Employment Opportunities

Attorneys and Support Personnel:

The mission of the Oregon Law Center is to achieve 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 Legal Services Corporation. OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff.  Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. Thank you for your interest.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.

Positions  Available

OLC Director of Operations—Portland, Oregon
OLC Staff Attorney (3 Positions) — Hillsboro, Oregon
Oregon Law Center Supervising Attorney—Lane County Regional Office

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OLC Director of Operations—Portland, Oregon

Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a Director of Operations to be based in the statewide administration office in Portland, Oregon. OLC is a 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 also 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.

Responsibilities: As a member of OLC’s executive leadership team, the Director of Operations will be responsible for aligning OLC’s operations with its strategic vision and legal advocacy. Providing key support to the Executive Director, the Director of Operations will also collaborate closely with the Chief Financial Officer, the Director of Human Resources, and the Director of Litigation to provide statewide leadership for OLC’s offices and support the organization through growth and change. Directing both assigned staff and multiple contractors, this position has wide-ranging responsibility for a number of areas that are critical to OLC’s success, including information technology, office systems management, pro bono programs, oversight of grants and management reports, and union relations. The Director of Operations will oversee major activities including significant technology upgrades, office moves, and other new initiatives, and will help the Executive Director develop statewide policies and guidance.

The Director of Operations must be a skilled communicator and leader; be good at problem-solving and thinking strategically; have the capacity to manage and supervise employees and contractors; be adept at anticipating future trends; know how to both model and require accountability; and have the emotional skills to manage conflict successfully. The Director of Operations should have a practical mindset and enjoy tackling logistics challenges.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the organization’s information technology services
  • Developing and implementing statewide pro bono strategies in conjunction with local OLC offices, partnering closely with LASO’s statewide pro bono manager
  • Collaborating with other members of statewide leadership on issues related to OLC’s system for intake, case management, conflicts, and timekeeping
  • Overseeing and coordinating office leases, contracts, and insurance
  • Providing statewide coordination for office safety committees
  • Overseeing statewide grant applications and reporting
  • Leading OLC’s labor-management relations and activities
  • Assisting the executive director with statewide coordination, strategic planning, board relations, and policy development and updates
  • Assisting with financial forecasting and budget preparation and management, and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Any combination of expertise and education sufficient to handle most of the business operations described above
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with strong interpersonal communications skills
  • A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively, a sense of humor, and a positive attitude
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities

Preferences:

  • Experience managing large-scale projects
  • Management training and/or experience
  • Personal experience with issues our clients face, including poverty, disabilities, racial discrimination, gender bias, or any other minority status or affiliation

How To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and list of references to Monica Goracke, mgoracke@oregonlawcenter.org. Open until December 6, 2019.

OLC Staff Attorney (3 Positions) — Hillsboro, Oregon

POSITION:  Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks three full-time staff attorneys to provide civil legal services to low-income clients.  The positions are based in Hillsboro, a city of 106,000 located about 45 minutes west of Portland, and serve clients throughout the northwest region of Oregon, including coastal, urban, and agricultural communities.

BACKGROUND:  OLC is a 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.

OLC’s Hillsboro Regional Office comprises seven staff attorneys, two paralegals, five legal assistants, one supervising attorney, and the managing attorney.  Office priorities are set according to a community-based client needs assessment; current priorities are housing, family, public benefits, employment, seniors, and immigrant rights.  The office has two satellite locations in St. Helens and McMinnville.  The office serves clients living in Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties, requiring occasional evening work and overnight travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The staff attorneys will handle an independent caseload of impact litigation, individual cases, and policy work focusing on the priorities listed above.  The staff attorneys will also conduct community education and outreach to clients, community-based groups, and partner organizations.  One position will be based two days per week in OLC’s St. Helens office.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 0-5 years of legal experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • A high degree of initiative and ability to independently manage a caseload.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
  • Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
  • Admission to Oregon Bar or available to sit for next exam.

PREFERENCES:

  • Experience representing low-income clients.
  • Experience with complex, impact litigation.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Life experience with poverty, disability or other minority affiliation.

SALARY/BENEFITS:  Salary depends on experience.  Good benefits package offered.

HOW TO APPLY:  To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Heather Kemper, Managing Attorney, Hillsboro Regional Office, at hekemper@oregonlawcenter.org.  Open until December 27, 2019.

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

Oregon Law Center Supervising Attorney—Lane County Regional Office

POSITION: Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time supervising attorney to provide civil legal services to low-income clients as well as to assist the managing attorney in providing leadership for the Lane County Regional Office. The position is based in Eugene, serving clients in Lane County.

ABOUT US: OLC is a 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.

OLC’s Lane County Regional Office has a managing attorney, eight staff attorneys, four legal assistants, a grants and reports specialist, and a Senior Law Service director. The office is located in Eugene, and provides outreach to six rural communities. Priorities are set according to client need. Current priorities include family law, focused on domestic violence and sexual assault; immigration for victims of crime and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; housing, focused on fair housing and subsidized housing; administrative law; employment law; consumer law; elder law; and in-home care hours for seniors and people with disabilities. We seek to make a difference in clients’ lives, and to help eliminate the barriers that cause poverty or reduce our clients’ ability to escape from poverty.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The supervising attorney will be responsible for supervising and mentoring assigned staff; managing sites and projects; working with the Managing Attorney to create and maintain high-quality services with impact focus; maintaining a varied caseload initially focusing on family law and immigration, including strategic impact litigation; promoting mutual respect, acceptance, and teamwork among a diverse staff, and challenging and inspiring others to achieve positive results and grow professionally.

REQUIREMENTS:
Admission to Oregon Bar or willingness to take the next bar exam.
Strong litigation skills.
Strong orientation to systemic impact work.
Strong interpersonal communication skills, sense of humor, and positive attitude.
Attention to detail.
Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
Interest in thinking creatively about how to address our clients’ legal issues.
Interest in and aptitude for managing legal aid staff.

PREFERENCES:
Fluency in spoken and written Spanish or another language spoken in the client community.
Experience serving urban and rural areas and non-English-speaking communities.
Training or experience in the dynamics of domestic violence and providing trauma-informed services. 4 or more years of legal aid experience.
Management experience.
Personal experience with poverty, disability, or any other minority status or affiliation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Salary depends on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Good benefits package.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply by December 27, 2019. To apply, submit your resume and letter of interest to Erika Hente, Managing Attorney, Lane County Regional Office, ehente@oregonlawcenter.org.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.