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Deputy Director


Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a Deputy Director to be based in the statewide administration office in Portland, Oregon.  OLC is a non-LSC-funded legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services.  OLC operates eleven offices around the state, as well as a litigation support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program.  As a result of the pandemic, OLC is currently operating remotely, and depending on the current circumstances, the person hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.


Responsibilities:  As a member of OLC’s executive leadership team, the Deputy Director will directly supervise six regional office managing attorneys and will lead OLC’s human resources strategy.  The Deputy Director will provide key support to the Executive Director in helping to manage all aspects of OLC’s internal operations.  The Deputy Director will lead our recruitment, hiring, onboarding, training, retention efforts, and performance management, working closely with the DEI Director to further our DEI strategy and embed anti-racism principles in our workplace culture.  The Deputy Director will also collaborate with the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations to manage union relations, employee benefits, compensation, and the organization’s compliance with state and federal laws.  Specific responsibilities include:


  • Engage with and direct assigned regional offices to ensure that they are regularly engaging in the client-centered priority setting process and providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services.
  • Supervise assigned regional office managing attorneys to ensure that they are supervising legal work competently, implementing effective office systems, and complying with organizational standards and expectations.
  • Assist Executive Director with statewide coordination efforts, strategic planning, and policy development and updates.
  • Establish and implement a human resources strategy that effectively communicates and supports OLC’s mission and strategic vision, helping to implement the organizational goals for diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of OLC’s work.
  • Direct all human resources programs and initiatives, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, onboarding, training, coaching, professional development, retention efforts, performance management, compensation, benefits, leave, and ombudsperson.
  • Support the resolution of disciplinary matters and employment investigations.
  • Act as point person for communication and resolution of all union-management issues, including coordinating the management team for collective bargaining; provide expertise on the collective bargaining agreement and support managing attorneys and other management staff as they work with contract-related issues in their office.
  • Administer or oversee the administration of all employment and benefit programs, including but not limited to 401k/403b, comprehensive health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, workers’ compensation, ADA, OFLA, FLMA, and unemployment benefits. 
  • Maintain knowledge of all pertinent local, state, and federal regulations and rules, filing and compliance requirements, benefits contracts language, and issues surrounding ACA, ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, OFLA, ADA, Section 125, workers compensation, Medicare and all other related federal, state, and local programs and laws for employees.
  • Maintain knowledge of HR trends, best practices, change efforts, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, labor relations, and employment law; apply this knowledge to help the organization change policies, practices, and resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.




  • Law degree and Oregon Bar license or ability to become licensed in Oregon.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability with strong interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Effective and clear verbal and written communication skills.
  • A high degree of initiative and willingness to work collaboratively, a sense of humor, and a flexible, proactive approach to problem-solving and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and team management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills including exceptional attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines, and ability to prioritize tasks.



  • Experience with management of a poverty law and/or civil rights law practice.
  • Experience with employment law and/or human resources issues. 
  • Personal experience with issues our clients face, including poverty, disabilities, racial discrimination, gender bias, or any other minority status or affiliation.



To Apply: 

Open until filled.  Send resume, cover letter, and list of references to Monica Goracke,  


As part of your cover letter, please address the following:


OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon.  Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups.  It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.  How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to:  (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice?  Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.




Submission Deadline: 
November 30, 2021
Organization Information: 
Oregon Law Center
522 SW 5th #812
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Phone: 503-473-8326