Career Opportunity

Special Education Compliance and Technical Assistance in Chicago Public Schools (Assistant General Counsel #1681)
Chicago Office
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Until Filled

The Assistant General Counsel for special education compliance and technical assistance in Chicago Public Schools ("Assistant General Counsel") will be responsible for the implementation of a Corrective Action Plan as a result of the public inquiry into Chicago Public Schools (CPS) special education practices.

  • Serves as liaison between ISBE and CPS with regard to special education.
  • Monitors CPS compliance with the Corrective Action Plan specifically and with special education laws and regulations generally.
  • Responsible for data collection activities related to the Corrective Action Plan and, in conjunction with a team of ISBE professionals, will provide training and technical assistance to CPS in the areas of special education.
  • Reports to the General Counsel and works closely and collaboratively with the division of Special Education and the division of English Learners.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • A law degree from an accredited university.
  • A license to practice law in the state of Illinois or the ability to become licensed prior to starting employment. (PROOF OF LICENSE REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION)
  • At least three years of experience in special education or related field.
  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of related current practice, philosophy and law related to special education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity for all students.
  • Ability to think strategically and critically on both short, medium, and long term priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communications, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work across divisions and possess strong project management skills.
  • Ability to provide training using multiple methods of engagement that is relevant across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Communication skills - ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, in writing and verbally across multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to facilitate small and large group meetings/presentations/discussions.
  • Ability to maintain records, and prepare reports and correspondence related to the work.
  • Interpersonal skills - cooperative, courteous, flexible, good natured, and concerned with being helpful and making a good impression and to represent ISBE in a positive manner.
  • Effective work skills - conscientious, persistent, resourceful, productive, active, and able to develop effective working relationships.​
  • Five years of experience in special education or related field.
  • Experience with large, complex urban school districts.​