Portland BPS Equity and Change Manager (Sr. Management Analyst) - Closes June 25th

The Position


$5,959.00 - $7,956.00 Monthly


1900 SW 4th Ave, OR

Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Job Number


The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking an Equity and Change Manager (Senior Management Analyst). This position will provide technical guidance and leadership for equity, diversity and inclusion-based initiatives and programming to address institutional racism. Duties and assignments will be broad in scope, strategic in nature and impact all BPS employees, operations, programs, services and partnerships.
Internal Change Agent
The Equity and Change Manager will collaborate with other managers, leadership and staff to provide technical assistance that improves policies, program design and implementation, and utilizes an equity lens to evaluate outcomes. The successful candidate will work within the organization as a strategic change agent, and with other City bureaus and community partners to strengthen policies and practices to advance the City's racial equity goals. They will be part of a cohort of Equity Program Managers from other City bureaus and work closely with the City's Office of Equity and Human Rights.
The ideal candidate will understand theories and practices of organizational change management and will create partnerships with managers and teams to make structural change toward becoming an anti-racist organization. They will facilitate courageous conversations and build credibility by creating continuous skill building opportunities for staff and stakeholders around dismantling institutional racism.
The successful candidate will model leadership, compassion and vulnerability, own up to their own limitations and mistakes, and view feedback as a precious resource for learning and growth --encouraging others to do the same. The Equity and Change Manager will use adaptive leadership skills to help BPS set aside what is supposed to work but doesn't, by inspiring, influencing and creating a compelling vision.
Collaborative Equity Analysis & Community Engagement
The Equity and Change Manager will ask strategic questions and listen to stakeholders and communities, to collaboratively determine how to apply an equity lens to a wide range of plans, programs, policies and initiatives related to land use planning and economic/community development, finance, climate action, environmental justice, and sustainability policies and programing. The Equity and Change Manager will advance BPS's community engagement practice by strengthening Bureau relationships with community-based organizations, community leaders and networks working on equity and racial justice issues.
Experience working with social justice, environmental justice and other community-based advocacy organizations who serve the needs of marginalized communities is strongly desired, as is knowledge of institutional racism theory and its application to government policy and services.
Ideal candidates will be able to provide guidance on outcome-based assessment techniques, and have an ability to gather, analyze and interpret a variety of quantitative and qualitative information to identify trends and draw valid conclusions on progress towards equity goals.
The position will lead the update and integration of the bureau's Equity Roadmap with its Strategic Plan, including the development and implementation of an annual work plan and progress report. The position will oversee the bureau's equity and affirmative action work plans, metrics, and reporting tools.
The bureau has engaged in work to become a multicultural, anti-racist organization, and this position will continue transforming our culture through the Workplace Excellence Initiative (i.e. coordinate bureau-wide communication and engagement activities related to equity, diversity and inclusion)
BPS develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization, and encourages candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in their resume.
Characteristics of an ideal Equity and Change Manager candidate:
You're an optimist and a pragmatist -- a natural leader who inspires others with your courage, integrity, creativity and acumen. You thrive on finding ways to meet people and teams where they're at and helping them grow from there. You've worked to build diverse, inclusive and equitable teams and found your calling as both a strategic thought leader and doer. You lead with compassion and have a balance of patience and urgency. You believe it's possible for people to feel purpose in their work. You feel a sense of accountability to marginalized communities, and translate that to a responsibility to affect positive change. You have a proven track record for dismantling broken systems and leaving a lasting impact on an organization. You can work on both data and communications, and can make even the most complex of concepts easier to understand. You believe in the potential of people and institutions to change.
About Portland, Oregon
Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people.  Home to about 560,000 residents within 145 square miles, Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and one of America's best walking towns. Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast are all just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area including the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.: the 5,000-acre Forest Park located within the city limits. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance and employee assistance program coverage is available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family.


To Qualify


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of principles and practices of organizational systems, and change management, preferably as it pertains to organizational development and human behavior. 
  2. Ability to research and prepare recommendations on complex bureau policies, plans, programs and community engagement related to urban planning, community development, and sustainability issues. Knowledge of principles and practices of economics and finance as they relate to equity, diversity, and inclusion is preferred but not required.
  3. Demonstrated experience managing and developing strategic plans, curriculum and professional development opportunities, preferably as they relate to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  4. Ability and experience managing and consulting with teams, building effective working relationships, resolving conflicts and building consensus at all levels of an organization and with diverse stakeholders.
  5. Knowledge and experience preparing clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, and presenting conclusions and recommendations to diverse audiences.


The Recruitment Process


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, 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 may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.


Additional Information


Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online and answer all required supplemental questions, 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 answers to supplemental question will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers 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 résumé should support the details described in the answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers to the supplemental questions 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 should be no more than a total of two (2) pages. Do not attach materials not requested.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.  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 11:59 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.

John DiGrazia, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer