Launched in 2020, Oregon Consumer Justice (OCJ) is a new nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace, especially those historically excluded from participation. We advance the rights of consumers through advocacy, research, education, and engagement, and work to bring consumer justice into balance for all Oregonians. We strategically focus on opportunities to:
These are just some of the spaces where Oregonians experience unfair business practices: payday loans, debt collection and credit reporting, deceptive student loan services, hidden banking and credit fees, mortgage, housing, insurance and construction fraud, imposter scams, illegal towing, misrepresented medical and travel services, telecom monopolies and other antitrust violations, securities and brokerage account misconduct, dishonest auto sales, repairs and financing.
The need for consumer justice is everywhere - and the majority of need isn’t being met. OCJ wants to change that by building an equitable and sustainable ecosystem that works for every Oregonian; one that puts people first, makes sure that every financial and business transaction is fair and safe, and that consumers have recourse when their rights are violated.
OCJ is an equal opportunity employer. We endeavor to celebrate the diversity and lived experiences of all members of our nation and community without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.
We seek to build a team that reflects that diversity. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.
The Policy Director leads the development, execution, and evaluation of OCJ's policy work, including:
The Policy Director works in partnership with OCJ's senior management team, coalition partners, and others to develop a strategic, innovative policy portfolio and holistic approach at the state and local levels. The Policy Director is a senior level professional with extensive consumer policy development and research experience who oversees activities related to state and federal consumer care coverage and programs, collaborating with OCJ leadership to focus on areas with the greatest immediate impact and long-term benefit to Oregon consumers, particularly those historically excluded. Leveraging a strong understanding and deep knowledge of consumer policy/practice expansion, state activities, and other issues, the Policy Director will lead a team by providing strategic direction and thought leadership on the relevant issues, building a multi-year policy research agenda and prioritizing activities of the team to reflect the OCJ goals and vision. The Policy Director is a proven manager who will supervise, mentor, and lead a team that includes policy associates, contractors, and volunteers. This individual must, therefore, demonstrate a strong commitment to fostering equity in all of its forms in the policy department's internal operations, including, most fundamentally, racial equity. The Policy Director must also actively participate in work to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and extend a DEI lens from internal operations to the OCJ's external work.
Importantly, OCJ sits at the intersection of law, policy, coalition and community advocates and Oregon consumers, particularly those most historically oppressed. All roles at OCJ will require empathy, collaboration and conversation across workstreams and teams to activate the consumer justice ecosystem in Oregon, and will require radical listening, adaptive communications skills, openness to learning and growth, a capacity to embrace discomfort and resolve conflicts, racial awareness and experience recognizing intersectionality and identity, personal reflection and openness to change, and be ready to apply an equity lens to your interactions and work.
As a director of this new organization, the Policy Director will also participate in the recruiting and hiring of the organization’s Executive Director and key staffing. This position is a unique opportunity to change the face of consumer protection in Oregon by collaboratively and creatively leveraging an unprecedented amount of resources to create a powerful and equitable new advocacy unlike any this state has seen, designed to defend people and communities regularly targeted by a range of powerful forces in our state.
The Policy Director is responsible for building and managing the department's annual budget under the supervision of the CEO and provides frontline approval on department-related expenditures.
As a manager, the Policy Director:
As our lead lobbyist, policy researcher and policy maker expert, the Policy Director:
As an inclusive collaborator, the Policy Director:
As a steward of dedicated resources, the Policy Director:
Experience, Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities Required
Preferred Skills, Knowledge, And Abilities
The Policy Director works closely with the Executive Director as well as the OCJ's Board of Directors, senior management team members, and the Policy, Community Mobilization, and Legal Teams. The Policy Director will also work with clients, impacted community members, coalition partners, OCJ members, and elected officials to advance the affiliate's policy goals.
Position Type & Expected Hours of Work
Full-time, exempt position with Monday - Friday work schedule based in Portland. During Oregon legislative sessions, the Policy Director is expected to work in the state capitol in Salem most days. Flexibility to work non-traditional office hours, including nights, weekends, and a willingness to travel within Oregon are required.
Work in state capitol building requires movement throughout the capitol and a shared workspace. Physical Activity that includes standing; walking; sitting; fingering or manual dexterity; repetitive finger motion; lifting or exerting force up to 25 pounds; reaching or stretching; climbing or balancing; speaking; hearing; seeing (close vision, focusing ability); frequent travel; frequent driving.
Post-secondary school is highly desired. Juris Doctorate degree is preferred.
Launched in 2020, Oregon Consumer Justice (OCJ) is a new nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that all people in Oregon experience a safe and fair marketplace, especially those historically excluded from…
Benefits: As we build our team, OCJ seeks to offer competitive health, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance as well as flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan, and generous time off policies.
Benefits: As we build our team, OCJ seeks to offer competitive health, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance as well as flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan, and…
Affirma Consultancy has been retained by OCJ to assist in this search process. Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For full consideration, candidates should provide a resume and cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and qualifications described above which should be directed electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title "OCJ Policy Director" in the subject of your email.
Affirma Consultancy has been retained by OCJ to assist in this search process. Applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. For full consideration, candidates should…