Executive Director, Metropolitan Public Defender

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Job location
630 S.W. 5th Avenue
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Metropolitan Public Defender
Street address: 
630 S.W. 5th Avenue, Suite 500
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead every aspect of the largest public defender in Oregon, operating primarily in Multnomah and Washington Counties. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. In addition, the Executive Director also represents the agency in contracting with the State of Oregon for public defense funds and on work groups involving the operation of the justice system. The right candidate will define, with input from staff and the Board of Trustees, a vision for the future and the plans necessary to accomplish them. Anticipated start date July 1, 2018.



• Demonstrated understanding of the operation and management of non-profit organizations.
• Demonstrated commitment to justice for marginalized communities and an understanding of root causes of injustice and oppression.
• Significant experience working with criminal justice stakeholders.
• A reputable leader with strong ties to historically marginalized communities.
• Demonstrated understanding of intersectional oppression.
• A commitment to supporting creative solutions for system improvement and the demonstrated ability to think creatively about public defense.
• Current Oregon State Bar membership or willingness to take the state bar by February 2019 or attain bar membership through reciprocity.
• Excellent written and verbal advocacy skills.
• At least 5 years of experience in indigent criminal defense. litigation, At least 3 years of managerial experience.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Salary depends on experience. Generous benefits package offered.
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Expiration date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018