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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
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General Counsel Duties: Advise leadership and Board with respect to legal issues relating to the development and implementation of business strategy, governance and compliance policies, real estate matters, employment law matters, intellectual property issues, exempt organizations law, state and federal tax and corporate filings, public education and charter school law matters, conflict of interest policies, corporate structure and related retention of documents, risk assessment and management. Stay up to date on changes to the legal environment, identifying implications, raising to leadership and drive changes as needed. Help represent before governmental and municipal bodies, parents, and authorizers on legal issues related to students, alumni, corporate and/or employee matters. Build a process through which regularly reviews organizational data and critical policies and practices related to contracts, employees, and student & family support. Manage all outside counsel (pro-bono and fee-based). Lead strategic universal compliance and risk management efforts, ensuring that from Board down to school leadership, the organization is aware of responsibly managing risk and compliance. Help develop policies and procedures, in conjunction with departmental leaders. Relevant areas may include, but not be limited to, intellectual property, employment law matters, real estate law matters, conflict of interest related to charter management, authorizer relations, and overall charter compliance strategy. Help develop risk Management and insurance related strategies. Help draft and review employment agreements and consultant contracts. Review current and any updated version of employee handbook. Provide legal counsel to HR staff on employment matters, including but limited to employment law policies and employee relations matters. Help manage review of all proposed documents and agreements relating to potential new financing sources. Help ensure compliance with all covenants and obligations set out existing financing agreements. Manage negotiations of all real estate development-related contracts, letters of intent, use agreements, and memoranda of understanding. Ensure procurement compliance with all municipal, regulatory, and organizational requirements. Manage negotiations of all new leases and land acquisitions. Manage all matters relating to land use and zoning. Manage all legal-related financing matters. Oversee, review, and ensure proper drafting of all materials reflecting board action (e.g. minutes, resolutions, etc.). Provide counsel on the development of meeting agendas. Draft board policies and modifications of governance documents. Oversee the filing and retention of board documents. Provide counsel on Board actions and staff proposals for Board consideration. Ensure Board compliance with governance documents, and state and federal law. Represent interests of 13 schools before any municipal or governmental bodies Negotiate and draft charter applications and amendments as necessary Advise along with Human Resources on employment matters (e.g., discipline and termination). Provide counsel and management in matters relating to school crises; advise school leaders on student disciplinary actions, and as necessary, participate in disciplinary hearings. Provide ongoing legal counsel for emerging school leaders as they develop or assume management of schools. Plan and provide training for school leaders on various legal topics including employment, risk management, student and family rights and SPED compliance. Serve as the regional expert on education law.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD Degree required. Experience practicing law in New York State; licensed to practice in New York State. 5+ years of relevant experience obtained at a law firm, government agency or an educational institution. Demonstrated passion for and commitment to the mission with school-based experience strongly preferred. Strong legal reasoning, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; flexible, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed. Ability to research and learn new content areas on the job. Excellent advocacy, oral and written communication skills. . Demonstrated ability to indirectly manage and influence teams and individuals to meet specific and strategic outcomes. Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects and competing priorities. Team player with strong interpersonal/influence skills.
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