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Civil Rights Attorney in Denver, CO

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Company name

Denver Public Schools

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Civil Rights

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA Denver, CO

Date Last Verified

Apr 11,2018

Posted on

Feb 17,2018

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Deputy General Counsel Duties: Handle areas of focus assigned – e.g. transactional, student services, human resources, charter schools, and labor and employment. Work strategically and effectively with the assigned client partners. Provide legal and strategic support for the DPS Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Information Officer, and the Chief Financial Officer. Manage, draft, negotiate, and approve the District’s contracts when requested. Oversee and manage the work of outside legal counsel when requested. Provide legal advice to client organizational units of the District in order to assure the school district’s compliance with District policies and federal and state law and regulations and/or respond to potential or actual legal action against the District. Represent the District in litigation, legal matters, and adversarial meetings when requested (e.g. preliminary injunction matters, hearings, arbitration) Assist in the planning and development of District policies and regulations. Provide legal advice and assistance to the Board of Education and its members when requested. Provide legal advice and assistance to school leaders, central office administrators, and the Superintendent when requested. Provide legal advice in relation to draft legislation when requested. Assist the District with responses to Colorado Open Records Act requests. Conduct trainings for client organizational units on key legal and policy issues. Provide oversight for the work of the legal assistants and paralegals. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a JD Degree from an American Bar Association accredited institution. 5 years of experience as a practicing member of the Bar. Current experience with state and Federal laws, rules and regulations that govern the activities of K-12 school districts. Experience in one or more of the following: Facilities: real estate transactions; construction management and litigation; eminent domain; leasing; environmental law; state funding of school construction. Technology background/experience in matters such as data privacy, technology, and software; Experience with operational matters including contracting and strategic sourcing. Business Services and IT: commercial contracts; government contracts; intellectual property; electronic commerce; data privacy; risk management. Human Resources: labor law; civil rights; ADA/FMLA; Education Code sections on labor; First Amendment; ethics; Fourth Amendment; Title VII litigation; worker’s compensation; immigration visas. Student Services; Previous experience with Special Education; Federal and state law regarding education of children with disabilities; background in litigation regarding the same is preferred. Education Policy and Legislation: experience or familiarity with legislative drafting; federal and state provisions for funding K-12 schools. Demonstrated strong research, writing, and oral advocacy skills. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g. Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), and legal software applications. Understand broad concepts and able to think strategically from both policy and legal perspectives. Demonstrated leadership ability. Ability to interact and communicate effectively with senior leadership. Knowledge of District policies, regulations, and current District consent decrees and related implementation plans. Ability to work effectively with legal and non-legal staff, outside legal contacts, and the community. Ability to develop and build consensus and resolve conflicts. Ability to train and motivate legal staff. Ability to organize and manage workload and multi-task efficiently. Detail-oriented and able to function well independently and as part of a team. Demonstrated commitment to the core values of DPS: Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a culturally responsive workforce.

Additional info

Job ID: 26080

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Denver Public Schools
900 Grant Street,
Room 501
Denver, CO 80203