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Tucson, AZ: Associate to the Superintendent & General Counsel for Amphitheater Public Schools

Open until filled

Description: The Associate to the Superintendent serves as General Counsel, Designated Public Lobbyist, Ombudsman and Custodian of Records; provides legal counsel and practical guidance to the Governing Board, the Superintendent, school administrators and department staff; and oversees the Human Resources, Benefits, Records Management, and Equal Opportunity departments.

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Education Law and Public Entity Attorneys for Lozano Smith, LLP

Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

Description: Lozano Smith continues to grow at a steady pace, and we are looking for dedicated individuals to join our expanding team. We currently are looking for attorneys from first years to laterals for our Fresno, Monterey, San Diego, and Walnut Creek offices. The ideal candidates are bright, motivated, innovative individuals who thrive in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment. All candidates must have excellent academic credentials, strong research, writing, and analysis skills, a sense of humor, and a commitment to team work. We are looking for people who have experience in or a passion for education and/or public entities who want to collaborate with and advance the goals of our clients. We invite interested applicants to learn more about these openings and our firm’s culture, diversity, practice areas, mentoring and training on our website: We offer a friendly, collaborative, innovative, business casual environment with a competitive salary and benefits package.

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Edwardsville, IL: Associate Attorney for Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C.

Deadline: February 23, 2018

Description: Edwardsville, IL Office URL for Listing: Application Deadline: February 23, 2018 Short description: Mid-size law firm seeking an attorney with 3-7 years of experience for a full-time position in its Edwardsville, Illinois office. The ideal candidate will have exceptional research and writing skills and litigation experience, as well as strong interpersonal skills and an interest in client counseling. Interest and experience in employment law, education law, and public sector constitutional law preferred. Superior written and oral communication skills, outstanding analytical skills, and a client-focused attitude are required.

Competitive salary and benefits. Partner track.
Submit cover letter, resume, transcripts and writing samples to Terri Cole,


Oklahoma City, OK: General Counsel for Oklahoma City Public Schools

Deadline:  January 31, 2018

Description: Oklahoma City Public Schools seeks a General Counsel who will report to both the Superintendent and the Board of Education. The General Counsel supports the District’s mission of providing equitable learning opportunities to all students by overseeing all legal matters that occur within the Oklahoma City Public School District. This is accomplished through the prevention and/or resolution of legal issues by providing counsel and guidance to the Board, Superintendent, Cabinet and other personnel and working with outside counsel as needed. Functioning as a member of the Superintendent’s cabinet, the General Counsel also endeavors to promote the overall effectiveness of the District by demonstrating exemplary leadership. Must be licensed to practice law in Oklahoma or another state and eligible to be admitted to the Oklahoma bar within 6 months of employment.

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Salem, OR: Attorney for Oregon School Boards Association

Deadline:  February 9, 2018

Description: Provides quality, effective legal services for PACE members by providing legal advice and training as well as legal advice and support to other OSBA departments.

Minimum Job Qualifications: Law degree from an ABA accredited law school. Active member of the Oregon State Bar or eligible to be licensed to practice within a short period of time. Background in employment law required. Experience with public sector representation generally and with education law highly preferred. Experience in, or knowledge of, the Oregon public education system or similar government operations is preferred.

10 or more years’ experience in advising clients/organizations on employment related topics (e.g., Title VII, retaliation, family leave).
Experience with public sector legal issues (e.g., public meetings, public records), and/or school and education law (e.g., Title IX, Section 504, student records) preferred.

Experience in civil litigation and knowledge of Oregon state and federal rules of court is preferred.
Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and background, with a salary range of $95,000 - $115,000
Employee Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. OSBA also participates in Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and pays the employee's contribution.

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Alexandria, VA: Senior Attorney for National School Boards Association

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description:The National School Boards Association (NSBA) seeks an experienced attorney to support NSBA Legal Advocacy work and Council of School Attorneys (COSA) programs.  The Senior Attorney will write amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts, research and monitor federal legal developments affecting schools, respond to media and member inquiries, staff committees, write and edit publications, supervise legal interns, and more.  

Please see the job listing page for responsibilities and qualifications.

