Assistant General Counsel - 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 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.

    CPS is seeking an Assistant General Counsel who will work in the School Law Unit of the Law Department. This Assistant General Counsel will be responsible for advising school-based administrators on school law matters. Specifically, the Assistant General Counsel will have the following responsibilities:




    The Assistant General Counsel will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:




    Typical Duties/Responsibilities:
    • Advise Board of Education and school-based staff on Board rules, policies and statutes related to school law, including, but not limited to: enrollment and transfer, student privacy, student discipline, special education concerns, custody issues, and school climate matters.
    • Prepare and conduct due process hearings for school restructuring, enrollment fraud, and local school council eligibility.
    • Conduct training for school administrators on school law-related topics.
    • Assist the Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Deputy General Counsel and Senior Assistant General Counsel with special projects related to cross-functional work and new initiatives.


    In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Assistant General Counsel must possess the following qualifications:




    Type of Education Required:
    • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree.
    • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
    • Licensed and authorized to practice law in the state of Illinois.



    Type of Experience and Number of Years:
    • At least three years of legal practice required.
    • Direct experience counseling clients is necessary.
    • Litigation or administrative hearing experience is preferred.


    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Ability to articulate a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals in the realization of expectations set.
    • Strong advocacy, analytical, oral and written communication skills (speaking - including presentations - listening, and writing).
    • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a team environment to resolve issues and make effective decisions.
    • Organizational skills and ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously under pressure.
    • Problem solver able to expeditiously assess issues and provide sound legal advice.
    • Effective strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and align/manage activities toward goal fulfillment.
    • Ability to build collaborative relationships with a variety of constituent groups, including external partners, to ensure the entire system operates in the most effective manner possible to support schools and principals.
    • Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps
    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: 555356333Posted: 2020-05-21