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The City of Portland, Oregon

City Attorney

Office of the City Attorney

Office: 503-823-4047

Fax: 503-823-3089

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 430, Portland, OR 97204

Contract Review and Advice Attorney & Real Estate, Housing and Business Transactions Attorney Openings

seeks talented attorneys for TWO positions:


1.  Contract Review and Advice Attorney

2.  Real Estate, Housing and Business Transactions Attorney

Salary:                     $91,728 to $152,277 Annually

Opening Date:         December 10, 2018

Closing Date:         January 4, 2019


The Portland City Attorney’s Office is seeking applicants for the following two full time positions:



The Portland City Attorney’s Office is seeking a contract review and advice attorney. We are looking for an attorney with experience in technology contracts, public procurement, intellectual property, insurance, and municipal law.  Special consideration will be given to those with experience leading or assisting teams to reform and improve processes involving a high-volume of workflow requiring quick response times, or those with experience with technology and intellectual property agreements, including dealing with SaaS, PaaS, or software licensing transactions.  Examples of job responsibilities include:

  • Structure, draft, negotiate, redline and review a wide variety and large volume of contracts, including technology and software agreements, procurement contracts, grant agreements, intergovernmental agreements, and other contracts;
  • Collaborate with finance, information security, risk management, procurement and other bureaus and departments at all levels throughout the City to ensure that agreements adequately protect the City’s interests;
  • Counsel bureau clients regarding City policies, legal issues, and risk tolerance;
  • Advise on contractor compliance and breach, and prepare notices of termination;
  • Advise on public records, social media, intellectual property, data privacy, data security, data breach and customer notification issues; 
  • Review and approve certificates of insurance for compliance with contract requirements; and
  • Review, advise, and redline City policy documents such as ordinances, City Code, resolutions and proclamations.


2.  Real Estate, Housing and Business Transactions Attorney Position:

The Portland City Attorney’s Office is seeking an experienced attorney to join the legal team advising the Portland Housing Bureau and other City bureaus on complex business and real estate transactions and housing policy.  The ideal candidate will have expertise in commercial real estate, affordable housing tax credit vehicles, finance, and public law.  In addition, the ideal candidate will have in-house or governmental legal experience providing advice to elected officials and other policy-makers, as well as drafting and negotiating complex business and real estate transactions. Examples of job responsibilities include:

  • Provide prompt legal advice to the City Council and the Portland Housing Bureau’s Director, leadership team and bureau staff on a broad range of subjects, with an emphasis on deployment of general obligation bond funds and development and implementation of the City’s affordable housing goals and policies;
  • Negotiate, draft and review documents necessary to implement complex business finance transactions that may involve one or more tax credits or other state and federal financing tools;
  • Analyze and provide advice regarding loan agreements, grant agreements, promissory notes, guaranty agreements, trust deeds, security agreements, subordination agreements and inter-creditor agreements, purchase and sale, disposition and development and ground lease agreements;
  • Demonstrate outstanding communication skills and business and legal judgement to keep clients, team members and the City Attorney informed on important issues;
  • Judge the relative importance of a document, contract provision, task or assignment and apply the appropriate level of scrutiny, detail or effort to the matter;
  • Appropriately prioritize work load and regularly reorder that prioritization to meet frequent changes in client needs; and
  • Provide legal advice as necessary on a broader array of subjects on a less frequent basis including: public procurement; construction law; environmental law; employment law; corporations and general business law; and state and federal constitutional law.


To Qualify:  

The following minimum qualifications are required for each position:

  • Relevant experience:
  •       For the Contract Review and Advice Attorney position, six (6) or more years of practice as an attorney in-house or within government reviewing and negotiating agreements.
  •       For the Real Estate, Housing and Business Transactions Attorney position, at least five (5) year of practice as an attorney with a preference for ten (10) or more years as an attorney or combined legal, business or banking experience.    
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills, and a talent for non-confrontational, win-win negotiations;
  • Exceptional critical thinking abilities, strong business acumen, and excellent judgment; must be able to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and pivot between responsibilities in a fast-paced, political environment; and
  • Proficiency in legal drafting and legal technical skills, with keen attention to detail.


 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.


Why join the City of Portland

The City of Portland offers competitive pay and comprehensive benefits, offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members.  Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.  The City of also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. 

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  Cultural competence and a demonstrated commitment to public service and equity are highly valued.  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.

If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Office Administrator named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preferenceattach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration Letter.  Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted with your cover letter and resume.

Submit a cover letter and resume, by mail, hand delivery or email to:

Kim Sneath, Office Administrator

City Attorney’s Office

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 430

Portland OR 97204

Voice: 503-823-3085 | Fax:  503-823-3089

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer