Full Time Community Outreach and Information Representative in Portland, Oregon at City of Portland, The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Community Outreach and Information Representative

City of Portland, The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Location: Portland, Oregon
Industry: Communications, Government, Jobs
Type: Full Time

The Position

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is recruiting a Community Outreach and Information Representative to be a champion of growing and improving the bureau’s community involvement practices.  Community involvement is core to how Portland makes decisions.  The City has supported system of neighborhood coalitions since the 1970s.  As the city grows, diversifies, and works to advance equity, it is essential that all community members’ needs and concerns are considered. BPS is committed to doing this by improving access, participation and outcomes for groups that have been underrepresented in the past – people of color, immigrant and refugee communities, people with disabilities, renters and others. We want to build a robust and inclusive community involvement practice that works with and reaches beyond the neighborhood system.

The Community Outreach and Information Representative will support implementation of the recently adopted 2035 Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2 Community Involvement.  They will work with city planning staff to maintain and improve best practices related to equitable community engagement on land use planning projects. The 2035 Comprehensive Plan calls for the City to expand efforts to engage individuals and groups who are not traditionally well represented in land use planning decisions, including people of color, people with disabilities, lower income households, immigrants, renters, and youth. The position will be responsible for:

  • Staffing the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), which is a volunteer advisory body charged with overseeing equitable community engagement related to land use planning, and improving the bureau’s Community Engagement Manual;
  • Leading projects to improve internal practices related to equitable community engagement;
  • Assisting bureau staff to expand relationships with organizations that represent groups not traditionally involved in land use planning decisions.
  • Coordinating the CIC’s work with the City’s Public Involvement Advisory Council (PIAC);
  • Reviewing and editing project-specific equitable community engagement plans;
  • Advising city planning staff as they implement equitable community engagement plans.
The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. BPS encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your resume.

Although not required, knowledge of program management and institutional racism, bias, privilege, and power and its relationship to the practice of community engagement is strongly desired.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of principles, methods and practices applied in design and implementation of public information, community outreach, community organizing, and promotional and marketing programs.
  2. Knowledge of methods and techniques of writing accessibly for public information and involvement, advertising, marketing and public relations to diverse audiences
  3. Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration.
  4. Knowledge of culturally competent facilitation techniques and meeting design practices.
  5. Ability to organize own work and carry out assignments reliably, independently, with appropriate attention to detail, and in a culturally competent manner, while managing multiple and changing priorities and deadlines.
  6. Ability to work with people from a variety of different social, cultural, and economic backgrounds, and who speak different languages.


Application Guidelines:

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Additional Information

Applicant Instructions
Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.
  • Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.  E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran’s Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

John DiGrazia, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Salary: $5,144.00 - $6,857.00 Monthly
Application Link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portlandor/jobs/1922253/community-outreach-and-information-representative?pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs