Graffiti Abatement Program Manager (Coordinator III)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/23/2023
The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning & Sustainability (BPS) is seeks a Graffiti Abatement Program Manager (Coordinator III). The Program Manager will lead the implementation of a citywide graffiti abatement and enforcement program.

The position is housed in BPS but operates as part of the interagency Public Environment Management Office (PEMO) to manage livability issues in the public right-of-way including trash, illegal dumping, graffiti, and abandoned vehicles.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The position will be responsible for overseeing graffiti abetment program logistics, including managing contractors who remove graffiti from public and private property, coordinating volunteer efforts, and evaluating equitable enforcement tools. The program has a budget of more than $1 million annually. Primary responsibilities include:
  • Supervise the work of two staff that will carry out duties related to the program.
  • Maintain and improve city-wide graffiti reporting Zendesk database.
  • Conduct field work on a semi-regular basis.
  • Maintain direct daily contact with a variety of diverse community stakeholders, including residents, businesses, and other bureaus and agencies.
  • Manage significant interagency coordination.
  • Ensure the team’s work implements priorities established by the Mayor through PEMO.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Ideal Candidate:
  • Solutions Oriented: A savvy project manager able to resolve complex issues and effectively communicate with stakeholders and agency partners.
  • An Equitable Leader: Experience leading and mentoring people and creating and maintaining an inclusive, respectful and culturally responsive workplace.
  • Value Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI):?Use DEI concepts to guide and inform your work
  • Committed to Public Service: A dedicated professional committed to delivering high quality public services and committed to the bureau’s strategic plan and values.
About the Bureau
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability develops creative and practical solutions enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities.

In collaboration with community partners, we provide; comprehensive land use, neighborhood, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; policy and technical services to advance green building and a just transition to clean energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; policy to address climate change; policy, projects and outreach related to the Smart City PDX program and are responsible for administering the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund. (

BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. We encourage candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with abroad 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. BPS offers an excellent benefits package, flexible work schedules and support for training and skills development in a positive, engaging, and creative work environment.

Studies have shown that women, non-binary people, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications listed. BPS considers lived experience and transferrable skills as qualifying unless an item is labeled as required. We are most interested in finding the best candidates for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply.

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. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

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.

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following required minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience with program/project planning, budgeting and management.
  2. Skill in evaluating contractor proposals and managing contracts.
  3. Skill in customer service and conflict resolution, including culturally-competent communication and experience working with people of color.
  4. Ability to supervise, evaluate, and provide guidance to other staff.
  5. Ability to analyze complex issues, evaluate alternatives, and recommend policies and effective courses of action that apply equitable program practices.
  6. Ability to utilize, interpret, and apply relevant laws, ordinances, and policies.
  7. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.
Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
Desired skills:
Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable. Education/Training: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, or field related to organizational unit or Bureau/Office; -AND-Experience: Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience involving analysis, planning, organizing, and/or evaluating programs in a public agency or customer service-related field.
Experience working in government or other large institutions is preferred but not required. 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 for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 2/13/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 2/13/2023
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 2/20/2023
  • 1st Round of Interviews: TBD
  • Job Offer: February

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

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

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter 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.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veterans’ 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.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.

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.

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Bureau of Human Resources
Terrol Johnson, Senior/Executive Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Management
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$70,220.80 - $116,792.00 Annually
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