California School Employees Association

California School Employees Association

Staff Attorney

Based in 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 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.

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.

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 made by staff to enforce the rights of CSEA and its members under the Education Code, PRA and other statues.
  • handle civil litigation and PERB appeals on behalf of local chapters and members
  • provide legal opinions to CSEA management and staff on laws that affect CSEA
  • evaluate and defend PERB charges occasionally filed by members 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
  • investigate and advise member committees, officials and staff on internal disciplinary charges against members and internal appeals

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 independence, 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
  • 1-year experience in education, Public Records Act, employment or labor law, preferably latter
  • relevant pre-Bar labor relations 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
  • Candidates with JD but not admitted to the California Bar must pass the Bar within one year of hire

To Apply:
This position works at our headquarters office in San Jose, CA near the soon-to-open Milpitas BART station. CSEA has 12 offices in California with approximately 300 dedicated employees. A list of offices and locations is on our website .CSEA offers outstanding salary and benefits and an exceptional place to work.

The salary range for the Staff Attorney is $92,893 - $135,130. 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.

When you apply, upload your résumé 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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