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Temporary Job Opportunity


Job Title:  ADA Access Program Specialist (Temporary Appointment)

Agency:     Facilities Division

Contact Person:Shoshanah Oppenheim                   

Phone: 503-823-2559

Address: City of Portland Facilities Division,

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1204

Portland Oregon 97204

Compensation: Pay will depend on experience and qualifications. The pay range for this position is $ 26.42  per hour - $36.55  per hour.  Generous benefits package includes health care, vacation and sick time.

Work Schedule: 8am-5pm.

# Of Position(s): 1 (Temporary appointment)

The City ofPortlandis one year into a 30 month project to develop an implement an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Transition Plan.  This plan will outline how the City will transition into compliance with theADA.  In order to be effective, the Transition Plan needs to be utilized in yearly planning of projects and funding decisions, and also needs to be periodically reviewed for compliance and validity. Once developed, the Transition Plan should be viewed as a “living document” and updated regularly to reflect changes in real world conditions and to address any possible new areas of noncompliance.  The ADA Access Program Specialist will be responsible for delivering the Transition Plan.

The ADA Access Program Specialist will:

Coordinate the City ofPortland Transition Planand other responsibilities to assure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to persons with disabilities.

Be responsible for coordinating, developing, and implementing the City ofPortland’s Transition Plan. This includes tracking the removal of barriers for persons with disabilities as outline filing all necessary reports, and providing consultative services to employing units and offices.  Develop a self evaluation of program access for persons with disabilities at the City ofPortlandthat includes and incorporates the equity principals outlined in the Portland Plan.

Key Tasks:

  • Works with staff and hired consultants to draft and submit to Council the ADA Transition Plan. Ensures citywide implementation of the plan’s goals and the removal of barriers for persons with Disabilities. The Project is funded by City Council and involves all aspects of public access at the City of Portland.     
  • Monitors ADA Transition Plan program budget. Insures timely payment of all invoices.
  • Works in the development and implementation of a self evaluation of program access for persons with disabilities.
  • Demonstrates good working relationships with people with disabilities as well as organizations representing people with disabilities.
  • Time management is essential to delivering this project on time and on budget. The ability to coordinate a complex citywide project with multiple deliverables from staff and contractors is essential. Ability to keep stakeholders and management apprised of project status.   
  • Provides technical information and advice to staff, peers, and management. Working knowledge of theADA, ADA resources and project management are required for this position.
  • Recommends resolutions to barrier removal or complaints under theADA.       



In addition to the requirements and skills listed in the position classification found at , the successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Knowledge of key provisions of federal, state and local regulations related to persons with disabilities including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Understanding of the legal requirements of an ADA Transition Plan, including the principals and practices of implementation.
  • Knowledge of practices and activities covered by nondiscrimination requirements ofADA.
  • Knowledge of evaluating public access to facilities and programs and services.
  • Knowledge of principals, practices and methods of program, administrative and organizational analysis.
  • Knowledge of  principles and techniques related to public outreach  and involvement.


The ideal candidate will have the technical understanding of the ADA and an ability to clearly and effectively communicate with the public orally and in writing. The City of Portland is a dynamic and exciting place to work.  This position requires a person passionate about serving persons with disabilities and public service.  You will make Portlandbetter as the ADA Access Specialist at the City of Portland. Please read the job classification for program Specialist at .

The cover letter should demonstrate your competence in the required skill areas outlined in the job classification and this posting. You cover letter and resume should not exceed 4 pages.  


To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to by January 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM.  The cover letter should demonstrate your competence in the required skill areas outlined in the job classification and this posting. Your cover letter and resume should not exceed 4 pages.