BASIS Independent Schools Central Office - Scottsdale is seeking qualified candidates for an Associate General Counsel!
Who we are...
The mission of BASIS Independent Schools is to redefine education by raising the levels of student learning to the highest international standards. Every BASIS Independent school provides a joyful learning community where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes. In just three years we have established five highly-regarded private schools (PK-12) in some of the world's most dynamic regions: New York City, Silicon Valley, and Northern Virginia, with more campuses opening in the coming years. BASIS Independent is building a team of talented, passionate, and hard-working professionals to ensure our students receive the best education in the world. Join us!
What you will do around here...
BASIS Independent Schools is seeking an Associate General Counsel to join our growing legal team. The successful candidate demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit, willingness to work hard and do what it takes to support our schools and central office, and sound judgment in providing advice in a fast-paced environment. Prior professional experience in an in-house legal department, non-legal business role, or a school is desired.
In this critical role, you'll use your legal knowledge and practical instincts to provide guidance and oversight on issues escalated by school management, research and analyze applicable law to establish and maintain compliance requirements and best practices for school operations, and partner with Human Resources and outside counsel on compliant employment policies and responses to employee relations matters.
Your ability to adapt to and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment will constantly be tapped as you work with senior management in both our central office and at each school on mission critical assignments and balance evolving priorities. Your desire for ownership of your work and to make an impact will be satisfied as you address the broad needs of our schools with limited oversight by the General Counsel and enable school employees to effectively and efficiently provide the extraordinary education our students and parents expect. This unique role will both challenge and reward the committed attorney as he or she makes a direct impact on our schools' and the overall company's success and future growth.
This position reports to the General Counsel and will be assisted by the department's Paralegal. Occasional overnight travel may be required.
You can expect to...
Support Our Schools
Assess markets for expansion by researching and analyzing licensing requirements, state and local oversight, and other requirements governing private schools in new jurisdictions
Manage the licensing process for new schools and partner with BASIS.ed, our curriculum provider, to ensure state curriculum and teacher requirements are met
Support school enrollment teams by advising on appropriate practices and preparing annual enrollment materials (contracts, tuition information, and related documents)
Provide legal advice and guide school leadership on day-to-day student issues including discrimination, behavior and discipline, student safety, incident reports, privacy, enrollment contracts, and more, as well as compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws
Review and revise the Student Handbook, related policies, and forms
Train and audit school staff regarding applicable laws and company best practices, including reporting, enrollment regulations, school employee training, student records, and more
Review and draft contracts, including facility vendors, extracurricular providers, and facility rentals
Monitor and advise on proper use of trademarks by schools
Manage any actual or threatened legal action
Oversee any insurance claims related to schools
Support Central Office Functions
Lead the legal department's partnership with our HR team and outside counsel to ensure compliance with local employment laws across our growing number of jurisdictions and support HR in resolving employee relations matters
Collaborate with HR and outside counsel to review and revise the Employee Handbook, related policies, and forms
Partner with outside counsel on employee immigration matters
Special projects, as assigned by General Counsel
To join our team, you must have...
J.D. and licensed to practice law and in good standing
3-5 years of experience as a practicing attorney
Ability to analyze statutes, regulations, and case law to quickly provide practical advice in a fast-paced setting
Ability to independently make decisions balancing legal requirements and business needs, and to efficiently and effectively communicate with non-lawyers
Strong legal research skills
Analytical thinker who is independent/self-starter
Polished written and verbal communication skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively build relationships with a variety of internal stakeholders and third-party professionals
Strong organizational and planning skills including the ability to remain flexible amid shifting priorities
Attention to detail and the ability to produce quality, on-time work products with limited oversight
An entrepreneurial spirit and an energetic do-what-it-takes attitude
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment
Ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and efficiently in a team environment
Intermediate or better skills in Microsoft Office Suite
A high level of professionalism, confidence, and integrity
We dream that you have...
Experience in employment law or school law
Prior professional experience in an in-house legal department, a non-legal business role, or a school
About BASIS Independent Schools Central Office - Scottsdale, AZ
BASIS began as a visionary venture in 1998 when Dr. Michael and Olga Block, world-class economics academics, found that students in their classrooms who were educated outside of the United States were not only more prepared for the challenges faced in college than their American counterparts, but were simply "better" at being students. Digging further, they found that low expectations among Americ...an students led to a lack of curricular substance in U.S. classrooms. Creating a brand new school in Tucson, Arizona, they discovered that American students thrived when challenged, rising to and surpassing the best students in the world. Thus the BASIS.ed revolution was born!They developed a formula for success, refined regularly since then, that proves every child can become a great student when presented a rigorous course of study taught by Subject Expert Teachers and supported by a culture of excellence. What began as a single campus in Tucson has grown to become a unique, high-achieving, and unprecedented network of schools - five independent schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Silicon Valley, Fremont, and McLean, an international school in Shenzhen, China, and 26 charter schools across the United States.Today, BASIS.ed students have propelled their schools to become the top ranked in the nation and acclaimed world-wide, as noted in Amanda Ripley's book "The Smartest Kids in the World (and How They Got That Way)."How BASIS Schools Graduate The World's Best-Prepared StudentsThe BASIS.ed curriculum and program of study are based on 15 years refinement of a rigorous, challenging, supportive academic experience, ranked among the very best int he world.