Deputy City Attorney (2) – DOJ

City of Portland, Oregon
July 21, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The Portland City Attorney's office is seeking two attorneys to represent the City of Portland in its settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for police reforms.

Litigation DOJ Attorney : This person will serve as the litigation lead for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement agreement, which includes litigation and advice work. Advice work for the settlement agreement includes policy drafting and editing, providing compliance reports and training, and advocacy and collaboration in meetings with the DOJ, as well as with other interested parties and stakeholders. This position will work regularly with City Council, the Portland Police Bureau, the Bureau of Emergency Communications, and Independent Police Review (IPR) to advise on compliance with the settlement agreement, will attend regular meetings with DOJ attorneys and the Compliance Officer/Community Liaison (COCL), will communicate with the DOJ attorneys and COCL on compliance matters, and will raise and address any concerns of the City with the DOJ attorneys and the COCL. They will attend meetings hosted or attended by the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP). This person will also work with the amici and third-party intervenor to help promote the City's objectives and to proactively address concerns. They will work closely with the Council Liaison Attorney, litigation attorneys, and the City Attorney.

Council Liaison Attorney : This person will serve as the liaison for Council members on matters related to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement agreement. They will meet regularly with Council to ensure they are briefed on issues related to the settlement agreement and consolidate feedback on each Council member's perspectives. They will work closely with the Litigation DOJ Attorney, attend meetings with the DOJ attorneys and COCL, and attend meetings with other bureaus. The Council Liaison Attorney will attend community meetings, including PCCEP meetings which may occur outside of typical business hours. This role will also include advising PCCEP and PCCEP staff on public meetings law and assisting with other legal needs. They will perform outreach to other jurisdictions under either consent decrees or settlement agreements related to policing, and impacts of policing on different communities, as well as practices and policies related to de-escalation and excessive use of force.

Ideal Candidate Profiles:
Ideal candidates will have the following attributes for both positions:

  • Litigation experience
  • Understanding of police reform work nationwide
  • Excellent political acumen
  • High quality oral and written skills and
  • Experience working with community groups and stakeholders

For the Litigation DOJ Attorney, ideal candidates will also have:

  • Significant litigation experience
  • Prior experience with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division

The following are Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience with a government entity;
  • Experience working in a political environment;
  • Experience working with a law enforcement agency; and
  • Experience working with community groups and stakeholders.

About the Office
The Portland City Attorney's Office is a law office of over 40 attorneys and 30 legal support professionals, equivalent to a mid-sized Portland law firm. The City Attorney's Office manages, directs and integrates a wide range of complex, sensitive legal services, often involving issues of significant visibility and substantial consequence for the City. The Office is responsible both for providing legal advice and advocacy on highly complex and sensitive issues in diverse areas of law to the Mayor, City Council, bureau managers, other City employees, boards and commissions and for ensuring that City officials and employees comply with the legal and ethical standards set forth in statue and code.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here .

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package , including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

Competitive candidates for both Deputy City Attorney positions will possess the qualifications identified in the Position Description and Ideal Candidate profiles above. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in your résumé and cover letter to display to our subject matter experts the extent of ALL your qualifications that are relatable to these positions.

EXPERIENCE - A minimum of 3 years of litigation experience, or other combination of experience demonstrating a capacity to perform the essential functions of the position, AND a minimum of 5 years experience as a licensed attorney.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A Juris Doctor from an accredited law school
  • Oregon State Bar Membership, in good standing, or membership in good standing in the Bar of another jurisdiction, with the ability to obtain Oregon State Bar Membership.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Posting: 07/19/21 - 08/02/21
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 08/09/21
  • Eligible List: week of 08/16/21
  • Selection Phase Begins: week of 08/16/21
  • Job Offer: September 2021

**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and a cover letter specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following application instructions:

  • Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter and résumé any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

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

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, 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 contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

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.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: .

Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034Closing Date/Time: 8/2/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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