Research and Policy Coordinator (Coordinator III) - Limited Duration

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/23/2023

This is a limited-term position with a duration of 2 years. Persons appointed to limited term positions will be designated as limited duration employees whose appointment shall not exceed two (2) years except for the extension of grants or funding from outside sources.

The Community Safety Division invites applications for a Research and Policy Coordinator!

An Optional Information Session is being offered for this recruitment. Please see the “Additional Information” section below for details.

The Research and Policy Coordinator will support the Police Accountability Commission (PAC). The PAC is a group of twenty (20) community members volunteering their time to craft City Code proposals to the City Council. These proposals would develop a new Community Police Oversight Board and implement City Charter section 2-10, approved by City of Portland voters as Ballot Measure 26-217 in November 2020.

The Research and Policy Coordinator will develop research reports, find relevant links and documents, and circulate them to PAC members. The Research and Policy Coordinator will also assist in communications to the public and to other parts of the City government. These communications will convey detailed information in accessible formats so that interested parties can understand the PAC’s recommendations, and what data the PAC uses to make those decision. This will help shape community knowledge about what’s working and not working in police oversight, and their vision for the future of public safety in Portland.

As the Research and Policy Coordinator, you will:

  • Research data which relates to police accountability and oversight structures from within and outside of Portland.
  • Coordinate with other PAC project staff to create regular reports which convey data relevant to current and upcoming PAC conversations.
  • Based on the PAC’s direction, provide analysis in a way that is easily understood, and adjust analyses based on questions and feedback from the PAC.
  • Attend public meetings of the Police Accountability Commission as a research and policy support to the membership.
  • Brief PAC staff in advance of their presentations on content during PAC meetings and events.
  • Plan and implement meetings alongside other staff (this position may be the lead planner for 25+% of PAC public meetings)
  • In collaboration with PAC staff, respond to inquiries from the public, media, and other interested parties that require content knowledge and/or data.
  • Proactively develop information to release to the public about police accountability and oversight, including information under consideration by the PAC.
  • Develop strong working relationships with external partners and other jurisdictions.
  • Collect and communicate academic and practitioner comments and recommendations to PAC.

About the Bureau:
The Division of Community Safety (CSD) aligns public safety resources and systems to improve services to, and outcomes for, the community. This team is responsible for ensuring that the public safety bureaus and commissioners-in-charge lead and maintain a coordinated and strategic effort to plan and implement community driven policy reforms across the public safety system.

City Council identified community safety priorities that include organizational change, new strategies for emergency response, planning and coordination for holistic systems change. Specifically, this division drives progress in the following areas:

  • Building Alternative Response Methods
  • Sending the Right Responder to the Call
  • Aligning Governance with Goals
  • Reducing the Need for Public Safety Response

CSD’s Advisory Boards & Commissions Unit provides staff for community boards and commissions relevant to community safety. Currently, this includes the Police Accountability Commission (PAC), the Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing (PCCEP), and the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group (FITCOG).

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in April 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person.

Work Schedule

This position will require occasional evening and weekend work.

The following minimum qualifications are required:
  1. Experience establishing effective working relationships with external partners, the public, and other jurisdictions or governmental agencies.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to create strategic communications and outreach materials.
  3. Experience researching technical and complex policy questions.
  4. Knowledge of the principles of program development and administration.
  5. Knowledge of and familiarity with human rights and civil rights obligations.

Applicant Must Also:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications
Although not required, you may have one or more of the following:
  • Knowledge of human rights and civil rights obligations as they relate to policing and law enforcement.
  • Experience providing policy recommendations to decision-makers.
  • Experience planning and executing events and meetings.

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, 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.

**PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:

  • Posting Closes: 2/9/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: 2/10 - 2/13/2023
  • Eligible List: Week of 2/13/2023
  • Selection Phase Begins: Week of 2/13/2023
  • Job Offer: Early March

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions 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 responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions 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 resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume 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.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

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

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates:

Questions?/ Recruiter Contact Information:
Tamela Ressler, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

(503) 865-6938

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer


To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for the optional session below:

Friday, February 3, 2023

12:30 PM Time Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 819 4785 6899
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Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Research
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$70,220.80 - $116,792.00 Annually
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