowledge of legal research and case law that may impact the school system.
  • Ability to write legal opinions, including State Board appeals, communicate effectively, and develop working relationships with school administrators and other staff, as well as external agencies.
  • Able to express ideas and conclusions clearly and concisely. Sustains effective relationships with the Board as the governing structure.
  • Graduation from an accredited school of law.
  • Possession of juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
  • Twelve (12) years of experience in the practice of law preferred, including recent progressively more experience in educational and public litigation and administrative law.
  • Experience in the practice of law, preferably in the public sector; knowledge of the application of the law in employment and school settings with preferred experience that includes student rights, education, employment, civil rights, personnel management, and negotiations.
  • Experience managing staff and monitoring legal bills submitted to the school system.

Apply
Visit the MCPS Careers Page at https://mcps.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233


Associate Counsel for Labor & Employment | Baltimore City, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Associate Counsel for Labor & Employment for Baltimore City Public Schools will be responsible for handling matters related to employment and labor grievances and appeals including the preparation and presentation of cases before hearing officers, arbitration panels, administrative agencies, State and Federal Courts. Responsibilities may include participation in labor negotiations, providing counsel to administrative staff, policy formulation, litigation of various legal matters and providing training on School Law issues.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare for and defend City Schools in complex suits that are brought against it in State and Federal Courts.
  • Represent City Schools in administrative proceedings.
  • Perform legal research and render legal opinions on difficult questions that are raised, in particular issues involving current or potential litigation exposure.
  • Provide legal advice and strategy respective of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Advise staff on pay for performance models and issues.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with Federal, State, and City statutes and regulations including Title IX, Title VII, ADA, FLSA, ADEA and FMLA.
  • Five years of legal experience including considerable direct experience in labor and employment law.
  • Admission to the Maryland Bar.

Apply

Reply with a cover letter and resume to lblades@bcps.k12.md.us. For more information, visit baltimorecityschools.org

 

Associate Counsel for Litigation | Baltimore City, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Associate Counsel for Litigation will be responsible for preparing and trying complex court cases for Baltimore City Public Schools in state, federal and appellate courts. The Associate Counsel will work closely with internal departments and officers as well as external counsel, as appropriate, regarding litigation matters.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares for and defends City Schools in complex suits that are brought in State and Federal Courts.Represents City Schools at court hearings and administrative proceedings.
  • Performs legal research and renders legal opinions on difficult questions that are raised, in particular issues involving current or potential litigation exposure.
  • Prepares and files briefs for cases before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court of Appeals and Maryland Court of Appeals.

Requirements

  • Five years of litigation experience.
  • Admission to the Maryland Bar.

Apply

Reply with a cover letter and resume to lblades@bcps.k12.md.us. For more information, visit baltimorecityschools.org.

 

Staff Attorney, Special Education | Baltimore County, MD | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description 

Under general supervision, the staff attorney represents Baltimore County Public Schools in matters regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, mediations, resolution conferences, and due process appeals. Staff attorney provides a variety of professional legal services as directed by the Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel.

  • Represents Baltimore County Public Schools in special education mediations and due process hearings. Prepares school staff to participate in mediations and hearings.
  • Evaluates cases and negotiates settlement agreements, requests for attorneys’ fees, expert fees, and reimbursements for independent evaluations. Attends IEP team meetings to support the team in decision-making.
  • Reviews statutory amendments and regulations, judicial decisions, and federal agency decisions. Keeps current with pertinent legislation, regulations, and case law involving students with disabilities. Provides clarification and procedural updates for special education staff and school administrators.
  • Coordinates and conducts in-service training related to procedural safeguards and team processes. Serves as a consultant to schools to ensure compliance with laws and regulations regarding students with disabilities and their parents. Assists teachers and administrators in responding to student and parental concerns.
  • Responds to complaints regarding special education and student related Section 504 issues. Conducts legal research on issues raised in complaints, formulates legal opinions and provides advice.
  • Represents the Superintendent in administrative hearings, as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Juris doctorate degree from an accredited school of law.
  • Member of the Maryland State Bar required.
  • Two years of professional experience in the practice of law which includes experience with legal issues involving students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated experience with litigation, negotiation, mediation and administrative hearings.

Apply

For more information on requirements and to apply for this position, visit the Baltimore County's job portal.

 

Massachusetts

Labor and Employment Attorney | Westwood, MA | Deadline: Until filled

Description

Valerio Dominello & Hillman, a boutique law firm located in Westwood, MA is seeking an attorney to join a busy practice serving Massachusetts municipalities, school districts, public agencies and private companies in the areas of labor and employment law, school law and collective bargaining. Please send resume to Nicholas.Dominello@VDHBoston.com
 

For additional postings contact Carol Grazio at the Massachusetts Assoc. of School Committees, Inc.

 

Michigan

Associate Attorney | East Lansing, MI | Deadline: Sept. 15 , 2021

Description

Thrun Law Firm, P.C., a fast-paced school law practice representing over 500 Michigan school districts, public school academies, community colleges, and other municipal clients, seeks an associate attorney to work from its offices in East Lansing, Grand Rapids, or Novi. 

Position Requirements:  The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter who has excellent academic credentials as well as strong research, writing and interpersonal skills. A minimum of 3 years’ previous work experience or demonstrated interest in education law, public sector law, labor and employment law, litigation, municipal law, or transactional law is preferred. The candidate must be willing to travel throughout the state and work nights and weekends as necessary. Admission or anticipated admission to the State Bar of Michigan is required.   

Salary Range:  Competitive Salary and Benefits

Application Procedure:  Please submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to:  Thrun Law Firm, P.C., Attn:  Gordon Burr, 2900 West Road, Suite 400, East Lansing, MI 48823 or to gburr@thrunlaw.com.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Legal Services  | Monroe County Intermediate School District, MI | Deadline: Until filled

Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Legal Services reports directly to the Superintendent and works in close collaboration with other school administrators. This position is responsible for the organization and administration of all human resources and labor relations activities for the district. 
  
Qualifications:

EDUCATION:  
License to practice law in Michigan or the ability to become licensed within six months of taking position, preferred.
Master's degree in human resources, labor relations or education with a concentration in human resources management, personnel administration, preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  
Three to five years of practicing law in the field of labor law, employment law, school law.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and pending legislation that impacts Michigan schools, human resources and labor practices.
Three to five years of progressively more responsible work experience in human resources field with experience in recruitment, contract management, employee evaluations, summative and formative appraisals.
Courses or experience in labor relations (management or labor side) and public employment law, collective bargaining and labor economics.
Experience working in an education setting, preferred.
Experience working in human resources, preferred.

SKILLS/OTHER:
Knowledge of ACA, COBRA, FMLA, HIPAA, FLSA, FOIA, OMA compliance requirements.
Experience in creating and interpreting contracts.
Experience providing legal opinions.
Demonstrated ability to build effective, professional, and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders.
Ability to assist, coach, and support administrators and staff.
Ability to generate trust in relationships and work as both team leader and member.
Values and promotes diversity.
Demonstrated listening, verbal and written communication skills; presentation and facilitation skills and organization and customer service skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in oral and written form.

Internal Applicants: 
Current Monroe County Intermediate School District employees who meet the qualifications must complete the online application at www.monroeisd.us to be considered. Click on "Employment" and "Applitrack" and follow instructions to apply for this position. You MUST update education and work experience. Supporting documents required (resume', 3 letters of reference, and applicable certifications/license) must be uploaded with the application.


External Applicants: 
Must complete online application at www.monroeisd.us. Click on "Employment" and "Applitrack" and follow instructions to apply for this position. Faxed or mailed applications will not be accepted. Supporting documents required (resume', transcripts, 3 letters of reference, and applicable certifications/license) must be uploaded with the application.

 

Minnesota

Legal Counsel | Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District, Minnesota

Description

Nature of Work

Provides legal services and advice to the Superintendent, School Board and district leadership on a variety of issues including labor and employment, constitutional issues, education law, data privacy and special education law.  Serves as the chief negotiator for all labor agreements.  Drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts with school district vendors and contractors and manages outside counsel.

Typical Class Responsibilities

-Provides counsel on employment related issues including, but not limited to, employee rights and regulations such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), federal employment laws, school district policies, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and worker’s compensation administration.
-Provides legal assistance and advice to the District when responding to Minnesota Department of Education special education complaints and inquiries. 
-Advises on legal risk regarding student attendance, student discipline and maltreatment reporting.  
-Drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts with school district vendors and contractors; negotiates leases and purchase agreements related to property.
-Conducts internal investigations regarding claims of discrimination, harassment or other improper conduct and consults on matters related to employee discipline. 
-Serves as the District data privacy officer including responding to data requests under FERPA and Chapter 13 of Minnesota law.
-Acts as chief negotiator for all District labor agreements and provides contract interpretation for these agreements.  
-Stays current in education law, regulations and legislative issues and recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.  Reviews Board Policies annually and provides training to District employees.
-Drafts and reviews legal correspondence, opinions, resolutions and contracts as requested by District leadership, the Board of Education or the Superintendent.
-Manages outside counsel and is the liaison between District and outside counsel in litigation matters.
-Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Training and Experience Requirements:

Juris Doctorate from an ABA approved Law School, authorized to practice law in the State of Minnesota and three years of experience in public sector labor and employment law.  Experience in the areas of education law, contracts, construction law, property law and special education law preferred.

