General Counsel

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1221 SW 4th Ave., Room 130
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
City of Portland Auditor's Office
Street address: 
1221 SW 4th Ave., Room 130
Job type: 
Position Description: 

City of Portland Office of the Auditor
is seeking applicants for a General Counsel
Opens: June 13, 2022 | Closes: July 15, 2022 | Salary range: $117,894 - $200,408

The Portland Auditor and Auditor- elect are hiring a General Counsel to provide legal and policy advice to the
Office of the City Auditor.

We are looking for a versatile generalist with an interest in legal matters associated with holding municipal government accountable to the public. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to grow into the unique role, learn new areas of law, be comfortable engaging powerful interests and their representatives, and effectively communicate advice to a savvy and principled client.

The General Counsel’s client confronts a variety of legal questions that arise from the work of an accountability office that conducts performance audits of City programs and operations, investigates community member complaints and fraud hotline tips, and enforces lobbying and campaign finance regulations.

The General Counsel also advises on legal risks, public records requests, and employment and procurement matters; interprets Charter and City Code, engages in substantive and tactical discussions with the City Attorney’s Office and outside counsel, and drafts and updates administrative rules related to the Auditor’s Charter and Code authority.
The General Counsel conducts legal and policy research, prepares written opinions and other documents, consults on litigation, tracks legislation, and serves as the Auditor’s legal representative in meetings with City officials and outside parties.

As the City’s sixth elected official, the Auditor is independent of Council and accountable only to the public. The Auditor’s Office employs 40 public servants who work in four divisions: Audit Services, City Ombudsman, Archives and Records Management, and Operations Management, which includes the Elections Officer and Council Clerk. The General Counsel reports to and works at the direction of the City Auditor and is a member of the management team.

Successful candidates will have excellent written and oral advocacy skills; expert research and analytical skills; the ability to learn or knowledge of municipal and administrative law; political acumen; and a demonstrated ability to take initiative, work collaboratively, and the skill to 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. The Office encourages candidates with experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply.


To qualify: Candidates must have:
• A minimum of 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: 

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);
2. 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.
3. 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
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.

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 contact Administrative
Specialist Andrew Bryans at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

You may apply for this job via the following link:

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$117,894 - $200,408
Submission deadline: 
Friday, July 15, 2022