Staff Attorney

San Jose, CA

The California School Employees Association is recruiting a Staff Attorney to handle caseload that includes civil litigation in state courts, proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and advising Field and Association staff on other matters.  This position is available at our headquarters office in San Jose, CA.

CSEA is dedicated to improving and expanding the rights of classified school employees by securing benefits, pensions, protections and funding for the service they provide.

This is a great position if you have hands-on experience in employment and labor law, and want to make a difference in improving lives, education and communities. 

If you believe our values for social justice, affordable health care and security for working families are worth fighting for, if you are committed to advocating for the rights, dignity and welfare of working people, and if you feel passionate about improving lives, our schools, and communities, this opportunity will have special appeal to you.    

Examples of duties:

  • evaluate litigation requests
  • handle civil litigation and appeals on behalf of chapters and members
  • provide legal opinions to management and staff on laws that affect CSEA
  • evaluate and defend claims made against CSEA
  • provide training for staff on legal procedures, labor law and other subjects
  • draft appropriate contract language
  • act as liaison to one or more field offices
  • advise and influence members, officials and staff on matters affecting the Association

Ability to

  • provide leadership to CSEA staff and members
  • represent CSEA in state and federal courts and in administrative hearings before PERB
  • interpret laws, rules and policies
  • prepare briefs, points, authorities, and other written materials for administrative tribunals and trial and appellate courts
  • present persuasive arguments in trial and appellate courts
  • exercise good judgment
  • remain calm and think clearly under pressure
  • exercise considerable independ¬ence, initiative, and judgment in researching and proceeding with issues and cases
  • foster collaborative relationships with diverse cultural groups, as well as with professional, technical, administrative and service employees
  • work occasional weekends or travel overnight

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • JD
  • Admitted to the California State Bar Association
  • 1 year litigation and trial experience in labor law
  • relevant pre-Bar experience may also be considered
  • clear and concise communications skills, in speech and in writing
  • knowledge of collective bargaining, public policy
  • a strong desire to make the union a powerful voice in social justice issues
  • valid driver's license, car and insurance

To apply:

CSEA has over 237,000 members who work in 750 school districts in California. Our members are para-educators, administrative staff, food service, bus drivers and employees in IT, grounds, maintenance and operations.

CSEA is the largest independent classified school employees’ union in the world. We have 12 offices in California with approximately 300 dedicated employees.   A list of offices and locations is on our website. 

We offer outstanding salary and benefits and an exceptional place to work. The salary range for the Staff Attorney is $90,187 - $131,194. Starting salaries are typically at the first step on our salary range, although consideration may be given for candidates with exceptional qualifications and experience. Additional benefits include 17 paid holidays, 3 weeks’ vacation to start and 5 weeks after 7 years, medical benefits for you and your family, life insurance coverage and a pension plan. This position is in a bargaining unit covered under a collective bargaining agreement.

Applicants who are not currently members of the California Bar may be considered if they are licensed in another state and pass the California Bar exam within 9 months of hire. Continuing employment beyond that date would require successful admission to practice California law.

When you apply, upload your resume and write a cover letter. Explain why your energy and experience uniquely qualifies you for this position and why you want to work for CSEA.  

Questions? Contact HR at HREmail@csea.com. Please go to: www.csea.com/employment to apply.


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