Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment

Friday, December 6, 2019
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Position Details: 

Job Title: Associate General Counsel, Litigation And Employment

Posting Date: November 4, 2019

Closing Date: December 6, 2019

Salary Range: $55,000-$100,000

Position Summary

An Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment provides legal guidance to the General Counsel, Superintendent, School Board and school district administrators on matters regarding, but not limited to: (i) school law; (ii) police matters; (iii) torts; (iv) breach of contract; (v) employment; (vi) civil rights; (vii) constitutional law; (viii) teacher tenure; and (ix) commercial law. 

An Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment must have an active and extensive understanding of (or a demonstrated aptitude and willingness to quickly learn) the above facets of law.  An Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment should possess expert interpersonal relationship, critical thinking, organizational, writing and researching skills.  Also, must exhibit high attention to detail, the ability to prioritize tasks, initiative and a willingness to complete varied tasks. 


  • Law Degree (Juris Doctor) from an accredited law school (Required)
  • License in good standing to practice law in the State of Michigan (Required)
  • Teaching/School Administrator experience (Preferred)


  • A minimum of two (2) years of experience as a practicing attorney to include experience working in a law firm, corporation, governmental agency, non-profit business, school district or institution of higher learning
  • Experience in trial work
  • Experience in civil litigation (researching, drafting and arguing pleadings from complaint/answer, discovery and depositions, trial and appeal)
  • Experience with statutory construction, research, review and interpretation
  • Experience using computer-based legal research systems (e.g., Westlaw or LexisNexis) and knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including but not limited to Word and Excel
  • Experience working with and supervising outside counsel (Preferred)
  • Strong interpersonal, excellent verbal and written communication skills and executive presence necessary to effectively interact with Board Members, Superintendent, senior level managers, individuals throughout the school system and individuals external to the school district
  • Experience with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and other privacy statutory compliance (Preferred)
  • Experience with Freedom of Information Act and other statutory compliance (Preferred)
  • Ability to quickly and accurately respond to school based issues and questions (Preferred).

Required Attributes for Success in Position

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional presence necessary to effectively interact with individuals throughout the school system as well as individuals external to the district
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Able to work under pressure and to assume/complete several tasks at a time
  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize work and to meet strict deadlines
  • Exhibit a professional, positive attitude
  • Detail oriented and self-motivated
  • Can work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Regular attendance is critical; must have an exemplary attendance record 
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work in a cross-departmental fashion

Position Job Responsibilities

Under the direction of the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel, Litigation and Employment will perform the following Essential Functions:


  • Provide legal advice and counsel to administrators
  • Conduct research
  • Represent the district in lawsuits, alternative dispute resolution and  administrative hearings
  • Prepare, drafts, review all pleadings and submit same to General Counsel for approval before filing
  • As necessary, negotiate, prepare, draft, review agreements (MOUs, MOAs, Partnership Agreements, etc.) relating to the school district – and submit recommendation to the General Counsel for approval of all such agreements
  • Review and interpret statutes and regulations
  • Provide oral legal advice and written legal opinions to the General Counsel, senior management and Superintendent and/or School Board
  • As necessary, act as Hearing Officer in the Student Code of Conduct Due Process Hearings
  • Draft and review FOIA response
  • Review documents, policies, regulations, action items within the school district for accuracy, consequences and legal policy implications on an ongoing basis and communicate concerns regarding such on a prompt basis to the General Counsel
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the General Counsel (or Designee)





If you are a current Detroit Public Schools employee, presently employed with the district, you do not have to submit a fee related to obtaining the Detroit Public Schools security clearance.



If you are hired to fill a vacant position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools security clearance.

At point of offer to hire, please be advised that you will be responsible for a non-refundable payment of $64.50 via Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover Card, cashier's check, or money order, payable to the DPSCD Police Department. No personal checks or cash is accepted. DO NOT SUBMIT PAYMENT WITH APPLICATION.

Method of Application:


Applicants MUST apply through the online application system. ONLY applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position. All applicants are to attach a copy of their transcripts, most recent resume and cover letter. A copy of your valid teacher certification must be attached if certification is required for the position you are applying.

Applicants will receive an automated confirmation once they have successfully applied for a position.


Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's employer(s) prior to hire.

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested. All documentation must be submitted along with the letter of interest. Documentation will not be accepted subsequent to the closing date of the announcement. Incomplete information will not be considered. Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Division of Human Resources via email at or office at (313) 873-6897.


DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities.  Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or