General Counsel

$116,043 - $197,246 yearly
  • City of Portland Auditor's Office
  • Remote (Portland, OR, USA)
  • Jul 20, 2020
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

City of Portland Office of the Auditor is seeking applicants for a General Counsel

Opens:  July 20, 2020 | Closes:  August 7, 2020 | Salary range: $116,043 - $197,246 

The Portland City Auditor is hiring a General Counsel to provide legal and policy advice to the Office of the City Auditor. As the sixth elected official in the City of Portland, the Auditor is independent of City Council and accountable only to the public. The Auditor’s Office promotes open and accountable government by conducting performance audits and complaint investigations and providing access to public information. It employs 51 employees who work in five divisions.

The General Counsel provides legal and policy advice to the Auditor, division managers, and staff on a broad range of issues related to the operations of an independent office, performance auditing, complaint and hotline investigations, lobbying regulations, and police accountability. The attorney will conduct legal and policy research, prepare written opinions and other documents, consult on potential litigation, and serve as the Auditor’s legal representative in meetings with City officials and outside parties.

This position reports to and works at the direction of the City Auditor and is a member of the management team. It requires an experienced attorney with a demonstrated commitment to government accountability and transparency. The successful candidate will have exceptional written and oral advocacy skills; expert research and analytical skills; knowledge of municipal and administrative law; political acumen; and, a demonstrated ability to take initiative, work collaboratively, and find creative solutions to complex legal and policy issues.

The Auditor’s Office values a diverse workforce and a culture of equity and inclusion in delivering public services and everyday interactions in the workplace. The Office encourages candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply.

To qualify:

Candidates must have:

  • At least six years’ legal experience;
  • A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school; and,
  • Membership in good standing in the Oregon State Bar, or membership in good standing in the Bar of another jurisdiction with the ability to obtain Oregon State Bar membership, preferably within one year of employment.

To apply, submit three documents:

  1. A resume

List professional and relevant experience, the name of and year graduated from an accredited law school, and your Oregon State Bar number (or the number from another jurisdiction);

  1. A cover letter

Describe how you meet the minimum qualifications in Section I below, which will be the basis on which a list of candidates eligible for an interview will be developed. Where possible, connect items from your resume to demonstrate how you meet these qualifications. It is advised that you use the numbered list in your letter to ensure you respond to each item. Skipping any of the items will disqualify your application from further consideration, so please complete the cover letter with care.

  1. A brief writing exercise

Described in Section II.

I. Minimum qualifications

  1. Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal statutes, regulations, and ordinances, and the ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply them;
  2. Ability to research complex legal questions using digital tools, libraries, professional resources, Oregon Revised Statutes, City Code and Charter, historical City Attorney opinions, and other legal publications;
  3. Ability to draft City Code, administrative regulations, contracts, and other legal documents;
  4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings.
  5. Ability to work with a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex government services.

II. Writing exercise

In addition to the cover letter and resume, please submit an essay describing 1) your experiences or participation with any of the following, and 2) what you learned from them:

  • exposure to racial inequities and actions you took to help resolve them;
  • steps taken to make workplaces and/or public spaces inclusive;
  • experiences as a member of a historically underrepresented group in government decision-making;
  • experiences living, working with, and/or interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and identities;
  • experiences ensuring equitable and inclusive workplace operations and/or program outcomes.

If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

How to apply

Applicants must submit their resume, cover letter, and writing exercise through the City of Portland's online application system no later than 11:59 p.m. on the closing date. Emailed, mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Your application materials should not exceed a total of five pages. Please do not include materials not requested.

Additional information

Employee benefits: The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System.  Find more information on the City of Portland's benefits here: Benefits Information | The City of Portland, Oregon.

Civil Service:  This at-will position is exempt from Civil Service. It serves at the discretion of the City Auditor, subject to the Human Resources Administrative Rules for the Auditor’s Office and City Charter and Code.

Work status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veteran’s preference: If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for. Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Equal employment opportunity:  It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Disability, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please make your request in your letter of interest or contact Administrative Specialist Andrew Bryans at Andrew.Bryans@portlandoregon.gov.

Technical assistance: If you have questions about how to apply or require any assistance in submitting your application, please contact Administrative Specialist Andrew Bryans at Andrew.Bryans@portlandoregon.gov.


For more information about the Auditor’s Office: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/auditor/