Position Description:

The Northwest Workers’ Justice Project is a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to defend and strengthen the workplace and organizing rights of low-wage temporary and immigrant workers in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and nationwide.  At NWJP, we are guided by the belief that all workers share the fundamental human right to live and labor with dignity, safety, and hope.  Whether caring for children, harvesting the food on our tables, cleaning homes and hotel rooms, or constructing and landscaping the buildings in our communities, every worker deserves freedom from fear in the workplace, the assurance of payment for their labor, and a wage that is enough to meet their basic needs – in short, fair and lawful working conditions.  Further, those who work hard ought to have time to spend with their families and to participate in making their communities better places to live.  NWJP engages in legal representation, education, advocacy, and organizing to support workers and their organizations in the struggle to achieve these objectives.  For more information about NWJP see www.nwjp.org.

NWJP seeks a Staff Attorney to provide employment-related legal assistance to low-wage temporary and immigrant workers throughout Oregon. The central focus of the position is client representation in the areas of wage and hour violations, workplace discrimination, and employer retaliation.

The position requires the ability to work well with co-workers and a variety of external partners including unions and immigrants’ rights and other advocacy organizations.

In order to maintain independence, NWJP does not seek or accept funds from federal or state government.  Though raising funds is not a major focus of work, the staff attorney must be willing to engage in some development activity.

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to establish trusting relationships with low-income clients and cultural competence to address the legal needs of immigrant workers
  • Excellent communication, writing, and research skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to think creatively, and willingness to implement unconventional strategies
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Oregon bar or willingness and eligibility to take next available Oregon bar exam


  • Current membership in good standing in any state bar
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated litigation skills; experience in employment law
  • Demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights

How to apply:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply before January 10, 2013. Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample and references, with “Staff Attorney” in the subject line, to attorneyapplicant@nwjp.org.

NWJP is an equal opportunity employer. We especially encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply.


Salary is dependent on experience, and commensurate with salary paid by Oregon legal services programs. Unfortunately, current funding will not support a salary for an attorney with more than a few years of experience.


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