Knowledge Requirements:

- Knowledge of all state, federal and local laws related to education, employment and labor law, data privacy and judicial and administrative procedures;
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of public employee collective bargaining and the ability to negotiate agreements and adjust differences in labor or employee relations;
- Computers and related software applications.

Skill Requirements:

- Considerable ability in conducting legal research, analyzing data, determining the proper courses of action and presenting facts and arguments;
- Ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds;
- Ability to appraise and organize facts and to present evidence and other material in written and oral form, including cross-cultural communication;
- Ability to effectively respond to sensitive inquiries or complaints;
- Ability to conduct legal research, investigations, analyze issues and situations, and bring issues/matters to resolution;
- Maintaining confidentiality;
- Providing customer service;
- Preparing and maintaining records and reports;
- Operating a computer and applicable software applications;
- Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Commitment to Equity

At Northeast Metro 916, equity means that everyone has access to what they need in order to learn, grow and thrive.  To learn more, click here.

 

Salary:Starting at $115,000 (salary placement dependent upon experience)

Application Deadline: 
First review of applications will take place on August 6, 2021

Mississippi

Deputy General Counsel | Jackson Public Schools, Miss. | Deadline: Until filled

Description

The responsibility of the Deputy General Counsel, serving at the direction of the General Counsel, is to assist in providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Board and the District. This responsibility includes researching legal matters, providing legal advice, drafting legal opinions and other documents on a variety of subjects that affect a public-school district, and performing related professional and administrative duties as required. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

 
Requirements

  • Four to eight (4-8) years of previous legal experience.
  • Juris Doctor and Member of the Mississippi Bar or the ability to become a member within six (6) months of hire.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector is preferred.
  • Previous experience in managing attorneys and legal support staff is preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical mastery and use of judgment in the application of law to complex fact patterns.
  • Demonstrated skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, presentation, consulting, and conflict resolution techniques to identify problems and recommend solutions.

Salary:

$67,200 - $90,000 annually.

For More Information and to Apply

Contact Jackson Public Schools.  

 

For more job openings in Mississippi contact Stephanie Wells at the Mississippi School Boards Association. 

 

Missouri

 

Associate Attorney, Immigration | Clayton, Missouri | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Tueth Keeney is a growing mid-size law firm seeking an associate level immigration attorney for its business immigration practice located at its Clayton office. Five years of experience is preferred. The associate attorney will prepare petitions for government agencies, review immigration applications and supporting documents prepared by paralegals, have frequent contact with clients, and will work closely with the firm’s senior immigration attorneys and paralegals to ensure that clients’ needs are met in a fast-paced environment. Our clients include large multinational corporations as well as small companies, universities, health care institutions and other entities that need assistance in this area. The position requires excellent writing skills, an ability to apply the immigration laws to the client’s particular situation, and the ability to quickly learn and adapt to changing circumstances, including new immigration regulations. The immigration associate attorney will obtain a broad range of experience. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have the ability to multi-task, have the ability to work independently, have strong oral and written communication skills, as well as strong organizational skills. A client-focused attitude is a must. This position is a full-time position, although contract work will be considered. Competitive salary and full benefits.

Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Terri Cole, tcole@tuethkeeney.com.

Education Associate | Clayton, Missouri | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Mid-size law firm seeking an attorney with 0-3 years of experience for its Clayton, Missouri office. The ideal candidate will have exceptional research and writing skills, litigation experience and/or a desire to develop a litigation practice, as well as strong interpersonal stills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in education law, employment law, and public sector law preferred. Superior written and oral communication skills, outstanding analytical skills, and a client-focused attitude are required.

Competitive salary and benefits.

Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Terri Cole, tcole@tuethkeeney.com. Candidates will be required to submit writing samples and transcripts.

 

Montana

Staff Attorney | Helena, Mont. | Application Deadline: Until Filled, initial review begins September 16

Description

The Montana School Boards Association is seeking a full-time attorney to join a vibrant and successful legal department in providing a full range of legal and related services on behalf of the elected school boards of Montana’s K-12 public schools. The position is headquartered in Helena, Montana and also includes regular travel to school districts throughout the state of Montana. Areas of practice will include, but will not be limited to litigation, administrative law, labor law, property law, contracts, tort claims & insurance defense, and constitutional law. MTSBA offers opportunities for career advancement, compensation on par with private firms, a generous benefits package and a flexible working environment.

Requirements

  • Strong work ethic, excellent research, writing, litigation and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and also collaboratively with fellow attorneys and other professional staff in a dynamic, fast-paced setting.
  • A background in public education or public sector work is preferred but not required.

Apply

This position will remain open until filled but initial review of applications will begin September 16. Apply by email with a letter of interest and resume sent to Debra Silk, Associate Executive Director, at dsilk@mtsba.org.

 

Nebraska

There are no current job openings for Nebraska. Please check back soon or contact Vicki Winters at the Nebraska Association of School Boards.

 

Nevada

There are no current job openings for Nevada. Please check back soon.

 

New Hampshire

There are no current job openings for Montana. Please check back soon or contact Amanda Hodgman  at the New Hampshire School Boards Association.

 

New Jersey

There are no current job openings for New Jersey. Please check back soon.

New Mexico

Special Education Associate Attorney | Albuquerque, New Mexico | Application Deadline: November 4, 2022

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson PC is a law firm devoted to serving public education.  Since 1983, we have worked in partnership with leaders in public education, and we strive to make a difference in the boardroom, the courtroom, and most importantly, the classroom.  Our Albuquerque office is currently seeking an attorney(s) licensed 3 – 5 years in New Mexico to help us continue our work.  

The position calls for an attorney who can successfully work to defend public schools and other governmental entities on issues involving special education/disability rights litigation as well as provide advice and consultation to public schools in the area of special education/disability rights.  Attention to detail and excellent research and writing skills are required.  Public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, IDEA due process proceeding and litigation experience, State and OCR Complaint experience, and experience with school districts or other governmental entities are preferred.  A background in special education or education is a plus, as is experience representing governmental entities in federal litigation.  

Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.com.  Because we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email.  

 

 

New York

Senior Associate Attorney/Lateral Partner | Latham, NY | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Guercio & Guercio, LLP, a leading education and municipal law firm representing school districts, BOCES and other public entities across New York State, seeks an experienced attorney (5+ years) to join its growing Capital Region office.

Candidate must possess outstanding verbal and written communication skills, strong academic credentials, the ability to work independently, a commitment to exceptional client service and a desire to help expand the practice. Experience in Education Law, Labor and Employment Law and/or collective bargaining is preferred; prior experience with Special Education Law and/or as a litigator is a plus. New York State bar admission is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, profit sharing and pension plan, and the opportunity to join a dynamic team that assists public K-12 educational institutions throughout New York with their legal needs. Please send a letter of interest and resume in confidence to Erin M. O’Grady-Parent, Esq. at eogrady@guerciolaw.com.

Associate Attorney | Barton Gilman - New York Education Practice, NYC| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Barton Gilman looks to add an Associate attorney to work primarily in its New York Education Practice, based in our midtown Manhattan office.  Associate must possess a commitment to exceptional client service, strong academic credentials, and excellent writing, research, and advocacy skills. Prior experience as a litigator is preferred. Familiarity with education settings and a dedication to addressing the unique legal challenges faced by schools are a plus. Associate will have the opportunity to work with accomplished, well-respected attorneys and education reform leaders, interact meaningfully with clients, and fully participate in all phases of service to education clients, including litigation and transactional work, in a collegial and flexible work environment. New York bar admission required; additional bar admissions a plus. Barton Gilman is dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and diversity. Please submit cover letter and resume in confidence to Paul T. O’Neill, Esq. at poneill@bglaw.com. 

 

North Carolina

 

Attorney | Schwartz Law P.L.L.C. | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled
Schwartz Law P.L.L.C. is an education law firm located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  The firm was designed to serve and meet the far-reaching and unique legal needs of our education clients, which consist primarily of public school systems throughout North Carolina.  We are looking for attorneys to join our team. 

Requirements

  • Candidates must have excellent writing, personal, and oratory skills. 
  • Experience in education law is preferred.

Apply
We invite interested applicants to learn more about the firm on our website: https://schwartzedulaw.com/

 

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a wonderful working environment.  Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Jennifer Schwartz at jschwartz@schwartzedulaw.com.

 

Attorney III | North Carolina Department of Justice | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A NEW HIRE TO THIS POSITION IS LIMITED TO THE RECRUITMENT RANGE OF $82,808 to $96,326.   Salary offers for the selected candidate are based on the candidate's education and experience related to the position, as well as our agency budget and equity.

This Attorney is directly responsible for conducting complex litigation, trials and appeals in the Offices of Administrative Hearings and State courts involving the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction with minimal supervision.

The professional duties include researching and analyzing facts and law, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing and arguing motions, conducting settlement negotiations, presenting evidence, making jury arguments, writing appellate briefs, and arguing the case in the appellate courts. This Attorney advises clients regarding and litigates legal issues arising from disputes involving teacher license revocations, teacher compensation, charter school revocation and non-renewals, personnel disciplinary actions, intentional torts and making and performance of contracts. In addition to those issues directly related to education, this Attorney handles complex litigation related to the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction’s corporate activities such as open meetings, public records, bankruptcy, trademarks, and copyrights.

