State Education Agency Executive Jobs

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Listing of State Education Agency Executive Jobs:

Title: General Counsel 

Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Description: The General Counsel is an exempt position which reports directly to the Secretary of Education.   

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Advising and representing the Department and Secretary in all legal affairs
  • Provides expert and strategic legal advice to management
  • Evaluates and weighs multiple inputs and impacts of any decision or course of action
  • Anticipates issues and estimates risks strategically
  • Identifies proactive solutions that will eliminate or mitigate risks
  • Creates associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders
  • Keeping abreast of legislative changes
  • Managing an office of 8 attorneys and support staff
  • Assigning legal tasks within the Office of General Counsel, coordinating with outside counsel and the Risk Management Division. Managing outside counsel representing the Department in a number of high-profile cases with significant statewide implications
  • Overseeing the state-level complaint process under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and for ensuring compliance with IDEA
  • Prosecuting actions against licensees and applicants
  • Advising the Department with regard to proposed legislation and regulations

In addition, the General Counsel may be called upon to testify before the legislature or other public bodies, advise the Department with regard to compliance in federally funded programs, and must be able to effectively interact with counterparts in other agencies.  The General Counsel must also be able to advise the Department in Human Resources matters, and other internal matters. 

Skill and experience in litigation and administrative law is critical. Excellent people skills and the ability to handle multiple objectives with competing deadlines are necessary.

Requirements:

  • Proven general counseling experience in business or education environment Overall broad legal knowledge
  • In-depth understanding of how legal issues affect organizations
  • Ability to develop legal strategy and objectives
  • High degree of professional ethics, integrity, and gravitas
  • Excellent judgement and analytical skills
  • First class interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate legal issues or risks and to "see around the corner"
  • J.D. degree 

Please email your resume to Rebecca Jones at Rebecca.Jones@state.nm.us. Date Posted: 10/3/16 Closing Date: Open until filled

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Title: Chief of Staff
Location:
 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Description: The Chief of Staff serves on Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera's executive team and oversees the overall strategic direction of the PED. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  •     Ensuring agency staff is organized and has the necessary resources and support to do their work well, and that the day to day operations and programs of the agency are running smoothly
  •     Advising the Secretary of Education on key policy and organizational decisions
  •     Overseeing the agency's outgoing messaging and communications
  •     Ensuring the Secretary of Education is staffed appropriately and prepared for all external meetings and appointments
  •     Managing the agency's Deputy Secretaries and Communications team
  •     Managing the coordination and collaboration of the agency's leadership team, including planning for and facilitating regular leadership team meetings and briefings
  •     Providing thought partnership and decision-making guidance for the agency's division chiefs to ensure alignment to the agency's strategic plan and goals
  •     Supporting and leading on special projects and priorities for the Secretary and agency
  •     Identifying improvements to be made to various operations and processes in the agency and working with appropriate staff to facilitate the necessary changes
  •     Acting as the agency's representative to the Governor's office and to other external entities as directed by the Secretary or if the Secretary is unavailable

Qualifications: The successful candidate:

  •     Is passionate and driven by the mission of an excellent public education for all students
  •     Is goal- and results-oriented
  •     Is an organized, strategic thinker and can see the big picture
  •     Is highly skilled at connecting seemingly unrelated dots and quickly coming up with multiple, creative solutions to problems
  •     Has a track record of decisive, data-driven decision making and successfully producing outcomes even in ambiguous or difficult situations
  •     Has excellent writing and editing skills
  •     Has strong political instincts
  •     Has exceptional interpersonal skills and can connect and collaborate with a diverse group of individuals
  •     Enjoys collaborating and working in a fast-paced environment
  •     Is a seasoned manager and team leader
  •     Has significant work experience with leading organizational change and understands the various complexities of organizational dynamics
  •     Has expertise in various content areas as they relate to education reform policies and practices  

Please email your resume to Rebecca Jones at Rebecca.Jones@state.nm.us. Date Posted: 08/3/16 Closing Date: Open until filled