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Assistant General Counsel - State Litigation(Job Number: 200000Y7)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 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.
CPS is seeking an Assistant General Counsel to represent CPS and its agents in state court and various administrative forums. Matters include personal injury cases ranging from slip and falls to sexual assaults and death cases, mechanic’s liens, property tax appeals, construction cases, whistleblower claims, limited employment matters, and breach of contract claims.
The Assistant General Counsel will be held accountable for 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 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 a 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.
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Assistant General Counsel must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required:
Juris Doctorate from accredited law school
Illinois license to practice law.
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
2+ years litigation experience
Experience in some or all of the following: 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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to articulate a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals in the realization of expectations set.
Strong communication skills - writing, speaking, and listening.
Proven ability to manage a caseload with significant financial and/or reputational exposure.
Self-motivated with an ability to build trusting relationships with diverse group 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 high standards of integrity.
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.