Associate (Level I, II, or III) – Equitable Economic Development/Climate Resilient Infrastructure

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

EA seeks an Associate eager to work on a variety of projects in EA’s Equitable Economic Development practice group. The 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. As an Associate, one will have a dynamic and interdisciplinary portfolio of projects. EA’s projects range from crafting local economic development strategies, coordinating and facilitating policy advisory committees, and researching inclusive engagement strategies, to shaping equitable transportation policy, workforce development policies, and advising on environmental justice work. The Associate will gain a variety of skills integral to their ongoing success in the private consulting sector and further develop their skillsets as a planning and public policy professional, including writing for a variety of audiences; developing pragmatic and actionable strategies and recommendations for our public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit clients; planning and facilitating stakeholder engagements; and project management. For the rising public policy or urban planning professional, this position provides an opportunity to grow with the firm while building a multi-faceted portfolio, enhancing professional credentials, and networking with top professionals in the field. The right person for this position will have demonstrated experience effectively conducting research and data analysis, crafting clear and thoughtful written reports and memos, and applying intellectual curiosity and problem-solving skills to their work.

Application Process

To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF document to with “EA Associate, EED/CRI - [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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