General Counsel (Office of Legal Services)

The Nebraska Department of Education   Lincoln, NE   Full-time     Legal
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Posted on July 11, 2021

General Counsel
Office of Legal Services

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The Nebraska Department of Education is looking for a General Counsel to lead our Office of Legal Services and provide strategic leadership, vision, and guidance for the Legal Services Office aligned with the mission, strategic priorities, and goals of the State Board of Education.

The ideal start date for this position is August 30th, 2021.

Budgeted Salary Range:
$90,000.00 - $125,330.00 This range is based upon available budget funds. The selected candidate's skills, abilities, education, and experience will determine the salary offer within this posted range.

Examples of Work
" Provides leadership, coordination, and implementation for sections and guidance related to Legal Services.
" Provides legal assistance, opinions, and technical support to the Commissioner of Education, Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) staff, and the State Board of Education.
" Collaborates with and advises agency leadership on significant issues and operations of the Legal Services Offices. Maintains an understanding of the programs, services, and operational functions and appropriately implements policies, procedures, and guidelines.
" Prepares and reviews legal opinions, memoranda, contracts, findings of fact, conclusions of law, other legal documents, and information on facts and status of cases or other legal and administrative actions or issues.
" Interprets and provides guidance on policies, regulations, procedures, and standards, identifies potential problems, and formulates solutions.
" Directs legal research and case investigations to administer and enforce NDE statutory authority.
" Works collaboratively to complete annual and biennial budgets, and ensures the budget reflects major projects and initiatives, operational requirements, and changes in state and/or federal regulations.
" Provides leadership in the hiring, supervision, and potential discipline of staff. Conducts performance management activities including establishing annual goals related to the strategic plan, holding check-in meetings to discuss goal progress, and completing performance appraisals. Facilitates a continuous learning environment by promoting professional development to ensure all employees have the opportunity and skills to be efficient and effective in meeting the goals of the agency. Delegates work and projects appropriately among staff.
" Possesses a valid driver's license, travels independently, and works in a variety of settings.
" Maintains regular and reliable attendance.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
" Represents NDE in administrative hearings and meetings.
" Responds to legal inquiries for the Nebraska Department of Education.
" Reviews and makes recommendations on draft legislation, NDE policies, and procedural statements.

Minimum Qualifications:
Juris Doctor from an accredited school of law, admission to the Nebraska State Bar Association, and six years of experience in the practice of law directly related to Agency programs, including, but not limited to, providing legal advice to clients and preparing for and trying cases of general jurisprudence.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with education law in Nebraska and advising elected and appointed public bodies.