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Minneapolis Public Schools: Assitant General Counsel

22 Jun 2018 10:53 PM | Priscila Barron Sanchez (Administrator)

Assistant General Counsel



Assistant General Counsel

Assistant General Counsel


Assistant General Counsel

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Date: Jun 19, 2018


Below is specific information for you to consider about this position.

Job Title: Assistant General Counsel and Requisition ID number: 56763

Close Date: No established closing date; open until filled

Organizational Unit: General Counsel/Legal Department (10000260)

Site: Davis Center (0001)

FTE: 1.0; this is based on full-time equivalency with 1.0 being full time

Union: Non-Represented(44)

Functional Area: Administrative

Resume and Cover Letter are mandatory to apply for any position.



Under general supervision, provides advice and counsel for MPS management staff on legal matters concerning the District; responds to inquiries on legal issues, and manages legal proceedings, negotiations, litigation, court appearances, hearings and processing of legal documents.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function.

Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

·         Provides advice and counsel for MPS staff and management on legal matters; provides legal opinions, minimizes risk and liability, and manages legal issues, documents and proceedings.

·         Responds to inquiries and provides advice and consultation on the interpretation and consistent application of state and Federal rules and regulations and MPS policies.

·         Provides legal assessments and recommendations; conducts factual and legal analysis to determine how legal issues should be managed and resolved, based on the facts of law and evidence; prepares memorandum to summarize legal issues, options, and recommendations.

·         Exercises independent judgment within policy guidelines.

·         Conducts legal research; gathers and compiles legal instruments and documents; identifies, evaluates and manages records, case files, and other information; prepares and presents legal documents, analyses, and recommendations as required.

·         Represents MPS in negotiating contracts, agreements and other legal issues; reviews and evaluates MPS policies, regulations and other legal matters; analyzes issues and recommends solutions; resolves legal issues within MPS policy guidelines.

·         Represents the District in legal proceedings, litigation, court appearances, administrative proceedings, and other disputes and legal actions; manages litigation, conducts conferences with opposing parties concerning settlement of cases, and negotiates agreements within scope of authority.

·         Manages activities of outside counsel and investigations.

·         Coordinates public issues with outside organizations and agencies; advises District on compliance with technical legal issues, appropriate responses to complaints, and requests for information.

·         Prepares and presents training for District staff on legal, technical and compliance issues.

·         Monitors trends in education law, regulations and legislative issues, and recommends operational, procedural and policy improvements.

·         Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment

·         Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with the law, all policies and procedures.

·         Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.


Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Juris Doctor Degree is required; AND five (5) years of experience as an attorney in a public sector legal practice; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.

**Equivalencies and experience of less than five (5) years will be considered in this search.

Knowledge of:

·         Minnesota criminal and civil statutes, rules, case law, administrative orders, policies and procedures, and applicable Federal rules and regulations governing public education.

·         Legal precedents and court decisions impacting public education.

·         Legal research methods, techniques, sources, databases and other research tools.

·         Techniques for case management, and the development and presentation of legal strategies.

·         Principles and protocols for the evidentiary gathering of information, documents, financial records and other data that may be used in court and legal hearings.

·         Duties, powers, authorities and limitations of an Assistant General Counsel.

·         Principles and practices of legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct.

Skill in:

·         Analyzing administrative and operational data and issues, interpreting laws and regulations, evaluating alternatives, and developing strategies for effective resolution of issues.

·         Litigating cases in legal hearings and courtroom settings.

·         Effectively assessing, interpreting and applying criminal and civil laws to information, evidence and other data compiled.

·         Investigating, analyzing and resolving District issues and complaints.

·         Exercising judgment and discretion, negotiating agreements, and mediating difficult situations.

·         Researching, collecting, analyzing, and preparing data and generating reports.

·         Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.

·         Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, community leaders, government agency representatives, and the public.

·         Operating a computer using standard and specialized software.

·         Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. Must be licensed by the Minnesota State Board of Law Examiners to practice law, and remain active with all license requirements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Bargaining Unit: Non-Rep

Grade: E18

FLSA Status: Exempt


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