Job Details

Managing Attorney

Oregon Law Center, Salem, OR

Job - Law

Close Date: 07/08/2020

Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a managing attorney to provide leadership and management for the three-person office located in Salem, Oregon.

Background: OLC is an effective legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven offices around the state. It has a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

The Salem office provides legal services to Marion, Polk, Linn, and Benton counties. This office has a focus on class action litigation, legislative and administrative lobbying, and representation of LSC-ineligible populations. Office priorities are set according to client need; current priorities are housing, employment, and civil rights issues. The Salem office is located in Oregon’s charming state capital, nestled in a picturesque part of the Willamette Valley that is still relatively affordable, 40 miles from Portland and 60 miles from both the Pacific coast and the Cascades.

Responsibilities: The managing attorney is responsible for creating and maintaining an excellent legal aid office as defined by our criteria for manager evaluation and program values statement. The managing attorney will handle and supervise impact litigation and individual cases, with a significant emphasis on class action lawsuits and other impact cases in state and federal courts. The managing attorney will engage in education and outreach to clients and community groups, and will build positive and effective relationships with community partners. The managing attorney will promote mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among a diverse staff, and will challenge and inspire others to achieve positive results and grow professionally. This position offers an exciting opportunity to use leadership skills to make a real difference for the low-income communities of Oregon.
Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities.
A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, a sense of humor, and positive attitude.
Experience with complex, impact litigation.
Demonstrated ability to think creatively about how to address low-income clients’ legal issues.
Demonstrated ability to mentor individuals and facilitate effective team interactions.
Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take next exam.

Experience representing low-income clients, especially non-English-speaking communities.
Fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
Leadership and supervision training and/or experience.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

How To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and list of references to Monica Goracke, Open until filled.

OLC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.