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by The Wonderful Company LLC - 08/18/2016
"We are seeking a seasoned professional with significant California education law experience to lead our Education Law function in the Legal Department of The Wonderful Company through its Wonderful Education efforts. "
Senior Education Counsel
The Wonderful Company LLC
Los Angeles, CA

The Wonderful Company LLC

Job Description

The Role:
We are seeking a seasoned professional with significant California education law experience to lead our Education Law function in the Legal Department of The Wonderful Company through its Wonderful Education efforts. Please see for more information on Wonderful Education.

The lawyer will report to an Associate General Counsel, with a dotted line to our Chief Legal Officer, in connection with highly sensitive matters. The lawyer will provide legal counsel and related advice to our Wonderful Education team, helping to proactively identify and manage education law projects and mitigate education law risks. The lawyer will also be actively engaged in governmental and political activities of The Wonderful Company as they impact education issues and policy.

Our full service law group is a sizeable team, with approximately 70 individuals, including 40 attorneys. As compared to many other in-house groups, our lawyers actually do the overwhelming majority of the legal work instead of just managing outside counsel. This allows our lawyers to continue to expand their legal skills, while developing their business skills and learning the unique risk profiles of our individual businesses. Our lawyers are sought after across our businesses as go-to problem solvers and highly regarded as such. Additional perks include not having to bill hours, no pressure to get or retain clients, and a reasonably consistent and predictable work schedule, involving limited travel.

This is a rare opportunity to join a vibrant and growing entrepreneurial and privately-owned company whose owners are personally invested in helping to improve the health, education and economic opportunity of children and families in California's Central Valley. Sound interesting?

Here's what you'll do:
•Education Law Advice. Advise our Wonderful Education team on education law issues, including with respect to charter school and preschool formation, operation, funding and compliance. Assist Wonderful Education in developing school policies and procedures, as appropriate. Ensure compliance with applicable laws and regularly update employee, teacher and school handbooks, policies and procedures. Advise on technical areas of education law, such as the California Education Code, The Every Child Succeeds Act, the Brown Act and the Political Reform Act, and applicable regulations.
•Governmental Relations/Political Advice. Coordinate with our governmental and public relations teams with respect to governmental and political activities. Build relationships with local, county and state governmental officials and agencies, and review and respond to upcoming legislation and regulatory actions. Manage education-specific lobbyists to help Wonderful Education be aware of, and take proactive positions on, pending legislation, and on various county and local initiatives. Engage directly with local decision-makers by attending community meetings in order to gain knowledge of grassroots issues. Assist in long-term planning for Wonderful Education's ongoing mission to boost communities through education and the promise of economic opportunity.
•Meetings and Public Presentations. Represent Wonderful Education by attending and presenting at various meetings and at local, county and state level public hearings.
•Charter Development. Prepare charter petitions, renewals and appeals, and negotiate memoranda of understanding with authorizers.
•Governance. Provide legal counsel to nonprofit corporation to ensure compliance with the Brown Act and Political Reform Act, board meeting legal compliance, conflict of interest law compliance and ongoing compliance with nonprofit laws. Recommend changes in policies and procedures for the purpose of ensuring compliance with applicable Education Code provisions, Federal and State laws and Department of Education regulations.
•Student Rights and Discipline. Develop and maintain Student-Parent Handbooks, Suspension and Expulsion Policies, and Student Admissions and Lottery Policies. Prepare legally appropriate responses to student records requests and public records requests.
•Preschool Licensing. Advise on licensing compliance matters, assist with licensing reporting obligations and license renewals.
•Wonderful Education. Draft policies and contracts regarding scholarship programs and draft correspondence with scholarship applicants and recipients.
•Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep Program. Provide legal assistance in connection with implementing the Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep program at various high schools and middle schools. Advise on compliance issues and legal drafting as necessary.
•Training. Coordinate and provide in-service training on legal matters for the purpose of keeping administrators informed of the latest changes in the laws and to prevent errors in the application of the law.
•Grants and Funding Eligibility. Prepare applications for SB 740 funding and advise on eligibility for receiving local, state and federal education grants.
•Consent Forms. Prepare and maintain a database of parental consent and other form documents for charter schools and preschools.
•Vendor Agreements. Assist in the negotiation and drafting of various agreements with service providers for charter schools, preschools, summer camps, and Wonderful Education.

Here's what you'll bring to the table:
•Ability to quickly identify risks, provide concise, effective and practical solutions, and demonstrate excellent judgment.
•Superior interpersonal skills, with the ability to present complex and sensitive issues to senior managers in a concise and effective manner.
•Ability to collaborate and build relationships with a wide variety of company stakeholders.
•Minimum 10 years of experience as an education lawyer (with a least 5 years practicing in California); subject matter expert on California education law; member of the California Bar.

•Competitive benefits packing including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Vision, Dental, 401k matching.
•Subsidized gym membership.
•Onsite subsidized high end cafe offering farm to table meals and snacks.
•Free onsite yoga classes and other wellness-focused activities.
•Wonderful Giving ( -- allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice.
•Free tobacco cessation programs.
•Work life balance.
•All the FIJI Water and Wonderful snacks you may want in the office.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Wonderful Company is a privately held $4 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic consumer brands. The company's 7,300 employees worldwide are dedicated to bringing consumers everywhere the freshest, most wholesome pistachios, almonds, citrus and pomegranates; bottling the finest water and wines; and creating colorful bouquets that are sure to touch the heart. This commitment is reflected in the company's market share: Wonderful Pistachios is America's No. 1 tree nut brand and one of the top-selling salty snacks; Wonderful Halos is the No. 1 mandarin orange in America; POM Wonderful is the No. 1 100% pomegranate brand in America; FIJI Water is America's No. 1 premium bottled water brand; Teleflora is the No. 1 floral delivery service through local florists; and JUSTIN Wine produces California's top-selling luxury Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Wonderful Company's connection to consumers has health at its heart and giving back in its DNA. The company has a long-standing commitment to corporate social responsibility, including more than $100 million invested in environmental technologies and sustainability research, nearly $50 million in charitable giving and education initiatives in 2015 alone, $30 million toward the construction of a new charter school campus in California's Central Valley, and innovative health and wellness programs.

To learn more about The Wonderful Company, its products and core values, visit

The Wonderful Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and with opportunities for advancement. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories.

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