Senior Education Counsel

The Wonderful Company Los Angeles , CA 90009

Posted 5 months ago

The Role:

Our premier legal team is comprised of over 70 individuals, including approximately 40 full-time attorneys. We are seeking a senior education law attorney to join our team to provide comprehensive education law advice and compliance assistance for The Wonderful Company's four "Flagship" education-related programs: Wonderful College Prep Academy (consisting of two public charter schools based in the Central Valley of California), company-owned and operated Pre-Schools, a robust and comprehensive College Scholarship Program, and our company-sponsored and facilitated Agricultural Preparatory Education Program. The position reports to an Associate General Counsel. You can learn more about our education and related philanthropic initiatives at www.wonderful.com. We are located in West Los Angeles, California.

Here's what you'll do:

  • Provide legal advice and guidance on California education law, including student disciplinary matters, education-specific employment matters, special education, Brown Act and board governance, charter law and authorization, and student privacy and safety.

  • Advise on, develop and deliver training and compliance tools on topics including, but not limited to, effective workplace investigations, employee and student discipline, mandated reporter/child abuse, special education, Section 504, board governance, Brown Act, and conflict of interest laws.

  • Provide support for and attend charter school board meetings. Act as board secretary and prepare board agendas and meeting minutes. Provide legal counsel to ensure compliance with the Brown Act and Political Reform Act, board meeting legal compliance, conflict of interest law compliance and ongoing compliance with laws applicable to nonprofit entities.

  • Assist in the preparation of charter petitions, renewals, material revisions, and appeals, and negotiate memoranda of understanding with charter school authorizers.

  • Stay current on relevant laws and regulations, be a subject matter expert on California education law, and provide legal updates and policy recommendations on legal developments in California education and charter school law.

  • Advise on, develop, and implement school policies and procedures.

  • Coordinate on various legal matters with, and on behalf of, The Wonderful Company's "Education Team" (outside of the Charter School setting) regarding its company-owned and operated Pre-Schools, its College Scholarship Program, and its company-sponsored and facilitated Agricultural Preparatory Education Program ("AgPrep") where The Wonderful Company partners with many Central Valley-based high schools, colleges, and other agriculture industry participants to foster tuition-free agriculture-focused career opportunities for thousands of Central Valley-based students.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Here's what you'll bring to the table:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience as an education lawyer (with a least 5 years practicing in California); Ability to quickly identify risks, provide concise, effective and practical solutions, and demonstrate excellent judgment.

  • Superior interpersonal skills, with the ability to present complex and sensitive issues to senior managers in a concise and effective manner.

  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships with a wide variety of company stakeholders.

  • Subject matter expert on California education law; member of the California Bar.

Here's what we'll bring to the table:

  • Competitive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Vision, Dental, and 401k with match eligibility.

  • Subsidized gym membership.

  • Onsite subsidized high-end cafe offering farm to table meals and snacks.

  • Free onsite yoga classes and other wellness-focused activities.

  • Wonderful Giving (www.wonderfulgiving.com) -- allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice.

  • Free tobacco cessation programs.

  • Work-life integration.

  • All the FIJI Water and Wonderful snacks you may want in the office.

  • Discounted tickets to various LA attractions.

  • We are bicycle-friendly, with newly installed bicycle racks available to all LA-based employees.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Wonderful Company is a privately held $4.6 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic consumer brands. The company's 10,000 employees worldwide are committed to bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, most wholesome pistachios, almonds, citrus, and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines, and creating colorful bouquets that are sure to touch the heart. This commitment is reflected in the company's market share: Wonderful Pistachios is America's No. 1 tree nut brand and America's fastest-growing snack; Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America; POM Wonderful is the No. 1 100% pomegranate brand in America; FIJI Water is America's No. 1 premium imported bottled water brand; JUSTIN Wine has the No. 1 Cabernet Sauvignon in California; and Teleflora is the world's leading floral delivery service. A 2016 Nielsen study evaluating the familiarity, quality, and momentum of more than 2,500 leading brands revealed that Wonderful Company products dominated the top 10 lists of consumers across all generations, more than any other consumer goods company.

Wonderful Education's mission is to enable a lifetime of career opportunities by significantly increasing the number of college graduates in the Central Valley. Funded by Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of The Wonderful Company, Wonderful Education serves 55,000 students and partners with educational leaders, colleges, and teachers across 24 school districts to improve educational opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children throughout California's Central Valley. Initiatives include agricultural career training, college scholarships, school grants, summer camps, arts education, early childhood programs and preschools, teacher development and parent engagement programs. The Resnicks also founded the Wonderful College Prep Academy charter schools in Delano and Lost Hills, California.

For more information, visit www.wonderfuleducation.org.

The Wonderful Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.


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