Position Information

City Attorney
The City Attorney is appointed by and serves at the will of the City Council. The incumbent manages a law office of over 40 attorneys and 30 legal support professionals, equivalent to a mid-sized Portland law firm. The City Attorney 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 City Attorney 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. The incumbent directs litigation in which the City is involved as plaintiff, the defendant, or other interested party and approves legally binding documents related to City interactions with private businesses, individuals, and with other governments.

Responsibilities of the City Attorney are broad in scope, require a high degree of seasoned legal and administrative discretion, and are evaluated in terms of overall effectiveness. The City’sgovernmental structure and the role of the City Attorney require sophisticated interpersonal skills and seasoned political and legal acumen to ensure sensitivity to complex political realities while remaining strictly politically neutral. Because of the high visibility of many cases, the City Attorney must be skillful in dealing with the media while protecting attorney-client privilege. The city attorney must also be culturally competent, committed to anti-racism and equity, and familiar with issues of systemic and institutional racism.
Position: City Attorney
Organization: The City of Portland
Location: Portland,  OR 
United States
Salary: $152,776.00 - $244,400.00
Posting Start Date: 11/19/2020
Date Posted: 11/19/2020
Requirements To Qualify:
A competitive candidate for the position of City Attorney will possess the qualifications/competencies identified in the Position Description above and the knowledge, skills, and abilities in this Ideal Candidate Profile. Please be sure to provide sufficient information in yourrésumé and cover letter to display to our subject matter experts the extent of your qualifications.

In addition, candidates must:
  • Be a member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar (or eligible for admission) and be admitted to practice (or eligible for admission to practice) before Oregon state and federal courts.
  • Have at least 10 years of progressively responsible legal practice, with a thorough knowledge of Oregon constitutional and municipal law. Experience with civil litigation, civil rights, public contracting, environmental law, land use law, employment, and labor law, and/or utility law a plus.
  • Have demonstrated the ability to handle a variety of highly complex legal matters.
  • Have proven ability managing budgets and personnel, including professional and administrative employees.
  • Have demonstrated cultural competence, knowledge of anti-racist principles, and a commitment to racial justice reform.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/18/2021
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Organization Information
The City of Portland
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland,  OR 97204
United States
(503) 823-4034
Kim Sneath