Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments - student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.
The Litigation Division of the Board of Education's Law Department represents the Board, and its employees, in civil suits filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Litigation Division also handles administrative matters and provides client counseling.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy General Counsel, the Assistant Deputy General Counsel for federal litigation represents the Board and its agents in federal court and in various administrative forums including EEOC, IDHR and HRC.
The Assistant Deputy General Counsel is responsible for the following:
- Represents the Board in high-profile federal cases in which the Board and/or CPS employees are named defendants, and serves as first chair for trials;
- Provides direction and litigation strategy to less senior staff attorneys with respect to pending federal district court litigation, and administrative proceedings before the EEOC, IDHR and HRC;
- Confers with outside counsel to provide litigation support;
- Reviews and edits written work presented to federal district courts and administrative agencies including the EEOC, IDHR and HRC;
- Represents the Board during settlement conferences in federal court;
- Assists in the process of hiring, evaluation and development of attorneys and support staff assigned to the Litigation unit; and
- Track, organize, and report on data related to Litigation matters to assist Departmental leadership in recognizing trends and proactively effectuating change.
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Assistant Deputy General Counsel must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education and License Required:
- J.D. from accredited law school. Must be licensed to practice law and in good standing in the State of Illinois.
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
- Seven or more years of experience in federal litigation.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Admission to the trial bar of the Northern District of Illinois, or another jurisdiction with comparable criteria for entry;
- Deep familiarity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence;
- Background and experience in employment litigation involving federal anti-discrimination statutes is strongly preferred;
- Prior supervisory experience and a demonstrated ability to manage personnel of differing abilities;
- Possess the ability to quickly analyze a problem/question and decide the level of importance and when higher level intervention is necessary;
- Capable of functioning effectively with opposing counsel, co-counsel and any Board agents whose decisions are being challenged in state and federal court;
- Ability to articulate a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals in the realization of expectations set;
- Strong communication skills (speaking - including presentations - listening, and writing)
- Demonstrate high levels of expertise, integrity, honesty, credibility, and the courage to make difficult yet necessary decisions;
- Effective strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and align/manage activities toward goal fulfillment;
- Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps.
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.