Legal Counsel & Special Projects Manager

New York, NY
Full Time
04-24-2019
Exp.: 2 - 5 Years
Description:
We are looking for a results-driven Legal Counsel to join our team. This role is an opportunity for a creative, talented attorney to join a committed start-up team dedicated to delivering excellent, free public education to children of all backgrounds and transforming the landscape of public education.

Key Responsibilities
  • Researching and advising on a wide variety of schooling and legal matters (education law/regulations, building code, facilities/real estate, special education, intellectual property, tax-exempt, employment, contract review, etc.)
  • Drafting charter applications and program descriptions
  • Developing and drafting organizational policies and procedures
  • Seeking grant opportunities and drafting grant applications
  • Monitoring education-related policy and legislative developments and advancing policy strategies that increase access to high-quality public education
  • Compliance reporting and oversight (regulatory and grant requirements)
  • Supporting on financial projection and budgeting work
  • Supporting operations team on building short-term and long-term operational practices and systems to shape every aspect of our operations
  • Overseeing and managing special projects at a high level
  • Interfacing with and overseeing outside counsel, stewarding these relationships
  • Proactively driving innovation, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles to find creative solutions
  • Identifying and spreading best practices and innovations that lead to great outcomes and processes
  • Wearing multiple hats as a part of a lean start-up team, supporting the work of others on the team

Required Qualifications
  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and core values of Zeta Schools
  • Excellent writing skills are essential, as well as the ability to write quickly
  • Strong research, problem-solving, and analytical abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment, and an ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative environment
  • Strong project management skills and a sense of ownership over projects that drive efficiency and excellence in all aspects of work
  • Ability to work seamlessly between high-level strategy and detail-oriented work
  • Strong systems-thinking skills to create scalable processes across schools
  • Passion for driving innovation, disrupting the status quo, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles to find creative solutions
  • Ability to work well under pressure and keep track of multiple projects/deadlines
  • Strong academic record and recommendations
  • 2-5 years experience preferred, but all outstanding candidates will be considered

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