Associate General Counsel

$125,000 - $150,000 yearly
  • Motus Recruiting and Staffing, Inc.
  • Jun 11, 2021

Job Description


Working under supervision of an Assistant General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel provides legal counsel to the Port in connection with its business dealings, regulatory matters, litigation, and rights and obligations as a public entity.  


The Legal Department’s mission is to advance Port strategy through excellent legal service. The Associate General Counsel will help the Department successfully execute that mission, by achieving or exceeding established performance goals and objectives for the major job functions described below.  Services may be provided directly to Port clients, or indirectly through another Port attorney.




Contribute to the organizations success through demonstrating Port values while successfully achieving or exceeding performance goals and objectives for the following major job functions:

List in order of Importance:

(45%)  * 1.   Provide legal counsel to commercial, operational, and administrative units of the Port including aviation, industrial land development, marine, navigation, environmental, bankruptcy, project delivery, procurement, public affairs, and human resources. Examples include: advising clients on complex business issues, advising clients on and negotiation of transactional and regulatory matters, and drafting and negotiating complex transactional documents and contracts. 

(45%) * 2.   Provide legal advice and analysis on risk and liability matters, including, for example, advising Port units on risks associated with environmental, employment, contract, and tort claims.

(10%)  * 3.   Provide legal advice and analysis on public agency functions and powers under applicable laws, including public records and records retention laws, legal holds, public contracting and records disposition matters.



Demonstrated skills: Communicate legal advice and opinions clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing; provide high-quality, timely legal work product and advice; perform complex legal research and analysis; work productively as part of a team; perform tasks with minimal supervision; organize workload and prioritize tasks to meet changing priorities and deadlines; exercise independent judgment; produce legal and factual analyses and transactional documents that internal clients can rely on as accurate; format and produce correspondence and documents using current word processing applications; provide excellent customer service in fulfilling the Legal Department’s mission; promotes safety as a guiding principle and a regular practice in accomplishing work; focuses on safety improvements and complies with safety and health policies and procedures; shows the utmost respect for others and is a proven team player.

Ability to: Learn and retain applicable statutes, regulations and other legal authority; independently draft and negotiate complex transactional documents; exercise judgment in isolating pertinent information, evaluating related factors, assessing alternatives, and formulating recommended course of action; learn principles of real estate law,  public contracting law, aviation law, and other specific areas of law practiced by attorneys in the Legal Department; advocate and influence outcomes; negotiate contracts; and provide good client service; demonstrate commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive.

Working knowledge of: Legal research, advocacy, and writing; public agency functions and powers under applicable laws (including public records and records retention laws); real estate, public contracting, aviation, and environmental laws; and litigation.

Advanced knowledge of: None. 



EducationBachelor's degree and Juris Doctorate are required.

Experience: 2-4 years practicing law.

License and/or Certification Required: Current active member in good standing of the Oregon State Bar as of the agreed employment start date, or eligible to become an active member within six months of the start date. Candidates admitted in other states must have registered to sit for the next Oregon State Bar exam or completed paperwork for reciprocity admission.



Work is performed primarily in office or remote work environments with occasional travel to offsite meetings and educational conferences. May frequently work beyond regularly scheduled hours.


Internal:  Ability to work with all attorneys and staff and all client groups. 

External:  Ability to work with consultants, outside counsel, regulatory agencies and opposing counsel. 



Responsibilities involve research, interpretation, and review of complex to very complex legal matters; considerable judgment is required to isolate pertinent information, evaluate related factors, assess alternatives, and formulate a recommended course of action.  Legal services are provided directly to clients or indirectly through the General Counsel or an Assistant General Counsel. 

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