As an Assistant Attorney General, this Attorney is responsible for researching and writing the State’s brief and arguing the State’s case in appellate courts in criminal appeals.

Advice and Counsel
This Attorney consults with the staff for the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction on the full range of legal issues arising from their administrative activities, including providing advice to the client regarding contracts and negotiating contracts, preparing formal and informal opinions in response to questions regarding the interpretation of State and federal statutes and regulations affecting North Carolina public schools; answering correspondence and telephone inquiries from the public and local school boards on issues regarding or affecting North Carolina public schools; and participating in various professional service activities, including CLE presentations in areas of expertise.

Criminal Appeals
This attorney handles criminal briefs on appeal by the defendant to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

The North Carolina Department of Justice protects the people of North Carolina through its work to prevent crime and support law enforcement, to safeguard consumers, and to defend the State, its people, and their constitutional rights.

The State of North Carolina offers employer-paid health insurance plus twelve paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at Employee Benefits.
 
The salary grade for this position is NC08.  State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position.  Please detail ALL work history including non-state service experience.  If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY or MAY NOT result.  

 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Thorough knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory, and common law.
Thorough knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures, both State and federal.
Ability to conduct complex civil or criminal litigation in trial and appellate courts.
Ability to interpret and apply laws, constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, and court decisions.
Ability to analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.
Ability to express conclusions and arguments clearly, logically and convincingly in oral and written form.
Ability to determine issues in various cases.
Ability to analyze complex legal problems and render formal opinions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to creatively develop case strategy and tactics.
Ability to work in a courteous and professional manner with legal and administrative staff, clients, opposing counsel, court personnel, members of the public and other persons who may be involved in any assigned matter.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

Management prefers the following: demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with management, colleagues and clients; experience independently handling complex litigation; and ability to multi-task and prioritize case deadlines effectively.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The NC Department of Justice accomplishes our goals through our DOJ Organizational Values of Public Service, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Diversity, and Innovation. We encourage all qualified candidates who are committed to these values and want to make a difference in the lives of our citizens to apply for this opportunity.

Please be sure to complete the application in full.

Note the following: If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.

Resumes and cover letters: To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. This information is used to determine if you meet the requirements of the position, and if you are selected, it is used to determine a salary offer.

Using the terms "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted and your application will be rejected as incomplete.  Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.    

Transcripts:  Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. A copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application.

If a transcript has been requested, your application will be considered incomplete if you do not provide one. Using a photograph of your diploma is not acceptable.
   
Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached to your application.  Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.

Veterans Preference: Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if you are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing.  If you are a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, you must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.

Application status: To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  All applicants will be notified by email once a position is filled.

NeoGov Help Line: If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at 855-524-5627. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the NC DOJ Human Resources office.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
NC Department of Justice
Human Resources Office
Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist
114 W. Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-716-6490

 

Assistant Legal Counsel | North Carolina School Boards Association | Raleigh, NC | Application Deadline: Until Filled

The North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Legal Counsel. This full-time position is available immediately and is based in Raleigh, with the option to work from home up to two days each week.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop and provide trainings on a variety of legal topics for school board members and senior administrators, delivered at conferences, and in webinars and podcasts; 
  • Provide legal and policy advice to NCSBA senior leadership; 
  • Oversee work on a legal resource for local boards of education; and 
  • Help oversee the work of Staff Attorneys and other department staff. 

The Assistant Legal Counsel also works with local boards of education on policy manual and update projects and serves as a resource for board attorneys, board members, and senior school system administrators. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in N.C. and should have excellent research and writing skills. A minimum of five years of experience in education law is strongly preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience. NCSBA has an excellent benefits package, including a generous pension contribution, paid sick and vacation leave, and health, vision, dental, and wellness benefits. Please note that NCSBA employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to any accommodations required by law.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to cscheef@ncsba.org. Incomplete application materials will not be reviewed; completed applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled.

Senior Associate General Counsel II | Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools | Charlotte, NC | Application Deadline: February 24, 2022

The Office of the General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has an opening for a Senior Associate General Counsel II.  We are looking for an attorney with an emphasis on contracts and transactional experience.  Public Sector or Education law experience is preferred.  I am attaching a copy of the job description.  Interested candidates can apply at  www.cms.k12.nc.us and applications will be accepted until February 24, 2022.    

Senior Associate General Counsel II  | Charlotte, NC| Application Deadline: Oct. 8, 2021 

Description

The Office of the General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has an opening for a Senior Associate General Counsel II.  This position provides comprehensive legal services to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (“Board”) and all levels of District personnel, departments, and divisions. 

Essential Duties: (These duties are a representative sample of the major duties and responsibilities and may vary by position.)

  • Advises the superintendent, instructional staff, and operational staff regarding student issues that include special education matters involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, student discipline, custody and parental access disputes, FERPA and other confidentiality issues; employment matters that include employee evaluation, discipline, employee grievances, licensure, and matters arising under Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA, and other state and federal laws impacting public school employees; and transactional matters that include contracts, procurement, real estate, and intellectual property
  • Represents the Board in complex lawsuits in federal and state courts 
  • Represents the Board at court hearings and administrative proceedings 
  • Represents the superintendent in student discipline hearings, employee grievances and appeals to the Board • Conducts legal research and renders legal opinions 
  • Recommends changes to Board policies and regulations to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and the North Carolina Department of Education policies and regulations 
  • Coordinates and provides in-service training/professional development on legal matters 
  • Works cooperatively with in-house and outside counsel 
  • Performs other services and tasks as directed by the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel

Minimum Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school • Member in good standing of the North Carolina Bar • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the practice of law • Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience

Preferred Experience:

5+ years experience in education, public sector, special education, or employment law 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Knowledge of state and federal law, Board policies and regulations, and North Carolina State Board policies and regulations
  • Ability to analyze legal issues, research applicable cases and laws, and develop effective legal strategies
  • Ability to issue spot and exercise sound independent legal judgment, work as part of a team, and get up to speed quickly on any necessary or lacking knowledge base
  • Ability to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment
  • Ability to work under stress and prioritize tasks with competing deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to present information in a comprehensive manner for a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board, the superintendent, school-based and operational staff, and community and governmental leaders
  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills for conducting in-district and statewide trainings for school leaders, advising the Board, and handling oral arguments and motions in court 

Apply online at  https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/Jobs/Pages/default.aspx.

Contact: Hope A. Root, Deputy General Counsel, hopea.root@cms.k12.nc.us, 980-344-7501


Paralegal, Office of the General Counsel| Charlotte, NC| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Office of the General Counsel for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has an opening for an experienced paralegal. This position provides paraprofessional support to attorneys and other OGC staff. The work involves, among other things, legal research, first line document review and production, policy research, case file management, and pre-trial and trial assistance. For more information see the position description or visit:  www.cms.k12.nc.us

Contact: Hope A. Root, Deputy General Counsel, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Phone: 980-344-7501

 

Assistant Attorney General, Attorney III, Education| Raleigh, Wake County, NC| Application Deadline: Aug. 11, 2021 5 pm ET

Description

Recruitment cap for this position is $ 90,799.  Client funded. Salary determination is based on education, experience, departmental budget, and equity considerations. 

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

This position is located in the Education Section of the Department of Justice and will provide legal services and advice to the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.

*Litigation:  This Attorney is directly responsible for conducting complex litigation, trials and appeals in the Offices of Administrative Hearings, State courts and federal courts involving the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction with minimal supervision.

The professional duties include researching and analyzing facts and law, drafting pleadings, conducting discovery, preparing and arguing motions, conducting settlement negotiations, presenting evidence, making jury arguments, writing appellate briefs, and arguing the case in the appellate courts.

 This Attorney advises clients regarding and litigates legal issues arising from disputes involving teacher license revocations, teacher compensation, charter school revocation and non-renewals, personnel disciplinary actions, intentional torts and making and performance of contracts.

In addition, this Attorney handles complex litigation related to the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction's corporate activities such as open meetings, public records, bankruptcy, trademarks, and copyrights.

This Attorney is responsible for  providing leadership for cases involving the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction.

As an Assistant Attorney General, this Attorney is responsible for researching and writing the State's brief and arguing the State's case in appellate courts in four to five criminal appeals per year.

Advice and Counsel
This Attorney consults with and  will provide advice to the client regarding contracts and negotiating contracts, preparing formal and informal opinions in response to questions regarding the interpretation of State and federal statutes and regulations affecting North Carolina public schools; answering correspondence and telephone inquiries from the public and local school boards on issues regarding or affecting North Carolina public schools; and participating in various professional service activities, including CLE presentations in areas of expertise.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

 

Thorough knowledge of case, statutory, regulatory, and common law. 
Thorough knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures, both State and federal. 
Ability to conduct complex civil or criminal litigation in trial and appellate courts. 
Ability to interpret and apply laws, constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, and court decisions. 
Ability to analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.
Ability to express conclusions and arguments clearly, logically and convincingly in oral and written form. Ability to determine issues in various cases. 
Ability to analyze complex legal problems and render formal opinions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
Ability to creatively develop case strategy and tactics. 
Ability to work in a courteous and professional manner with legal and administrative staff, clients, opposing counsel, court personnel, members of the public and other persons who may be involved in any assigned matter. 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

 

Licensed to practice law by the North Carolina State Bar and three years of progressively responsible professional legal experience. NOTE: GS 114-2 and 114-6 make it the duty of the Attorney General of NC to represent the State of North Carolina in all litigation unless another statute specifically states otherwise.

