General Counsel

JG Consulting - Corpus Christi, TX - Full time


JOB STATUS: Until FilledPOSTING DATE: 10/11/2016CLOSING DATE:POSTING NUMBER: 00005240LOCATION: LEGAL SERVICESPOSITION TITLE: General CounselREPORTSTO/SUPERVISES: REPORTS TO: SuperintendentQUALIFICATIONS: Education/Certification Required:• Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree• Licensed to practice law in the State of TexasTechnology Proficiency: Level 2 - Applied (use of)• Computer operations• Software productivity tools (i.e., Microsoft Office)• E-mail• Printers• Job-related financial and student management systems• Multimedia tools• Electronic file management• Technology Applications/TEKS• Knowledge of District Acceptable Use Policy and TechnologyEthics/EtiquetteExperience Required:• Demonstrated experience in litigation or administrative hearings• Proven performance in dealing with legal issues related to public entities• Required: Five years’ experience as an attorney in the public or privatesectorsJGConsulting |www.JGConsulting.us|AOne-FourthConsulting,LLCCompany• Preferred: Minimum of eight years’ experience as an attorney in the publicor private sector practice of law• Preferred: Experience in the field of school lawPersonal Qualifications Required:• Relates positively to others• Communicates effectively in both oral and written form• Presents a positive role model and is able to lead, inspire, and involveothers to produce a quality work product• Possesses good general legal and management skills• Maintains discretion in the handling of confidential information• Knowledgeable of data management systems• Understanding and practical experience in all phases of litigation, includingpleadings, motion practice, discovery, trial and appeal• Understanding and practical experience in case file management and legalresearchFUNCTION: The General Counsel shall be responsible for handling, directing, and coordinating alllegal matters for the school district within the framework of the philosophy andobjectives established by Board policy, federal and state constitutional law andstatutes, and standards of federal and state regulatory agencies, and in accordancewith administrative regulations and procedures.The General Counsel shall manage the Office of Legal Services, includingsupervisory responsibility over all legal, paraprofessional, and administrative legalstaff.The efficiency of the District’s various departments and offices is dependent upon theGeneral Counsel’s effectiveness. Primary functions of the position involve providinglegal advice and counsel to District administrators, and to serve as representative ofthe District or District’s interests in relation to various legal matters.MAJORRESPONSIBILITIES &REQUIREMENTS:• Responsible for handling of all litigation and claims involving the schooldistrict, including investigation, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, legalresearch, case file management, attendance at hearings, trial, appellatepractice, etc.• Coordinate litigation with legal counsel from outside law firms.• Monitors, assists, and acts as liaison in all legal and litigation mattershandled by outside counsel retained by the district.• Prepares and renders legal advice to Superintendent, AssistantSuperintendents and district administrative staff on various issues andinquiries; exercises independent judgment in the discharge of professionalresponsibilities in furtherance of the needs and interests of the District.• Reviews contracts and provides legal advice on the drafting of documents,rules and regulations, resolutions, contracts and agreements.• Advises district staff and coordinates compliance with regard to the TexasOpen Meetings Act and Texas Public Information Act requirements andinquiries.• Provides legal assistance in drafting of proposed legislation or Board ofTrustees policy.• Receives and responds to telephone inquiries from staff as related to legalissues.• Serves as the district's Coordinator for issues and claims arising under TitleIX of the Education Amendments pursuant to 34 CFR 106.8(a).JGConsulting |www.JGConsulting.us|AOne-FourthConsulting,LLCCompany• Coordinates responses to investigations by the U.S. Department ofEducation, Office of Civil Rights, Texas Education Agency, and other stateand Federal Agencies, including but not limited to the U.S. EqualEmployment Opportunity Commission• Responsible for handling claims, hearings and litigation related to SpecialEducation (or Coordination delegating the same to staff or outside counsel).• Assists in administrative hearings, grievance and employee disciplinarymatters, including termination and non-renewal hearings, primarily at theappellate level.• Responsible for writing, updating, and presenting Board policies andprocedures for adoption, and distribution of policies to staff.• Assists staff on development of discipline plans pertaining to student codeof conduct.• Coordinate the reporting of legal issues with State Board of EducatorCertification (SBEC).• Attends board meetings, other district, and district-related meetings at therequest of the Superintendent, and provides advice, updates on cases,opinions on liability, and other legal issues.