Job Title: Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Employment
Location: Office of General Counsel
Salary Details: $120,819 - $162,843*
Job Type: Administrative
Reports to: General Counsel
Bargaining Unit: N/A
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Posting Closes: December 1, 2022
The Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Employment assists the General Counsel in litigating matters involving the Detroit Public Schools Community District, represents the school district in legal matters and serves as legal advisor to administrative staff. The Associate General Counsel, Litigation & Employment will provide support to department managers that will assist them in meeting business objectives.
- Law Degree (Juris Doctorate) from an accredited Law school and license in good standing to practice law in the state of Michigan.
- Minimum of three (3) to seven (7) years of experience as a practicing attorney to include experience working with and/or for a government agency, non-profit business and/or school district or institution of higher education.
- Experience in litigation, with emphasis in employment practice area.
- Experience working with and supervising outside counsel.
- *Salary offers will be generated commensurate with relevant experience, qualifications, and a review for internal equity.
- Conduct trials
- Litigation of employment and other civil litigation cases (researching, drafting and arguing pleadings from complaint/answer, discovery and depositions, trial and appeal)
- Assist in the supervision of outside counsel
- Conduct research
- Prepare, drafts, review all pleadings and submit same to General Counsel for approval before filing
- Provide legal advice and counsel to administrators
- Experience with statutory construction, research, review and interpretation
- Assist in drafting and defining policies & procedures
- Represent the Superintendent, the school district, and staff before judicial bodies, governmental agencies and in alternative dispute resolution
- Use computer-based legal research systems (e.g., Westlaw or LexisNexis) and high working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including but not limited to Word and Excel
- Provide in-service training to staff
- As necessary, negotiate, prepare, draft, review agreements (MOUs, MOAs, Partnership Agreements, etc.) relating to the school district – and submit recommendation to the General Counsel for approval of all such agreements
- Review and interpret statutes and regulations
- Provide oral legal advice and written legal opinions to the General Counsel, senior management and Superintendent and/or School Board
- As necessary, act as Hearing Officer in the Student Code of Conduct Due Process Hearings
- Draft and review FOIA responses
- Review documents, policies, regulations, action items within the school district for accuracy, consequences and legal policy implications on an ongoing basis and communicate concerns regarding such on a prompt basis to the General Counsel
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the General Counsel (or Designee)
If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.
In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.
Method of Application:
Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.
Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.
DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or