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Sacramento, CA, USA

Under general direction from the Executive Director/CEO, exercises general direction and supervisory, professional, technical and legal support through subordinate levels of supervision; provides guidance for the Education Legal Alliance and supports CLIENT’s members by initiating and supporting litigation cases and issues of statewide significance to California school districts, county offices of education, and ROC/Ps; consistent with CLIENT’s mission and strategic direction, the legal department provides support to CLIENT’s members and leadership and also provides corporate support for other departments within CLIENT; coordinates assigned activities with other Association divisions and departments, and outside agencies.



  • Provides legal advice and counsel on Association business and contractual matters.
  • Provides litigation support and management and compliance with corporate formalities and Association obligations; provides full legal support to all business units in managing their legal risks about contract administration, capital project planning and financial investments.
  • Provides legal support for project development, including the drafting and review of letters of intent, option agreements, purchase agreements and consultant contracts.
  • Provides counsel and support to compliance matters to ensure regulatory requirements, statutes, rules and regulations are followed.
  • Leads the Education Legal Alliance Attorney Advisory and Steering Committees by preparing agendas, facilitating meetings, and developing recommendations in cases, tracking and reporting to the Committees, Board of Directors, and Delegate Assembly.
  • Coordinates and monitors appellate level amicus activities, recruits amicus writers, reviews and revises amicus briefs for consistency with CLIENT’s position. Writes amicus briefs, letters to the appellate courts, and letters to regulatory bodies.
  • Provides legal support to all CLIENT departments and related entities, including reviewing proposed sample board policies and administrative regulations developed by the Policy Services Department.
  • Interprets the impact of legislation and proposed legislation, regulations, and court decisions on CLIENT member districts and provides guidance and written materials on impact and implementation.

Knowledge of:

  • Laws of the California public education system.
  • Principles and practices of: budget development and administration; employee supervision, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures; contract management; and researching issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations, and presenting effective staff reports; and general principles of risk management related to the functions of assigned areas.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs of assigned functional areas.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Association in state and federal courts, contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Association staff.

Experience, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited institution; active membership to state bar in good standing and qualified to practice law in Northern America (CA law license preferred or immediately eligible to be admitted to the State Bar of CA).
  • 10+ years practicing law including experience as General/In-House Counsel is preferred, or a combination of practicing law and experience in the area(s) of education, non-profit organizations, and/or corporations, plus two (2) years of supervisory and/or administrative experience is preferred.

Environmental Elements & Physical Demands

  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines, instructions, and policies.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone; must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed in the execution of duties.
  • Must be able to sit at computer for long periods of time and have the dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard office equipment.
  • Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, hand truck available to assist.
  • Must be able to travel overnight on occasion throughout the state of California.
  • Frequent travel preferably by car. Proof of insurance and a clean DMV record may be required.


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