General Counsel

International Leadership of Texas  Dallas, TX

Posted: January 9, 2017 | Job Type: Full Time

Position Function: Provide in-house legal services to the superintendent, designated staff and board of trustees, including representation and research. Assist the superintendent and board in legal performance of their duties. Coordinate all legal services required by the district.

Qualifications:
Education/Certification:

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


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


Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Advise the superintendent, staff, and board on legal issues affecting the District
  • Propose, coordinate, and monitor District legal strategy to protect the best interest of the District
  • Assist campuses and departments in day-to-day operations to identify and manage potential legal issues early
  • Prepare and conduct litigation and represent the district in administrative and judicial proceedings
  • Draft, review, and revise legal documents 6. Draft and negotiate contracts
  • Attend board meetings, administrative meetings, and hearings, including employee grievance hearings and special education matters, to provide legal counsel
  • Coordinate legal services provided by outside law firms, including administering contracts and reviewing billings
  • Provide assistance and advice regarding maintenance and disclosure of district records
  • Monitor compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act
  • Monitor compliance with competitive procurement and purchasing contract requirements
  • Assist in the formulation and execution of policies and regulations and review materials for publication in District publications
  • Coordinate and manage the District’s response to discovery requests, subpoenas, data requests, public information requests, and investigations by outside agencies
  • Coordinate responses to investigations by the Texas Education Agency, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and other administrative, regulatory, or law enforcement agencies
  • Provide legal assistance on District elections
  • Monitor and interpret the impact of proposed or enacted legislation
  • Conduct professional development and training, including preparing training materials for staff and board members
  • Conduct investigations for the purpose of rendering legal advice; coordinate, direct and monitor investigations conducted by others for the purpose of rendering legal advice
  • Other duties as assigned by Superintendent or Board of Trustees

Policy, Reports, and Law

  • Compile, maintain, file and present all computerized and physical reports, records, and other documents required.
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule and local board policy.


Communication

  • Maintain a positive and effective relationship with superintendent and board of trustees.
  • Effectively communicate with colleagues.

Additional Duties:
As assigned by Superintendent



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • 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

Interrelations:

  • Contact with personnel within the district and with customers and vendors
  • Will be working under the direct supervision of the department supervisor in order to complete day to day tasks
  • Will be working with a diverse population requiring the ability to handle all situations with tact and diplomacy
  • Must understand and respond appropriately to customer needs and maintain a positive attitude with all customers and colleagues
  • Expected to interact with all internal and external customers in a friendly, professional manner and provide quick, responsive customer service


Employee Punctuality and Appearance:

  • In order for schools to operate effectively, employees are expected to perform all assigned duties and work all scheduled hours during each designated workday, unless the employee has received approved leave
  • Any deviation from assigned hours must have prior approval from the employee’s supervisor
  • All employees are required to report to work dressed in a manner that reflects a positive image of ILTexas and is appropriate for their position


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and evaluate support staff assigned including the Assistant General Counsel and Secretary to the General Counsel
  • Provide assistance supervising the Internal Auditor and Board Clerk


Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:
Tools/Equipment Used: Standard office equipment including personal computer and peripherals
Posture: Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Motion: Repetitive hand motions, frequent keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching
Lifting: Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Environment: Available to work 5 days per week 8 hours daily
Mental Demands: Work with frequent interruptions; maintain emotional control under stress

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