Hampton City Schools are seeking a school board attorney.
Law degree from an accredited law school. Member in good standing of the Virginia Bar. Minimum of five years of experience, preferably in Virginia K-12 school law and/or working in a law firm representing school district clients. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and individuals. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
The School Board Attorney is the chief legal advisor of the Hampton City School Board and provides legal advice to the School Board, the Superintendent and Division Administration.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Attends all School Board public meetings and closed door sessions
- Assists the Board members in the legal performance of their duties and fair and just discharging of such obligations to students, staff, employees, and the public
- Provides proactive legal advice to the School Board and the Superintendent on all matters affecting the operation of the school system
- Supports and/or represents the Division and/or Administration in administrative hearings and proceedings, including matters before the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the EEOC, and the Virginia Department of Education
- Responsible for advising the School Board and Superintendent on all legal matters relating to the operations of the School District
- Provides legal services to the Superintendent as requested
- Provides legal counsel to New Horizons Regional Education Centers on personnel and special education matters
- Advises the Board and Superintendent of the legality of contemplated actions and current practices
- Represents or provides for the representation of the Board in all legal and administrative proceedings, including arbitrations, mediations and other proceedings
- Recommends the hiring of outside counsel and consults with other outside counsel who possess subject matter expertise as necessary or appropriate
- Serves as Parliamentarian at School Board meetings and acts as legal advisor to the School Board at quasi-judicial hearings
- Reviews and recommends appropriate changes to policies, contracts and procedures to ensure compliance with legal mandates
- Conducts formal and informal training to the School Board, administrators, teachers, school resource officers, and employees in the legal aspects of their duties
- Conducts and oversees legal research, preparation of legal opinions and answers legal questions from the School Board, Superintendent and administrative staff
- Works with the City Attorney's Office in certain matters relating to the school division
- Reviews and draws up legal documents and contracts/agreements required in the operation of the school division and renders opinions relative to substance, form, and propriety of such documents, contracts/agreements
- Provides quarterly reports to the School Board on pending litigation
- Performs other related duties as required
- Extensive professional legal experience, preferably advising and/or representing school divisions or municipal governments or other public bodies, in various areas including contract drafting and negotiation, policy development, review and interpretation, public employment law, risk management issues, special education and various civil and administrative legal matters
- Prior experience in K-12 school law and knowledge of employee collective bargaining issues
- Working knowledge of applicable federal and state school law statutes, general knowledge of ordinances and court decisions relating to public entities generally and school divisions in particular, and knowledge of board governance and parliamentary procedural matters as the School Board Attorney serves as the Board’s Parliamentarian
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT
Salary, benefits, and other terms of employment shall be subject to negotiation with the School Board. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be established by contract or otherwise exist as a matter of professional responsibility.
The following information is required to be considered for the position:
- Feedback on reference forms from all persons listed as references (minimum of two)
Only complete applications will be considered.