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Attorney Advisor

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia charged with raising the quality of education for all DC residents. OSSE serves as the District’s liaison to the US Department of Education and works closely with the District’s traditional and public charter schools to achieve its key functions, including, but not limited to, overseeing all federal education programs and related grants administered in the District of Columbia; developing state-level standards aligned with school, college, and workforce readiness expectations; ensuring access to high-quality child care and universal pre-kindergarten for eligible District families; providing resources and support to assist the District’s most vulnerable student populations; administering the annual student assessment test (PARCC); providing regional, door-to-door transportation to school for District children with special needs; awarding higher education financial assistance to eligible District students at public and private colleges and universities in DC and across the country; increasing health and physical education awareness as well as ensuring access to free meals year-round; and providing a one-stop source of statewide school data on each traditional and public charter school though the DC School Report Card and STAR Framework.

The Office of the General Counsel at OSSE is seeking an attorney to serve as Attorney Advisor to provide support for various federal and local education programs at the state level. The Attorney Advisor will be the primary attorney representing OSSE before the Office of Dispute Resolution (ODR) in Special Education due process cases. He or she will also advise the agency with regard to compliance and enforcement of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Attorney Advisor will also have the opportunity to work in other practice areas within the General Counsel’s office such as IDEA part C, civil rights compliance, data sharing, human resources, language access, and FOIA. The Attorney Advisor will report to the General Counsel, Office of the State Superintendent for Education.

The successful candidate must have a law degree and must either be a member of or eligible for waiver into the District of Columbia Bar. If a candidate is selected and is not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, he/she must apply for membership and show proof of such prior to the commencement of employment. The candidate must have five years of litigation experience, at least 3 years of experience litigating Special education due process cases, and 3-5 years of experience working in the field of special education law, preferably in the District. This position is within the Collective Bargaining Unit.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume and statement of interest summarizing why you are interested and the skills and abilities you possess that will enable you to succeed in this position.

Please submit your materials to [email protected].