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Legal Services Attorney I

Organization: 
HIGH DESERT EDUCATION SERVICE DISTRICT
Closing date: 
Monday, November 29, 2021

Definition
The Legal Services Attorney I supports other attorneys in the office in providing a variety of legal services to school districts in Central and Eastern Oregon in the areas of employment relations and general school law. The Legal Services Attorney I also will assist in representing and advising board members, administrators and staff in collective bargaining, labor contract administration, employee relations, student and employee discipline, civil rights, public contracting, public records and public meetings, risk management and liability matters and other general legal concerns affecting school districts. Additional services may be provided at the request of component districts in the field of special education law.

Qualifications
A law degree and admission to the Oregon State Bar. Successful experience in the specialized fields of public sector labor and employment law and school law is preferred. Experience with public sector collective bargaining, labor contract administration, litigation and personnel management is preferred. Must have access to reliable transportation and consistent attendance is required. The ability to perform significant reaching, bending, stooping, crouching and lifting 50 pounds is expected. Applicants must have successful experience in working with culturally diverse families and communities, and/or have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to equity and strengthening engagement of a diverse community and skill in communicating with a diverse population.

Classification Administrative

Reports To
The Legal Services Attorney I reports directly to the HDESD Legal Services Lead Attorney. The attorneys who work in the HDESD Legal Services Program ultimately serve the interests of their clients who are the school boards in each of the districts served by the program.

Performance Responsibilities
1. Support other attorneys in providing legal counsel to school boards, superintendents, administrators and other employees acting as agents of the District and conducting research and providing legal memorandum on various legal issues.
2. Assist in serving as negotiator and advisor in collective bargaining.
3. Assist in advising and representing districts in labor contract management, mediation, grievances, arbitration, unfair labor practice cases, civil rights complaints and other personnel related administrative proceedings.
4. Assist in providing legal advice on various areas of school law and other legal areas including contracts, public contracting and procurement, record management, domestic relations, student rights and civil rights, and board operations.
5. Assist in conducting employment workshops and inservice training.
6. Assist in conducting complaint investigations.
7. Advise on policy development and compliance with related legal requirements.
8. Irregular working hours are common.
9. Respect and maintain confidential information in all situations.
10. Fulfill other related duties/functions as assigned or directed.

Terms of Employment
Salary and work schedule is set by the Lead Attorney; benefits and vacation are established by policy.