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Deputy General Counsel

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FLVS is more than just a school. We are a diverse team comprised of thousands of individuals, all working together toward a common goal, and as a team, we value the talents and contributions that each member has to offer. With this mindset always at the forefront, we keep the student at the center of every decision we make and continue to lead the online teaching revolution every day.

At FLVS, we do more than just talk about our values; we proudly live them and rely on them to be the foundation of everything we do: Put people first, Take the lead, Blaze the trail, Love what you do. We put these Core Values into action every day in order to deliver a high quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge Kindergarten-12 students need for success.

With competitive compensation and benefits packages, a superb work-life balance for all employees, countless professional development opportunities, a supportive management team, a collaborative work environment, and a “people first” culture, the FLVS team is transforming education worldwide and changing lives – one student at a time.

Job Posting End Date:

Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM on

01-24-2021

Job Title:Deputy General Counsel

Contract Type:Employee

Location:FL - HOME OFFICE

Job Description Summary:Our Mission is to deliver a high quality, technology-based education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success.

FLVS does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other reason prohibited by law.

The Position:

Position General Summary:

The Deputy General Counsel—as a staff member within the FLVS Office of General Counsel (“OGC”) – provides vital legal advice and services to the FLVS Board of Trustees, CEO, and FLVS staff at the direction and under the supervision of the FLVS General Counsel.

Specific Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to and represent Members of the FLVS Board of Trustees and FLVS officials and personnel in an array of matters, including litigation and administrative proceedings.

  • Serve as lead or co-lead counsel in various administrative proceedings and civil litigation and appellate matters, including matters arising from or related to the Florida Administrative Procedures Act, and statutory, equitable, common law, contract, and constitutional claims.

  • Assist FLVS personnel regarding Exceptional Student Support Services, including all matters related to IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA.

  • Serve as special counsel to the Board and/or FLVS officials in administrative hearings as directed.

  • Prepare legal opinions to FLVS CEO, Board, and senior administrative staff.

  • Prepare and facilitate requests for formal and informal guidance and opinions from various agencies and offices such as the Florida Office of Attorney General and Commission on Ethics.

  • Communicate and collaborate with other agencies and officials on behalf of FLVS.

  • Provide informal and preventative legal counseling to FLVS officials and personnel.

  • Assist in the preparation of training materials and presentations for FLVS officials and personnel.

  • Maintain thorough and current knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the Florida K-20 public education system.

  • Monitor and provide oversight of matters assigned to outside counsel and consultants.

  • Develop and monitor proposed legislation, Board policies, and FLVS procedures.

  • Provide proactive and preventative legal counsel to FLVS officials and personnel.

  • Develop, monitor, and review contracts and agreements as directed by the General Counsel.

  • Provide legal guidance and services to FLVS Board, CEO, and senior administrative staff regarding a wide range of legal issues, including employment, public records, open government/sunshine law, and purchasing and procurement, and student discipline matters.

  • Provide guidance and counsel regarding risk management operations, claims processes, and insurance issues.

  • Develop FLVS and OGC handbooks, training materials, and forms/templates.

  • Provide advice on legislative and regulatory developments potentially impacting FLVS.

  • Attend meetings, hearings, depositions, and interviews at the direction of the General Counsel.

  • Consistently provide highly effective verbal and written communications.

  • Demonstrate high levels of proficiency in text- and computer-based research.

General Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an ambassador of FLVS and OGC when communicating with Board Members, community representatives, parents, students, and representatives of other organizations.

  • Maintain confidentiality of records and information protected from disclosure pursuant to state and federal law, regulation, legal privilege, and/or attorney work product doctrine.

  • Demonstrate initiative in the performance of assigned duties.

  • Demonstrate awareness of and compliance with Board policies and FLVS procedures.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to teamwork.

  • Pursue professional training, seminars, and conferences to maintain and continuously improve upon the skills needed to faithfully perform assigned duties.

  • Identify, develop, and recommend model practices and procedures which enhance the efficiency and performance of OGC operations.

  • Perform professional obligations through effective work habits such as meeting deadlines, honoring schedules, coordinating resources, and demonstrating respect for others.

