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Executive Director - PD Non-Profit in Portland, Oregon
Multnomah Defenders Inc. Executive Director Job Description Status: Regular Full-time, Exempt (salaried) Reports to: Board Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors Summary: The Executive Director is the chief executive officer, responsible for leading MDI in implementing its mission and managing the organization. Key areas of responsibility are: vision and strategic development, team leadership and staff management, resource development and contract management, Board relations and support, financial management, operations and services, and advocacy. Essential Functions: Vision and Strategic Development ? Lead MDI in developing and implementing a shared vision and strategic plan to ensure that the organization is meeting the current and emerging needs of its clients. ? Remain abreast of trends that are shaping MDI’s operating environment, such as developments in public defense and criminal justice, as well as factors shaping the environment for clients (e.g., wealth inequality, systemic racism, the housing crisis, disparate health outcomes, etc.). ? Cultivate and maintain effective and productive relationships with stakeholders including the Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC), Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS), legislators, trial and appellate judges and justices, Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, law enforcement, peer public defense organizations, and social service providers. Resource Development and Contract Management ? Develop and maintain relationships with the PDSC, OPDS and other potential funders. ? Negotiate and manage the OPDS contract. ? Ensure that MDI remains in compliance with contract requirements and applicable laws. Team Leadership and Staff Management ? Hire, develop, support, and make efforts to retain staff; encourage professional development; manage staff separation as necessary. ? Support and empower managers as a cohesive management team with shared responsibility for supervising, developing, and supporting staff; directly supervise Investigations and Appeals. ? Manage MDI’s union relationships and contract; lead union contract negotiations. ? Foster a collegial organizational culture that supports diversity and balances MDI’s values of autonomy and collaboration in service of our clients. ? Honor and effectively work with staff of all backgrounds and identities, particularly those who are underrepresented in the community and/or at MDI. ? Ensure up-to-date job descriptions, orientation, training, and annual performance evaluations for all staff. ? Ensure compliance with personnel policies and establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with appropriate laws and regulations. Board Relations and Support ? In cooperation with Board leadership, plan and implement effective Board meetings and planning sessions. ? In partnership with Board officers, provide for effective Board member orientation, integration, and self-evaluation. ? Provide the Board with relevant information on critical issues relating to MDI and public defense in Oregon. Financial Management ? Oversee an appropriate accounting system and implementation of financial management practices based on Board-approved financial policies. ? Develop an annual budget for Board review and approval; monitor and prudently manage resources based on the budget. ? Provide all necessary and appropriate financial statements for regular review by the Board; ensure an annual audit of financial statements. Operations and Services ? Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of MDI’s services and operations. ? Provide adequate facilities and technology resources for MDI’s smooth operation within the parameters of our financial limitations. ? Identify and evaluate the risks to MDI and implement measures to manage risks. Advocacy ? Effectively communicate with partners and serve as MDI’s primary external spokesperson. ? Lead advocacy at the local and state levels to advance MDI’s mission and work for systemic change. Work Setting: In non-COVID-19 times, MDI offices are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The office is closed for all court holidays. The Executive Director is expected to have a presence in both of MDI’s office locations and at court. Occasional evening meetings and out-of-town travel is required, including visits to Salem when the legislature is in session and to attend PDSC and OPDS meetings.
Position: Executive Director - PD Non-Profit in Portland, Oregon
Organization: Multnomah Defenders, Inc.
Location: Portland,  OR 
United States
Salary: $125,000 to $140,000
Posting Start Date: 12/21/2020
Date Posted: 12/21/2020
Multnomah Defenders Inc. Seeks Executive Director
Apply by Jan. 8, 2021
        Our mission is to provide zealous, effective legal representation to our clients,    treating every client with dignity and respect.
The Opportunity
Multnomah Defenders Incorporated (MDI), a nonprofit public interest law firm based in Portland, Oregon, seeks a strategic and mission-driven Executive Director to lead our staff team and build on our track record of providing high-quality legal services to indigent clients throughout Multnomah County. MDI’s next Executive Director will succeed Keith B. Rogers, who is retiring after leading the organization through significant growth over the past 12 years.
About MDI
Established in 1982, MDI contracts with Oregon’s Public Defense Services Commission to represent indigent clients in Multnomah County Circuit Court and the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, including cases involving adult and juvenile misdemeanors and felonies, contempt matters, dependency and termination of parental rights, and civil commitment appeals.
With an annual budget of $4M to $5M, MDI operates with a diverse staff of 50, including attorneys, trial assistants, and investigators. MDI has two offices in Portland.  The organization is governed by a 5-person Board of Directors, with one director independently appointed by each of the following: the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, the Multnomah Bar Association, the Director of the Oregon Chapter of the ACLU, the President of the Oregon Criminal Defense Attorneys' Association, and the President of the Oregon State Bar Association.
Executive Director Profile
MDI’s ideal candidate for the Executive Director position will have the following experience, knowledge and education.
  • Organizational Leadership and Management: Minimum 5 years of senior management experience or equivalent. Includes demonstrated ability to: lead, supervise, and support a management team, as well as attorneys, trial assistants, investigators, and other staff; establish and maintain organizational systems; foster a healthy organizational culture; lead vision and strategic development; and work effectively with a Board of Directors.
  • Knowledge of the Law: Experience with and/or knowledge of public defense, criminal law and procedure, and trial advocacy. Understanding of and ability to advise on Oregon’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Communications and Relationship Building: Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including internal communications (with staff and Board) and external communications, e.g., with judges, prosecutors, the media, and clients. Ability to effectively advocate for MDI and work with stakeholders including: Public Defense Services Commission (PDSC), Office of Public Defense Services (OPDS), legislators, District Attorneys, law enforcement, other government officials, peer public defense organizations, and social service providers.
  • Political Acumen:  Experience with public policy and familiarity with: Oregon’s public defense system; national and state public defense standards and guidelines; and legal strategy and tactics to achieve short-term goals and long-term systemic change.
  • Social Justice Commitment:  Demonstrated commitment to justice for low-income communities and other marginalized groups.
  • Financial Management: Familiar with nonprofit financial management principles and practices; experience managing organizational finances and government contracts.
  • Tech Savvy: Knowledge of and commitment to utilizing technology to support an organization’s administration, communications, and service delivery.
  • Juris Doctor (JD): Licensed to practice law in Oregon (or ability to become licensed).
  • Experience as a trial attorney.
  • Relationships with Oregon public policy makers, community leaders, and other influencers related to the public defense and criminal justice systems.
  • Experience negotiating government and union contracts.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in dependency and termination of parental rights law.
Salary range is $125,000-$140,000 depending on experience, plus excellent benefits.
Apply by Jan. 8, 2021 / Please submit the following:
  1. A cover letter that reflects how your experience, skills, and commitment qualify you to become the Executive Director of MDI;
  2. A complete chronological resume, and
  3. A diversity statement of up to 300 words that outlines your commitment and experience hiring and supporting a diverse staff.
Send via email as a PDF to MDI’s Executive Search Consultant, Paula Manley:  MDIsearch@paulamanley.com / Subject Line: MDI Executive Search
All inquiries will be handled confidentially. Please use this email to request an accommodation.
For a complete job description and more information about MDI, see our website.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/21/2021
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Organization Information
Multnomah Defenders, Inc.
522 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 1000

Portland,  OR 97204
United States
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