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Position Title: General Counsel/Director of Education Legal Alliance

Position ID: VB-001

Salary: Based on experience

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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Summary

Under general direction from the Executive Director/CEO, exercises general direction and supervisory, professional, technical and legal support through subordinate levels of supervision; provides guidance for the Education Legal Alliance and supports CSBA’s members by initiating and supporting litigation cases and issues of statewide significance to California school districts, county offices of education, and ROC/Ps; consistent with CSBA’s mission and strategic direction, the legal department provides support to CSBA’s members and leadership and also provides corporate support for other departments within CSBA; coordinates assigned activities with other Association divisions and departments, and outside agencies.

Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES 
  • Provides legal advice and counsel on Association business and contractual matters. 
  • Provides litigation support and management and compliance with corporate formalities and Association obligations; provides full legal support to all business units in managing their legal risks with regard to contract administration, capital project planning and financial investments. 
  • Provides legal support for project development, including the drafting and review of letters of intent, option agreements, purchase agreements and consultant contracts. 
  • Provides counsel and support to compliance matters to ensure regulatory requirements, statutes, rules and regulations are followed. 
  • Leads the Education Legal Alliance Attorney Advisory and Steering Committees by preparing agendas, facilitating meetings, and developing recommendations in cases, tracking and reporting to the Committees, Board of Directors, and Delegate Assembly.
  • Coordinates and monitors appellate level amicus activities, recruits amicus writers, reviews and revises amicus briefs for consistency with CSBA’s position. Writes amicus briefs, letters to the appellate courts, and letters to regulatory bodies.
  • Provides legal support to all CSBA departments and related entities, including reviewing proposed sample board policies and administrative regulations developed by the Policy Services Department.
  • Interprets the impact of legislation and proposed legislation, regulations, and court decisions on CSBA member districts and provides guidance and written materials on impact and implementation.
  • Remains current on developing issues and changes in rules or law to inform and help CSBA members on impact and implementation.
  • Conducts legal research, prepares documents, and advises CSBA staff and leadership.
  • Develops Office of General Counsel and ELA budget.
  • Develops materials for publications and presentations regarding legal issues to CSBA members and others.
  • Responds to requests for information and questions on legal issues from CSBA board members and others.
  • Assists with management of the California Council of School Attorneys, including meeting topics and program content.
  • Reads and demonstrates an understanding and adherence to CSBA values, policies, and practices.
  • Demonstrates respect, honesty and professionalism at all times.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of:

  • Laws of the California public education system.
  • Principles and practices of: budget development and administration; employee supervision, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures; contract management; and researching issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and presenting effective staff reports; and general principles of risk management related to the functions of assigned areas.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of assigned functional areas.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Association in state and federal courts, contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Association staff.

Ability to:

  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the department and the Association
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
    Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of programs and administrative activities.
  • Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the Association and the department in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various business, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives and make sound recommendations.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Operate and maintain modern office equipment, including computer equipment and specialized software application programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines; establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing duties and responsibilities.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This position provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines.  Exercises general direction and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision. This position will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and all applicable laws.  Overall responsibilities of this position include, but may not be limited to, interviewing, training, timekeeping and wage & hour management, planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, and addressing and resolving complaints.

Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited institution; active membership to state bar in good standing and qualified to practice law in Northern America (CA law license preferred or immediately eligible to be admitted to the State Bar of CA).
  • 10+ years practicing law including experience as General/In-House Counsel is preferred, or a combination of practicing law and experience in the area(s) of education, non-profit organizations, and/or corporations, plus two (2) years of supervisory and/or administrative experience is preferred.

Environmental Elements & Physical Demands

  • Employee works in a primarily sedentary office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances.
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines, instructions, and policies.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone; must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed in the execution of duties.
  • Must be able to sit at computer for long periods of time and have the dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard office equipment.
  • Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, hand truck available to assist.
  • Must be able to travel overnight on occasion throughout the state of California.
  • Must have the dexterity and mobility to facilitate or present information to a group, access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard facilitation equipment.
  • Frequent travel preferably by car.  Proof of insurance and a clean DMV record may be required.

Application Procedure

Cover letters, resumes and applications should be submitted in Word or PDF format as an attachment and emailed to jobs@csba.org. The application may be scanned and included with your submission. Please include the Job Title and Job ID in the subject line of your email. Please indicate your salary requirements and salary history in your cover letter. Your application packet may also be faxed with a cover page to the attention of Human Resources at (916) 669-3321, or mailed to California School Boards Association ATTN: Human Resources 3251 Beacon Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691. EOE