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Empowered Neighborhoods Program Coordinator II

Empowered Neighborhoods Program Coordinator II

$59,072.00 - $109,512.00 Annually
1900 SW 4th Ave, OR
Job Type
Bureau of Development Services
Job Number
2/13/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
The Position

The Empowered Communities Program within Bureau of Development Services (BDS), Equity and Policy Development Division, is looking for a Coordinator II. The goal of this position is to provide permitting assistance to Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and persons with disabilities who have received a correction notice from the City of Portland for not meeting building or zoning code. This position will also support residential property owners from these communities with proactive education and permitting assistance to avoid potential compliance concerns. This position offers consistent and thorough assistance regarding the building and zoning permit process, from initial program application, through final inspection. The Equity and Policy Development section of BDS supports and guides the Bureau of Development Services in achieving measurable objectives and outcomes that advance understanding of racial equity best practices and dismantle structures of oppression.
What you get to do as the Empowered Neighborhoods Program Coordinator II
  • Collaboratively develop bureau wide program amendments and support bureau projects by identifying equity impacts and providing recommendations for more equitable outcomes for customers and community members.
  • Support and empower construction and development projects for BIPOC and disabled business owners, homeowners and artist or art organizations.
  • Lead collaborative efforts with internal BDS and other city staff, and external skilled volunteers, to support clients as they plan, draft, engineer, permit, and construct their projects.
  • Work with local nonprofits and community organizations who are also assisting the BIPOC, and disability communities maintain and improve their homes and properties.
  • Advocate for clients and design,j alternative methods to construction such as appeals.
  • Research and identify additional resources to support client’s projects.
As a Person you are:
A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Champion: Uses DEI concepts to guide and inform your work and embraces a racial equity lens in your work.
Collaborative: An outgoing professional who values partnership and develops and supports relationships to get things done.
Solutions Oriented: Uses strong communication skills to work with diverse internal and external stakeholders to create, implement, and document solutions.
Emotionally Intelligent: Motivated, passionate, team-oriented, and empathetic
Dedicated: Have a passion for public service and hold a high level of pride in making projects are effectively managed, and that you are proud of the work delivered to the public.
An Equitable Coordinator: Experience creating and maintaining an inclusive, respectful, and culturally responsive work environment for stakeholders with varying interests.
Organized:  Able to work on a multitude of tasks and understand/respond to various situations in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
Qualified candidates commonly have backgrounds working with BIPOC and other marginalized communities and implementing strategies to increase engagement of these communities. Proficiency in Spanish or other languages common to BIPOC communities is also ideal.

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.

The City is offering optional information sessions for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.    

To Qualify
Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training, work experience and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:  

  1. Knowledge and commitment to understanding and eradicating structural racial inequity which includes understanding issues surrounding access, equity, diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and institutional racism and their relationships to the practice of community engagement.
  2. Knowledge of the principles and practices of business communication, program administration, and community outreach activities.
  3. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally unrepresented in local decision-making and to ensure inclusive participation and communication for those underrepresented communities.
  4. Ability to research, plan, and implement public information, awareness, and education programs to build and maintain public awareness of mission and goals. 
  5. Ability to analyze and explain relevant laws, ordinances, and policies related to client/customer projects.
Applicant must also:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The Recruitment Process
An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requestedOnly candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on an 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 Activity Schedule:
  • Job Posting closes: 2/13/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 2/20/2023
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of : 2/27/2023
  • 1st Round of Interviews: week of 3/13/2023
  • Job Offer: end of March/Early April
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
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.
  • 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 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.
Additional Information
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:
Contact Information:
Bureau of Human Resources
Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter  

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Sessions 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:

Information Session 1: Coordinator II: Empowered Neighborhoods Program
Thursday, February 2nd, 5:30-6:30 PM
Register 24 hours in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   

Information Session 2: Coordinator II: Empowered Neighborhoods Program 
Monday, February 6th, Noon-1 PM
Register 24 hours in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   

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