 

Management prefers the following:  demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with management, colleagues and clients; experience independently handling complex litigation; and ability to multi-task and prioritize case deadlines effectively.

 

Apply at Job Opportunities | Careers (governmentjobs.com)

 

Attorney IV, Education| Wake County, NC| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The North Carolina Department of Justice is seeking candidates for an exclusively education law position representing the North Carolina State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction, as well as other agency matters.  The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake. 

For more information and to apply visit:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/northcarolina/jobs/3103459/attorney-iv-education?keywords=attorney%20IV&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

 

Assistant Litigation Counsel  |  North Carolina School Boards Association  |  Application Period: Until Filled 

Description
Under general supervision, the Assistant Litigation Counsel performs legal and professional administrative work associated with the administration of the risk management programs through the North Carolina School Boards Association. Work involves assisting Litigation Counsel in managing covered litigation against member school districts that participate in these programs, including the selection of and consultation with outside counsel regarding the defense of member districts. Employee is responsible for assisting Litigation Counsel in monitoring the work of defense firms for compliance with Litigation and Billing Procedures. Work also involves researching and evaluating coverage issues; handling liability and automobile claim issues; responding to coverage questions; identifying and pursuing other sources of coverage in litigation against members; preparing coverage and reservation of rights letters; attending mediations; and assisting in preparation of annual coverage agreements, program documents, and claim forms.

Responsibilities
Employee is responsible for assisting Litigation Counsel, as needed, with the renewal and placement of reinsurance/excess insurance for the risk management programs, including assisting with the review and revision of reinsurance/excess insurance agreements. Employee is also responsible for responding to inquiries regarding the risk management programs; preparing risk management publications, articles, and marketing materials; updating the risk management page on the Association’s website; and making presentations regarding school board liability issues and the coverages available through the programs. Employee is responsible for keeping up to date on MMSEA Section 111 (Medicare) mandatory reporting requirements applicable to the Association’s risk management programs and for providing updates to the Litigation Counsel and the risk management department on relevant Medicare regulations and changes that impact the reporting obligations, procedures, and processes of the department. Reports to the Litigation Counsel.

To Apply
Contact Donna Lynch, Litigation Counsel, North Carolina School Boards Association, dlynch@ncsba.org

 

North Dakota

There are no current job openings for North Dakota. Please check back soon or contact Linnae Brew at the North Dakota School Boards Association.

 

Ohio

Assistant General Counsel | North Canton, Ohio (Stark County) | Application Deadline: February 1, 2023.

Description:

Assists the General Counsel in performing her duties as counsel to the Stark County Educational Service Center Board, Superintendent, administrative staff and its affiliated school districts. Reports to and is evaluated by the General Counsel.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

As directed by the General Counsel:

  • Provides advice on legal matters, board policies, administrative regulations, school/employment law, both federal and state affecting K-12 schools and educational service centers in Ohio, renders oral and written opinions, memoranda and correspondence on legal matters/issues.
  • Provides representation in connection with matters affecting its relations with Federal, State and County governments.
  • Prepares and presents personnel and student disciplinary cases at all levels of appeal.
  • Advises and participates in labor contract negotiations and grievance processing.
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.

SALARY:

This is a twelve-month position with holidays and annual vacation, medical/dental insurance, leave provisions, salary commensurate with experience, School Employees Retirement System pension. Office in North Canton, Ohio (Stark County).

 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law 
  •  Admission and in good standing to the Bar of the State of Ohio and the Federal District Court, Northern District and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 3 or more years of legal experience in public school/employment law and collective bargaining.
  • Knowledge in the following subject matters:
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the US Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • FERPA
    • Title VII and Title IX
    • Open meetings/Public Records Law
  • Proficient in the use of technology and legal research 
  • Excellent planning, organizational skills, research, oral/written communication
  • Hold and maintain a valid driver’s license to carry out the essential functions of the position

HOW TO APPLY:

Send/email resume to: Mary Jo Shannon Slick

Stark County Educational Service Center

6057 Strip Avenue NW

North Canton, OH 44720

maryjo.slick@email.sparcc.org

 

Oklahoma

There are no current job openings for Oklahoma. Please check back soon or contact Andy Fugitt at the Oklahoma School Board Attorneys Association Inc.

 

Oregon

There are no current job openings for Oregon. Please check back soon. 

  

Pennsylvania

Staff Attorney | Mechanicsburg, PA| Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

PSBA is seeking a staff attorney to provide advice, analysis, consultation, training and educational information to public school leaders on a wide variety of legal focus areas impacting public school system and non-profit corporation governance, including constitutional law, administrative law, employment law, labor relations, governmental financial administration, state and federal civil rights law, student and employee constitutional rights, disability law, public agency procurement, municipal taxation, government transparency, liability risk management and legislative analysis. Advocacy work includes involvement in legislative matters as well as practice before state and federal appellate courts.

Requirements

  • Licensed attorney admitted in PA (or can become admitted within 6 months)
  • Minimum three years’ experience in law practice substantially focused on education law or related legal areas listed above.

Apply

Submit a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to Human Resources at psbahr@psba.org. For more information, visit https://www.psba.org/about/jobs-psba/.

 

Rhode Island

Associate |  Providence, RI  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Barton Gilman looks to add an associate to work primarily in its Education Practice.  Associate must possess a commitment to exceptional client service, strong academic credentials, and excellent writing, research, and advocacy skills.  Prior experience in education settings and a dedication to addressing the unique legal challenges faced by schools is a plus.  Associate will have the opportunity to work with accomplished, well-respected trial attorneys and education reform leaders, interact meaningfully with clients, and fully participate in all phases of service to school clients, including litigation, in a collegial and flexible work environment.  Rhode Island Bar admission required. Additional bar admissions a plus. Barton Gilman is dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and diversity. Please submit cover letter and resume in confidence to Angela L. Carr, Esq. at acarr@bglaw.com.

 

South Carolina

There are no current job openings for South Carolina. Please check back soon. 

South Dakota

There are no current job openings for South Dakota. Please check back soon or contact Deanne Arbach at the Associated School Boards of South Dakota.

 

Tennessee

Association General Counsel | Montgomery County, Tennessee | Application Deadline: Until Filled


Purpose of Position

To provide legal services as needed to Senior Leadership and District Departments with respect to IDEA, Section 504, and other laws specific to students.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Advises the Director of School and other Senior Leadership on legal matters relating to federal and state public education specific to students for the purpose of ensuring activities are conducted according to all laws and regulations.

Represents District to defend a variety of special education claims, to include administrative and due process hearings for IDEA and 504.

Represents District at IEP, 504, and/or other meetings wherein parents have legal representation.

Works with Special Populations leadership on record gathering protocol for cases.

Meets with, interviews, and documents findings regarding persons involved in the IDEA and 504 legal cases.

Coordinates and collaborates with District’s outside legal counsel regarding litigation and claims involving IDEA and 504 laws (if any).

Serves as a liaison between the District, counsel, clients and experts.

Is well versed in IDEA and 504 laws to include ADA and Title II and is willing to engage in the special education framework for TN.

Works collaboratively with Special Populations for legislative matters, including legislative committee work to petition for changes in school, state, or federal policy.

Drafts and revises contracts, policies and legal documents with respect to IDEA and 504 matters.

Assists with certain student matters, i.e., student rights, appeal and procedure issues, and juvenile court matters.

Provides legal advice to District administrators as needed regarding carrying out policies and procedures established and approved by the Board and/or Tennessee Code Annotated for the purpose of ensuring that the District operates within the laws, rules and regulations.

Recommends changes in District policies and procedures as needed for the purpose of ensuring compliance with applicable Federal and State laws and Department of Education regulations.

Assists with preparing responses to OCR claims/complaints related to students, conducting required investigations as needed for such claims.

Assists District employees with assessment of and questions regarding subpoenas, court orders, and other legal documentation.

Assists with Tennessee Public Records Act requests as needed and as brought to counsel.

Represents District at conferences and meetings for the purpose of establishing a professional network.

Conducts legal research as needed for the purpose of advising District or writing opinions regarding District issues.

Assists with developing and conducting training for Supervisors related to IDEA, Section 504, etc., as needed.

Apply
To learn more and apply, visit the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System employment portal.
 

Texas

General Education School Attorney | Irving, TX | Application Deadline: Oct. 24, 2022

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson PC is a law firm devoted to serving public education. Since 1983, we have worked in partnership with leaders in public education, and we strive to make a difference in the boardroom, the courtroom, and most importantly, the classroom. Our Irving office is expanding and seeking to add an attorney licensed in Texas to continue our work in a fast paced, collaborative environment.

The position involves the representation of public school districts and other educational institutions in areas of employment, governance, administrative law, real estate, construction, business issues, and student issues, including civil rights/constitutional law. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent research and writing skills are required. Public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, and experience with school districts or other governmental entities is preferred.

Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.comBecause we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email.

Special Education School Attorney | Irving, TX

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson PC is a law firm devoted to serving public education. We have been working in partnership with leaders in public education since 1983 and strive to make a difference in the board room, the courtroom and, most importantly, the classroom. Our Irving office is seeking an attorney licensed in Texas 5 -9 years to help us continue our work.

The position calls for an attorney who can successfully work to defend public schools and other governmental entities on issues involving special education/disability rights litigation as well as provide advice and consultation to public schools in the area of special education/disability rights. A background in special education as well as public speaking experience and strong interpersonal skills is a plus, as is experience representing governmental entities in federal litigation.

Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.com. Because we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email.

Associate Attorney – General Education | Austin, TX

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Kyle & Robinson PC is a law firm devoted to serving public education. Since 1983, we have worked in partnership with leaders in public education, and we strive to make a difference in the boardroom, the courtroom, and most importantly, the classroom. Our Austin office is expanding and seeking to add an attorney licensed in Texas to continue our work in a fast paced, collaborative environment.  

 
The position involves the representation of public school districts and other educational institutions in areas of employment, governance, administrative law, real estate, construction, business issues, and student issues, including civil rights/constitutional law. Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and excellent research and writing skills are required. Public speaking experience, strong interpersonal skills, and experience with school districts or other governmental entities is preferred.  
 
Please send resume and writing sample to jobs@wabsa.com. Because we sometimes have openings in multiple offices, please indicate the city in the subject line of your email. 

General Counsel

Round Rock ISD has an opening for our General Counsel position. If you are interested, use the link below to apply for the position. If you have any questions, please contact me at jacob_woolston@roundrockisd.org or by phone at (512) 464-5451.

Assistant General Counsel, Special Education (226 Days) - (RTP20211012-015)

Description

  • Assist the General Counsel in ensuring the operations of the Office of Legal Services in support of the goals and objectives of the District
  • Represent the District in all aspects of disability-related legal matters, including special education due process litigation, ARD committee meetings, medication, Texas Education Agency complaints, Office of Civil Rights complaints and investigations, and other administrative hearings related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504
  • Provide in-house training to District staff, as needed, regarding IDEA, Section 504, the provision of educational services to students with disabilities, and Title IX compliance;
  • Monitor all disability-related legal matters that are assigned to external counsel, when appropriate, and provide management of same
  • Provide legal advice and assistance to the Special Education Department and campuses, as needed, regarding IDEA/504 and the provision of educational services to students with disabilities
  • Provide legal advice to the appropriate District representatives regarding all matters of student discipline and discipline appeals for the purpose of ensuring all laws, regulations and policies are followed
  • Monitor all disability-related legal matters that are assigned to external counsel, when appropriate, and provide management of same
  • Represent the District in internal student/parent grievances and hearings, as needed
  • Provide legal advice on complicated, high profile, or high exposure matters to Board Members, the Superintendent of Schools, and senior management
  • Assist in the planning and development of board policy, practices, and procedures of the District
  • Provide legal advice on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent of Schools, the central office and school administrative staff on multiple legal issues
  • Review requests for professional staff development and renders appropriate training as approved by the General Counsel to the Board and District staff
  • Assist the General Counsel in advising the Board of Trustees and Superintendent in the execution of contracts, the formulation and execution of policy and other legal issues
  • Provide direction and assistance to legal staff as directed by the General Counsel during the General Counsel's absence from the office
  • Attend Board meetings and other administrative meetings to provide legal counsel as directed by the General Counsel
  • Assists in the monitoring and handling of cases assigned to outside counsel as directed by the General Counsel
  • Assist with coordinating and overseeing timely compliance with subpoenas, including subpoenas for student records, employee records or other types of District records
  • Accept and respond to notices of claims and demands against the District
  • Perform any and all related duties as assigned by the General Counsel

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited university required
  • Licenses to practice law in the State of Texas; or, licensed in another state with the ability to be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within 90 – 180 days from date of hire required
  • 1 year minimum of practice representing in the area of special education and disability law required
  • Professional and paraprofessional positions held in a school district in the area of special education (teacher assistant, teacher, coordinator, director, etc.) preferred
  • Knowledge of IDEA, Section 504 and other federal, state, local laws and regulations relating to special education law, school law, contract law, and related laws affecting school districts
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills required to achieve the goals of the position
  • Skill in conveying clear and concise oral and written communication
  • Ability to anticipate, manage, analyze, evaluate, and summarize legal issues and findings, and to present legal issues, findings, and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to district personnel and other individuals or at proceedings
  • Legal research, litigation skills and analytical skills
  • Skills to represent the District in negotiations with vendors, contractors and other entities
  • Ability to analyze complex legal issues; manage multiple projects/programs; problem solve; and use of technology
  • Ability to analyze and solve legal problems and interpret laws, policies, and procedures affecting the District
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Interpersonal skills, including but not limited to, the ability to understand human motivation and the ability to apply such knowledge to maintain good working relationships with district representatives, co-workers, subordinates and others
     

    Work Locations

    Legal Services 
    9400 N CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY SUITE 1675
    Dallas 75231

    Full-time Minimum Salary
    106,198.00
    Median Salary
    129,510.00
    Use this link to apply. 

General Counsel |  Austin Independent School District, TX  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description:

Incumbent serves in a senior executive capacity providing in-house legal counsel, representation, and research on school district matters. Provides counsel and assistance to the Superintendent, senior staff, school administrators, and departments.

Qualifications/Requirements:

A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and a valid license to practice law in the State of Texas is required. Seven (7) years progressively responsible experience in public or private practice dealing with legal issues of local, state, federal government, or public school law is required. Special Education, employee and labor relations law experience strongly preferred.

This position requires thorough knowledge and understanding of local, state, and federal laws, and regulations relating to public education; demonstrated legal research and litigation skills; thorough knowledge of the legislative process; ability to interpret law, policy, and procedures; and exceptional organizational, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills. The incumbent must maintain emotional control under stress and possess the ability to handle and balance multiple demands at the same time and meet deadlines with severe time constraints.

Visit Online Employment Application | Open Positions (applitrack.com) to apply. 

 

 

District Legal Counsel |  Pharr, TX  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Provide in-house legal services to the Superintendent and designated staff, including representation and research. Assist the Superintendent and Cabinet in legal performance of their duties. Coordinate all legal services required by the district.

Education/Certification:

Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited university
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas

Special Knowledge/Skills:  

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, and regulations relating to public education
Demonstrated legal research and litigation skills
Thorough knowledge of the legislative process
Ability to interpret law, policy and procedures
Exceptional organization, communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills

Experience:

Minimum of three (3) years of experience in public or private practice dealing with legal issues of local, state, federal government, or public school law.
Experience in teaching or public school administration (preferred).

To Apply

Candidates must apply online and upload a resume and a transcript with degree conferred for this position.  Please complete the online Standard application on the PSJA ISD website: www.psjaisd.us/jobs

 

Attorney |  Austin, TX  | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Muñoz, PC is hiring and seeks an attorney for our Austin Office with a minimum of 3 years' experience in construction law, contracts, and litigation. Experience in school law or with other governmental entities (governance, real estate) is a plus. Must be admitted and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and eligible to practice in state and federal courts. Excellent work history and communication skills are required. EWHPM offers competitive salaries and a rich benefits package in a collaborative team environment. An attorney/paralegal team is open to consideration, too. 

To Apply

For more information about our firm, go to www.edlaw.com. Please send your resume, cover letter, and references to krivkin@edlaw.com. 

 

Special Education Attorney | Houston, TX | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

Karczewski | Bradshaw | Spalding is a premier education law firm with four offices located across Texas. KBS represents public school districts, charter schools, community colleges and other public entities. 

The firm’s Houston office is currently seeking an associate attorney with 1-6 years of legal experience in special education law. Our special education lawyers advise clients on all issues related to special education law, including assisting clients throughout the admission, review and dismissal process, reviewing and revising special education policies and procedures, responding to state and federal compliance complaints, and handling administrative due process hearings and related litigation.

Requirements

  • 1-6 years of legal experience in special education law.
  • Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, strong research, writing and analytical skills, and be highly motivated.
  • Litigation and/or administrative hearing experience is preferred.

Apply
We invite interested applicants to learn more on our website: www.kbslawgroup.com. The firm offers a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Holly Sherman at hsherman@kbslawgroup.com.

Utah

There are no current job openings for Utah. Please check back soon.

 

Vermont

There are no current job openings for Vermont. Please check back soon.

 

Virginia

Assistant Division Counsel |Manassas, Virginia | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Prince William County Public Schools has an opening for an Assistant Division Counsel in the Office of Division Counsel.  This is a chance to come work with some amazing people in a large, diverse workforce.  As the 34th largest school division in the nation (and the 2nd largest in Virginia), PWCS’s approximately 16,000 full-time, part-time, and temporary employees serve more than 90,000 students.   

Specifically, PWCS seeks an attorney with five or more years of experience with transactional matters focusing on the areas of real estate, procurement, and contracts.  With 100 school facilities and more being renovated and constructed, this offers the right candidate an opportunity to provide day-to-day legal advice to the PWCS Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and the Departments of School Facilities and Purchasing.  

PWCS offers competitive compensation and an extensive level of health and leave benefitsThis position may provide for telework. See the job description here.

Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) does not discriminate in employment nor in the provision of educational programs, services and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by law.

