• IN-HOUSE GENERAL COUNSEL

    Requisition ID 2019-54786
    Location
    DISTRICT GENERAL COUNSEL
    Location Address
    445 W AMELIA ST
    Posting End Date
    9/17/2019 11:59 PM
    Work Days and Hours
    12 months, 8 hours per day
  • Compensation

    $170,000.00 - $220,000.00 annually, plus benefits (pension contribution and insurance).

    Overview

    To provide proactive legal services to the school board, the superintendent and district administration; assists the board in the legal performance of their duties and the fair and just discharging of such obligations to students, employees, and the public; and provide oversight of litigation, legal opinions, policy and contract interpretation.

    Responsibilities and Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

    1. Doctor of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school.
    2. Member in good standing of the Florida Bar.
    3. Ten (10) or more years of experience as a practicing attorney with significant experience in educational, governmental and/or administrative law.
    4. Florida Bar Board Certifications in Education Law, City, County, Local Government Law, Labor and Employment Law or Administrative Law preferred.

     

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

     

    Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to public education, and proficiency in representing the governmental entity and staff, in complex litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitrations.  Knowledge of the Government in the Sunshine laws, including public meetings and public record laws. Knowledge of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

     

    REPORTS TO:

     

    OCPS School Board

     

    SUPERVISES:

     

    In-house and outside attorneys and support staff.

     

    MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT:

     

    Machines, tools, equipment, electronic devices, vehicles, etc., used in this position.  Telephone, Computer, (Personal Computer and Mainframe), Automobile, Copier

     

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

     

    Describe physical conditions of this position.

     

    Light Work:  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.  If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.

     

    PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:

     

    Physical activities of this position.  Percent of a typical day involved in each applicable activity is noted.

     

    Percentage

    70    Sitting:  Resting with the body supported by the buttocks or thighs.

     

    10    Standing:  Assuming an upright position on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.

     

    10    Walking:  Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances.

     

    5      Bending:  Lowering the body forward from the waist.

     

    5      Reaching:  Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

     

    5      Lifting:  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position through the use of the upper extremities and back muscles exerting up to 10 pounds of force.

     

    80    Finger Dexterity:  Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm.

     

    70    Grasping:  Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

     

    90    Talking:  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.  Those activities in which detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed accurately, loudly or quickly.

     

    90    Hearing Acuity:  The ability to perceive speech and other environmental sounds at normal loudness levels.

     

    90    Visual Acuity:  The power to see at a level which allows reading of numbers and text, operation of equipment, inspection of machines, etc.

     

    Note:  Will total more than 100 percent as several activities may be performed at one time.

     

    WORKING CONDITIONS:

     

    Conditions the worker will be subject to in this position.

     

    Primarily work is performed in an office setting.  Some travel to outside meetings is required.

     

    PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Manifests a professional code of ethics and values.
    • Responds to internal and external customers in a timely, accurate, courteous and empathetic manner representing OCPS in a positive light.
    • Models the routine, intentional and effective use of technology in daily work, including communications, organization and management tasks.
    • Responsible for advising the school board and superintendent on all legal matters affecting the school district.
    • Responsible for representing or providing for the representation of the school board, superintendent, and, when appropriate, staff, in all litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and other proceedings.
    • Supervises, manages, and evaluates the work of the attorneys and support staff in the Office of Legal Services.
    • Makes legal assignments and monitors all legal work assigned to in-house attorneys.
    • Responsible for monitoring and coordinating work performed by outside legal counsel. Reviews and approves work of outside counsel in the provision of legal services to the district.
    • Reviews legal bills submitted by outside firms for accuracy and prompt payment and prepares scope of services for any RFP for legal services by outside counsel, as necessary.
    • Reviews and monitors the annual budget for the Office of Legal Services with regular communication with all necessary district staff regarding any potential budget shortfalls.
    • Attends all regular and special school board meetings and workshops serves as parliamentarian at school board meetings and acts as legal advisor to the school board at quasi-judicial hearings.
    • Reviews and recommends to the school board and superintendent appropriate changes to policies, contracts and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and Department of Education rules and policies.
    • Coordinates the preparation of legal opinions and the dissemination of information related to such opinions.
    • Coordinates the planning and implementation of in-service training on legal issues for the board and school district.
    • Conducts and oversees legal research, prepares and renders legal opinions and answers legal questions as requested by the school board, superintendent and staff.
    • Works collaboratively with school, regional, and district personnel.
    • Attends and provides legal advice at all public meetings and executive sessions of the school board.
    • Makes recommendations to the school board for the employment of other attorneys and staff.
    • Serves as the Ethics Compliance Officer for the district and the school board.
    • Provides training on ethics to school board members and employees, as needed.
    • Provides input into developing the preliminary budgets for the Office of Legal Services and approves department expenditures.
    • Provides reports to the school board on pending litigation.
    • Advises and responds to the school board and district staff in a timely manner.
    • Maintains confidentiality of privileged attorney-client matters.
    • Maintains effective working relationship with the school board members.
    • Practices and maintains high standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in all professional matters.
    • Follow the district’s policies and procedures as related to all HRMD guidelines, executive limitations, the district’s instructional initiatives, and the school district’s charter guidelines.
    • Follow the district’s policies and procedures as related to fixed assets.
    • Develop leadership in subordinates.
    • Responsible for keeping up to date on current technology being used by OCPS. With the support of the district, attends training to ensure skill level in various technologies is at the level required to perform in current position.
    • Responsible for maintaining timely and accurate information and accountable for the quality of information maintained by those they supervise.
    • Responsible for self-development and keeping up to date on current research, trends and best practices relevant to the area of responsibility.
    • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor.

     

    •  Essential Performance Responsibilities

     

    TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:

     

    Non-bargaining unit compensation plan, twelve months, 8.0 hours per day.

     

    EVALUATION:

     

    Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy.

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