Senior Assistant Legal Counsel - 10 yrs exp

Oregon School Boards Association - Salem, OR

Full-time$95,000 - $130,000 a year

Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) is a membership organization composed of school districts, community colleges, charter schools, and education service districts and is dedicated to improving student achievement through advocacy leadership and service to locally elected, volunteer Oregon school boards.

One of the ways in which OSBA serves its members is through its Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) insurance trust. Members of the PACE trust have access to high-quality legal advice through a preventive legal (“pre-loss”) program. The Senior Assistant Legal Counsel position at OSBA is primarily responsible for providing legal services to members through the PACE program.

General Position Description:
Provides quality, effective legal services for PACE members by providing legal advice and training as well as legal advice and support to other OSBA departments. Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief Legal Counsel/Director of Legal Services, Deputy Executive Director or the Executive Director.

Salary Range:
Commensurate with experience and background, with a salary range of $95,000 - $125,000.

Employee Benefits:
Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. OSBA also participates in Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and pays the employee's contribution.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides legal advice to member school districts, charter schools, community colleges and Education Service.
  • Districts on a range of legal issues including but - not limited to: labor and employment matters, public record and public meetings, student records issues, review of contracts, waivers, student disciplinary procedures and other issues which give rise to potential legal liability for members.
  • May represent PACE members in litigation in Oregon state and federal courts and administrative proceedings as assigned by the Chief Legal Counsel/Director of Legal Services. May serve as assistant or primary counsel in representing members in matters covered under the PACE insurance contract.
  • Remains current on developing issues and changes in relevant rules or laws to inform and helps OSBA members through written legal updates on impact and implementation.
  • Provides legal support to OSBA departments as assigned.
  • Assists OSBA and PACE in developing and presenting statewide topical workshop programs for members.
  • Develops individualized workshops for members as assigned.
  • Works independently in such a manner which advances the OSBA’s goal of quality service delivery to OSBA members.
  • Communicates effectively with members (e.g., board members, district or college staff and others) within the course of work.*

Minimum Job Qualifications:
Law degree from an ABA accredited law school. Active member of the Oregon State Bar or eligible to be licensed to practice within a short period of time. Background in employment law required. Experience with public sector representation generally and with education law highly preferred. Experience in, or knowledge of, the Oregon public education system or similar government operations is preferred.

10 or more years’ as a practicing attorney, 5 or more years’ experience in school law is required for the Senior Assistant Legal Counsel position. 10 or more years’ experience advising clients/organizations on employment related topics (e.g., Title VII, retaliation, family leave) preferred. Experience with public sector legal issues (e.g., public meetings, public records), and/or school and education law (e.g., Title IX, Section 504, student records) preferred.

Experience in civil litigation and knowledge of Oregon state and federal rules of court is preferred.

To apply submit the following materials:
1. A cover letter;
2. A completed application form;
3. Names and contact information for 3 references;
4. Current resume.

For an application contact:
Oregon School Boards Association
1201 Court St., NE, Suite 400
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-588-2800
Fax: 503-588-2813

Hiring Schedule:

Closing Date: Open until filled
Commence Work: To be determined

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $95,000.00 to $125,000.00 /year


  • relevant: 10 years (Preferred)