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Deputy Director – Central Administrative Office

The Central Administrative Office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) is seeking a Deputy Director for its office located in Portland.

LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state and two specialized statewide programs provide services to farmworkers and representation on Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on client community problems. LASO is actively working to build an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. LASO is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for our staff and clients.

Summary of Responsibilities
The Deputy Director is responsible for program-wide administrative issues including:
• Compliance with Legal Services Corporation and other grant requirements
• Oversight of grant management and reporting
• Policy development and implementation
• Project management, including some technology project management
• Assistance with collective bargaining and personnel issues

As part of the Central Administrative Office management team, the Deputy Director is also responsible for:
• Assisting the Executive Director with oversight of LASO’s offices and programs, including training and career development of staff
• Working with the Director of Finance and other accounting staff on case management system, trust accounts and other issues
• Working with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director to further LASO’s DEI strategy and embed anti-racism principles in our workplace culture
• Supervising and supporting administrative staff in the Central Administrative Office

This position reports to the Executive Director.

• Ten years of legal experience, including at least five years of management experience, preferably in a nonprofit organization
• Strong knowledge of Legal Services Corporation regulations
• Experience working in a union environment
• Strong analytical and critical thinking ability, including capacity to quickly master and manage multiple complex projects
• Understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion principles and a commitment to addressing systemic racism and other forms of oppression

The applicant selected for this position must also demonstrate good judgment, the willingness to work as a team, take initiative, and have an overall positive attitude.

Compensation is based on a 35-hour work week.  Salary depends on experience.  Full benefits package including individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage; 6% employer retirement contribution; generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; and paid moving expenses.

Closing date
Open until filled. This is a revised posting. Review of resumes to begin on May 4, 2022.

Send resume, cover letter and written response to the supplemental question below to:
Janice Morgan, Executive Director

Supplemental question
Please provide a written response to the following question and submit as part of your application materials. Limit response to 500 words.

LASO is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our mission that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace environment in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences in your response.

We celebrate diversity.
LASO is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve and is diverse in race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities, work background, experience and education. We believe that the outcome of such diversity is our greatest strength and a matter of basic human fairness. It is to this end that we strongly encourage applications from people of color and people from any other underrepresented and historically marginalized group to apply for this position.

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