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Oct 10, 2021

We’re hiring: Employment Attorney, Oregon or Washington

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Vigilant Law Group is a law firm that does things a little differently. Our attorneys are co-employed with Vigilant and we’re dedicated solely to serving members of Vigilant, a membership organization intensely committed to providing quality service and living Vigilant’s main core value — putting others before ourselves. We provide timely and practical counsel on employment law, labor relations, human resource management, safety, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, management training, and leadership development to member companies in five western states.

We are seeking a full-time Employment Attorney who is licensed to practice law in Oregon or Washington, with the expectation of getting licensed in both states within 2 years of employment. Attorneys at Vigilant Law Group practice differently than what’s typical in more traditional attorney settings. We are salaried in-house counsel, yet we work with many clients (Vigilant’s member companies). We are passionate about helping our members be great employers, and we are invested in building relationships with the companies we serve. It is these trusted relationships that allow us to serve as proactive consultants, not reactive defenders. We work with human resource people and company managers on a daily basis to: educate them about labor and employment laws; help them navigate through difficult employment situations; strategize with their management team as it relates to employment decisions; collaborate on and develop policies; and represent them in administrative claims and audits. We are committed to helping our members evaluate their risks and make informed business decisions, recognizing that legal considerations are only part of the bigger picture when it comes to running a business. We are focused on building relationships, keeping companies legally compliant, providing practical solutions to employment situations, and helping our members strategize for successful business decisions.

This position does not require litigation and does not have billable hours. We are looking for someone adaptable, collaborative, and drawn to the values that serve as Vigilant’s strong foundation. We want someone with a strong work ethic, a keen legal mind, and a heart for the kind of work we do. We will provide training and mentorship to an attorney in this position.

This position reports to Vigilant Law Group’s President and Shareholder.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Cultivate strong and positive relationships with member companies.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to Vigilant’s vision and values.
  • Provide legal counsel and guidance on all aspects of federal and state employment laws.
  • Write content for our newsletter and online media sources in a clear, non-legalistic style for business people.
  • Develop, revise, and update our legal resources with accurate explanations and practical advice.
  • Represent members in response to Federal and State administrative claims and audits (e.g., discrimination charges from EEOC, Oregon BOLI, or Washington HRC; wage and hour claims from DOL, Oregon BOLI, or Washington L&I; affirmative action audits by OFCCP, etc.).
  • Conduct third-party investigations (typically of harassment or discrimination claims) as requested by member companies.
  • Collaborate with other attorneys of the Vigilant Law Group to meet team goals and objectives.
  • Conduct training and presentations on various employment law issues.
  • Periodic travel to member locations, Vigilant offices, and other required events.
  • All other duties assigned.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to develop strong, trusted relationships with peers and member companies.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to explain laws, regulations, and court decisions in a way that is easily understandable by the average business person. Must be able to tailor legal advice to the business objectives and culture of each member company, so our members understand their options and risks in deciding how to proceed.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Skilled in developing and delivering legal training and presentations.

Experience, Education and Certifications

Required

  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Active member in good standing of the Oregon or Washington State Bar.

Work Environment

  • Our work environment is cheerful, respectful, humble, and diligent.
  • We are responsive and reliable. When we receive a question by phone or email, we aim to respond within two business hours.
  • Our attorneys are expected to be available to answer member questions during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • If you like to be able to focus on work at an office location, we have offices available in Tigard, Oregon, and Everett, Washington. If you prefer working from home, there is flexibility to accommodate that, although travel will be required at times based on member demands and potential need to collaborate with coworkers.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, along with a well-written cover letter that describes why your skills, experience, and aptitudes make you a good match for the Employment Attorney position. Resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered. Please also include a desired salary range (but no salary history) in your cover letter. All materials should be sent to hr@vigilant.org by November 1, 2021.

Vigilant provides a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement account with company contribution; paid vacation; and coworkers you’re happy to work with. Salary dependent on experience. Vigilant is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This website presents general information in nontechnical language. This information is not legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific management decision, consult legal counsel.

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