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Public Defender of Marion County seeks Executive Director

Apply by March 16, 2021

Our mission is to provide zealous advocacy and proficient criminal defense to

clients who qualify for our services.

About PDMC:

The Public Defender of Marion County (PDMC) is a nonprofit law firm

based in Salem, OR that defends adults in trial-level criminal court and alleged

mentally ill persons in civil commitment hearings. PDMC seeks an Executive

Director to lead our team and build on our reputation of providing high-quality


Established in 2007, PDMC contracts with Oregon’s Public Defense

Services Commission to represent qualifying clients in Marion County Circuit

Court. PDMC has an annual budge of approximately $3M. PDMC employs a

diverse staff of 25 people including attorneys, administrative staff, legal

assistants, and investigators. The organization is governed by a seven-member

Board of Trustees, with members appointed by the Chief Justice of the Oregon

Supreme Court, the Oregon State Bar, Marion County Board of Commissioners,

and members serving at large.


  • Management: Minimum 3 years of senior management experience or

equivalent. Management experience includes demonstrated leadership in

public defense, supervising and supporting staff, creating a collegial

workplace, implementing and maintaining office policies, communicating

with criminal justice stakeholders, and working with a Board of Trustees.

  • Knowledge of the law: Experience in public defense, criminal law, and

trial advocacy. Ability to advice on Oregon’s Rules of Professional


  • Communication: Excellent written and interpersonal communication

skills, including internal communications (with staff and the Board) and

external communications (with criminal justice stakeholders).

  • Advocacy: Understanding of trends in public defense and criminal justice

and an ability to advocate for systemic change at the county and state

level on behalf of PDMC and our clients.

  • Public Interest: Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income

communities and other disenfranchised groups.

  • Financial Management: Familiar with nonprofit financial management

principles and experience managing organizational finances.

  • Juris Doctor (JD): Licensed to practice law in Oregon (or ability to

become licensed).



Salary rage of $105,000 to $120,000 depending on experience, plus excellent


Apply by March 16, 2021 by submitting the following:

  • A cover letter that reflects how your experience, skills, and commitment

qualify you to become the Executive Director of PDMC, and

  • A complete chronological resume, and
  • An essay up to 300 words on how you would work to support and retain

diverse staff.

Send via email as a PDF to PDMC’s office manager Cathy Hoffman / Subject line: PDMC Executive Search

Public Defender of Marion County, Inc. has an opening for a trial

attorney qualified to try major felonies, with preference given to

candidates who are qualified to try murder cases.

Fluency in Spanish as well as English is a definite plus.

Approximately 35% of our clients are Spanish speaking.

We are dedicated to a holistic approach to the representation of our

clients and a supportive work environment for our attorneys.

Apply by sending a resume, cover letter and writing sample, before

March 10, 2021, to: (please reference

"Attorney position" in the subject field)

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. We

offer a generous benefits package that currently includes: 100%

employer paid health and dental insurance, life insurance, AD & D

insurance, long term disability insurance, vision benefit, medical

reimbursement benefit for out of pocket medical expenses, paid

vacation, sick and personal time off and a 401(k) plan with up to a

5% payroll contribution match and a 5% annual contribution.

PDMC is an equal opportunity employer.

Marion County Bar Association
PO Box 333
Salem, OR 97308

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