The Portland City Attorney's Office is seeking a Police Advice & Litigation
Deputy City Attorney
The selected candidate will work as part of a team providing legal services to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) and other public safety bureaus. This position will advise the City’s elected officials and PPB personnel on the legal aspects of 21st century policing. Must have a strong desire to work with police officers and an understanding of the changing legal and societal landscape in which police operate. This position is also expected to provide advice on general municipal law to ensure that PPB successfully carries out its support and administrative functions including but not limited to contracting, public records, tort claims, crowd management, public meetings, internal policies, government ethics, and legislative drafting. This position will be called upon at times to represent the City, PPB and its officers in various aspects of civil litigation, including but not limited to, civil forfeiture, affirmative litigation, property rights, public records, returns of property, civil compromises, subpoenas, and securing specialty warrants or orders. The successful candidate will also have skills to develop and deliver effective training to police officers and to communicate well with community members and organizations. It is a strategic goal of the Portland City Attorney’s Office to advance the City’s objective of achieving equity in all of its programs, services and activities. Candidates should be culturally competent, familiar with equity issues in policing and committed to public service.
EXPERIENCE - minimum of five years of increasingly responsible work experience comparable to a Deputy City Attorney position for the City of Portland.
KNOWLEDGE - experience in advising police or public safety organization(s) regarding policies, procedures and practices, operations and administration, general litigation and municipal government law. Critical to demonstrate familiarity with legal issues pertaining to 21st Century policing and in areas of national and local police reform policies. COMPETENCIES - The ideal candidate will possess: - demonstrated capacity to work in a highly demanding environment with willingness and flexibility to handle emergencies and unexpected legal services requirements associated with a public safety client. - civility and professional judgment to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders. - superior analytical ability for assessing and articulating critical legal or policy issues. - excellent oral advocacy. - strong writing skills for drafting documents and producing other written work products. - ability to function independently or under supervision as well as strong interpersonal skills to work in a team environment.
The Office of City Attorney provides legal services to the Portland City Council, City bureaus, boards, commissions, agencies, and individual City employees when required by the Oregon Tort Claims Act. Under the terms of the City Charter, the City Attorney is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the City Council, and is the only City officer appointed by the full Council. The City Attorney's deputies are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Attorney or as delegated to the Chief Deputy City Attorneys. Deputy City Attorneys are exempt from civil service.
The City Attorney's client is the City of Portland. Deputies are assigned by the City Attorney to provide legal services to various City bureaus and operations. The City Attorney and staff have an attorney-client relationship with the City.
The office's legal services include representing the City in a variety of areas including tort lawsuits, workers' compensation actions, personnel actions, and discrimination lawsuits, other labor matters, land use and planning appeals, public records matters, code enforcement, constitutional challenges, license fees, foreclosure and lien actions, nuisance abatement, small... claims, interpleaders and civil forfeitures, real property matters, construction and contractor disputes, collections, housing issues, pension and benefit matters, environmental issues, water, and natural resources law, toxic waste issues, park operations, business regulation, and fiscal and taxation matters.
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