Shelby County Schools

  • Associate General Counsel

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(10/16/2018 2:05 PM)
    Location Name
    General Counsel
    Salary Min
    USD $82,715.00/Yr.
    Salary Max
    USD $109,183.00/Yr.
    Central Office
    # of Openings
    Close Date
  • Purpose and Scope

    The responsibility of the Associate General Counsel, serving at the direction of the General Counsel, is to assist in providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Board and The District. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, researching and opining on legal matters, providing legal advice, drafting legal opinions and other documents, and performing related professional and administrative duties, as required. The position works independently, reporting major activities to the General Counsel through periodic meetings.

    Essential Job Functions


    1. Work collaboratively with General Counsel, other District managers and management representatives to achieve a positive system-wide result. Formulate issues-specific targets, goals and activities that are consistent with and support the broader goals and objectives of the District.
    2. At the direction of General Counsel, visit school locations and district facilities.
    3. Upon the request of the General Counsel, act in place and instead of the General Counsel when the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel are unavailable.
    4. Regularly attend District meetings, including Board meetings, staff meetings and community meetings.
    5. Develop creative and innovative strategies to resolve legal challenges facing the school district.
    6. Execute the duties and responsibilities of a licensed, legal professional according to applicable legal and ethical standards. Exercise personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive solutions to legal and non-legal challenges and obstacles as they arise.
    7.  Perform legal research and provide legal opinions on straight-forward questions involving issues of current or potential litigation exposure.
    8. Assist in providing advice concerning new or revised Board/District policies and procedures.
    9. Attend meetings of the Board and other District groups, as requested, to provide legal opinions, discussion or comments, as necessary.
    10. Attend internal and external hearings and administrative proceedings to represent the District's interests, as required.
    11. May represent the District in state and federal courts or other matters, as assigned by General Counsel; assist with administrative and supervisory responsibilities related to litigation matters; prepare and file briefs for cases.
    12. Attend and assist in facilitating collaborative conferencing negotiations.
    13. Review and/or negotiate contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding, leases and other legal documents.
    14. Draft, review and negotiate complex contracts.
    15. Respond to and resolve legal inquiries, requests for information and complaints; may serve as media spokesperson on cases, as assigned.
    16. Gather information to support periodic and special reports documenting activities in areas of responsibility.
    17. Attend professional conferences, training, seminars and workshops, as necessary, to maintain job knowledge and skills.
    18. Perform other related duties as assigned or directed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited U.S. law school with a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and admitted to practice law in the State of Tennessee (or eligible for comity under Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7 or related provisions), plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant legal experience as a licensed attorney (Must be in good standing). Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: Labor & Employment (including Tennessee’s Tenured Teacher Laws), Litigation, Business/Commercial, and School Services.


    Degree Equivalency Formula:

    Bachelor’s Degree= 4 years plus required years of experience.

    Master’s Degree= 2 years plus required years of experience. Where Master’s degrees are required, years for Bachelor’s Degrees must be included. 

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Knowledge of state and federal constitutions, open records laws (i.e. the Freedom of Information Act and the Tennessee Public Records Law), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and laws governing intellectual property, student rights, custody, education, employment, civil rights, real estate, local government, procurement, contract, and tort law.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to develop effective working relationships with District chiefs and community and governmental leaders.
    • Ability to prepare the District for and represent the District in administrative hearings upon the direction of the General Counsel.
    • Ability to work varying hours and schedules.
    • Ability to represent the District in negotiations with vendors, contractors and other entities.
    • Excellent judgment; superior analytical, decision-making and problem-solving skills; and strong organizational, planning and research skills required.


    Physical Requirements and Working Environment

    Physical Demands: Requires sedentary work involving standing or walking for brief periods, exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular basis; and some dexterity in operating office equipment.

    Unavoidable Hazards: The position is exposed to no unusual environmental hazards.


    Sensory (ADA) Requirements: The position requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing and speaking abilities.


    Shelby County Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the District to provide adequate accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.



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