(The foregoing list of functions and responsibilities is not exhaustive. The incumbent will likely perform additional functions and responsibilities as may be directed by the General Counsel.)

Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school

  • Member in Good Standing with the Florida Bar

  • 10 years of experience practicing law

Preferred Experience/Qualifications:

  • Graduation within top 10% of ABA-accredited law school class.

  • Service as a federal or state court law clerk.

  • Service as the Parliamentarian of a school board or other public agency board(s).

  • 10 or more years of legal practice within field of public education or state/local government law.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to public education and governmental agencies.

  • Demonstrated success in planning, directing, and supervising the work of other attorneys and paraprofessionals in a public or private legal office setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with peer, superior, and subordinate officials, and personnel.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently perform and direct sophisticated legal analyses.

CORE COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESS:

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Clearly and effectively conveys and/or presents information verbally; summarizes what was heard to mitigate miscommunication; Shares ideas and perspectives and encourages others to do the same; Informs others involved in a project of new developments; Disseminates information to other employees, as appropriate; Effectively uses multiple channels to communicate important messages; Keeps supervisor well informed about progress and/or problems in a timely manner; Writes in a clear, concise, organized and convincing way for a variety of target audiences; The written message is consistently error-free.

CLIENT FOCUS

Prioritizes Clients (internal and external) and their needs as primary and is dedicated to meeting their expectations; Develops and maintains Client relationships; builds credibility and trust; Quickly and effectively solves Client problems; Provides prompt, attentive service in a cheerful manner; adapts to changing information, conditions or challenges with a positive attitude; Incorporates Client feedback into delivery of service to provide the best experience possible for the Client; Actively promotes FLVS in community by serving as a FLVS ambassador or volunteer.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Relates well with others; Treats others with respect; Shares views in a tactful way; Demonstrates diplomacy by approaching others about sensitive issues in non-threatening ways; Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings and capabilities of others; Fosters an environment conducive to open, transparent communication among all levels and positions; Takes the initiative to get to know internal and external Clients.

FUNCTIONAL /TECHNICAL EXPERTISE

Has the skills, abilities, knowledge and experience to be successful in functional area of expertise; Dedicates time and energy to keeping abreast of the latest information related to area of expertise and technology; Picks up on technology quickly; Does well in technical courses and seminars; Produces high quality work in an organized and timely fashion.

INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESS:

PEER RELATIONSHIPS

Finds common ground and solves problems for the good of all; Ability to represent his/her own interests while being fair to others; Solves problems with peers with minimal or no distraction to operations; Observed as a team player and cooperative; Easily gains trust and support of peers; Encourages collaboration; Exhibits candor with peers.

CREATIVITY

Develops new and unique ideas; Easily makes connections among previously unrelated matters; Creates and contributes valuable insights during brainstorming sessions; Takes calculated risks; Is not afraid to try new things.

SELF KNOWLEDGE

Seeks feedback; Gains insight from mistakes; Is open to constructive criticism; Is not defensive; Proactively seeks to understand his/her strengths and areas for growth; Applies information to best serve FLVS and its stakeholders; Recognizes how his/her behavior impacts others and incorporates insight into future interactions.

PLANNING

Accurately assesses length and difficulty of tasks and projects; Sets realistic objectives and goals; Breaks down work into the achievable steps; Develops schedules and assignments; Anticipates and adjusts for problems and roadblocks; Measures performance against goals; Evaluates results.

ORGANIZING

Uses his/her time effectively and efficiently; Concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities; Can attend to a broader range of activities as a result of organizing time efficiently; Can marshal resources (people, funding, material, support) to get things done; Can orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal; Arranges information and files in a useful manner.

PROBLEM SOLVING

Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; Probes all fruitful sources for answers; Sees out hidden problems; Conducts honest analyses; Looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answer.

DRIVE FOR RESULTS

Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; Results- oriented; Steadfastly pushes self and others for results; Exhibits energy and excitement to meet and overcome challenges; Consistently seizes opportunities; Consistently exceeds goals.

Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Occasional travel is required to attend meetings, training sessions and conferences; location may vary and may require overnight stays
  • Light physical activities and efforts required working in an office environment

(Reasonable accommodations will be made in accordance with existing ADA requirements for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)