Senior Deputy City Attorney – Litigation

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


The Position

This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position.

The Portland City Attorney's Office seeks a Senior Deputy City Attorney. The attorney will be responsible for all phases of litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions and briefs, conducting all aspects of discovery, court appearances, settlement negotiations, and trial work. The position requires excellent written and oral-advocacy communication skills, proficiency in time management, the ability to manage a challenging caseload, and the flexibility to work both independently and as a team member. Prior public entity experience, including police liability, wrongful death, and constitutional claims litigation a plus.

Ideal Candidate Profile:
Ideal candidates will have the following attributes:

  • Minimum 7 years experience as an attorney;
  • State and Federal trial experience a plus;
  • High quality oral and written skills;
  • Proficiency in time and case management

About the OfficeThe 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 the Senior Deputy City Attorney position will possess the qualifications identified in the Position Description and Ideal Candidate profile above. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in your résumé and cover letter to display to our subject matter experts the extent of your qualifications.

EXPERIENCE - A minimum of 7 years of litigation experience as a licensed attorney, or other combination of experience demonstrating a capacity to perform the essential functions of the position.

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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