 

School Board Attorney | Hampton, VA | Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

POSITION INFORMATION:

Location: School Administration Center
Reports to: School Board
Employment Period: 12 months
Employment Status: Full-time
Start Date: 22/23 School Year
Salary: $106,714 – $178,369:  Competitive salary is negotiable commensurate with experience

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Law degree from an accredited law school.  Member in good standing of the Virginia Bar.  Minimum of five years of experience, preferably in Virginia K-12 school law and/or working in a law firm representing school district clients.  Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and individuals.  Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

MAJOR FUNCTION 

The School Board Attorney is the chief legal advisor of the Hampton City School Board and provides legal advice to the School Board, the Superintendent and Division Administration.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Attends all School Board public meetings and closed door sessions
  • Assists the Board members in the legal performance of their duties and fair and just discharging of such obligations to students, staff, employees, and the public
  • Provides proactive legal advice to the School Board and the Superintendent on all matters affecting the operation of the school system
  • Supports and/or represents the Division and/or Administration in administrative hearings and proceedings, including matters before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the EEOC, and the Virginia Department of Education
  • Responsible for advising the School Board and Superintendent on all legal matters relating to the operations of the School District
  • Provides legal services to the Superintendent as requested
  • Provides legal counsel to New Horizons Regional Education Centers on personnel and special education matters
  • Advises the Board and Superintendent of the legality of contemplated actions and current practices
  • Represents or provides for the representation of the Board in all legal and administrative proceedings, including arbitrations, mediations and other proceedings
  • Recommends the hiring of outside counsel and consults with other outside counsel who possess subject matter expertise as necessary or appropriate
  • Serves as Parliamentarian at School Board meetings and acts as legal advisor to the School Board at quasi-judicial hearings
  • Reviews and recommends appropriate changes to policies, contracts and procedures to ensure compliance with legal mandates
  • Conducts formal and informal training to the School Board, administrators, teachers, school resource officers, and employees in the legal aspects of their duties
  • Conducts and oversees legal research, preparation of legal opinions and answers legal questions from the School Board, Superintendent and administrative staff
  • Works with the City Attorney's Office in certain matters relating to the school division
  • Reviews and draws up legal documents and contracts/agreements required in the operation of the school division and renders opinions relative to substance, form, and propriety of such documents, contracts/agreements
  • Provides quarterly reports to the School Board on pending litigation
  • Performs other related duties as required

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Extensive professional legal experience, preferably advising and/or representing school divisions or municipal governments or other public bodies, in various areas including contract drafting and negotiation, policy development, review and interpretation, public employment law, risk management issues, special education and various civil and administrative legal matters
  • Prior experience in K-12 school law and knowledge of employee collective bargaining issues
  • Working knowledge of applicable federal and state school law statutes, general knowledge of ordinances and court decisions relating to public entities generally and school divisions in particular, and knowledge of board governance and parliamentary procedural matters as the School Board Attorney serves as the Board’s Parliamentarian

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT 

Salary, benefits, and other terms of employment shall be subject to negotiation with the School Board.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position.  Other duties and responsibilities may be established by contract or otherwise exist as a matter of professional responsibility.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

The following information is required to be considered for the position:

  • Resume
  • Feedback on reference forms from all persons listed as references (minimum of two)

Only complete applications will be considered.  

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a FBI fingerprint check and a Child Protective Services background check.  
Hampton City Schools does not discriminate in employment against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class.  Personnel decisions are based on merit and the ability to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:  Executive Director of Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669; (757) 727-2000.  Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request.

Division Counsel |  Prince William County Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

This position serves as the chief in-house legal counsel for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS); and performs related duties as required or assigned.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Represents the Prince William County School Board and advises the School Board, Division Superintendent, Superintendent’s Staff, and other instructional and support staff regarding legal issues; including, but not limited to, School Board authority and duties, students’ rights and discipline, education-related laws and regulations, employment, civil rights, real estate, contracts, local government, procurement, and tort law
  • Provides services in highly complex legal matters, including the rendering of opinions upon significant legal matters
  • Attends School Board meetings and provides legal advice in closed session, provides legal training to Board members on FOIA, FERPA, COIA and other laws.
  • Works with school staff to ensure compliance with federal and state laws
  • Interprets laws, rulings, and regulations
  • Recommends changes in policies and regulations to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and Virginia Department of Education regulations
  • Provides advice regarding federal and state legislation of concern to the School Division
  • Coordinates with staff and the Division's lobbyist to develop legislation, policies, and other legal documents which promote the interests of the School Division
  • Provides advice regarding the School Division’s policy positions
  • Recommends budget expenditures, amounts to be allocated, and amendments thereto when necessary for the effective operations of the Office of the Division Counsel
  • Provides the School Board with an annual report of legal services provided by the Division Counsel and estimates of outside legal fees and costs.
  • Reviews and provides legal clearance for contracts, regulations, agreements, materials, and other documents submitted to the School Board and PWCS entities
  • Coordinates, approves and oversees the use of outside counsel for specialized legal situations.
  • Provides notice of claims to the Division's insurers for litigation and administrative proceedings covered by that insurance and coordinates defense with outside counsel.
  • Provides advice regarding nature and level of outside counsel services and negotiation of fees
  • Interfaces with opposing counsel and/or local government attorneys, and remains abreast of legal developments through state and national professional associations
  • Where no conflict exist and resources permit, represents the Superintendent and staff in grievances and administrative hearings.
  • Conducts research, gathers evidence, and takes other action as necessary to defend or initiate legal action
  • Performs and promotes all activities in compliance with equal employment and non-discrimination policies of the Prince William County School Board
  • Coordinates and provides in-service training/professional development on legal matters which pertain to the overall administration of the School Division
  • Performs other duties, consistent with the goals and objectives of this position, as assigned by the School Board Chairman At-Large or Superintendent of Schools.
  • Manages and oversees Office of Division Counsel, all attorneys and staff in that office and the FOIA Officer.
  • Provides legal support to the Office of the School Board Clerk and the PWCS Ombudsman.
  • Maintains a strong relationship with the juvenile justice system and advocates for coordination of services in the best interest of PWCS.

Application Process

Visit the PWCPS page for more information and to apply.

 

Assistant Division Counsel |  Arlington Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Assistant Division Counsel assists the Division Counsel with providing in-house legal counsel for Arlington Public Schools and the School Board. Uses judgment and initiative to conduct legal research, interpret laws, render legal opinions, and provide technical legal expertise. May serve as the Division Counsel during absences. Work is performed under direction of the Division Counsel.

Application Process

Candidates must apply online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position. Please complete the online Professional Application at www.apsva.us - Careers@APS. A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet.

 

Division Counsel  |  Arlington, VA.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Arlington Public Schools (APS) announces openings for the position of Division Counsel as a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet.  APS is seeking a Division Counsel to assist the Superintendent in providing leadership and managing the legal services in the school division. 

Arlington Public Schools (APS) is a diverse, dynamic, and professional community located across the Potomac River from Washington; D.C. APS is the 13th largest among Virginia’s 132 school divisions with a population of over 28,000 students from 142 nations who speak 115 languages. The system is financially strong, is noted for its high academic standards and its many programs to meet individual student needs and has tremendous community support. The 2021 Niche©Rankings of Best Public Schools ranked APS 2nd in Virginia.

Candidates for the Division Council need to have a juris doctorate and licensure by the State Bar of Virginia or be eligible for bar licensure in Virginia.  Salary and benefits are extremely competitive for the region.  Screening will start immediately.

Interested applicants should apply immediately at https://hyasearch.com/job/division-counsel-arlington-va/ , where a detailed job description and salary information can be found for this position.  Screening begins immediately.  The position will remain open until filled.   

School Board Attorney  |  Ashburn, VA.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

The Office of the Superintendent, Loudon County Public Schools is accepting applications for a School Board Attorney to provide direct professional legal counsel and representation for the School Board, Division Superintendent, and staff on all matters. For more information and to apply visit: Job Details (loudoun.gov)

 

Division Counsel |  Arlington Public Schools, VA  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

 

Description

The Division Counsel serves as the in-house legal counsel for Arlington Public Schools and the School Board. Uses judgment and initiative to conduct legal research, interpret laws, render legal opinions, and provide technical legal expertise to the School Board, Superintendent and District administrative staff.

Responsibilities

May not include all duties performed – These are intended as an illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.) 

