The function of the Senior Attorney is to provide general legal guidance to TCSA’s member schools, analyze proposed legislation and TEA rules to determine the impact on Texas charter schools, assist in drafting legislation and comments to Commissioner’s rules, provide support as needed to TCSA training initiatives, and coordinate TCSA legal activities in regards to contract review, risk management, and amicus efforts on behalf of member schools and TCSA mission-aligned causes.
Position Reports to: VP of Government Affairs.
Positions Supervised: Staff Attorney and Law Clerks
Essential Job Functions
Legal Services to Member Schools
• Oversee the provision of legal services to member schools. Regularly provide direct legal advice and send periodic legal advisories to member schools.
• Develop model governance board policies, handbooks, and other legal resources as needed for member schools.
• Serve as a resource for the Association’s governance and charter officer education programs in matters pertaining to charter school law and assist the Director of Training in preparing instructional materials, providing training as needed.
Charter School Policy and Advocacy
• Provide legal interpretation to the Association for questions related to the operation of Texas public charter schools, including the interpretation of new statutes, rules, and existing state and federal laws.
• Lend legal expertise in support of the Association’s advocacy agenda by assisting in the drafting and editing of proposed legislation and Commissioner’s rules, as well as testifying before state legislature and regulatory agencies as necessary and appropriate.
• Participate in legislative meetings with the advocacy committee at the direction of the VP of Government Affairs.
• Draft, in cooperation with the Director of Research and Policy, written comments on behalf of member schools regarding administrative rule changes.
Legal Services to the Association
• Assist the Chief Operating Officer as needed in the drafting and review of the Association’s policies and procedures governing personnel, finances, risk management, and other administrative affairs of the Association.
• Review Association contracts with vendors and other entities.
• Analyze demand letters, administrative proceedings, and court cases filed against or on behalf of the Association. Assist in assignments to outside legal counsel as necessary.
• Oversee the management of the Association’s legal staff, law fellows, and term law clerks.
• Maintain regular and punctual attendance
• As an exempt employee, work must be completed, even outside of regular business hours
• Travel 15% of the time
• Work cooperatively with others
• Work in office environment, including sitting for long periods of time
• Comply with all company policies and procedures
• Attend meetings the TCSA Board of Directors and TCSA Member Council at the request of the CEO and provide legal information as appropriate.
• Annually receive continuing legal education credit sufficient to maintain membership in the State Bar of Texas.
• Participate in state and national associations of school law attorneys, particularly those involving charter school law attorneys.
• Other duties as needed
• Graduated from an accredited law school
• Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas
• Five (5) years of legal practice and/or developing education policy and research
• Knowledge of state and federal education law
• Strong communication and writing skills
• Understanding of the charter school movement in Texas
• Legislative experience
• Management or supervisory experience
• Competitive Salary (actual salary is dependent on qualifications)
• Health Insurance, including medical, dental, and life insurance
• Paid holidays and vacations
• Matching Plan for 401(k) contributions
This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Nor is it an exhaustive list of all functions that the employee may be required to perform, and the employee may be required to perform additional functions. TCSA reserves the exclusive right to revise the job description at any time without notice. Employment with TCSA is at-will. An at-will employment relationship can be terminated at any time with or without reason or notice by either the employer or employee. This at- will relationship exists regardless of any statements made to the contrary. The employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily, with or without accommodations. If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship.