In addition to handling real estate transactions for Prosper Portland, the Assistant General Counsel works closely with leadership and staff to provide legal advice and strategic guidance on a comprehensive range of economic development programs that support small businesses, improve access to workforce training, and create jobs for Portland residents, including the distribution of funds via grants and loans that further Prosper Portland’s mission of advancing racial equity.
The ideal candidate is a transactional attorney who has represented public sector clients, and who has experience in at least one, but ideally several, of the following areas: litigation, construction law, environmental law, public contracting, land use permitting, or constitutional law. This person will possess excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills, along with the ability to be an active team member and contribute to and be a part of an exciting and vibrant workplace.
Salary Range: $115,213.45 – $167,064.91
Provides expert legal support in at least one, but ideally several of the following areas: real estate acquisition, disposition, and development; construction; commercial lending; litigation / dispute resolution; environmental; and land use.
Negotiates, drafts and reviews documents necessary to implement complex transactions or agency initiatives, including contracts (such as loan agreements, grant agreements, real estate purchase and sale agreements, leases, and construction contracts), board resolutions, policies, and program guidelines.
Advises Prosper Portland commissioners and assists staff with agency governance, including: compliance with the City of Portland Charter and agency policies and procedures; drafting, reviewing and revising formal agency documents, such as Commission resolutions and reports; and drafting, implementing, amending and interpreting urban renewal plans pursuant to ORS 457.
Researches and responds to legal questions presented by Prosper Portland’s Board of Commissioners and Prosper Portland staff.
Attends briefings and Prosper Portland Board of Commissioners meetings as necessary to respond to legal questions or to explain legal context for proposed transactions.
While the position does not primarily involve representing the agency in litigation, administrative proceedings, or dispute resolution, experience is considered helpful for this position. At a minimum, the attorney should be comfortable providing guidance to outside litigation counsel in communicating the facts and the agency’s strategic interests and objectives.