Effective December 2018 the City of Portland will adopt a new classification and compensation structure, adjusting the pay range of this role to $111,696.00 - $189,842.00. Under the new structure this position will be classified as a Director I. An overview of the new classification and compensation structure is available here https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/77674.
The City is seeking a Director to lead the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
About Planning and Sustainability
The mission of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is to shape the future of Portland and advance climate protection for a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city now and for future generations.
The bureau is known for its skill as a convener, leader, and designer of complex and collaborative projects, plans and decision-making processes that balance multiple objectives, advance equity and set the direction for Portland's future.
BPS works to address climate change; advance sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewables; manage programs to prevent solid waste and maximize composting and recycling; and lead long-range planning projects that touch on a spectrum of topics including land use and zoning, economic and housing development, transportation and transit, community engagement and achieving equitable development outcomes, environmental resources, urban design and historic preservation.
At the heart of the bureau's work and culture is a commitment to advance equity. BPS is working with local communities and our many business and government partners to leverage our resources to address the major issues facing Portland today, including racial and environmental justice, climate change, affordable housing for all, displacement and gentrification, and job creation.
Read more about our work and priorities in our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
The Planning and Sustainability Director reports to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The bureau includes approximately 105 FTE. The Director will lead a team of 4 direct reports and manage a budget of over $17M.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies for success as well as the items listed in the "To Qualify" section:
- Executive-Level Management: Experience building and retaining teams and managing a large workforce including union-represented employees. Broad understanding of equity and inclusion practices, municipal government including policy development and implementation, budgeting, and asset and personnel management. Experience collaborating with other public-sector agencies.
- Leadership: Experience building a team and inspiring organizational development and community action with movement towards racial, economic and social justice. Proven leader in navigating difficult conversations and identifying solutions. Experience building collaborative systems and relationships in a complex organization. Adaptable and approachable.
- Accountability and Transparency: Commitment to efficient, effective, and equitable investment of resources to achieve policy goals. Experience prioritizing transparency and accountability in administration of public agency programs, and in quantitatively demonstrating outcomes through publicly-available and accessible data. Nuanced understanding of the multiple stakeholders to which the bureau is accountable: Portland community members -- particularly communities of color, City Council, public and private partners, etc.
- Equity & Inclusion: A visionary who understands that building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment leads to innovative ideas and solutions. A leader who will use a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens both internally to improve workforce diversity, support and promote employees of color, address retention issues of employees of color, and externally to implement environmental justice and climate justice work in the community. Knowledge and experience implementing universal design principles and disability equity. Knowledge and understanding of environmental racism, and how planning has impacted marginalized communities, gentrification, affordable housing, education, and job opportunities.
- Innovation: Experience leveraging public-private partnerships and proactively pursuing new and entrepreneurial funding tools. Ability to foster a culture of creativity and innovation and to identify opportunities to carry out the bureau's core functions more efficiently.
- Strategic Communication: Experience being culturally responsive while effectively and strategically representing a large, complex organization to public and private sector partners, community organizations, the public, and the media.
- Collaboration & Public Involvement: Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including other City bureaus and community partners. Ability to build relationships and share decision-making with other City bureaus and the community, particularly communities of color and historically under-served populations.
About the City of Portland
The City of Portland comprises an area of approximately 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon. With a 2016 population estimated at 627,000, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance, and services for a metropolitan area with a 2016 population estimated at 2.4 million people. Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County, and is the largest city in Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland has a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and is one of America's best walking towns. Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty, with Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast each just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area, including the 5,000-acre Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness in the U.S. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer. Portland receives 37 inches of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.
Portland has a reputation for being unique, and our governance structure is no exception. Portland voters adopted the commission form of government in 1913, and over 100 years later, Portland is the only large city in the country continuing to operate under this structure. The five members of the City Council are each elected at-large, and have legislative, administrative, and quasi-judicial responsibilities. The Mayor assigns bureaus to each Council member.
The City of Portland has approximately 6,000 represented and non-represented permanent employees and a budget of over $3.46 billion. The City has maintained its triple-A bond rating for over 40 years, reflecting its strong financial management policies and practices.
Why join the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in PERS, the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System. For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
- Proven executive-level leader with experience in successfully managing a large, complex and customer-focused organization.
- Experience addressing social, political, economic and environmental issues influencing the fields of planning and sustainability.
- Experience developing and maintaining highly effective relationships with communities of color and other underserved communities, elected officials, community leaders, the public and internal stakeholders.
- Experience developing innovative programs and leveraging public-private partnerships and other resources.
- Experience effectively engaging diverse groups and stakeholders, including people with disabilities, and under-represented communities.
- Experience building and implementing long-range urban plans and urban design, and/or climate action and sustainability plans and policies, while ensuring environmental, racial and economic justice.
In addition to providing a cover letter/resume please submit a separate equity statement outlining your commitment and track record in diversity, equity and inclusion. Please limit the equity statement to a maximum of one page. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group.
- Experience living, working and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities.
- Track record of instilling equity and inclusion within operations.
If your diversity, equity and inclusion experiences and commitment are different from those listed, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.
For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland's commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidates, highest qualified candidates identifying as female, and highest qualified candidates who identify as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To identify candidates who should be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we are asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability in the required equity statement. Please see the City's Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more information (Direct link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/564587).
- Position closes: December 14
- First-round interviews conducted: Weeks of December 17 and December 24
- Final interviews: Week of January 14
- Candidate selected: Mid-January
*Please note the timelines are subject to change.
The Recruitment Process
Applicants must submit a cover letter, professional resume and equity statement online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this announcement, and in accordance with the following 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 reflect how you satisfy each of the Minimum Qualifications.
- Your resume should support the details described in your cover letter.
- The equity statement must address your commitment and track record successfully developing and delivering diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes.
- 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.
- Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of six (6) pages combined.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. Emailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.
This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.
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 Recruiter(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer