City of Portland Planning and Sustainability Clean Energy Fund Community Benefits Coordinator


$53,290.00 - $98,800.00 Annually


1900 SW 4th Ave, OR

Job Type



Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Job Number



5/20/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability is seeking a Coordinator II to join the Portland Clean Energy Benefits Fund Program team.
The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (Fund) program is the result of a ballot initiative that was passed by Portland voters in November 2018. The Fund represents an estimated $54-71 million in new annual revenue for clean energy-related projects and jobs (weatherizing homes, installing solar, job and contractor training, expanding local food production and building green infrastructure). The revenue is raised by a new 1% business licensing surcharge on retail revenue generated in Portland by certain large retailers.  More information about the Portland Community Benefits Fund can be found at
Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Team - Program Staff General Duties
This position will be part of a new start-up team that is tasked with the exciting and challenging work of creating an innovative clean energy financing program. The roles and duties outlined in this position description represent the type of work currently envisioned for the various team members. However, creating a program of this nature is a very fast-paced, dynamic and fluid endeavor, and the work and functions of the position will undoubtedly evolve and expand in exciting new ways over time.

Focus areas for the team's work over the coming year are outlined below and members of the team will take on lead roles for one or more of these bodies of work:

  1. Outreach and Capacity Building: Build and maintain relationships with potential partners interested in receiving grants from the Fund. Initial responsibilities will include developing and implementing a capacity building plan with an emphasis on frontline communities to ensure that they are well prepared and equipped to submit and deliver on successful grant proposals. Subsequent efforts will include advancing workforce development related efforts.

  2. Grant Committee Facilitation and Coordination: Help establish and coordinate a new Grant Committee made up of experts and community members responsible for making program and grant funding recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Efforts will include establishing decision-making processes and grantmaking procedures, building the capacity of committee members to fully engage in the work, providing strategic support to enable informed decision-making and ensuring the committee functions and deliberates in an open and transparent manner that is accessible to the communities the Fund is intended to serve.

  3. Communications:  Develop and implement broad, external communication plans and strategies for the Fund that ensure transparency and enable meaningful and equitable community engagement. Provide communications-related services to the Fund program, as well as the grant committee, grantees and program partners as appropriate.

  4. Evaluating and Reporting Progress: Facilitate the development of quantitative and qualitative performance measures and work with the Grant Committee to determine how those measures will inform the grant making process. Collaborate with program staff and the Grant Committee in implementing and evaluating the Fund program and identifying opportunities for continuous improvement.

  5. Research and Technical Assistance: Conduct research and explore various financing options, grant-making structures and other opportunities related to workforce development, capacity building and contracting equity to help program staff, the Grant Committee, grantees and program partners design, implement and continuously improve the Fund program. Research and technical assistance will include a focus on leveraging external resources and funding, and addressing barriers facing communities of color and low-income populations.  

Ideal Candidate Characteristics:
The ideal candidate will have at least two of the following characteristics:

  • Successfully worked with multi-cultural communities.

  • Experience with outreach and capacity building for large granting programs or similar efforts.

  • Knowledge and experience with the best principles and practices of organizational development.

  • Knowledge and experience working in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, finance and/or workforce development.

  • Experience developing and delivering high-profile, effective and inclusive communications that ensure transparency and a clear understanding of a program's mission and goals.

  • Experience managing, coordinating or facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and deliberations.

  • Experience developing, monitoring and evaluating both quantitative and qualitative performance metrics.

Because the Portland Clean Energy Fund is committed to delivering meaningful benefits to Portland's low-income populations and communities of color, all ideal candidates will have a deep analysis and understanding of racism and other forms of systemic oppression, a demonstrated interest in advancing equity, and experience collaborating with and serving these frontline communities.
About the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability:
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland's livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities.  

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. BPS 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 your resume.

About the City of Portland
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people.  Home to about 680,000 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. Experience collaborating and communicating with communities of color and people traditionally under-represented in local decision-making in order to facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities.

  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with partners such as City managers and staff, representatives of other government agencies, the public and others encountered in the course of work.

  3. Ability to exercise independent judgment, problem-solve, and take initiative within established procedures and guidelines.

  4. Experience communicating clearly, logically and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, and skill in preparing concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents.

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to coursework from an accredited college or university related to business administration, public administration, planning, sustainability or other fields related to the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund, and three years of progressively responsible experience involving analysis, planning, organizing and/or evaluating programs is acceptable.

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.

Job Posting: 5/6/19 – 5/20/19

Applications Reviewed: week of 5/20/19

Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 6/3/19

1st Round of Interviews: week of 6/17/19

2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): 7/8/19

Job Offer: July 2019

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

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.

Do not submit documents 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 Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

AgencyCity of Portland

Address1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204