  • Advises the Superintendent, School Board, Executive Leadership Team and other district staff regarding legal issues related to the Constitution, students’ rights, education, employment, civil rights, real estate, local government, procurement, contracts, tort law, and state and federal laws.
  • Interprets federal, state and local laws, renders legal opinions, and provides legal advice in the drafting of legal documents, policies, rules and regulations, resolutions, applications and other legal or quasi-legal papers.
  • Provides technical legal expertise, information and assistance in the formulation and development of policies, procedures and programs to ensure legal compliance. Advises the School Board and Superintendent of unusual trends or problems and recommends appropriate corrective actions.
  • Advises the School Board regarding federal and state legislation of concern to the school system and coordinates with Executive Leadership Team and other staff to develop and revise legislation, policies and regulations that promote the interests of the school system.
  • Represents the School Board and Superintendent in administrative hearings and before fact-finding panels, Civil Service Commission, School Board and other entities.
  • Conducts research, gathers evidence, prepares pleadings and legal briefs, and takes other action as necessary to defend or initiate legal action.
  • Appears before federal, state and local courts and legislative bodies to present the District’s position on issues pending before those entities.
  • Attends and provides legal advice at regular meetings of the School Board and such other meetings as the School Board or Superintendent directs.
  • Oversees the selection and use of outside counsel and negotiates fees.
  • Performs related duties, as assigned or needed.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience working with students and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
  • Bilingual skills preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws, regulations and court decisions applicable to K-12 public schools.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, intergovernmental relations and school business operations.
  • Knowledge of methods and procedures required to provide legal services to an administration and governing body in a large urban public agency.
  • Knowledge of current local, state and federal issues related to public schools and K-12 public education.
  • Knowledge of School District’s policies, priorities and objectives.
  • Knowledge of labor law, affirmative action and employment discrimination.
  • Knowledge of constitutional and administrative law.
  • Knowledge of Rules of Evidence.
  • Knowledge of juvenile law, student rights and discipline.
  • Knowledge of current issues and special challenges of large urban school districts and their communities.
  • Knowledge of internal consulting concepts and practices.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of supervisory duties, including hiring and performance evaluation.
  • Ability to prepare and render legal opinions.
  • Ability to oversee and/or prepare and conduct litigation and administrative law hearings.
  • Ability to review existing and pending legislation related to procedural guidelines and District policies.
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain complex state and federal policies, law, regulations and court decisions applicable to school business.
  • Ability to provide internal legal consultation services.
  • Ability to represent the District in a variety of public settings.
  • Ability to manage and supervise staff.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information. 
To Apply
Candidates must apply online and attach a resume, a written statement of interest in and qualifications for this position.  Please complete the online Professional application on the APS website in the Employment section: www.apsva.us.  A minimum of three letters of recommendation must also be submitted online as part of your application packet. 

  

Washington

Deputy General Counsel | Tacoma Public Schools | Tacoma, Washington | Application Deadline: April 8, 2022

 

Expected Start Date:  July 1, 2022
FTE:  1.0
Salary Level: $138,172 - $164,105 DOE
Union/Days per year:  Exempt 260 work days, 12 month
Benefits:  This job has the full range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.

Additional Information: In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s announced Proclamation 21-14.1 on August 18, 2021, all K-12 school district employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.  Candidates who are extended a conditional offer of employment with Tacoma Public Schools will be required to submit proof of vaccination status in compliance with Governor Inslee’s mandate, prior to official hire with the district.  Individuals qualifying for a medical and/or religious exemption outlined under the Governor’s directive will be required to provide proof of exemption prior to official hire with the district.  Tacoma Public Schools Human Resources will work directly with candidates to finalize proof of compliance with the Governor’s mandate prior to official hire.

Additional Resources and Information: 
Press Release from WA Governor’s Office
Proclamation by the Governor: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement(Download PDF reader)
OSPI Vaccination Requirement FAQ(Download PDF reader)
Vaccine Mandate FAQs(Download PDF reader)
DOH Vaccine fact sheet(Download PDF reader)
  
Examples Of Duties
SUMMARY
This position acts as legal counsel and representative to the District with expertise in specialized areas of the law which impact the functioning of a large school district. This position provides administrators counsel in decision-making to ensure maximum protection of the District’s legal rights; makes presentations and recommendations to the Board of Directors on legal issues or cases including interpretation of statutes, case law, contracts, student rights, and employee relations; coordinates investigations of complaints and allegations; provides leadership, coordination and oversight over the operation of the Legal Department as directed by the General Counsel.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

1.    Advises District administrators regarding complex legal and factual issues in economic, social and/or political terms; undertakes lead responsibilities in a variety of legal practice areas; functions as the in-house expert to the District in specific areas; provides professional interpretations and recommendations to managers and staff during strategic planning and policy; attends Board meetings; makes presentations to Board members as legal counsel and provides legal advice to the Board of Directors in areas of responsibility; acts as lead in meetings on legal matters; assists in executive decision-making for the purpose of ensuring maximum protection of the District’s legal rights.

2.    Oversees the daily operations of the Legal department as requested by General Counsel; coordinates and supports staff attorney(s); supervises support staff; manages activities related to department expenditures, timekeeping, process improvement and professional development efforts for the purpose of providing leadership, coordination and oversight over the office operation.  

3.    Represents the District in legal proceedings including, but not limited to initiating legal action and defending the District in legal action initiated against it; hires and manages controlling fees and costs of outside counsel to defend the District’s interest in litigation while advising on strategy and settlement for the purpose of ensuring maximum protection of the District’s legal rights. 

4.    Develops and reviews leases, legal contracts and contract provisions for legal adequacy and advisability; writes responses and verbally responds to requests for legal advice on a wide variety of issues related to areas of responsibility; writes, reviews and recommends written Board policy; provides interpretation of written policies and District practices to ensure proper application when converted to procedures for the purpose of providing counsel and recommendations to administrators and to the Board of Directors.

5.    Participates in a variety of cases within areas of assignment, involving complex and multifaceted issues; may lead or conduct investigations; researches issues and laws, prepares witnesses, recommends resolutions, interacts with opposing counsel to resolve legal issues prior to litigation; negotiates and authorizes settlements within parameters of policy; prepares and represents the District at litigation, at hearings and at administrative appeals for the purpose of acting as legal counsel and representative to the District.

6.    Provides staff development training to managers and staff on legal issues, laws and best practices of a wide range of subjects within the area of assignment, such as student rights, employee relations and obligations, evaluations, and legal procedures; provides information to administrators and staff regarding legal developments (laws, decisions, and regulations); identifies concerns that need to be shared with a broader audience aside from managers and staff; may act as staff development instructor for classes and/or giving presentations to groups within a department or division for the purpose of providing counsel to administrators and the appropriate staff.

7.    Researches and answers a variety of legal questions from the Board, Superintendent, administrators, and staff regarding legality of District actions and policies; researches body of law applicable to District issues; provides advice regarding personnel and labor negotiations actions; serves as advisor to assist management and staff respond to complaints, disputes, claims, lawsuits, injunctions, and contract issues; takes the lead in responding to and all claims filed against contracts which have been developed, written and negotiated by this position as a representative of the District for the purpose of providing counsel and recommendations to administrators and to the Board of Directors.

8.    Manages and works as a team with assigned legal office staff and outside contracted staff to respond to legal inquiries and to prepare for legal action; supervises and evaluates legal secretary or legal assistants; may lead less senior attorney(s) assigned for either on-going regular cases or specific case by case assignments for the purpose of providing leadership, coordination and oversight over the office operation.  

9.    Investigates and responds to inquiries, complaints and requests for public records; researches various subjects and issues to respond to requests and inquiries; works as a team with other District department staff to pursue documents, records and information for the purpose of providing leadership, coordination and oversight over the office operation.   

OTHER JOB DUTIES

1.    Maintains knowledge of current trends in law, affecting areas of assignment and public employers; maintains and enhances professional skills required for success in the position by participating in professional development activities as needed or as assigned; coordinates with outside agencies to establish working relationships with other professionals engaged in legal areas of interest, respective to designated assignments.

2.    Participates as a member of the District’s management team to fulfill the assigned administrative responsibilities for the position.

3.    May represent District in areas of assignment on potentially sensitive and controversial matters.

4.    Required to facilitate group discussions.

5.   Manages special projects and performs related duties as assigned consistent with the scope and intent of the position, on a temporary basis.

6.   Other duties as may be assigned by the General Counsel.

7.   Regular, reliable, predictable attendance and physical presence onsite are essential job requirements and critical to the performance of the work.

CONDITIONS
Office environment; may experience prolonged confinement to workstation and exposure to video display; requires great mental concentration; experiences frequent interruptions; requires flexibility and adaptability to shift tasks and priorities; must deal with numerous inflexible deadlines and competing time demands; experiences occasional contacts with difficult and sensitive situations and/or people; required to travel to District and community sites; occasionally required to travel outside of the community; required to work extended hours as needed including weekend and summer meetings and activities; may be required to lift and carry up to 20 pounds, bend, squat, stoop, kneel, crouch, walk, twist, bend, climb, and/or be mobile.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
JD or LLB degree and five years of increasingly responsible legal experience in general law, including experience with various aspects of labor law and litigation and school law; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.

Licenses/Special Requirements
Must maintain all licenses and certifications as a condition of continued employment.
Criminal Justice Fingerprint Background clearance.
Must be a current member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and licensed to practice in the State of Washington.
Required 45 hours of continuing education every three years, and other WSBA licensing requirements as determined by WSBA.
Valid Washington State driver’s license.
Fingerprints and successful WSP and FBI background clearance/sexual misconduct clearance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of the principles and practices of school law, including employment, student rights, contract, and policy issues.
Knowledge of current trends and related laws and regulations which affect Washington public schools or similar local government organizations.
Knowledge of wide range of legal and compliance issues in identified specialized area.
Knowledge of employment, administrative, and contract law.
Knowledge of pertinent statutes and court decisions applying to the field of education.
Knowledge of pertinent statutes and court decisions applying to employment and collective bargaining.
Knowledge of effective supervisory principles and practices and the ability to supervise the work of   assigned staff.
Knowledge of research and investigative methods, of collaborative problem-solving and teamwork methods.  
Knowledge of fiscal management practices and procedures and the ability to develop and monitor budgets.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, distilling, and conveying information with diverse audiences.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Skill in time management.
Skill in excellence in listening.
Skill in effective decision making and problem solving.
Skill in risk identification and minimization.
Skill in research and analysis.
Skill in teambuilding.
Ability to think logically and creatively.
Ability to evaluate legal issues and recommend appropriate courses of action.
Ability to advise and counsel management and top-level executives.
Ability to develop and assist with legal strategies in support of District operations in areas of assignment.
Ability to demonstrate individual initiative, to accept responsibility and be held accountable.
Ability to participate as part of a team, to motivate and influence others and team processes.
Ability to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously, to organize, prioritize, and maintain good follow through.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to lead and facilitate groups and make effective public presentations.
Ability to supervise staff.
Ability to demonstrate reasonable, reliable and regular attendance.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse socio-economic setting.
Ability to demonstrate core competencies of integrity, collaboration, accountability, problem solving, decision making and achieving results.
Ability to demonstrate position specific competencies of strategic agility, innovation management, managerial courage, conflict management and dealing with ambiguity.

