Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association


Legal Counsel

Based in Tualatin, OR

Job Title: Legal Counsel
Department: Legal
Supervisor’s Title: Executive Director
Pay Rate: Negotiated
Hours Per Week for Paid Leave Calculation: 40
Exempt Status: Exempt/Confidential

Job Summary
Primary responsibilities include general legal and strategic advice to ONA in matters related to its status as a union, employer, professional organization, and non-profit and specific labor and employment legal advice to the staff of the economic and general welfare department and ONA’s nurse leadership and membership. Will prepare and represent ONA in unfair labor practices before the national labor relations and employment relations boards. Will prepare and represent ONA in labor arbitrations filed pursuant to collective bargaining agreements. Will research legal and other matters for ONA as necessary. Legal counsel may periodically negotiate contracts for ONA, including collective bargaining agreements.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare and handle to conclusion labor arbitrations, administrative hearings where ONA is a party, and in other legal matters as assigned. Tasks may include conducting or coordinating all relevant research, working with outside counsel, securing exhibits, interviewing and preparing witnesses, negotiating settlements, and prosecuting or defending ONA’s interests throughout litigation. Also required to draft relevant legal memorandum, including arbitration briefs.
  • Provide legal advice and draft legal opinion letters to management team, staff, and nurse leadership on matters specifically requested and on matters identified by legal counsel as relevant.
  • Assisting the Executive Director, Assistant Executive Directors, and Associate Director of Operations with implementation of legal policies and procedures that impact ONA generally as a union, employer, professional organization, and non-profit, and departments specifically.
  • Provide opposition research to ONA for contract campaigns or as otherwise necessary.
  • Resource for ONA labor representatives and nurse leadership to get legal advice and consultation and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements to obtain/maintain optimal workplace policies.
  • Keeping current in Federal and State laws, rules, and regulations of governing agencies, court decisions, and other matters impacting ONA as a union, employer, professional organization, and non-profit.
  • Sit on various ONA governing committees to provide assistance and legal guidance.
  • Assisting in the development and presentation of training programs for ONA staff, nurse leadership, and membership.
  • Developing articles or other information for ONA publications as requested.
  • Acting as liaison with appropriate outside agencies, counsel, and organizations as assigned.
  • Assisting with workload of other departments as assigned by the Executive Director.
  • Assist in the drafting and review of bills that impact nurses both as a profession and as members of a union. Work with all departments to help facilitate ONA’s legislative agenda.


  • Reports to the Executive Director.


  • Must have a minimum of four years’ experience in the practice of labor and employment law or a minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of labor and employment law if applicant has one year or more experience as in-house counsel. Needs to be an active member of the Oregon State Bar.
  • Personable, reliable, confident, and detail oriented with proven ability to communicate effectively internally with other staff and nurse leadership and externally with members, government agencies, outside counsel, and employers. Must be comfortable speaking to large groups.
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple priorities and organize workload accordingly. Accuracy and thoroughness of work are essential.
  • Excellent writing skills and grammar usage are required with proven ability to draft pertinent legal memorandum, contract language, legal opinion letters, and other general correspondence.
  • Experience negotiating and interpreting collective bargaining agreements and business contracts.
  • Willingness to occasionally perform non-legal tasks when there is an organizational priority or need.
  • Experience resolving conflict between groups with opposing perspectives, agendas, or priorities.
  • Handle long-term and/or complex legal projects with significant financial or other organizational impact.
  • Expert at bringing and pursuing arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability to drive long distances and proof of current automobile liability insurance.
  • Reasonable proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and Lexis-Nexis.

Travel Requirements
Travel throughout the State and sometimes out of the State is required. Frequency of travel fluctuates with occasions of regular travel that can include overnight stays.

Must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all personnel so classified.

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