Senior Associate – Equitable Economic/Workforce Development

Estolano Advisors | Portland, OR

Posted Date 6/18/2024

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Are you committed to advancing racial and gender equity to build a future where all communities can benefit from economic and climate investments? Are you an excellent project manager ready to apply your skills to build strong collaborations that deliver impactful policies and strategies for our most vulnerable communities? Do you enjoy bringing diverse stakeholders together to unify around a common cause? If so, come collaborate with us as we grow our team! Estolano Advisors (EA) is a BIPOC owned and led award-winning urban planning and public policy firm that provides clients with equity-focused solutions to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities. In the region and nationally, our firm is advising governments on how to collaborate effectively to supersize their impact on economic mobility for marginalized communities. We are helping private sector partners build community benefits through their investments. And we are connecting child care advocates with the semiconductor sector to reimagine how investments can grow the care sector. We use an interdisciplinary approach to advising our clients in government, nonprofits, and philanthropy on policies, programs, and actions that benefit communities most affected by racial, economic, and environmental injustice. In the Pacific Northwest, we are building an exciting new team to bring our approach to advancing equitable workforce and economic development strategies to a broad range of urban and rural communities and Tribal nations. Are you ready to grow your career and your networks with us? This is a hybrid position (partially in-person).


Job Description

As a Senior Associate in the Portland team, you will work closely with the Pacific Northwest Director to grow our relationships and work with governments, philanthropy, frontline communities and Tribal nations. The Senior Associate’s portfolio will include variety of projects ranging from advising on the development of workforce equity plans, community benefits agreements, to regional and project-specific child care strategy and research, advancing climate and environmental justice, and active transportation. The Senior Associate will gain a variety of skills integral to their ongoing success in the private consulting sector and build on their skillsets as a planning and public policy professional in project management, writing for a variety of audiences, planning, and facilitating stakeholder engagements, and developing pragmatic and implementable strategies and recommendations for our public, private, philanthropic, and business clients. The Senior Associate will work independently and as part of a team to demonstrate that a thoughtful and strategic interdisciplinary approach will create equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities. A Senior Associate will direct the work of Associates, Project Assistants, and Research Analysts and will be guided and supervised by Principals and the CEO. The right person for this position will have demonstrated experience effectively project managing multimember teams, skillfully integrating research and data analysis into policy design, thoughtfully convening a variety of stakeholder groups to advance shared goals and working closely with clients; and is a creative problem solver who can work collaboratively in a team to deliver results.


Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF document to with “EA Senior Associate - [Location]” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

  1. Cover Letter (must include a mention which office you will be based, as well as a reflection on how you have demonstrated EA’s values (see first page) in your professional and academic work)
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (if part of a group project, indicate sections written by the applicant)
  4. PowerPoint sample
  5. Examples that showcase experience with web-based applications (i.e. websites, social media pages, newsletters, and/or e-publications) or graphic design software (i.e. Creative Suite)
  6. Three professional or academic references (no more than two should be academic)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. We will interview qualified candidates starting July 1, 2024. Those interested are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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