About the Opportunity

The Assistant General Counsel will work closely with the General Counsel of Democracy Prep Public Schools to provide legal support for the Democracy Prep Public Schools Charter Management Organization (“CMO”) main office in New York City and its network of twenty-three schools located across five states.

The Assistant General Counsel will conduct legal and policy research, including but not limited to non-profit, education, charter and employment law. The Assistant General Counsel will also support the network schools with contract review and negotiation, compliance, drafting legal memoranda, responding to subpoena responses, risk management and reporting requirements as well as litigation when it arises. 

Who We’re Looking For

First and foremost, we are looking for people who share our unwavering commitment to the Democracy Prep mission, which is to educate responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.

Beyond that, we want someone who seeks to grow professionally with the discernment to make quick, difficult decisions. We seek someone who is not afraid of direct responsibility and will be a trusted counselor and advisor to school leaders. 

Responsibilities:

  • Legal Research - Perform multi-state legal research as required in, among other areas, education law, special education,COVID-19 policies, employment, labor, and not-for-profit governance. 
  • Contract management, review, and drafting
  • Employment Law - Provide advice and strategic support to the People Team and business leaders on a range of employment law issues relating to recruiting, hiring, performance management, accommodations, leaves of absence, and other employment related matters.
  • Conduct internal investigations and assist with external investigations regarding employee misconduct and other matters.
  • Review and draft policies/procedures as needed (i.e, Employee handbooks)
  • Create and conduct network-wide training programs (i.e., reasonable accommodation training, boundary training)
  • Document Requests - Respond to document requests, including discovery, subpoenas, and law enforcement requests
  • Support the General Counsel in advising each region’s Board of Directors on governance and board processes and practices, including the preparation of board materials, minutes, resolutions, and governance policy updates 
  • Manage and track litigation
  • Collaborate with other departments and lead long-term special projects to completion.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications: 

  • J.D. required
  • Must be currently admitted, and in good standing, to Bar in New York State
  • 3-5 years of relevant and/or transferrable legal experience including experience directly advising clients, being a decision maker; litigating, negotiating, or conducting investigations experience a plus
  • A specialist in any of the following areas: litigation, compliance, not-for-profit law, employment, education, contracts, or privacy is desirable
  • A strong researcher, writer, and problem solver with analytical abilities
  • A strong presenter with the skills to train others.
  • Somebody with the confidence and ability to routinely counsel and collaborate with executives and school leaders
  • A strong team player who is solutions oriented and can work well with colleagues, outside counsel, network and school leaders, and opposing counsel.
  • A skilled communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and unquestionable integrity
  • A detailed and highly-organized project manager. 
  • A self-reflective and self-aware teammate who is committed to the creation of anti-racist schools and who is eager to use their skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Somebody who is proficient in Westlaw
  • Somebody who is proficient in Google apps, docs, sheets, mail, calendar etc.
  • Somebody with proficient writing skills

Compensation

Democracy Prep staff members are provided with a competitive salary, full benefits, and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed.

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Democracy Prep is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, or ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, domestic violence victim status, or any other legally recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Our mission is to educate responsible citizen-scholars who will change the world. We strongly believe that by building a DREAM team that represents numerous perspectives, backgrounds, and expertise, we can achieve this goal together. This is a value we highly support and strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply

 

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