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City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

In 2000 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated a portion of the Willamette River the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, and in January 2017 issued a cleanup Record of Decision. With the recent release of EPA’s final cleanup plan for Portland Harbor the cleanup project has now shifted to implementation which will require significant community involvement and engagement. There will be many communities that will need to be informed of cleanup activities along with populations that will be directly affected by the cleanup actions that will require ongoing engagement efforts.

The Portland City Council directed the Bureau of Environmental Services to be the lead agency representing the City in the Portland Harbor cleanup. This position will be responsible for designing, implementing and managing a comprehensive public outreach and community engagement program focused on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. This position will work closely with community-based organizations, other government agencies and City Bureaus, to facilitate public discussions, lead work groups and design collaborative processes and outreach efforts to address community and stakeholder questions and concerns around the cleanup activity, specifically those concerns around consider environmental justice issues and communities disproportionately affected by the cleanup.  Knowledge of environmental justice issues and community based organizations in the Portland area is strongly desired but not required.

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1. Knowledge and experience with program administration, such as budgeting, purchasing, contracting, and grant administration.
2. Ability to plan, organize, develop and implement public information, community and media relations promotions, education and advertising programs, projects and initiatives while working independently, or as part of or leading a team.
3. Experience coordinating program activities with multiple stakeholders and facilitating development of partnerships, agreements and consensus.
4. Ability to apply sound, creative problem solving techniques to resolve difficult program issues and problems.
5. Experience with and ability to mobilize community resources and engage broad public participation in bureau programs and projects and identify established and emerging community leaders and engage their participation.
6. Ability to represent the City effectively in conducting and facilitating group meetings for gathering and disseminating information and resolving sensitive issues.

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