Position Summary: The Legal Services Senior Field Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice, guidance, and training to principals and field support center staff on issues relating to Federal, State, and City laws, and Department of Education (DOE) regulations and policies. Performs related work.
Reports to: Deputy Counsel, Office of Legal Services
Direct Reports: Co-supervises disciplinary investigator.
Works collaboratively with field support center staff, principals, and central legal team to ensure an efficient, systematic, and legally and educationally sound approach to service delivery in schools.
Serves as part of the senior management team to resolve complex legal issues in schools and school districts.
Serves as a liaison to legal departments such as the City Law Department and DOE's Office of Legal Services and Office of Labor Relations.
Responds to inquiries on various legal issues, including as related to labor and employment, student health and safety, compliance with Federal, State, and City laws and regulations, and implementation of DOE rules, regulations, and procedures.
Serves as the on-site point of contact on legal issues for principals and field support center staff; works collaboratively to provide consistent and prompt legal advice to support schools and field support centers.
Provides legal support to maximize the use of resources to support field support center priorities, including providing legal advice on No Child Left Behind, Title VII, and other relevant statutes.
Conducts on-site training regarding pertinent legal issues.
Reviews proposed disciplinary matters and school-based investigations and ensures compliance with relevant procedures.
Consults on student discipline matters; may prepare suspension appeal decisions.
May investigate and prepare responses to complaints of discrimination filed with City, State, and Federal administrative agencies.
May coordinate with the City Law Department and/or DOE's General Practice Unit on litigation.
Responds to Freedom of Information Law requests.
Admission to the New York State Bar AND four years of recent full-time responsible, relevant, satisfactory legal experience subsequent to admission to any bar, of which eighteen months must have been in the supervision of other attorneys, in an administrative, managerial or executive capacity, or performing complex legal work.
Selected candidates must remain members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of their employment.
Applicants who have a client with a legal or business matter pending against, before or with the DOE must obtain such client's consent to apply for employment with the DOE. If invited to interview for this position, such applicants are required to disclose the nature of such matters at the interview.
Experience in employment or education law.
Ability to rapidly understand provisions of applicable law and regulations.
Ability to write clearly and concisely.
Ability to conduct legal research efficiently.
Strong organizational and time management skills.
Ability to take initiative and be self-motivated and flexible.
Internal candidates preferred.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.
Resumes will be reviewed until the position is filled. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO
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