aclu of oregon
Portland, OR, United States
Apr 23, 2020
Are you ready to help defend and advance civil liberties and civil rights? The ACLU of Oregon invites applications for its open Legal Director position.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon is an advocacy organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights through work in the courts, in the legislature, and in communities. We fight for free speech, racial justice, criminal justice reform, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrants' rights, and more. We are organized as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, membership organization with nearly 50,000 members and supporters in Oregon. The ACLU of Oregon is an affiliate of the ACLU, our nation’s guardian of liberty for 100 years.
In addition to our strong mission and fulfilling, high-profile work, we strive to be better and are strengthening our commitment to equity and dismantling white supremacy. We will work together to help you find work life balance, offer generous benefits, and are conveniently located in vibrant downtown Portland.
The Legal Director is a thought leader who will work collaboratively to develop a vision for advancing an affirmative civil rights and liberties agenda and engaging in defensive battles against policies and practices that impact vulnerable Oregonians. This position is responsible for shaping, directing, and managing the ACLU of Oregon’s impact litigation and legal advocacy and works in partnership with clients, the legal team, the affiliate’s senior management team, the volunteer Lawyers Committee who approve litigation, ACLU national staff, coalition partners, and others to develop a strategic, smart, and innovative litigation docket at the state and federal levels. The successful candidate is a proven manager who will supervise, mentor, and lead our legal staff and pro bono attorneys. The Legal Director also ensures that legal program systems and processes are effectively aligned to support the legal team’s success in advancing the ACLU of Oregon’s priorities and goals. The Legal Director must demonstrate a strong commitment to racial equity and actively participate in work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and incorporate a DEI lens to the legal department’s internal and external work.
As a manager, the Legal Director:
As a legal strategist, the Legal Director:
As an inclusive collaborator, internally and externally, the Legal Director:
As a resource developer, the Legal Director:
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required
Preferred Skills and Competencies
Compensation and Benefits
This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position. The salary range for this Legal Director position is $85,000 - $115,000 depending on experience. Excellent benefits include paid time off, paid holidays, medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k retirement plan, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance.
The Legal Director will report to the Executive Director and join a talented and highly motivated team, which includes attorneys, communications experts, legislative and policy advocates, and fundraisers. The position may have direct reports including but not limited to paralegal, Immigration Rights Attorney, Staff Attorney, Intake and other volunteers.
The ACLU of Oregon is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, and we encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.
Please submit a cover letter to our email address that illustrates your commitment to civil liberties and civil rights, a current resume, and contact information for three professional references. Include “Legal Director Search” in the subject line and specify how you heard about the posting. No phone calls or walk-ins, please.
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