State Support Attorney – Employment Law

Description of Position: The State Support Unit attorney assigned to employment law is responsible for the quality and quantity of litigation in Oregon’s legal aid programs with a focus on employment law in improving our representation of low-wage workers and other clients in high priority cases. The person in this position generates enthusiasm and excitement for the programs’ advocacy, helping attorneys see themselves as leaders, and helping people gain confidence, focus on systemic advocacy and excel in their work. She or he works to improve the programs’ capacity to provide high quality representation in more difficult and complicated cases when they arise. A significant part of the assignment is to ensure that all legal services attorneys in Oregon have the necessary support, mentoring and capacity to fully develop their litigation and other advocacy skills. The support unit attorney will serve as advisor or co-counsel in significant litigation. The person in this position will coordinate employment law advocacy around the state, including facilitating the quarterly Employment Law Task Force.

The support unit attorney will be a member of a six attorney team — the State Support Unit (SSU) — that coordinates statewide advocacy by subject matter specialization. The Director of Litigation supervises the team and coordinates housing law. The four other members of the team provide leadership on complex litigation, administrative law, family law, and litigation and technology. The person in this position will participate in some statewide attorney training events. The SSU provides services to a statewide farmworker unit and legal aid offices located in seventeen communities across Oregon. The legal aid offices have a strong focus on systemic advocacy and serve diverse low-income communities with a high percentage of Spanish-speaking clients.

This position provides an exciting opportunity for an experienced litigator who wants to use teaching and leadership skills to increase the quality and quantity of litigation in legal services throughout Oregon. This position offers the opportunity to work creatively and strategically to improve the lives of low-income Oregonians.

Requirements: Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income communities. A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively. Strong interpersonal communication skills and a positive, energizing personality. Significant litigation (including complex, systemic litigation) experience in the area of employment law.

Preferences: Fluency in Spanish. Experience mentoring other attorneys and advocates. At least eight years of relevant experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer: OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse community. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

How to Apply: Send resume and letter of application to ejohnson@oregonlawcenter.org or Ed Johnson, Director of Litigation, Oregon Law Center, 522 SW 5th Ave. #812, Portland, OR 97204

Apply by July 14, 2017. Job open until filled.