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Associate General Counsel

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLASS DESCRIPTION
OFFICIAL TITLE: Associate General Counsel CODE: 0493 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Associate General Counsel GRADE: Q MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Under the direction of the General Counsel, this position is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, managing, and administering legal services for one or more of the principal legal practice areas of the Office of the General Counsel, such as special education, employment, development of policies and regulations, student rights, and/or contracts and procurement.. Depending on the practice area, major responsibilities include managing litigation or other legal projects assigned to outside MCPS counsel and providing consultation with such counsel; representing Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) doing business on behalf of the Board of Education of Montgomery County in federal or state courts or in administrative hearings; participating in or handling litigation cases as required; conducting settlement negotiations; drafting opinions and providing opinions and advice on a daily basis; and providing in-service training for staff, as requested.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of legal principles and their application, and expertise in one or more of the following areas of legal practice: education law including student rights, special education, civil rights, development of policies and regulations, employment law, litigation, procurement, real estate, local government, tort and/or contract law. Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in assessing, interpreting, and resolving complex problems/situations. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, as well as excellent skills in legal research and in presenting, explaining, and defending policies and procedures. Thorough understanding of public school operations and knowledge of legal research and case law that may impact the school system. Excellent skills in managing litigation in state or federal courts or before administrative agencies; negotiating settlements which accommodate conflicting interests and viewpoints; and in presenting, explaining, and defending policies, procedures, and legal issues, both orally and in writing. Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with MCPS employees and managers at all levels, as well as external attorneys and law firms, parents, government leaders, and community stakeholders. Ability to interact with diverse constituencies and convey complicated information with tact and diplomacy. Ability to multi-task, prioritize changing assignments, and organize busy work load, meet deadlines, and work well under pressure, while exercising excellent attention to detail. Knowledge and application of the six leadership standards that have been established for the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP/Montgomery County Business and Operations Administrators) Professional Growth System (PGS).
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Possession of a juris doctorate degree from an accredited school of law. Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the practice of law preferred, including recent progressively more responsible professional experience in educational and public litigation and administrative law, preferably in the public sector; as well as experience in one or more of the principal legal practice areas of the Office of General Counsel, such as special education, employment, policy development, student rights, and/or contracts and procurement.. Extensive experience in managing large-scale projects that require substantial interaction within all levels of an organization and community stakeholders. Successful experience with management and supervisory responsibilities, preferably in a legal setting. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Membership in or eligible for the Maryland State Bar.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Note: (Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or ability associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the core job elements.)

Plans, develops, implements, coordinates, administers, and monitors a program of legal services for one or more of the principal legal practice areas of the Office of the General Counsel, such as special education, employment, policy development, student rights, and/or contracts and procurement.

Manages litigation and other legal projects assigned to outside MCPS counsel and serves as the liaison with such counsel to coordinate their activities in a cost-effective manner.

Represents the school district in federal or state courts or in administrative hearings by participating in or handling litigation cases as required.

Represents the interests of the school system in negotiating between parties in certain settlements, the conduct of trial and hearings at the level of original jurisdiction or on appeal; and other court or hearing appearances.

Draft opinions and provides opinions and advice on a daily basis.

Reviews and/or prepares pleadings, trial, and appellate briefs

Conducts research of legal questions and issues, interpreting laws, rulings, and regulations and drafting legal opinions, policies, and other legal position papers which promote the interests of the school system.

Confers with MCPS administrators and employees and provides legal advice on a wide variety of matters.

Provides advice regarding federal and state legislation of concern to the school system. Provides legal review for regulations, agreements, materials, and other document.

Proactively anticipates legal issues relevant to decision making.

Provides updates on relevant State Board of Education decisions or regulations which are likely to impact MCPS policy or practice, any federal or state legislation which may require changes in existing policy or practice, as well as any court or administrative decisions.

Prepares and reviews contracts, leases, and other legal documents.

Develops and conducts appropriate in-service activities and trainings for staff on education law, legal interpretations and related areas.

Provides supervision, as designated by the General Counsel, for other staff in the Office of the General Counsel.

Lead and/or participate in numerous system-wide cross-functional teams to provide legal counsel and expert input.

Provide direct support to school based staff on legal matters.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 9/90
Date(s) Revised: 9/93, 11/95,11/2016
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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