Overview

The General Counsel is the legal officer of Spring Branch ID who serves as principal legal counsel to the Superintendent, senior staff, and administrators. Provide legal support to the Board of Trustees. Serve as a member of the Superintendents senior staff team. Coordinate all legal services required by the District.

Qualifications/Skills: Education/Certification:

Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from an ABA accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

Special Knowledge/Skills:

Thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal system.

Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to public education.

Must have effective communication, presentation and management skills.

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Must be able to read, write, and speak/communicate in English in order to receive and to provide work-related information in a timely manner to other employees, supervisors, principals and school personnel.

Experience:

Minimum of ten (10) years of significant legal experience. A legal background in public education or a related institution is helpful but not mandatory.

Major Duties and

Responsibilities: Legal Counsel:

Prepare and render legal advice and opinions to the district on various issues and inquiries.

Attend Board of Trustees meetings and provide legal counsel to Board of Trustees, as requested.

Provide principal legal counsel to Superintendent, senior staff and administrators.

Coordinate responses to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Texas Education Agency, and other state and federal agencies.

Knowledge of formal investigation practices, hearing procedures, and legal proceedings.

Provide legal advice to the various departments within the District.

Monitor hearings related to Special Education matters handled by outside counsel.

Review, revise, and negotiate contracts and provide legal advice on the drafting of documents, rules and regulations, resolutions, contracts and agreements.

Conduct professional development/training and prepare training materials for designated staff regarding school law issues.

Knowledge of the legislative process.

Remain current with Federal and state laws and rules impacting Spring Branch ISD policies and procedures.

Skill in interpreting law, policy, and procedures.

Skill in working cooperatively across a complex organization and numerous stakeholders.

Oversee and/or prepare for and represents the school district in litigation and administrative hearings, including drafting or reviewing of necessary pleadings.

Attend and provide advice at district and district-related meetings.

Assist in grievance and employee disciplinary matters as assigned, including termination and nonrenewal hearings and appellate proceedings.

Lead the development and revision of district policies and administrative procedures.

Manage the Board Policy/Governmental Relations Administration in overseeing the alignment between district policy and practice.

Assist in and oversee legal and litigation matters handled by outside counsel.

Provide legal advice regarding responses to open records requests and prepare briefing requests for legal opinion from the Attorney Generals Office.

Receive and respond to telephone inquiries from administrators, as related to legal issues.

Skill in preparing and presenting effective written and verbal arguments, explanations, and recommendations.

Research and analyze federal law and regulations, policy guidance and case law pertaining to Title IX requirements and claims.

Assist the Title IX coordinator in preparing reports on Title IX compliance activities.

Skill in the use of software packages such as Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, financial systems (Tyler MUNIS preferred), and email system.

Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.

Ability to prioritize tasks and coordinate multiple projects to meet specific deadlines.

Ability to maintain professional behavior, appearance, and work ethic to represent the school district in a positive manner.

Assist District administrators in coordinating or preparing responses to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Texas Education Agency, EEOC and other state and federal agencies.

Communication:

Consult with staff regarding Title IX, harassment, discrimination and bullying concerns and federal and state law applicable to each.

Provide exceptional customer experience for all SBISD stakeholders with intentional and professional practices that promote a culture of respect and focus on achieving equitable outcomes.

Ability to communicate effectively with tact and diplomacy and provide a high level of customer service and public relations with administrators, District officials, parents, co-workers, community members, outside organizations, and the general public.

Other:

Comply with lawful directives in situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Supervisory

Responsibilities: None

Equipment Used: Computer and various office equipment.

Working Conditions: Mental Demands:

Maintain emotional control under stress.

Work with frequent interruptions.

This position requires regular interacting with the public.

Physical Demands:

Frequent prolonged or irregular hours.

Repetitive hand motions.

Prolonged use of the computer.

Frequent district and statewide travel.

Frequent contact with other district/campus employees.

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