Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney 150 150
August 30, 2022
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Contact Name (not public)
Samantha Vernon


About OPB

OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow us on TwitterInstagramYouTube and Facebook.


The Opportunity

OPB is excited to announce a new and unique opportunity. We’re hiring a staff attorney to work on a variety of legal matters ranging from contracts to governance, FCC compliance to cell tower leases. The position joins a Legal Department of two attorneys, three support professionals and two rotating law school externs.


Our legal work is driven by OPB’s mission and a commitment to honest reporting through investigative journalism. If you are looking to be part of an in-house legal department that values teamwork, high quality legal work, humor, and a sense of purpose, we'd love to see you apply.


Position Details

The Staff Attorney is an essential part of the small (but mighty) in-house team that manages OPB’s legal work. OPB’s legal department works with OPB leadership and all departments of the organization to solve problems, assess and mitigate risks, facilitate transactions, manage litigation and administrative appeals, assist with regulatory compliance, and support OPB’s First Amendment-protected activities. This is a great opportunity for an early career attorney to join a vibrant, mission-driven organization.



60% - Draft, negotiate, and review agreements concerning all aspects of OPB’s business.

25% - Collaborate and counsel in-house clients with respect to a wide variety of general matters, often on very short timelines.

15% - On an as-needed basis perform legal research and provide drafting support for litigation and administrative law matters.

5% - Perform any other functions delegated by the Deputy General Counsel.


Working Conditions

The Staff Attorney works approximately 40 hours/week, typically during OPB’s business hours (8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, flex hours possible). The person in this position spends the majority of time in an office environment using a computer and telephone. The Staff Attorney may be required to work outside general office hours to accomplish work needs. Occasional travel may be necessary. During COVID, all work is performed remotely using equipment provided by OPB.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Enthusiasm for OPB’s mission.
  • Admitted to the Oregon bar or able to pass exam and be admitted within one year of hire
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, and legal drafting skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, research, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to isolate legal issues and provide prompt, concise, and commercially focused legal advice while balancing risks and benefits to OPB.
  • Ability to prioritize competing issues using limited resources to accomplish results within established timeframes.
  • Experience working with diverse personalities and varying levels of knowledge/experience.
  • Consistent attention to detail, good judgment.
  • Experience using standard office software (OPB’s legal team currently uses Clio and DocuSign to manage our workflows).
  • Intellectual capacity, humor, flexibility, patience, and creativity.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years of relevant legal/business experience, including meaningful experience counseling clients (or comparable life experience).
  • Life experience with facing adversity; resilience.
  • Knowledge of or interest in one or more of the following areas of law (could be from coursework): telecommunications, media; copyright/entertainment; non-profit or corporate governance.
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas (could be from coursework): business/commercial transactions; drafting and negotiating contracts; technology/privacy law; copyright/media law.


Additional Information

  • This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel and is benefits eligible.
  • The probable hiring range for this nonexempt/exempt position is between $80,000 and $95,000 annually, depending on qualifications.
  • For the safety of our employees, the contractors/vendors we work with, and the public we serve, OPB has a mandatory COVID vaccination policy and all employees are required to show proof of vaccination.
  • This position has access to highly sensitive data and therefore must pass a background check.

How To Apply

How to Apply

For application instructions, please visit You will be asked to create an account, upload your cover letter and resume and answer a few position related questions. Once you click “submit” you cannot make changes to your application.


Your application materials are due by 8:59 PM Pacific Time on September 14, 2022.


OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.