Job Corps Project Manager - Metro (Closes 5/28)


$75,504.00 - $101,171.20 Annually


Portland, OR

Job Type

Full Time


Property and Environmental Services

Job Number



5/28/2019 5:00 PM Pacific

Position summary

Are you skilled in developing, implementing and managing programs that are trauma informed and provide opportunities for individuals facing barriers to success? Do you have a passion for serving the public and enjoy collaborating with diverse communities to develop and promote inclusive and equitable programs and services? Do you have a foundational understanding of the region's solid waste system and a strong desire to improve the environmental impacts and racial equity challenges inherent in that system?

If so, you might be the perfect fit for Metro's Solid Waste Information, Compliance and Cleanup division. As the Job Corps Project Manager, you will lead the design and implementation of a new workforce development program providing public land stewardship and cleanup services across the Metro region. Through this program, adults experiencing barriers to employment will gain access to training and paid work as they perform projects that benefit the region, projects such as cleaning up dumped garbage; removing graffiti; recycling materials; cleaning and restoring parks and natural areas; performing light building maintenance and more.

This new program will be an expansion of Metro's existing Regional Illegal Dumping (RID) Patrol program and will work collaboratively with other programs and departments across the agency. Core program goals include partnering with and increasing the capacity of local community-based organizations already engaged in this type of work; improving the livability of the region's urban environment and green spaces; and furthering the implementation of Metro's diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

In this position, you will research and investigate best practices with similar programs across the nation; work collaboratively with Metro Council, management and other staff to solidify the program's vision and mission; develop a strategic plan for program development; cultivate and establish authentic partnerships with other agencies and nonprofits; and play a major role in program launch and execution. After launch, you will serve as a project manager, overseeing the continued growth and success of the program.

The development of this program will address and support the values, principles, goals and actions established in both the Property and Environmental Services Department (PES) Diversity, Racial Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work plan (Download PDF reader) and the 2030 Regional Waste Plan: Equity, health and the environment.(Download PDF reader)  

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all employees can thrive. 

This position will begin working at the Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Avenue, in Portland. The work location might change after program implementation.

Application requirements:
(1) Electronic application; (2) answers to supplemental questions; (3) resume; and (4) cover letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position.

Estimated Recruitment Timeline: 

  • Application Screening: May 29 - June 5

  • First Round Interviews: Week of June 10

  • Second Round Interviews: Week of June 17

  • Hiring Decision: We hope to make a hiring decision by July 1

(This is an estimated timeline only and is subject to change without notice.)

Essential Job Duties

An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Develops a strategic plan for the establishment of a new workforce development program at Metro that supports historically underserved, marginalized, low-income communities and communities of color and eliminates barriers to employment; manages the development and implementation of the plan including oversight of consultants and contractors.

  • Proposes and develops program services and policies creating positive community benefits; establishes program goals; applies an equity lens to the development of the program policies, procedures, and services; and coordinates with community and interagency partnerships for wrap-around support and services.

  • Builds and maintains strong relationships with regional partners and workforce advocates, especially those working with low-income communities, communities of color, formerly incarcerated individuals and people experiencing homelessness; convenes and leads public engagement strategies to generate community and partner input; performs engagement intentionally inclusive of historically underserved, marginalized, low-income communities and communities of color; and effectively gathers input and guidance from workforce, labor, industry, community stakeholders and other partners.

  • Understands and incorporates the goals and actions of the Property and Environmental Services department's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan and the 2030 Regional Waste Plan in the planning and implementation of the workforce development program.

  • Conducts thorough research and analysis of programs providing job skills, training and opportunities to individuals facing employment barriers; presents results to policy groups, community-based organizations, and other internal and external stakeholders; and drafts reports and documents for consideration by the Metro Council, chief operating officer, senior leadership and project partners.

  • Develops and evaluates the metrics, methods and modes to monitor and evaluate the program success; drafts, organizes and coordinates projects and plans; and coordinates with staff and program partners to assure timely completion.

  • Provides superior customer service while treating all partners with respect; solicits and constructively incorporates feedback into work.

  • Represents Metro at meetings and events, including evenings and weekends.

  • Fulfills Metro's employee values of Public Service, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect, Innovation, and Sustainability by performing duties that include, but are not limited to, maintaining positive relationships, respecting diversity of ideas and perspectives of others, and demonstrating sustainable practices.

  • Implements and adheres to Metro Code, rules, policies, procedures, and other pertinent local, state and federal laws and regulations.

In addition to the specific duties for the position, Metro organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions. This position falls under the Senior Solid Waste Planner classification (click to read the full classification).

Minimum Requirements

Three years of experience in solid waste, project management, community engagement, human services or public policy and a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, public administration, human services or any related field; OR any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing and launching new programs or program services.

  • Ability, understanding and capacity to incorporate racial equity, diversity and inclusion in everyday work tasks and program development.

  • Knowledge and experience working with formerly incarcerated individuals and people experiencing homelessness.

  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed practices.

  • Ability to speak and write Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese or another languages is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong project management, time management and organization skills, including ability to develop and coordinate complex projects.

  • Experience developing and administering contracts and procurement processes in a nonprofit, corporate or government institution.

  • Knowledge about racial equity, gender equity, barriers to employment and social services.

  • Strong collaborative leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to form and maintain partnerships, lead groups, and work effectively with others on a common task.

  • Ability to plan, coordinate and evaluate programs directly and through collaborations with program partners.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and development of culturally competent informational materials to distill and effectively communicate complex concepts and projects.   

  • Strong interpersonal relationship-building skills, including the ability to work effectively and respectfully with people of different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.

  • Ability to perform analysis on research results, make recommendations, ability to translate goals and ideas into effective implementation, and develop implementation methods and cost analyses on the recommendations.

  • Experience working with the public, local governments and community-based organizations.

  • Emotional intelligence and capacity to respond flexibly to a range of possible situations.

  • Ability to build intellectual capacity for inquiry, curiosity to ask questions, and desire to thoroughly understand issues to propose innovative and affirmative policies and services benefiting the community.

  • Ability to identify and respond to problems, seek conflict resolutions, take ownership of mistakes; flexibility in adapting to situations and individuals; positive attitude.

  • Ability to assist management in policy analysis and formulation.

  • Ability to function as a lead over other professional staff and to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to operate a personal computer and use common software programs, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Additional Information

Working conditions: Duties are primarily performed in an office environment, while sitting at a desk or computer terminal. May spend time in the field doing community outreach, gathering data or overseeing project. The position requires the ability to perform on a standard work schedule of Monday through Friday generally working from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and attend offsite meetings during and after normal work hours.

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Representation/classification: This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3580 and falls under the Senior Solid Waste Planner classification.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: Criminal background checks: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity: All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Address600 NE Grand Ave

Portland, Oregon, 97232