Legal Assistant - School Law

    Chicago Public Schools
    Chicago, IL 60601
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description

    Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 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 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child -- in every school and in every neighborhood -- has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, resulting in graduation from high school ready for success in college, career, and life. The Legal Assistant is under the supervision of and may perform duties for the General Counsel, First Deputy General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel and Office Manager in the Law Department.

    The Legal Assistant for School Law will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:
    • Coordinate student expulsion hearing process, which includes scheduling student expulsion hearings, providing accurate and timely notice of such hearing, and preparing files for each hearing
    • Coordinate administration of special projects, such as, but not limited to, annual principals' conference and administrative hearings
    • Manage and update internal record systems
    • Performing routine administrative duties for assigned attorneys but may include duties for the General Counsel, First Deputy General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, Senior Assistant General Counsel, and Assistant General Counsel in the Law Department
    • Performs other duties as they might be assigned
    This position is of a confidential nature and has regular access to the Law Department and other CPS Departments' confidential files, data and information, including confidential student information.

    Type of Education Required:
    • B.A. required, Master's degree preferred
    • A minimum of three (3) years previous administrative work experience in a legal environment or an equivalent combination of training and experience
    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Proficiency in Word, Microsoft Office, Excel, and Google applications
    • Strong verbal and written communications skills
    • Strong problem-solving skills
    • Excellent organizational skills, ability to multi-task and be detail-oriented
    • Ability to keep matters confidential and understand what can be and cannot be disclosed
    • Detail-oriented and results-driven
    • Self-starter; takes initiative
    • Demonstrated success working in fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
    • Demonstrated ability to excel in a team-based environment
    Residency Requirement:

    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.

    Posting ID: 555356331Posted: 2020-05-21