• Conducts professional development training (including preparation oftraining materials) for designated district staff regarding school law issues,including but not limited to sexual harassment prevention training.• Attends continuing legal education seminars regularly to acquire andmaintain knowledge of pertinent areas of the law.• Prepares and submits quarterly or other periodic updates to keep theSuperintendent apprised of pending cases.• Prepares monthly report of legal expenses incurred by outside counsel andreviews, audits and monitors submitted billing statements.• Conducts periodic reviews of board policies, internal procedures, and stateand federal law to ensure district compliance.• Responsible for coordinating and overseeing timely compliance with studentrecord, employee record, and other types of subpoenas received by districtstaff.• Performs other related duties as necessary, as requested, or as assignedby the Superintendent.• Manages the budget and personnel; provides cost analysis of salary andwage adjustments for department budget. Prepares and administers a fiscalbudget concerning all operations of the Office of Legal Services andapproves requisitions within budget allocations, so as to ensure thatprograms are cost-effective and funds are managed prudently.• Assists in the publishing of the Employee and Student/Parent Handbooks.• Organizes training for Employees on Sexual Harassment or other policies.• Advises Human Resources in personnel matters.• Serves as the District’s representative in student and personnel matters andhearings before the Board of Trustees.Supervisory Responsibilities: The District Legal Counsel is administrativelyresponsible for the efficient and effective operation of the Offices of Legal Servicesand supervises and monitors supporting attorney(s), legal/administrative assistantsand/or secretaries assigned to the District's Office of Legal Services. WorkingConditions:• Able to work effectively with diverse groups and individuals• Ability to handle capricious situations involving the public, parents,employees and professionals in all levels of the community in a fair andimpartial manner• Displays initiative, motivation, and exercises sound judgmentJGConsulting |www.JGConsulting.us|AOne-FourthConsulting,LLCCompany• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally• Occasional district travel may be required• From time to time, extended and irregular work hours.The foregoing statements describe the general purposes and responsibilitiesassigned to the job and are not an exhaustive listing of all responsibilities, duties, andskills that may be required.OTHERINFORMATION:Interested applicants must complete the following:- Online Professional Application (link at bottom of page), uploading a currentresume, copies of transcripts and certifications, and letter of interest addressed.- You must provide 3 references, including their e-mail addresses and telephonenumbers so that they may be contacted electronically or by phone. Our onlineapplication system will email "links" to the references listed in your application, andthey will complete the reference form online.One of the 3 references must be from your current principal. The other tworeferences may be an assistant principal, athletic director, department head, coworkeror anyone else who can provide insight into your job performance. If you haveno experience in a school district, then a reference from your current supervisor isrequired.All online reference forms must be completed by the job closing date.Submit Letter of Interest, resume, and documents to James Guerra:james@jgconsulting.uswww.jgconsulting.us à “Current Searches”APPLY TO: Select the Professional Application in our online application system (link below). Allapplications must be submitted by 4:30 pm local time on the closing date.SALARY: Salary range is $540.81 to $746.83 daily (individual salary calculation is based onapplicable experience)See the CCISD 2015-2016 Salary Schedule handbook for information regardinginitial salary placement.DAYS: 230FROM - TO -GRADE / STEP: ADMN/210START DATE: Upon Hire

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JG Consulting

The General Counsel shall be responsible for handling, directing, and coordinating all legal matters for the school district within the framework of the philosophy and objectives established by Board policy, federal and state constitutional law and statutes, and standards of federal and state regulatory agencies, and in accordance with administrative regulations and procedures. The General Counsel shall manage the Office of Legal Services, including supervisory responsibility over all legal, paraprofessional, and administrative legal staff. Corpus Christi Independent School District serves approximately 39,000 students making it the 29th largest school district in Texas. The city of Corpus Christi boasts many cultural activities and is in close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Corpus Christi is a part of the south Texas region. CCISD maintains a sharp focus to develop the hearts and minds of all students, preparing them to be lifelong learners who continue their education, enter the world of work, and become productive citizens.

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