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Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Discipline

Chicago, IL
Full Time
Practice Areas: Labor Relations, Employment, Administrative Job #: 2100004Z Exp.: 1 - 10 Years
Chicago Public Schools (School District) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 340,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. School District 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.

  • The Law Department is made up of approximately 50 attorneys across various Units, including the Transactions Unit, the Litigation Unit, the School Law Unit, and the Labor and Employee Discipline Unit.
  • Assistant General Counsels report to the Deputy General Counsel of their Unit, and the Deputy General Counsels reports to the General Counsel.

School District is seeking an Assistant General Counsel who will work in the Labor and Employee Discipline Unit of the Law Department.

The Assistant General Counsel (Labor & Employee Discipline) will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:
  • Handle grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, employee discipline administrative hearings, and other labor relations matters.
  • Work closely with School District clients to ensure that labor and employee discipline cases are properly handled and litigated.
  • Review the legality of employee relations strategies and policies and possess a keen knowledge of federal and state statutory and case law in employment and labor areas as well as all areas that may impact the District.

Typical Duties/Responsibilities:
  • As described above, the Assistant General Counsel will defend the Board in labor arbitrations against various labor unions, defend the Board in unfair labor practice proceedings in front of the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, and represent the Board in termination proceedings in front of the Illinois State Board of Education and the School District Office of Employee Engagement.
  • The Assistant General Counsel will also daily advise various internal School District clients and school principals on labor and employee relations cases.

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 degree from an accredited law school
  • License to practice law in the state of Illinois

Type of Experience and Number of Years:
1-10 years of labor, labor relations, employment, and/or administrative law requested

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to solve problems and work independently.
  • Effectively litigate cases before arbitrators, hearing officers, administrative agencies, and courts.
  • Knowledge of best practices in employment and labor law, administrative law, and federal- and state-related law areas.
  • Ability to build trusting relationships and function effectively with officers, senior leaders, department managers, and school-based staff.
  • Ability to work in teams and independently, make effective decisions, and collaborate with clients.
  • Demonstrated experience negotiating and informally resolving complex cases.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership of and solve problems, to assess issues, and to provide sound legal advice.
  • Organizational skills and ability to manage many matters simultaneously.

Residency Requirement:
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (School District), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their School District hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

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