Chief Legal Counsel

California School Boards Association

Posted: 7/31/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Legal

Primary domain: Education

City: West Sacramento

Postal code: 95691

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:


The California School Boards Association is the essential voice for public education. We inspire our members to be knowledgeable leaders, extraordinary governance practitioners and ardent advocates for all students.


CSBA strengthens and promotes school board governance.  We define and drive the public education policy agenda through advocacy, training, and member services.  Strong local boards of education are essential to ensure a high-quality education for every student in every community.

Position Details:

Job Description:


Under general direction of the CEO/Executive Director this position plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the District and County Office Legal Services department; directs and administers assigned operations, programs, staff and activities of the department for the Association; coordinates assigned activities with other Association departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among Association departments and with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; provides guidance for the Education Legal Alliance and supports CSBA’s members by initiating and supporting litigation cases and issues of statewide significance to California school districts, county offices of education, and ROC/Ps; provides legal advice and representation to school districts and county offices of education on education issues consistent with CSBA’s mission and strategic direction; maintains the CSBA Legal Services Protocols and Procedures; may work with the General Counsel/Chief of Staff to advise the Association’s affiliate corporations of District Finance Corporation and District Services Corporation; oversees market position and achieving financial growth, identifying business opportunities, provides highly responsible and complex professional assistance to the General Counsel/Chief of Staff in areas of expertise; and performs related work as assigned.

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  • Assumes full management responsibility for all department programs, services, and activities.
  • Develops, directs, and coordinates the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the department; establishes, within Association policy, appropriate budget, service, and staffing levels.
  • Develops, oversees, and maintains the CSBA Legal Services Protocols and Procedures
  • Ensures all legal services staff adheres to the CSBA Legal Services Protocols and Procedures 
  • Assumes full management responsibility and oversight of legal services provided to members 
  • Provides legal advice and representation to members in accordance with the CSBA Legal Services Protocols and Procedures 
  • Leads the Education Legal Alliance Attorney Advisory and Steering Committees by preparing agendas, facilitating meetings, and working with the General Counsel/Chief of Staff, develops recommendations on cases, tracks and reports to the Committees, Board of Directors, and Delegate Assembly.
  • Coordinates and monitors appellate level amicus activities, recruits amicus writers, reviews and revises amicus briefs for consistency with CSBA’s position. 
  • Assists with writing amicus briefs, letters to the appellate courts, and letters to regulatory bodies.  
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the department’s annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments, as necessary.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and directs department personnel; evaluates and reviews work for acceptability and conformance with department standards, including program and project priorities and performance evaluations; works with employees on performance issues; implements discipline and termination procedures; responds to staff questions and concerns.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department’s service by developing, reviewing, and implementing policies and procedures to meet legal requirements and Association needs; continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors the distribution of work, support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs the implementation of changes.
  • Contributes to the Association’s organization and strategic development goals and objectives and overall agenda and direction by developing and applying subject matter expertise in assigned areas; develop short- and long-range plans that support and impact the strategic direction of the Association; serves on Association leadership teams.
  • Oversees the development of Legal Services Agreements
  • Evaluates proposals and recommends professional services contracts for the department
  • Represents the department to other Association departments, member organizations, elected officials, regulatory agencies, community groups, and the public; explains and interprets departmental programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues.
  • Conducts a variety of departmental organizational and operation studies and investigations; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Participates in and makes presentations to the Board of Directors, Delegate Assembly and a wide variety of committees and boards; performs review of matters in areas of expertise pertaining to the various committees and boards.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the assigned area and other services as they relate to the area of assignment.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of working and official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in laws, regulations, and technology that may affect Association or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the CEO/Executive Director or Chief of Staff/General Counsel.
  • Responds to difficult and sensitive public inquiries and complaints and assists with resolutions and alternative recommendations.
  • Reads and demonstrates an understanding and adherence to CSBA values, policies, and practices.
  • Demonstrates respect, honesty and professionalism at all times. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision.
  • Budget development, contract administration, Association-wide administrative practices, and general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, procedures, and operational needs.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to assigned area of responsibility.
  • Methods and techniques for the development of presentations, contract negotiations, business correspondence, and information distribution; research and reporting methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, regulations applicable to education 
  • Legal research methods, practices, and techniques
  • Technology applications as used within the Legal Services department
  • Ethical standards
  • Principles, practices, and trends in public, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • California and federal laws relating to public, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • Sources of information related to a broad range of education policy and programs
  • Legal principles and procedures, including civil and administrative laws and procedures
  • Federal, State, and local trial and appeal procedures and methods of case preparation, presentation, and rules of evidence
  • California State educational system
  • Principles and practices of the development of new markets and new business initiatives
  • Business development model design, product development
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Association in contracts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with the public, vendors, contractors, and Association staff.

Ability To:

  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the department and the Association
  • Prepare and administer large and complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost effective manner.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel; delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Present statement of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written/oral form
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  • Direct and participate in the analysis of administrative/operational problems and make effective legal and/or procedural recommendations
  • Monitor current and proposed Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, regulations, and legislation which impact education 
  • Plan, oversee, coordinate, review, and evaluate business development operations and activities
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of programs and administrative activities.
  • Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the Association and the department in meetings with governmental agencies, contractors, vendors, and various business, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
  • Operate and maintain modern office equipment, including computer equipment and specialized software application programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing duties and responsibilities.



  • This position provides for a wide variety of independent decision-making, within legal and general policy and regulatory guidelines. Exercises general direction and supervision over management, supervisory, professional, technical, and administrative support staff through subordinate levels of supervision. This position will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and all applicable laws.  Overall responsibilities of this position include, but may not be limited to, interviewing, training, timekeeping and wage & hour management, planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, and addressing and resolving complaints.



  • Juris Doctorate degree; qualified to practice law in California and its Federal District Courts
  • 10+ years practicing law including experience in the area(s) of education, non-profit organizations, and/or corporations, plus two (2) years of supervisory and/or administrative experience is preferred.  



  • Employee works in a primarily sedentary office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. 
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines, instructions, and policies.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone; must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed in the execution of duties.
  • Must be able to sit at computer for long periods of time and have the dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard office equipment.
  • Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, hand truck available to assist.
  • Must be able to travel overnight on occasion throughout the state of California.
  • Must have the dexterity and mobility to facilitate or present information to a group, access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard facilitation equipment.
  • Frequent travel preferably by car.  Proof of insurance and a clean DMV record may be required.



  • Possession of, or ability to, obtain a valid California Driver’s license by time of appointment. 
  • Active member in good standing with the State Bar of California.


At CSBA, we proudly offer competitive compensation packages to our full-time exempt and non-exempt employees, including the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • 457 Retirement Plan
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation
  • Floating holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programs


Commensurate with Experience

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