Portland Public Parks (Outreach and Involvement) Closes 10/31

Job Title:Community Outreach and Information Representative
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 10/31/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$5,033.00 - $6,709.00 Monthly
Job Type:Full Time
Location:Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon

The City of Portland's Bureau of Parks and Recreation is seeking a Community Outreach and Information Representative. This position will be enthusiastic, culturally competent, and committed to the authentic engagement of Portlanders in making decisions that impact their ability to access and enjoy our Parks System.  The Community Outreach and Information Representative will have conflict management, project management, and people skills. Additionally, this position will engage underserved communities in inclusive community engagement.

This position will work with staff and the community to engage the participation of targeted communities in public involvement projects by developing strong and supportive partnerships between the community, particularly with immigrants, refugees, communities of color, low income and people with disabilities and Portland Parks & Recreation. Duties will include developing and implementing public engagement processes; leading outreach efforts and connecting community groups and community leaders with opportunities to impact projects and policies within Portland Parks & Recreation.  The incumbent will engage and participate on the Public Involvement Advisory Committee; contribute to the completion of the Equity and Access initiatives within PP&R's strategic plan; and develop strategies for targeted outreach.

Additional duties will include conducting community demographic analysis and developing engagement strategies appropriate to identified communities, developing the community's ability to engage in strategic decision making regarding use and prioritization of PP&R facilities developing outreach materials, facilitating meetings and developing and presenting recommendations. 

Additional Information

The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 620,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. Portland Parks & Recreation values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The City is offering an optional informational session for this recruitment. Please see the Optional Information Session section below for details and location.

 To Qualify:

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of and experience applying principles, methods and practices applied in design and implementation of public involvement strategies and inclusive community engagement activities.

  2. Ability and experience organizing own work and carrying out assignments reliably, independently and with appropriate attention to detail, while managing multiple and changing priorities and deadlines.

  3. Knowledge of and experience in research methods and analysis techniques. Please include experiencing developing and administering qualitative and quantitative feedback tools.

  4. Ability and experience using effective communication skills both orally and written, and providing clear explanations of unfamiliar and complex principles.  Please include experience communicating across cultural differences.

  5. Ability and experience conducting and facilitating committee meetings. Please include experience in high stakes/high conflict situations.

  6. Ability and experience conducting group activities for the purpose of gathering and disseminating information.

  7. Ability and experience establishing and maintaining positive and trusting working relationships with other personnel, public officials, business and non-profit agencies, community members and the media.

A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four year college or university with major coursework in public relations, communications, public
administration or a closely related field; and two years of progressively responsible professional
experience in public information or community outreach programs and projects; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


 The Recruitment Process:

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested.  Only 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. Some positions may require those placed on the eligible list to complete and sign a criminal background statement before being considered for employment.

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume 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. 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 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 the cover letter.

  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 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.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted. 


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 4:30 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 Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.



Cydney Khan, Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-6183

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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

East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave.
Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm