Planning & Sustainability Director

  • Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Dec 03, 2018
Full time Administrator/Executive Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental Science - Engineering Sustainability Waste Management - Recycling

Job Description

The City is seeking a Director to lead the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
About Planning and Sustainability 
The mission of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is to shape the future of Portland and advance climate protection for a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city now and for future generations.

The bureau is known for its skill as a convener, leader, and designer of complex and collaborative projects, plans and decision-making processes that balance multiple objectives, advance equity and set the direction for Portland's future.

BPS works to address climate change; advance sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewables; manage programs to prevent solid waste and maximize composting and recycling; and lead long-range planning projects that touch on a spectrum of topics including land use and zoning, economic and housing development, transportation and transit, community engagement and achieving equitable development outcomes, environmental resources, urban design and historic preservation.

At the heart of the bureau's work and culture is a commitment to advance equity. BPS is working with local communities and our many business and government partners to leverage our resources to address the major issues facing Portland today, including racial and environmental justice, climate change, affordable housing for all, displacement and gentrification, and job creation.
 
Read more about our work and priorities in our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.
 
The Planning and Sustainability Director reports to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The bureau includes approximately 105 FTE. The Director will lead a team of 4 direct reports and manage a budget of over $17M.

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies for success as well as the items listed in the "To Qualify" section:
 
Executive-Level Management: Experience building and retaining teams and managing a large workforce including union-represented employees. Broad understanding of equity and inclusion practices, municipal government including policy development and implementation, budgeting, and asset and personnel management. Experience collaborating with other public-sector agencies.
 
Leadership: Experience building a team and inspiring organizational development and community action with movement towards racial, economic and social justice. Proven leader in navigating difficult conversations and identifying solutions. Experience building collaborative systems and relationships in a complex organization. Adaptable and approachable.
 
Accountability and Transparency: Commitment to efficient, effective, and equitable investment of resources to achieve policy goals. Experience prioritizing transparency and accountability in administration of public agency programs, and in quantitatively demonstrating outcomes through publicly-available and accessible data. Nuanced understanding of the multiple stakeholders to which the bureau is accountable: Portland community members -- particularly communities of color, City Council, public and private partners, etc.
 
Equity & Inclusion: A visionary who understands that building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment leads to innovative ideas and solutions. A leader who will use a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens both internally to improve workforce diversity, support and promote employees of color, address retention issues of employees of color, and externally to implement environmental justice and climate justice work in the community. Knowledge and experience implementing universal design principles and disability equity. Knowledge and understanding of environmental racism, and how planning has impacted marginalized communities, gentrification, affordable housing, education, and job opportunities.
 
Innovation: Experience leveraging public-private partnerships and proactively pursuing new and entrepreneurial funding tools. Ability to foster a culture of creativity and innovation and to identify opportunities to carry out the bureau's core functions more efficiently.
 
Strategic Communication: Experience being culturally responsive while effectively and strategically representing a large, complex organization to public and private sector partners, community organizations, the public, and the media.
 
Collaboration & Public Involvement: Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including other City bureaus and community partners. Ability to build relationships and share decision-making with other City bureaus and the community, particularly communities of color and historically under-served populations.

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Sector

Government- Local/Regional

Salary

$111,696.00 - $189,842.00 Annually