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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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ProfileGeneral Counsel / Director of Education Legal Alliance The candidate, 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 Association'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 Association's mission and strategic direction, the legal department provides support to Association's members and leadership and also provides corporate support for other departments within Association; coordinates assigned activities with other Association divisions and departments, and outside agencies. 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 Association's position. Writes amicus briefs, letters to the appellate courts, and letters to regulatory bodies. Provides legal support to all Association 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 Association 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 Association members on impact and implementation. Conducts legal research, prepares documents, and advises Association staff and leadership. Develops Office of General Counsel and ELA budget. Develops materials for publications and presentations regarding legal issues to Association members and others. Responds to requests for information and questions on legal issues from Association 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 Association values, policies, and practices. Demonstrates respect, honesty and professionalism at all times. Performs other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a J.D. degree from an accredited institution. Should have 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. Should preferably have 10+ years of practicing law including experience as General/In-House Counsel, or a combination of practicing law and experience in the area(s) of education, non-profit organizations, and/or corporations, plus 2 years of supervisory and/or administrative experience. Must have 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; and 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.
Position ID: VB-001. Submit cover letter, resume and application.