BACKGROUND

The mission of Zeta Charter Schools is to build and sustain high-performing schools that forge thriving communities of lifelong learners, problem solvers, and innovators. Zeta has launched in NYC with two public charter schools for the 2018-2019 school year, with plans to grow to ten schools serving Pre-K-12th grades. Zeta Schools are committed to:

  • Academically Rigorous Education for a Modern Workforce.Zeta will combine the best of an academically rigorous education, focused on critical thinking and problem solving, with cutting edge technology and tools. Students will excel academically and work to solve the problems of the future, creating and inventing in “innovation laboratories” and developing coding fluency. Zeta will invest in serving the particular needs of at-risk, high-needs, English Language Learner, and advanced populations, with an aim to diversify the approach in order to mine their unique and highest potential.

  • Mindfulness and Wellness. Zeta Schools will promote an environment of mindfulness for students, staff, and families. Mindfulness will foster kindness and serve as the foundation for a respectful school community. It will further teach students the value of treating others in a manner they would want to be treated and to learn self-regulation. Students will engage in invigorating daily physical activity and learn healthy habits, and all members of the community will be encouraged to practice and model healthy habits to maximize their own well being.

  • High-Performance, People-First Culture. We are focused on hiring and developing great people and maintaining high expectations to enable team members to grow personally and professionally. Zeta cultivates a high-performance culture that fosters extraordinary outcomes, innovation, efficiency, and productivity, while practicing a sustainable people-first culture. With extensive professional development every year, we put our efforts where we think the biggest returns are: our people. The people-first culture extends to our community as well—we will embrace family involvement in order to best serve the needs of individual children.


OPPORTUNITY

We are looking for a results-driven Legal Counsel to join our team. This role is an opportunity for a creative, talented attorney to join a committed start-up team dedicated to delivering excellent, free public education to children of all backgrounds and transforming the landscape of public education.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Researching and advising on a wide variety of schooling and legal matters (education law/regulations, building code, facilities/real estate, special education, intellectual property, tax-exempt, employment, contract review, etc.)

  • Drafting charter applications and program descriptions

  • Developing and drafting organizational policies and procedures

  • Seeking grant opportunities and drafting grant applications

  • Monitoring education-related policy and legislative developments and advancing policy strategies that increase access to high-quality public education

  • Compliance reporting and oversight (regulatory and grant requirements)

  • Supporting on financial projection and budgeting work

  • Supporting operations team on building short-term and long-term operational practices and systems to shape every aspect of our operations

  • Overseeing and managing special projects at a high level

  • Interfacing with and overseeing outside counsel, stewarding these relationships

  • Proactively driving innovation, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles to find creative solutions

  • Identifying and spreading best practices and innovations that lead to great outcomes and processes

  • Wearing multiple hats as a part of a lean start-up team, supporting the work of others on the team


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated passion for the mission, vision, and core values of Zeta Schools

  • Excellent writing skills are essential, as well as the ability to write quickly

  • Strong research, problem-solving, and analytical abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good judgment, and an ability to work both independently and in highly collaborative environment

  • Strong project management skills and a sense of ownership over projects that drive efficiency and excellence in all aspects of work

  • Ability to work seamlessly between high-level strategy and detail-oriented work

  • Strong systems-thinking skills to create scalable processes across schools

  • Passion for driving innovation, disrupting the status quo, trying new approaches, and tackling problems from many angles to find creative solutions

  • Ability to work well under pressure and keep track of multiple projects/deadlines

  • Strong academic record and recommendations

  • 2-5 years experience preferred, but all outstanding candidates will be considered


COMPENSATION

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Zeta offers a competitive compensation package.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If interested, please apply online at https://app.trinethire.com/companies/11684-zeta-charter-schools-inc/jobs/9430-legal-counsel-special-projects-manager.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and a 10-page-or-less legal writing sample. Work authorization required (candidate must have permanent authorization to work in the U.S.). Zeta Schools is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.