Director, Oregon Law Commission
The Oregon Law Commission (Commission), created in 1997, is the neutral, nonpartisan law reform body for the State of Oregon, and is charged with conducting a “continuing program of law reform.” Its general goals are to clarify, simplify, and organize Oregon law in a manner that decreases litigation and costs while also increasing efficiency and creating better consistency in legal outcomes across the state. Its specific charge and organization are outlined by statute. The Commission is presently entering a new partnership with the University of Oregon School of Law.
The Commission assists the Legislature, executive agencies and the judiciary to keep Oregon law up to date by recommending proposed law reform measures, administrative rules, written policy analysis, etc. The Commission’s Program Committee, with assistance from the Director, identifies appropriate law reform projects via proposals submitted by private Oregon citizens, attorneys, Bar sections, legislators, agencies, and the academic community. The Program Committee makes project recommendations to the full Commission, which ultimately decides the Commission’s projects and legislative agenda. A Commission Work Group is usually formed to fulfill accepted project goals. Work Groups are comprised of many of Oregon’s legal experts in the relevant subject matter. Work Group membership is diverse and represents a broad spectrum of stakeholders. The Director takes the lead in shepherding proposed pieces of legislation and their associated Legislative Reports (legislative history) through the legislative process.
Effective July 1, 2017, the Oregon Law Commission will be housed within the University of Oregon School of Law, in Eugene, Oregon. As the state’s only public law school, it is charged with educating approximately 450 graduate students in the JD, LLM and Conflict and Dispute Resolution degree programs, in addition to providing a Legal Studies minor program for undergraduate students. The law school is an integral part of higher education in Oregon and is uniquely positioned to partner with the Commission. Many distinguished faculty members have either previously or currently serve the Commission and are now part of its new Academic Advisory Board at the law school.
The work of the Director involves performing a wide variety of duties, including the following: direct support to the Commission; managing the Commission’s research and legislative plans; teaching/mentoring students; and working independently to advocate on behalf of the Commission. This position requires superior interpersonal and communication skills. The director must be able to relate to legislators, judges, agency representatives, attorneys, faculty, legislative staff, the public and students. This position requires a grasp of the overall objectives of the Commission, creativity in developing strategies to reach those objectives, and superior organizational skills in working with others to achieve the Commission’s strategic objectives. The Director must possess strong legal analysis skills, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. The Director must be able to create and maintain a highly functional neutral/nonpartisan environment and vigilantly protect the Commission from potential political influences.
This is a 1.0 FTE funding contingent position. Continuation of the position is subject to funding by the Oregon Legislative Assembly each Biennium and continues in two-year increments as funding allows.
This position currently reports to the University of Oregon School of Law’s appointed Commissioner, and also works closely with the Chair, the Academic Advisory Board, Work Group leaders, the Office of the Legislative Counsel, the legislative committees, as well as key faculty and senior staff within the law school and the University.
The Director will be required to travel independently and regularly to both Salem and Portland, Oregon and must be willing to work evenings or weekends when necessary. The Director must be committed to promoting and supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment at all times.
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
• Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.
• 3 years of experience working in a relevant administrative role which required supervising employees, interns or students.
This position must be able to work occasional nights and/or weekends to fulfill special projects and events.
• Superior interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate with diverse groups, governmental and university employees, advisory board members, program constituents and community stakeholders.
• High level of integrity, professionalism and collegiality; ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Confident public speaker, excels at leading discussions, educational sessions and high-level meetings with public officials.
• Excellent organizational, planning and project management skills.
• Exercise discretion and maintains confidentiality regarding sensitive issues.
• Ability to work independently as well as establish effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
• Exercise excellent judgment and make good decisions independently and in a timely manner, even when information is limited.
• Collaborative problem-solving skills with the ability to develop consensus and move groups to a decision point to meet program goals and deadlines.
• Excellent attention to detail and strong project management skills.
• Ability to select, train, motivate, and inspire staff while holding them accountable for performance.
• Strong computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
• Member of the Oregon State Bar.
• 5 years of legislative experience.
• 5 years of experience working in a relevant administrative role, including supervising employees, interns or students.
• Experience training and teaching legal material (CLE’s).
• Experience working with systems and processes in a large, complex organization.
Salary: $65,000 - $75,000 per year
Application Review Begins
January 16, 2018; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, a minimum of three professional references, and responses to the following supplemental questions:
1. Give an example from your work or personal experience when you utilized your problem-solving skills and your interpersonal skills to help resolve a conflict between individuals or organizations. Please be specific about the nature of the conflict and describe the outcome(s) of your efforts.
2. Discuss your experience and ability to manage and track the status of a wide range of projects, and how you lead groups with different viewpoints through projects to their conclusion.
3. Discuss a situation in which you successfully helped formulate a solution with people who did not share the same political perspectives or beliefs.
Location/Region: Eugene, OR