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Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the City of Portland. We focus on building an equitable economy, based on four cornerstones: growing family-wage jobs, advancing opportunities for prosperity, collaborating with partners for an equitable city, and creating vibrant neighborhoods and communities. To support that work, we seek to maintain an equitable, innovative, financially sustainable agency. Prosper Portland invests financial and human capital to serve the city and its residents.
Position Summary
Prosper Portland (formerly Portland Development Commission) seeks an experienced attorney to join its legal team as an Assistant General Counsel. Prosper Portland is the economic and urban development agency for the City of Portland and has been at the forefront of many of the City’s iconic and recognized public-private partnerships, such as the Pearl District, Rose Quarter, Eastbank Esplanade, Burnside Bridgehead, and South Waterfront development projects. Prosper Portland is currently leading the transformation of 32 acres in the “Broadway Corridor” (the 14-acre former downtown U.S. Post Office property), the construction of mixed-use affordable commercial projects throughout the City, and the activation of a multi-block site in the Central Eastside to create a mix of industrial, retail and office space.

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

Duties and Responsibilities
Advises Prosper Portland commissioners and staff regarding a variety of local, state, and federal constitutional, and municipal law matters, including public contracting laws, public records law, public meetings law, government ethics, and state constitutional limits on public agency actions and authority.

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.

How to Apply
For more information or to apply, please visit our website. You must submit your application by October 18, 2021 to be considered.
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