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Senior Assistant General Counsel - State Litigation(Job Number: 200000DK)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy and Assistant Deputy General Counsels, the Senior Assistant General Counsel represents CPS and its agents in state court and various administrative forums. The Senior Assistant General Counsel assists in the supervision in the State Court Litigation team and has the opportunity to provide meaningful counsel to CPS leadership, informing policy decisions and resource allocation. Matters include personal injury cases ranging from slip and falls to sexual assaults and death cases, construction cases, whistleblower claims, limited employment matters and breach of contract claims.
The Senior Assistant General Counsel will have the following responsibilities:
Managing an active litigation caseload and exercising independent judgment on complex issues related to personal injury, torts, affirmative litigation, property tax appeals, administrative hearings, debarments and other substantive litigation areas as needed;
Provide supervision and guidance to assistant general counsels and staff;
Provide client counseling, advice, guidance and support across a network of schools and departments.
Working cooperatively with supervisors, attorneys and staff within the Law Department;
Developing and maintaining professional, client-centered and productive relationships with diverse group of CPS departments, schools and agents; and
Demonstrating a strong work ethic, integrity, sound judgment, initiative, and strong analytical and strategic thinking skills.
Type of Education and License Required:
Juris Doctorate from accredited law school and Illinois license to practice law in good standing.
The Ideal Candidate Possesses Experience in One or More of the Following:
5+ years litigation experience; jury and bench trials; personal injury litigation; business-related torts; the Tort Immunity Act; Motion Section of the Cook County Law Division; commercial litigation including breach of contract actions and real estate - construction and/or mechanics liens; affirmative litigation and collections; representing governmental or education agency.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong communication skills (speaking - including presentations - listening, and writing)
Proven ability to manage a caseload with significant financial and/or reputational exposure.
Self-motivated with an ability to build trusting relationships with diverse groups of colleagues and clients.
Strong organizational skills and ability to manage numerous cases and matters simultaneously under pressure.
Ability to serve as a zealous advocate for CPS while concurrently maintaining the highest standards of integrity.
Preferred prior supervisory experience and a demonstrated ability to manage personnel of differing abilities;
Possess the ability to quickly analyze a problem/question and decide the level of importance and when higher level intervention is necessary;
Ability to articulate and execute a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals in the realization of expectations set;
Effective strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and align/manage activities toward goal fulfillment;
Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps.
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.