General Counsel - Round Rock ISD - Austin, TX

Posted By: Lisa Rosales Career Center ,

School District:  Round Rock Independent School District
City/State:
  Round Rock, TX
Where to Apply:  
https://ess.roundrockisd.org/ess/EmploymentOpportunities/ApplicationEntry.aspx?form=ADM&req=5082&sreq=3&desc=GENERAL%20COUNSEL
Position Open Until:
 1/5/2022

Job Description: 

Please submit a formal application through the Round Rock ISD Employee Opportunities website. A cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Visit https://hr.roundrockisd.org and apply today!

For more information on the selection process for this position, please visit: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gwj1cdyt9tgzoxci45d9w5gjom9vpepx/view

BASIC FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITY: Provide in-house legal services to the superintendent, designated staff, and board of trustees, including representation and research. Assist the superintendent and board in legal performance of their duties. Coordinate all legal services required by the district.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities noted herein; however, this is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.

Management of Administrative, Fiscal and/or Facilities Functions:

- Advise the superintendent, staff, and board on legal issues, including personnel and student issues.
- Prepare and conduct litigation and represent the district in administrative and judicial proceedings.
- Draft, review, and revise legal documents.
- Attend board meetings and other administrative meetings to provide legal counsel.
- Coordinate legal services provided by outside law firms, including administering contracts and reviewing billings.
- Serve as the district’s hearing officer for applicable student and employee grievances, complaints, and appeals as required by policy.
- Serve as the district’s compliance officer for all applicable state or federal laws.
- Provide assistance and advice regarding district records, including requests under the Texas Public Information Act.
- Monitor compliance with the Texas Open Meetings Act.
- Monitor compliance with competitive procurement and purchasing contract requirements.
- Assist in the formulation and execution of policies and regulations and review materials for publication in handbooks.
- Coordinate responses to investigations by the Texas Education Agency, U.S. Department of Education Office for
- Civil Rights, and other administrative or regulatory agencies.
- Provide legal assistance on district elections.
- Monitor and interpret the impact of proposed or enacted legislation.
- Research, recommend, implement and administer District and department policies and procedures that are in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
- Coordinate departmental activities with other District offices and administrators and provide assistance to requesting departments.
- Prepare annual operating budget recommendation for department and implement and monitor assigned budgets.

Human Resources Management:

- Provide administrative direction and leadership to assigned staff for the operational, financial, and personnel resources to effectively support District goals.
- Supervise, evaluate performance, and lead the recruitment, hire, and placement of assigned staff.
- Recognize exemplary performance of assigned staff.

Organization Improvement:
- Analyze critical needs in assigned areas and work collaboratively to design, implement, refine, and evaluate assigned programs in order to continuously improve the campus/department.

Professional Growth and Development:
- Conduct professional development and training, including preparing training materials for staff and board members.
- Guide assigned staff in the planning and implementation of professional development that increases effectiveness and improves District performance.
- Participate in professional development that increases effectiveness and improves District performance.

School/Community Relations:
- Interface with governmental agencies, business and civic organizations, and the community to provide needed information and to promote the District’s initiatives.

Organization Morale:
- Foster collegiality and team building among department employees; encourage active involvement in the decision- making process by all department employees; communicate expectations for high-level performance to staff; recognize staff achievements; and ensure effective and quick resolution of conflicts among department employees.
- Facilitate communication and collaboration among assigned department personnel and campus administrators to enhance service delivery, program development, and customer satisfaction.

Other Responsibilities:
- Comply with policies established by federal and state law, including but not limited to State Board of Education and local Board policy.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to public education.
Knowledge of the legislative process.
Skill in legal research and litigation.
Skill in operating standard computer and software applications, including but not limited to electronic mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as law, policy, and procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms with all levels of management, both internal and external to the district.
Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to stakeholders, public groups, and Board of Trustees.


ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: Law degree from an American Bar Association approved law school, valid license to practice law in the State of Texas, and four years of related experience, including three years in a supervisor capacity.

PHYSICAL & MENTAL DEMANDS:

Maintain emotional control under stress.
Work with frequent interruptions.
Travel district wide frequently and statewide occasionally.
Work extended and irregular hours.
Sit for extended periods of time.
Use computer for prolonged period resulting in repetitive hand motions.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:

Work is normally performed in an office or school setting with no unusual physical demands or exposure to hazardous situations.