Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Nurses Association


Labor Counsel

Based in Tualatin, OR

Job Title: Labor Counsel
Department: Labor Relations
Exempt Status: Exempt
Supervisor’s Title: Executive Director

Job Summary
Provides legal counsel for ONA in labor relations matters. Presents arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges. Represents 52 facilities throughout the state of Oregon

Essential Functions

  • Represents the Association in arbitrations and administrative, Employment Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board hearings and Court proceedings as assigned.
  • Provides legal advice to the Management Team of the Association with respect to all labor relations matters.
  • Provides legal advice on labor relations matters to Association employees as assigned.
  • Provides negotiating and contract administration services to bargaining units as assigned.
  • Responsible for ONA’s legal strategy.
  • Help select, retain, manage and evaluate the work of outside counsel

Additional Functions

  • Provide support with the draft and review of bills for Health Policy and Government Relations department
  • Provide labor input regarding practice matters for Nursing Practice, Education and Research department
  • Provide legal advice on internal human resource issues
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must possess Juris Doctor Degree and be currently licensed to practice law in Oregon.
  • At least 5 years’ work experience serving in a general counsel or related capacity.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in public and/or private sector labor law; Association experience preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience in school law, civil service law and collective bargaining law.
  • Ability to identify risks, propose alternative solutions to mitigate risks and manage complex issues.
  • Excellent analytical research and documentation writing skills. Demonstrated ability to conduct legal research effectively, using both print and electronic means, and to draft legal research memoranda for Association distribution.
  • Evidences of a commitment to excellence and continual improvement in all areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and discretion to formulate, interpret, implement, compare, evaluate and recommend policies and course of action regarding all aspects of the organization.
  • Ability to provide leadership, take initiative and delegate appropriately while managing organizational priorities.
  • High ability to resolve complaints and recommend courses of action on the interpretation, implementation and development of policies, procedures and union agreements.
  • Familiarity with the collective bargaining process, strategies and concepts, labor relations and contract administration.
  • Ability to maintain utmost level of discretion, work independently and take initiative in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively, navigate conflict appropriately and build relationships internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with diverse audiences.
  • Commitment to union principles and values and ability to work in a unionized environment.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and/or extended hours.

Travel Requirements

  • Local travel is occasionally required.

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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