Shelby County Schools

  • Associate General Counsel- Business Transactions & Operations

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/22/2018 5:44 PM)
    Location Name
    General Counsel
    Salary Min
    USD $82,715.00/Yr.
    Salary Max
    USD $109,183.00/Yr.
    # of Openings
    Close Date
  • Purpose and Scope

    The responsibility of the Associate General Counsel (Business Transactions & Operations), serving at the direction of the General Counsel, is to assist in providing legal advice, counsel and representation to the Board and the District in the areas of business and operations. This responsibility includes researching legal matters, providing legal advice, drafting legal opinions and other documents, and performs related professional and administrative duties as required. The position works independently, reporting major activities through periodic meetings.

    Essential Job Functions

    1. Works collaboratively with other managers and management representatives and the General Counsel to achieve a system-wide result. Formulates local targets, goals, and activities that are in synch with and support the broader goals, mission and objectives of the school district.
    2. At the direction of the General Counsel, visits school locations and district facilities as needed.
    3. Upon the request of the General Counsel, acts in place and instead of the General Counsel when the General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel are unavailable.
    4. Regularly attends District meetings, including Board meetings, staff meetings and community meetings.
    5. Develops creative and innovative strategies to resolve legal challenges facing the school district.
    6. Executes the responsibilities of the position according to lawful and ethical standards. Uses personal judgment and initiative to develop effective and constructive legal solutions to challenges and obstacles that confront the school district.
    7. Performs legal research, renders legal opinions and answers questions arising out of the District’s business functions and operations, including Finance, Facilities, Procurement, Transportation and Construction.
    8. Assists in providing advice concerning new or revised Board/District policies and procedures that actually or potentially affects the District’s business functions and operations, including Finance, Facilities, Procurement, Transportation and Construction.
    9. Attends meetings of the Board and other groups as requested to provide legal opinions, discussion or comment as necessary.
    10. Advises the Board and District on general principles of corporate and business law.
    11. Under the guidance and direction of the General Counsel, reviews contracts, agreements, memoranda of understanding, leases and other legal documents. Recommends the approval or disapproval of contracts, as to form.
    12. Under the direction of the General Counsel, drafts, reviews and negotiates complex contracts.
    13. Responds to and resolves inquiries, requests for information and complaints; serves as media spokesperson on cases as assigned.
    14. Gathers information to generate and submit periodic and special reports documenting activities in one’s areas of responsibility.
    15. Attends professional conferences, training, seminars and workshops as necessary to maintain requisite job knowledge and skills.
    16. Performs other related duties as assigned or directed.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduation from an accredited 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 an attorney (Must be in good standing). An additional 2 years of experience preferred along with experience in one or more of the following areas: Business/Commercial Transactions and Operations, School Operations, Finance (including Bonds and taxation) and Real Estate


    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 the Constitution, Freedom of Information Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, intellectual property, student rights, custody, education, employment, civil rights, real estate, local government, procurement, contract, or tort law.
    • Working knowledge of relevant business and commercial statues, including the uniform commercial code.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to develop effective working relationships with chiefs and community and governmental leaders.
    • Ability to prepare 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 and superior analytical, decision making and problem solving skills, and strong organization, 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; must be able to use hands and fingers for sign language.

    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.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed