Sep 20, 2023

CA: Associate Counsel

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA

Job Description

Thank you for your interest. If you are a Green Dot employee, please apply using the Career Worklet on the Workday Home Page.

We are excited to expand Green Dot California's Legal team. If you are seeking to make a difference in public education, thrive when working with passionate and kind individuals towards a mission, have a can-do attitude, and are experienced in California labor and employment law, we encourage you to apply. In this role, you will gain invaluable skills working in a dynamic, team-oriented environment and will collaborate heavily with members across the organization, in particular members of the Legal and Human Resources teams.


Personnel Matters:
Lead personnel investigations, including school-site investigations regarding allegations of serious employee misconduct, and coordinate with management on resulting personnel decisions; draft investigation reports and employee-discipline notices
Partner with the Green Dot Human Resources Department to advise on leaves, benefits, and accommodations requests

Review contracts (e.g., consultants, vendors, after-school programs, university partnerships, maintenance, transportation)

Student Behavior:
Review student discipline matters, including suspensions and expulsions, and advise management on an ongoing basis
Respond to urgent school matters as requested (e.g., law-enforcement investigations, parent concerns, custody issues)

Oversight and Compliance:
Review Green Dot policies including the Employee Handbook and Student Policy Manual to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Review new legislation impacting charter schools, advise on revising policies to address new legal mandates
Advise management on governance issues, including legal compliance with the Brown Act; prepare board resolutions; review board-meeting minutes
Advise management on a variety of issues with an eye towards mitigating risk

Additional Responsibilities:
Conduct legal research on a wide variety of issues, including education law, charter school law, personnel matters, labor law, student rights (e.g., search & seizure, free speech), family law, corporate governance and FERPA
Respond to subpoenas and public records requests
Other duties as assigned

As an ideal candidate you

have a J.D. degree from an ABA approved law school, and California Bar admission
have 3-5 years of experience working in one or both of the following areas:
*Employment law: counseling clients on day to day matters; participating in workplace investigations; defending personnel matters before administrative tribunals, state and federal courts
*Education law: advising public schools on an array of topics including personnel, labor relations, student discipline, and special education
are experienced working with labor associations (a plus)
possess excellent project management, client relations, writing and oral communication skills.
thrive in a fast-paced environment with frequent changes in priorities
possess strong interpersonal skills
are committed to ethical behavior at all levels of the organization
are energetic and resilient person with an open and straightforward operating style; someone with a natural and effective teamwork orientation who can work with and gain the trust of personnel at all levels within an organization
are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot's mission and the communities we serve
will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer
will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (submission of proof of vaccination will be required)

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

The starting salary range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000, based on education and experience. In addition, the position qualifies for a one-time $2,500 signing bonus, paid in two installments after months 6 and 12 of employment (subject to change).

Green Dot also offers one of the most robust and comprehensive benefits packages in the industry (for both you and your dependents):

PPO, EPO and HMO choices for medical, dental and vision coverage - including a 100% employer-paid option (visit for more information).
Employee Assistance Program (100% employer-paid)
Life and AD&D Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Optional Term Life & AD&D Insurance
Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance (100% employer-paid)
Flexible Spending Accounts (health and dependent care)
Monthly parking for Central Office-based employees (100% employer-paid)
Optional California Parking Cash-Out program for Central Office-based employees
Wellness programs and resources
Financial planning/coaching access
Optional non-matching 401(k) plan
Potential for remote work opportunities (occasional or on-going)
Potential for annual performance-based compensation increases
Potential for annual bonuses
Potential for stipend work opportunities
Approved family care and/or medical leave (unpaid)

Green Dot also offers generous paid time off for an overall work-life balance, while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students:

15 days of paid time off during years 1-3 of service (20 days during years 4-6 and 25 days beyond 6 years of service)
An additional 15 days (minimum) of paid time off each year for our Winter and Spring breaks* (which include the Christmas and New Year's holidays), as well as an additional 10 annual paid holidays (MLK Day, President's Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, July 4th, Labor Day and Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Day after Thanksgiving)
3-5 days of paid bereavement leave (if needed)

*May be adjusted annually

Only those applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted and we are looking to fill this position as soon as possible.

Green Dot California Central Office, Los Angeles, CA

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