Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Chief Labor Counsel governs the successful implementation of the Legal Services Department and serves as both the primary legal/ representative (i.e., general counsel) advisor to the Superintendent and Cabinet members on governance matters. Advisement and representation of the District in labor, public/government relations and employment matters under collective bargaining agreements including arbitrations, mediations, contract negotiations, review of professional service contracts and other agreements. Will interpret and provide guidance to all Departments in the district regarding Board policies, administrative regulatory compliance, and federal and state laws including, but not limited to, the Education Code, Brown Act, Fair Political Practices, and the Government Code, California Civil Rights Department (CCRD) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They may also provide legal input and insight to student discipline hearing panels regarding student discipline. They will provide input and possibly conduct investigations, respond to and represent the District to determine legal and factual bases for proceedings that include but are not limited to, PERB, EEOC/CRD, OCR complaints, Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement complaints, and California Commission on TeacherCredentialing.
TRAINING, EDUCATION, AND EXPERIENCE: Any combination equivalent to: Graduation from an accredited school of law and/or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, active member in good standing of the State Bar of California, and five years increasingly responsible experience working in a school district or a law firm that provides legal services to school districts or seven (7) years of experience in labor and employment law or similar fields; legal experience in the public sector is highly desirable. Preference will be given for coursework in educational laws and regulations, administrative laws and regulations, labor laws and regulations, or public agency administration.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: California Bar Membership (Active); valid California driver’s license; and provide personal automobile and proof of insurance. Eligible for membership in the State Bar of California and admission to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (preferred).
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