Duties: Provides expert legal and strategic advice to the Organization’s Board of Commissioners, Executive Director, management, and staff on a diverse and wide range of the Organization projects, programs, initiatives, financial investments, organizational concerns, and litigation. Provides legal support regarding a wide range of real estate development transactions (acquisitions and dispositions, long-term leases, property redevelopment, construction contracts, and development agreements), and commercial finance transactions (secured loans, grants, and tax credit financing). Provides advice to senior management on the legal risks to be assumed by the Organization in connection with proposed decisions or actions. Serves as a member of the Organization’s Finance and Investment Committee, which reviews proposed real estate and financial commitments for risk and financial soundness. Leads, manages, empowers, and mentors the Legal Department; supports staff development. Provides legal advice relating to the formation, amendment, and dissolution of urban renewal areas and urban renewal plans. Advises the Organization’s commissioners and staff regarding a variety of public agency, state and federal constitutional and municipal law matters, including public contracting laws, public records law, public meetings law, government ethics, laws governing urban renewal agencies, and tax increment financing (ORS 457 and Portland City Charter Chapter 15), and state/federal constitutional limits on public agency actions and authority. Provides legal services and advice for all other legal matters affecting the agency, including legal matters related to employment, public/government law, business formation and finance, environmental law, etc. Develops, implements, and monitors work plans with legal staff; plans, organizes, oversees, assigns, and evaluates the work to achieve the organization and the department’s mission, goals, and performance measures. Assists the Board and Executive Director in policy development and program implementation. Leads the Legal Department in coordinating the legal work of the Agency. Coordinates a large volume of widely varied projects with a high level of technical complexity; hires and manages outside counsel. Responsible for ensuring the Organization employees comply with all ethics and conflict of interest laws and policies. Executive sponsor for the Operations Steering Committee. Oversees and manages the Legal Department budget. Responsible for the management of all litigation matters. Performs all other relevant duties as assigned. Provides leadership and overall direction to the Legal Department in alignment with the Organization’s values. Serves as a member of the executive team supporting, developing, and achieving practices and policies that advance equity and inclusion. Responsible for managing and motivating the legal staff, creating, and maintaining an inclusive and positive work environment, and supporting staff development. Accountable for the Legal Department’s performance in all areas including service delivery, compliance with internal policies and procedures, and ethical and legal conduct of staff. Works independently, applying personal knowledge of legal principles involved in making determinations. Carries out daily operations, involving moderate to high-level of complexity, with initiative and creativity; exercises sound professional judgment, excellent problem-solving skills, and exemplary interpersonal tact. Demonstrates sophisticated understanding of the underlying business of the organization and of its funding sources; provides legal and strategic advice regarding agency’s Strategic Plan and Financial Sustainability Plan. Regularly represents and speaks for the agency in official capacities, such as at commission meetings. Handles and treats all legal and business matters with the highest level of discretion and confidentiality.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Juris Doctor Degree. Licensed to practice law in the state of Oregon or obtain a license to practice law in the state of Oregon within the first three months of employment. 10+ years of progressive legal experience that includes significant commercial real estate transaction work, practicing law with a public entity, and 5+ years of leadership or management experience. 3+ years of experience practicing law with a public entity (e.g. federal, state, local, or other authority). 3+ years of experience practicing real estate law. Demonstrated success at supporting equity and community benefits. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in analyzing, interpreting, and applying the law in the following areas: Commercial real estate transactions, including purchase and sale agreements, development agreements, easements, leases, and trust deeds/mortgages; Tax Increment Financing law; Commercial finance transaction law, including loan and grant agreements, guarantees, and Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code; Public law, including laws relating to Oregon public records, public meetings, public contracting, urban renewal, municipal government and finance, and ethics; The formation and authority of business organizations commonly encountered in the Agency’s real estate and finance transactions. Advanced negotiation and business skills and a sophisticated understanding of real estate and commercial finance law; experience with public/private partnerships. Excellent writing and communication skills. Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to develop and nurture a healthy and collaborative team environment, support and manage staff, and provide strategic direction. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective and trusting relationships and collaborative partnerships with a variety of internal and external parties. Demonstrated knowledge of and dedication to advancing racial equity with the ability to lead, mentor, and support the Department in this work. Ability to apply culturally responsive practices to understand, communicate, and work with people across cultures and identities. Superior verbal and written communication skills including active listening, facilitation, conflict resolution, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, and the ability to explain the basis for legal advice and alternative strategies to varied audiences. Advanced management and organizational skills. Ability to synthesize and judge the relative importance of large amounts of complex information on a continuous basis; includes the ability to form an opinion and provide advice and guidance where the legal standards are not well defined, or the law is not settled. Tactful, diplomatic, and discrete in dealing with sensitive, complex, and confidential matters.
Position #: 2021-01. Submit resume, cover letter, and additional
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