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This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  District administration has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.  The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.   Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload.


Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan, 253-571-1252, lnolan@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Elementary: Christa Erolin, 253-571-1318, cerolin@tacoma.k12.wa.us; Title IX Coordinator, Secondary: Eric Hogan, 253-571-1191, ehogan1@tacoma.k12.wa.us; 504 Coordinator: Elementary, Elise Friedrich-Nielsen, efriedr@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1096; Secondary, Megan Nelson, mnelson@tacoma.k12.wa.us, 253-571-1003. Mailing address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.

To apply, visit this link.

 

Litigation Associate - School Districts Practice Group | Pacifica | Seattle, Washington | Application Deadline: February 20, 2022


Description

Pacifica was founded in 2011 and has grown to include 44 experienced attorneys who practice in the areas of municipal finance, public-private partnerships, litigation, appeals, public records, ethics, complex transactions, real estate, procurement, construction, school law and other areas of general municipal law for public and private sector clients.

The School Districts Practice Group at Pacifica represents public school district clients in a variety of areas, including employment, labor relations, student speech and conduct, privacy, special education, non-discrimination, real estate and land use and open government laws. We are looking for an associate with experience in litigation to join our group. We are specifically seeking candidates who will contribute to the diversity and inclusiveness of our firm, the legal profession and our greater community.

Responsibilities

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic and team-oriented atmosphere focused on public sector law. The associate will be directly involved in representing public school districts before administrative tribunals, in arbitration and in state and federal court, including the opportunity to participate in administrative trials and arbitrations as the associate’s skills develop. The associate also will also have the opportunity to assist in the preparation of pleadings and briefs, as well as other written responses to various administrative enforcement agencies, which reflect the highest caliber of legal scholarship and written advocacy. In addition, the associate will support the Practice Group’s general counsel work, which is focused on providing ongoing guidance and advice to school district clients on a wide variety of issues.

The successful candidate will have significant direct client contact as their practice progresses, which will include the opportunity to provide client counseling and advice to high-level school officials and dedicated educators, therefore directly impacting the operations of public school districts in Washington. The successful candidate also will assist in researching emerging and complex legal issues to provide guidance to public school district clients.

We offer a collegial environment and an excellent opportunity to continue to develop strong skills and professional growth.

Requirements
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills, including comfort with public speaking and presentations
  • Familiarity with legal software search databases and computer proficiency
  • Membership in the Washington State Bar Association
  • Law journal participation, clerkship or other evidence of excellent written advocacy preferred
  • Experience representing clients in administrative tribunals, state court or federal court preferred
  • Experience representing public entities, including but not limited to school districts, is preferred but not required

Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Short-term Disability
  • Long-term Disability
  • Life and AD&D Coverage (Additional coverage option available)
  • 401K Plan
  • Profit Sharing
  • Leave Policy
  • Identity Protection Policy
  • Orca Card / Parking Stipend
  • Access to Bicycle Parking
  • Free use of Building’s Fitness Center
  • Matching Employee Charitable Contributions

Pacifica is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace that brings out the best of what each individual has to offer and in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of Pacifica.  Valuing each individual for their skills, experience, and unique perspective. This commitment is embodied in the connections with each other, our clients and our community. Pacifica is committed to equal employment opportunity and to compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws. We prohibit discrimination and harassment against employees or applicants for employment based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical condition), race, color, religion, age, marital status, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation gender identity, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking , national origin, political ideology or military status or any other status or characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law.

Please apply including a resume and a cover letter stating your qualifications for this position and why you are interested in working at Pacifica. 

Apply:  https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/922876/Pacifica-Law-Group-LLP/Litigation-Associate---School-Districts-Practice-Group

 

School Law Attorney | Seattle, Washington | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, a Seattle based firm, is seeking a lawyer to join its boutique five lawyer School Law Practice group. We developed our School Law Practice over 25 years ago around the firm’s core values of service, integrity, passion, excellence, and balance.  Since then, we have handled about 1500 school liability and related matters in state, federal and appellate courts and represented over 70 Washington school districts. We have defended districts and their employees from lawsuits involving employment discrimination, student athletics, wrongful death, sexual grooming and abuse, harassment, negligent hiring, supervision, and training, civil rights, Section 1983 claims, and the Public Records Act.  We also assist school districts with their day-to-day issues, their pre-litigation needs, including management of HR or HIB and Title 9 investigations and advice on personnel issues and contract drafting, etc. 
 
We are seeking an attorney with school law experience to assist with this diverse range of school law matters. Qualified candidates should have solid drafting, writing, and researching skills, as well as excellent client relationship and interpersonal skills. 
 
Preg O’Donnell & Gillett offers competitive salary/benefits and a positive atmosphere with an emphasis on work-life balance.  To apply, please send a pdf containing your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Careers@pregodonnell.com and egillespie@pregodonnell.com.  All replies are confidential.  Preg O’Donnell & Gillett is an equal opportunity employer. 

 

School Law Attorney  |  Seattle, Wa.  |  Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description

Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, Inc., P.S. is a PNW law firm with a significant long-standing school law practice in Washington State.  This includes representation of school districts in complex litigation in federal/state courts and in administrative hearings/grievance arbitrations. PBF&L also provides general counsel services to school districts on employment and student matters, collective bargaining, special education, OCR and equity matters, policy and training development, Public Records Act and FERPA compliance, COVID-19 and safe district operation, as well as crisis management/communication.  The Firm also serves as OCR consultants for contracted school districts.   PBF&L is seeking an attorney with school district background/experience to join the Firm's Seattle office school law practice.   

Apply

Interested attorneys may apply in confidence, attention Charles Leitch, Hiring Principal, via email to jds@pattersonbuchanan.com. PBF&L is an equal opportunity employer.

This position will remain open until filled, but applications will be reviewed as received.

  

Washington, D.C.

Attorney, Trial | Washington, D.C. | Application Deadline: Until Filled

Description
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).

The Trial Attorney will represent DCPS at administrative hearings, make policy recommendations to DCPS leadership, and provide legal advice and counseling to stakeholders across the school system, including principals and other administrators. The Trial Attorney will work in the Litigation group, with a focus on special education due process litigation. The Trial Attorney may also work on legal matters across all practice areas, given the requirement of the client to handle a diverse body of work.

The Attorney, Trial will report to the Deputy General Counsel.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Advises clients in the interpretation of relevant laws, including, but not limited to, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
  • Manages a varying caseload, including special education due process complaints and student disciplinary matters.
  • Provides advice and counsel to school-based staff on general matters, including but not limited to student discipline issues.
  • Prepares and presents legal memoranda and opinions on matters upon request by the client.
  • Represents DCPS in administrative hearings in various fora, including before the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) hearing officers.
  • Participates in the formulation of and development of policies and procedures.
  • Monitors trends and recommends appropriate corrective action.
  • Conducts and presents legal research of the impact of new and proposed legislation on the interests of DCPS.
  • Communicates with DCPS administrators, other attorneys, and outside organizations to coordinate activities, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information.
  • Coordinates with the DC Office of Attorney General (OAG) litigation counsel in cases pending before DC Superior and US District and Circuit Courts, including, but not limited to, assisting in preparation of discovery responses.

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor and at least three years of legal experience.
  • Member of the District of Columbia bar or the ability to become a member within six months of hire.
  • Previous experience litigating cases under the IDEA preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Demonstrated mastery and use of judgment in the application of law to complex fact patterns.
  • Demonstrated skill in fact-finding, analysis, problem solving, writing, presentation, consulting, and conflict resolution techniques to identify problems and recommend solutions.

Apply
To apply, visit the posting’s webpage and apply online.

 

West Virginia

There are no current job openings for West Virginia. Please check back soon or contact Howard Seufer at the West Virginia Council of School Attorneys.

 

Wisconsin

Associate Attorney | Madison, Green Bay and Oshkosh, WI

Description

Strang, Patteson, Renning, Lewis, & Lacy, s.c., a law firm focusing on the representation of Wisconsin’s public school districts and higher education institutions, as well as other public entities and private businesses, in all areas of their operations, including labor and employment matters, is looking to fill an associate attorney position. The position could be based out of any of the firm’s offices (Madison, Green Bay or Oshkosh), but the successful candidate would be expected to serve clients from across the State. The firm offers a competitive salary and benefit package and an excellent opportunity for professional growth.

Requirements

  • Licensed attorney in good standing in Wisconsin
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Superior research and writing skills
  • Passion for public education.

Apply

For immediate consideration, please submit a cover letter, resumé, salary expectations and a writing sample to drichardson@strangpatteson.com.

Wyoming

There are no current job openings for Wyoming. Please check back soon.