Traditional 235 work days
Salary Range: $95,000 (minimum) - $119,327 (midpoint)
Essential Functions and Objectives:
The Deputy General Counsel role can range depending on the area(s) of focus assigned – e.g. student services such as Title IX and improving student discipline systems, special education, charter and innovation schools, transactional work, and/or labor and employment. In each of these areas, the Deputy General Counsel will work strategically and effectively with the assigned client partners (senior leaders, department leaders, school leaders).
The Deputy General Counsel position currently being filled will focus on supporting our Multilingual Education Department to assure compliance with the District’s Consent Decree and provide strong legal protections for the District’s 35,000 Multilingual Learners. The position will also support in Truancy Court for students who are struggling with attendance as well as a diverse spectrum of other in-house client matters related to students.
- Support our client partners in developing and implementing comprehensive and ongoing policies, practices, and training programs regarding equity, non-discrimination policies, Title IX, IDEA and Section 504, equitable discipline practices, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and other enabling conditions necessary to assure that we can provide equal access to education for all.
- Provides expert guidance and counsel to the District's senior leaders, Superintendent, and school leaders on various matters related to law and District policies.
- Represent the District in litigation, legal matters, administrative matters, and adversarial meetings when requested (e.g. IEP meetings, hearings, arbitration, OCR, CDE, CCRD)
- Assist in the planning and development of District policies and regulations.
- Manage, draft, negotiate, and approve the District’s contracts when requested.
- Oversee and manage the work of outside legal counsel when requested, such as immigration counsel and special education counsel.
- Provide legal advice in relation to draft legislation when requested.
- Assist the District with responses to Colorado Open Records Act requests.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
- Three (3) years of experience as a practicing member of the Bar (5+ years preferred if applicant does not have any experience with education law).
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and a culturally responsive workforce. DPS celebrates its diversity and will provide the necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all our community members, students, and employees. We are committed to being anti-racist and anti-ableist in our policies and in our actions. We work to advance equity and inclusion for our LGBTQ colleagues and students.
- High emotional intelligence and ability to build trust and effective working relationships with team members from all levels of the organization.
- Demonstrated leadership ability and ability to think strategically from both policy and legal perspectives.
- Ability to develop and build consensus and resolve conflicts.
- Detail-oriented and able to function well independently and as part of a team. Ability to organize and manage workload and multi-task efficiently.
- Demonstrated commitment to the core values of DPS: Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun.
- Valid Colorado license to practice law at time of hire,or ability to get "Single-Client Counsel Certification" under Colo. R. Civ. P. 204.1.
- Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.
- Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university and a Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association accredited institution.
About Denver Public Schools:
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.
DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth. Learn more at dpsk12.org.
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.