Job Details

Legal Staff

Oregon Employment Department, Salem

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/21/2019

Are you looking to join a dynamic friendly team? Do you have excellent organization, attention to detail, and time management skills? Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities? If so, please consider joining our team and apply today!

Every employee at the Employment Department is passionate about serving Oregonians and Oregon businesses. If you feel inspired and motivated by our mission, vision, and values, we invite you to join us in exceeding our customers’ expectations!

Our mission: to support business and promote employment. We do this by providing stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment, by helping businesses find great workers and job seekers find employment, and by providing workforce and economic information to promote informed decision making.
Our vision: an Oregon where meaningful work enables the state’s diverse people and businesses to realize their full potential, creating prosperity in every community.
Our values: integrity, respect, and community. We want to be trusted to keep our word, always acting with honesty and courage. We value diverse perspectives, assume good intent, and act with compassion. We foster a sense of belonging for our employees, partners, and customers, creating positive impacts where we live and work.

What you will be doing:

In this role you will be reviewing contested case hearing records in unemployment insurance benefits cases

for errors of fact and law, draft legally sufficient orders on behalf of the board, advise the board, and facilitate the board's deliberative process.

Review contested case records, including hearing transcripts and audio recordings, exhibits, record documents, arguments, and legal memoranda for substantive and procedural issues, including issues of statutory authority, due process, and fundamental fairness.
Review petitions for judicial review and briefs, and requests for reconsideration and accompanying arguments, analyze, and advise the board.
Monitor amendments to law and policy affecting EAB decisions, including but not limited to appellate opinions, amendments to state and federal statutes, administrative rules, and agency rules and regulations.
Determine the material legal and factual issues involved in each case, on a case by case basis, including issues of credibility.
Efficiently draft clear, cogent, and legally sufficient proposed final decisions consistent with the applicable law and rules, and consistent with independent judgment and the judgment of the panel deciding the case, based on a comprehensive review and analysis of the hearing record.
Participate in a collaborative editing and peer review process with peers and board members.
Interact with board members, peers, and parties: Respond to direct substantive and procedural inquiries, written and oral, from board members, coworkers, parties, and party representatives, concerning a variety of issues.

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What’s in it for you:

A workplace that balances productivity with enjoyment, and encourages learning and mentoring.
Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service.
A workplace that fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to maintain a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or status as a victim of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. This policy applies to every aspect of our employment practices, including recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, and training.
Work/life balance, 10 paid holidays a year, and a competitive benefits package.

What we are looking for:

Ability to work with minimal supervision while exercising sound judgment in producing legally sufficient written decisions.
Ability to consistently produce high quality work product while tracking multiple, short deadlines and heavy workload, and competing demands on your time.
Ability to write understandable, accurate, and legally sufficient decisions that apply the law to contested facts.
Professionalism in a collaborative environment.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Commitment to valuing diversity and promoting inclusion.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
A law degree and one (1) year of experience as a trial lawyer, as an appellate attorney, or conducting administrative hearings; OR
Bachelor's degree with courses in administrative law AND two years of experience in one of the following:
preparing, developing, and/or presenting cases before administrative hearings
preparing written administrative decisions based on laws and regulations
conducting contested case hearings

Note: Three additional years of experience conducting contested case hearings may substitute for the Bachelor's degree.

Note: In addition to your relevant work experience and education, we will use the attributes and minimum qualifications listed above under the “What we are looking for” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure the attributes and minimum qualifications you have are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials will be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

How to Apply:

External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” link above to fill out the online application and submit by the posted closing date. Please use the name you want us to use to address you. You can upload your resume and the system will parse your information into the application.
Current State of Oregon employees (including temporary employees)must apply through your employee Workday account.
Please attach a Resume and Cover Letter to your application. The cover letter must be no longer than two pages.
Warning!The system will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process. You cannot save your progress and come back to it later.
Important: Please monitor both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application.

Additional Information:

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Veterans’ Preference:

To receive Veterans' Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to your Workday account after successfully submitting your application. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation.
Please visit: for additional information on required documentation.

Equity and Inclusion:

View guidance our hiring managers use at the following link:

Criminal Records Check:
The Employment Department is committed to being a leader in providing its employees with fair and equal employment opportunities and recognizes that as a best practice in equity and inclusion, criminal background check policies shall be job related and consistent with business necessity. The agency will only consider information from the past four years (starting from the date of the arrest) for nonviolent offenses and the past seven years for violent offenses when conducting its own criminal records checks pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 125-007-0200 through 125-007-0330. For positions with authorized access to FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) information, a separate criminal records check is conducted by the Oregon State Police. If you would like further information on how each criminal records check is conducted, please read our Criminal Records Check Policy ( or contact us at the number below with any questions.

Contact Information and Helpful Links:

If you have questions about the job announcement or need an alternate format to apply, please contact us at 503-947-1289; Please be sure to include the job announcement number.

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