General Counsel - Policy Advisor

Policy · Austin, Texas
Department Policy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation DOE

Company Introduction

Raise Your Hand Texas is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.  We support public policy solutions that invest in our students, encourage innovation and autonomy, and improve college and workforce readiness.

The future of Texas – our economy, communities, and citizenry – depends on how well we prepare our students today.  All students deserve a level playing field and equal access to a quality public education. We believe our public schools represent our greatest hope for educating and preparing all 5.5 million Texas students for the future.

The Role: General Counsel & Policy Advisor

Raise Your Hand Texas is seeking a full-time General Counsel & Policy Advisor in support of the policy initiatives of RYHT.  He/she will participate in policy formation and advocacy as part of the RYHT policy team.  We are looking for energetic, highly motivated senior-career individuals with a passion for the goals and ideals of public education.


The ideal candidate will combine broad experience with all aspects of Texas school law, particularly school finance, assessment and accountability, charters, and special populations.  A coherent understanding of the respective roles of local, state, and federal participants in our public school system is essential as well as significant experience with the Texas legislative process, including bill analysis and the public hearings process.  



  • Headquarters:  1005 Congress Ave, Suite 100, Austin, TX  78701



  • Legal analysis including state/federal legislation and agency rulemaking
  • Legislative bill drafting 
  • Public testimony on all Raise Your Hand policy issues
  • Contract analysis and drafting



  • Law Degree from an American Bar Association accredited school of law
  • Admission to the Bar of Texas 
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience; preferred three of the years be in a law firm or in-house corporate department
  • Broad knowledge of Texas public education and Texas public policy 
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to maintain effective collaborative relationships with Company leadership and staff
  • Advanced research, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong decision-making, organizational, and planning skills
  • Ability to multi-task several priorities and multiple-demanding projects within a high-stress environment

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. 

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Iliana Venegas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Director, Human Resources

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