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 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/cleanenergyfund.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/
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.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- 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.
- 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.
- Ability to exercise independent judgment, problem-solve, and take initiative within established procedures and guidelines.
- 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.
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