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Alexandria, VA: Program Director, Council of School Attorneys for National School Boards Association

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The National School Boards Association invites applications for the position of Program Director, Council of School Attorneys. The ideal candidate is an innovative attorney with experience in education law (K-12 preferred) --- or if a non-attorney, then an individual with 10 plus years of state or national bar association management and attorney programming experience.

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Richmond, VA: Assistant County Attorney for Henrico County

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Description: The Henrico County Attorney's Office is seeking to hire two full-time attorneys with a strong academic background, excellent research and writing skills, to handle special education and other legal matters for the School Board and School Administration. The two successful applicants will join an existing attorney in the School Board's offices. Because the School Board operates 72 schools with over [48,000] students, the positions offer a challenging, fast-paced and varied practice, including litigation and administrative agency representation, a wide range of legal issues, and work with highly educated clients.

For both positions, expertise preferred in at least one of the following
areas: public school legal issues, student rights, custody, educational rights, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Virginia Freedom of Information Act, constitutional law, civil rights, and education law.  For one of the two positions, extensive knowledge of and experience in special education law and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act litigation is required.

Both positions require excellent advocacy, legal research and writing skills; ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, public officials and the general public; and good professional judgment.  Experience with local government practice is preferred.

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Federal Way, WA: Director of Employee Relations for Federal Way Public Schools

Open until filled

Description: The Director of Employee Relations provides a leadership role to the School Support Coordinators in integrating people, processes, and technology in service of the District’s schools and departments.

This position manages a variety of Human Resources functions including labor relations, negotiations, contract management, grievances, employee investigations, employee discipline, contract interpretations, policy development, technical assistance and support for administrative staff, and project assignments consistent with the position’s scope of responsibility.

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Wisconsin: Employee Benefits Attorney for The QTI Group

Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Description:A Wisconsin law firm is seeking an experienced Employee Benefits Attorney. The firm has a statewide practice in public and private sector labor and employment law, with an emphasis in school law. This person will have deep
experience in employee benefits law and related topics to be able to provide subject matter expertise to all the firm’s clients as needed. They will bring a strong work ethic, a comfort level working both independently and
with others, and will have superior communication skills, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude.

The firm will provide all technology to be successful: computer, cell phone, related technology, office space and administrative assistance.

Compensation will include a salary commensurate with experience, subsidized health benefits and 401K with an employer contribution. All mileage and travel expenses will be reimbursed. There is an opportunity to grow with the firm and potential for shareholder consideration immediately or at some point in the future.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide subject matter expertise in employee benefits law Market and grow practice advising public and private sector clients in employee benefits and related topics

To take on additional work in collaboration with partners when client needs require it.

Three - five years minimum experience practicing employee benefits law Good standing with the Wisconsin Bar (current or shortly after hire) High quality writing and legal analysis

Experience with some (if not all) of the following laws/concepts:

The Affordable Care Act

HIPAA Privacy and Portability

COBRA and State Continuation Requirements


Cafeteria and Flexible Benefit Plans Including HRA, HSA, FSA, Transportation Fringe, Adoption Assistance and Dependent Care Plans

Disability Income Plans and Disability Management

Severance Programs

Qualified Retirement Plans Including 401(k) and 403(b) plans

Executive Compensation and Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans


Multiple-Employer Plans

Wellness Programs

Experience in and/or willingness to serve the legal needs of public sector employers
Experience in and/or willingness to engage in marketing efforts, including public speaking, article writing, and more
Ability to work independently, in collaboration with other attorneys, and under the supervision of shareholders
Ideally, bring a book of clients to the firm, but not necessary

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Kenosha, WI: Executive Assistant Position  for Kenosha Unified School District

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Description: Chief Human Resource Officer

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Madison, Wisconsin: General Legal Counsel for Madison Metropolitan School District

Deadline: April 6, 2018

Description: The purpose of the Legal Services Department is to provide specialized, high-quality advice and meaningful representation to the MMSD Board of Education, administration and staff with a focus on compliance and policy development in alignment with the district’s vision that every school is a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate ready for college, career and community.
To this end, the General Counsel is responsible for ensuring that  clients have their needs met in a professional, courteous and timely manner.

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