The position of General Counsel is for the purpose of providing legal services for the Bellevue School District to support its Mission, Vision, and Instructional Initiatives.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY:
The Bellevue School District is committed to a diverse workforce representative of our students, one that embraces and models cultural competency as an international community.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)
Advises the Board of Directors, Superintendent, District Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team (DEILT), and other District administrators on a wide variety of legal matters.
Serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Team and DEILT.
Oversees functions of legal department, including oversight of public records.
Provides legal opinions and advice to the Board, Superintendent, DEILT, and other District administrators on a wide range of issues.
Guides the District through legal proceedings.
Provides risk assessment and legal guidance related to risk assessment.
Represents the District in court and other quasi-judicial proceedings as required.
Prepares and reviews a variety of legal documents including contracts, memoranda of understanding (MOU), leases, policies and procedures and other related documents.
Monitors and coordinates legal work performed by outside counsel.
Works collaboratively with other departments, including Human Resources, Special Education, Business Services, Facilities and others.
Advises on labor relations, including personnel issues and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements.
Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
Provides staff development training of administrators in legal areas, including but not limited to employee rights and obligations, investigations, evaluations, public records, student rights, special education, and constitutional issues.
Reports directly to and is supervised by the Superintendent.
Supervises staff as assigned.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (positions in this class typically require):
Juris Doctor from an approved program and five years of increasingly responsible legal experience in school law, including experience with various aspects of labor law and litigation; or any combination of experience and training which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
Previous experience as in-house counsel within a school district.
Previous trial experience.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS (positions in this class typically require):
Must be a current member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association and licensed to practice in the State of Washington.
Valid Washington State Driver’s License.