Partnerships and Equity Manager (Manager I)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/10/2022
Description Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine .

The Office of Community & Civic Life (Civic Life) connects Portlanders with city government to build inclusive, safe, and livable communities. This position is a senior leader in the bureau’s administration. This position directly manages the Adapt to Impact, Neighborhood Services, Diversity and Civic Leadership, Youth, and Immigrant and Refugee programs and is also responsible for partnership management and equity initiatives with civic engagement networks and government jurisdictions for the bureau.

This position strengthens the overall capacity of the bureau in key programmatic and operational areas. The position:
  • Directs the strategic development and continuous improvement of the bureau’s portfolio of highly visible and signature community and civic engagement programs for greater impact and efficiencies.
    • The District Coalitions component of the neighborhood services program will undergo a fundamental transformation in the coming years as we plan to assess three city-staffed district offices for a possible return to community ownership. This position will provide leadership and guidance to others in navigating multiple and competing community, organizational and political relationships in service of broader community- and civic engagement outcomes.
    • Adapt to Impact is a new functional area for the bureau aligned with long-term goals adopted FY 18/19. This position oversees the establishment of an interdisciplinary approach and team based consulting model to serve city bureaus through the program’s three overhead- and one general-fund positions in the areas advisory boards, public involvement, mental health and disability.
    • The multiple programs within this portfolio have been operating with an emergent framework supporting intentional or complementary program interactions. This position will continue to develop a rationale, case and narrative for this body of work reflecting the evidence base, understanding of complex adaptive systems and grounded in population-based approaches to strengthen the existing community engagement and leadership development approaches.
  • Oversees the bureau and program capacity to integrate culturally empowering community- and civic engagement practices into all services, programs, and organizational development.
  • Oversees the bureau and program capacity to strengthen equity based programs and services inside and outside City government within the span and scope of the bureau.
  • Works with the Director and Manager II, Strategy, Innovation and Performance, to develop a theory of change around the bureau’s civic engagement mission, leading to the development of a programmatic and research/evaluation framework that builds the evidence of collective program impacts. This body of evidence will inform program development and leverage additional resources from external sources (such as public/private partnerships and grants).
  • Works with the Director and program leads on budget development and administration, monitoring budget performance, and forecasting annual and multi-year program growth.
  • Develops and manages a multicultural team that applies a racial and social justice analysis and delivers equitable outcomes through distinct program areas.
  • Works with the Director and leadership team to implement the bureau’s strategic goals and intersectional equity efforts.
  • Works with the Director and leadership team to address complex community, bureau and citywide issues and goals.
  • Maintains and cultivates contacts and relationships within multiple professional and community fields (city governance, program-specific areas, policy realms, community, and more.)
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.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. Applicants must provide details in their cover letter and resume that demonstrate how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience with strategic thinking and a demonstrated track-record in multiple areas: supervision, budget development and monitoring, management, and policy and program development and evaluation.
  2. Ability to propose, develop and resource innovative partnerships across sectors or disciplines using an equity lens.
  3. Knowledge of research methods and evaluation design.
  4. Experience using exceptional judgment, discretion, tact and diplomacy in dealing with highly sensitive issues and situations.
  5. Ability to learn new issues, learn and develop City-specific protocols and advance equity in complex work environments.
  6. Ability to supervise, train and coach others to deliver equitable outcomes and maintain consistent, high-quality standards.

Applicants must also possess:
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.

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

Recruitment Activity Schedule:
  • Job Posting closes: 2/7/22
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 2/7/22
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 2/14/22
  • Selection: week 2/14/22
  • Job Offer: end of February
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

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.
  • 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.

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.

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Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Management
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$84,656.00 - $148,138.00 Annually
Salary Type

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