Join our team to help empower charter schools! We are seeking a well-qualified individual for our full-time Real Estate and Finance Attorney opening in Portland, Oregon. To be considered, please submit your resume and salary requirements to

Title: Real Estate and Finance Attorney

Reports to: Assistant General Counsel.

FLSA Status: Full time

Position Summary:

Seeking an experienced, high-performing real estate and finance transactional attorney to handle the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate.  The attorney will also be responsible for advising on day-to-day leasing issues, tenant and investor compliance, and provide other support to the real estate team.  Experience drafting construction agreements, construction financing agreements, and lien waiver laws a plus. The position requires the ability to think strategically, strong drafting and transactional skills, substantial experience with leasing and contract administration, and excellent verbal and written communication skills.   Position reports to the Assistant General Counsel.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Handle all legal aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, letters of intent, conveyance documents, leases, and financing and security agreements, as well as conducting due diligence, analyzing title issues, advising on zoning, land use, and environmental issues. Must be able to manage a transaction from start to finish with minimal oversight, including effective management of outside counsel and working collaboratively with the business team.
  2. Draft and negotiate broker and listing agreements, property management agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and other relevant agreements.
  3. Draft and review complex operating agreements and bylaws, shareholders’ agreements, master service and service level agreements, private placement memoranda, indemnity agreements, and other client contracts.
  4. Provide servicing and litigation support, including drafting demand letters regarding collections matters or tenant disputes, reviewing pleadings and other litigation documents, managing litigation deadlines, performing legal research, drafting memoranda, and making recommendations to business leaders.
  5. Strategic problem solving, including spotting legal issues, analyzing facts and information, formulating logical and objective conclusions, recognizing alternatives and their implications, and effectively communicating the legal benefits and risk to the business team.
  6. Train and oversee the work of legal support personnel, including ensuring that work is performed competently, that processes are followed, and that client files are appropriately maintained.
  7. Monitor and calendar case deadlines.

Job Duties:

  • Supports the day-to-day legal needs of the company with respect to its facilities and asset management business.
  • Effectively manages multiple, concurrent real estate transactions and related matters, from inception through closing, including acquisitions, due diligence, title work, entity formation, financing, and dispositions, including investment exit via pooled bond transaction, portfolio disposition, or otherwise.
  • Analyzes facts, information, and procedures to enable strategic problem solving for the company’s facilities and asset management business; spots legal issues, formulates logical and objective conclusions, recognizes alternatives and their implications and is able to clearly communicate the benefits and risk to the business team.
  • Provides servicing and litigation support and strategy, including overseeing and directing outside counsel, drafting demand letters, reviewing pleadings, motions, discovery, and other litigation documents, conducting legal research, drafting legal memoranda, and establishing and managing a litigation budget for each matter. 
  • Sets priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities and prioritizes assignments to complete work in a timely manner.
  • Trains and oversees the work of legal support staff, including ensuring that an effective filing system is maintained for assigned matters.
  • Effectively manages deadlines.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned from time to time.

Skills & Attributes:

  • Maintains subject matter expertise with respect to real estate, leasing, tenant disputes and compliance issues, contract drafting, negotiation, enforcement and compliance, and financial transactions.
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Strong transaction management skills and ability to effectively manage outside counsel.
  • Quick learner, resourceful, with an excellent work ethic.
  • Superior analytical, research, legal drafting, and time management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to independently manage a demanding workload involving multiple tasks, responsibilities and deadlines with minimal daily supervision.
  • High level of professionalism and confidentiality in all aspects of work.
  • Works well independently and collaboratively in a team environment and follows through on assignments with minimal direction.
  • Conscientious with excellent attention to detail and ability to perform with accuracy under pressure.
  • Maintains punctuality and regular attendance.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position supervises outside vendors and paralegal and department support staff but has no direct reports.


Must be able to perform the essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to the safety or health of the employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Admission to the Oregon bar or ability to waive in preferred
  • 7+ years of legal experience, preferably in a regional or national law firm, with expertise in corporate governance and compliance, as well as two or more of the following substantive areas: real estate acquisitions and dispositions, real estate financing, leasing, tenant disputes, corporate law.
  • Candidate must be proficient in MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe. Experience with Mac OS X and SalesForce a plus.

Language Skills:

Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills; ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize both orally and in writing legal research materials, contracts, pleadings, and other legal documents; draft business and legal correspondence, memoranda, and contracts; and respond clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, to common inquiries from board members, officers, department heads, customers, vendors, attorneys, investors and governmental and regulatory agencies.

Mathematical Skills:

Must be able to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages and apply concepts of basic algebra.

Computer Skills:

Job requires specialized computer skills. Must be able to type at least 40 wpm and be adept at using various business applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation creation/editing, e-mail, scheduling software, and chart creation. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Salesforce preferred, as is experience working in a Macintosh environment.

Reasoning Ability:

Must be able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Must be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit or stand at a desk; use hands to type, write, assemble, collate, file, and operate common office equipment; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand or walk.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. We offer medical, dental and vision benefits, as well as a 401(k) plan with a company match.

Charter School Capital is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse team committed to our mission and values and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

We have a dynamic company culture and a fun workforce. We offer paid time off benefits, a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, and 401(k).

To apply: please submit a cover letter and resume to No phone calls please.