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Portland Commission on Disability Actively Recruiting New Members

New members being recruited by Portland Commission on Disability

The Portland Commission on Disability’s (PCOD) mission is to guide the City in ensuring that it is a more universally accessible city for all. To achieve its goals and follow this mission, the Commission is composed of 23 members who engage the community to advise City Council and its bureaus on the policies, services and practices to make them inclusive and accessible.

To further its endeavors, PCOD will actively recruit interested persons in the community who can help with policy analysis/creation, document creation, impacts upon people with disabilities and other work involved with its role for the City in advising. Recruitment is currently open for four (4) vacancies on the Commission with the application available in a Word document to use. The link to the application is available here and it may be submitted either in hard copy or digitally, following the instructions on page 5 of the application.

To help applicants understand more about the Commission and what that involves for its members, please read the following information on its background, commissioner expectations, terms of service and qualifications:


The Portland Commission on Disability was created by a resolution that was passed by City Council in December, 2008, to further the work that the Portland Citizens’ Disability Advisory Committee had been doing and to better engage the disability community in actively participating in city government.

Expectations for Commissioners:

  • Attend and participate in the bimonthly Commission meetings (6 per year)
  • Attend meetings and actively participate on at least one standing subcommittee of the Commission
  • Demonstrate dedication and commitment to the Portland Commission on Disability’s mission
  • Help communicate and promote the Portland Commission on Disability’s mission and guiding principles to the community

Terms of Service:

  • Commissioners are to serve a 3-year term which may be renewed for a maximum of two consecutive terms, pending approval by the City Council.
  • There is no monetary compensation made to Commissioners for their service as such.


  • Must live, work, be currently enrolled in school, or actively participate in cultural, civic or social organizations within the City of Portland or Multnomah County
  • Have knowledge of disability issues
  • Have an authentic experience and commitment to the disability community
  • Be able to work collaboratively on a team
  • Access to e-mail is highly recommended

Additional Information:

As part of the application process and in the best interests of the Commission, potential applicants are advised to attend one full Commission meeting and at least one subcommittee meeting of their choice prior to submitting their application. There is no expectation of participation by prospective applicants at these meetings, but rather this simply affords an opportunity to interested persons to observe the business and work of the Commission.

Potential applicants may consider how their skills and knowledge may be best utilized in the commission’s work. Applicants who attend the meetings as requested will receive priority consideration by the executive committee. A calendar of upcoming meetings is available on the “upcoming meetings” tab on the Portland Commission on Disability page: