Job Description

Associate General Counsel

Department:Legal
Office:BASIS Independent Schools Central Office - Scottsdale
Location:Scottsdale, AZ

Who we are…

Our mission is redefining education by raising the standards of student learning to the highest international levels. BASIS Independent Schools provide a joyful learning community, where hard work is celebrated and intellectual pursuits result in extraordinary outcomes. In just three years we have established six highly-regarded schools (PreK-12) in some of the world’s most dynamic regions – New York, Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia, and Shenzhen, China, with more campuses opening in the coming years. We are building a team of highly-talented, passionate, and hardworking 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. 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 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”
  • Excellent judgment
  • 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 a school, an in-house legal department, or a non-legal business role.

The nitty gritty…

Benefits and Salary: Pay for this position is competitive and dependent on education and experience. BASIS Independent Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Note: BASIS (collectively, BASIS.ed, BASIS Schools, Inc., BDC, A Public Charter School, Inc., BTX Schools, Inc., BASIS Independent Schools, LLC, BASIS Global LLC, and BASIS Educational Ventures, LLC), is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants for employment are recruited, hired and assigned without discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or familial status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military/veteran status or any other classification protected by law. BASIS expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee or student harassment.

Important Notes

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