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General Counsel


Under the Direction of the Executive Director, the General Counsel will provide legal counsel to the officers, Executive Director and Governing Board. Identify, oversee, and manage legal and equity issues and responsibilities within all departments, across departments, and for Education Minnesota as a business entity. Oversee and manage the legal department programs, staff, and budget


  • Serve as legal counsel to officers, Executive Director, Governing Board, management and the organization.
  • Manage and supervise the staff, work and programs of the legal department.
  • Direct and oversee diversity, inclusion, and equity programs for staff. To the extent appropriate and feasible, coordinate and align these with the programs for members.
  • Oversee the legal department training program for members, staff, and the public.
  • Serve as liaison to the AFT and the NEA, including administration and oversight of the AFT and NEA legal services programs and activities.
  • Determine cases for referral to outside counsel, consistent with our Legal Services Policy, the rules of professional conduct for Minnesota attorneys, and business needs.
  • Provide legal counsel on personnel, employee benefits and other human resources issues.
  • Oversee the development of and compliance with organization policies.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Knowledge of unions, contract language and negotiations.
  • Knowledge of Minnesota Public Employment Labor Relations Act, employment law and/or school laws.
  • Knowledge of legislative, electoral and rulemaking processes and issues.
  • Knowledge of equity, diversity, inclusion, and/or equal opportunity/affirmative action programs.
  • Knowledge of education issues.
  • Knowledge of internal and external functions of E-12 and post-secondary education institutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to both draft and edit a wide variety of written documents.
  • Skills for presenting and teaching to non-attorneys
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong personal character, integrity, and judgment.
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and able to handle information with discretion.
  • Ability to assess and address complex issues and matters in a timely fashion.
  • Ability to perform and work well under tight deadlines and pressures.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple projects.


  • Juris Doctorate degree.
  • Admission to the Minnesota State Bar (or ability to obtain admission within 120 days of employment).
  • Experience in at least two of the following: labor law, school/education law or employment law.
  • Experience in labor relations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of products.
  • Valid MN Driver’s License or equivalent evidence of mobility.


  • Experience working in or with public schools and public sector unions.


Employee is required to: Continuously sit, talk and hear; frequently stand, walk and repetitively use hands dexterously, reach with hands and arms, bend and physically lift and carry up to 25 pounds; occasionally travel by various conveyances (e.g., air, rail, auto) and lift up to 50 pounds.


  • Travel, evening and weekend work required.

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