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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC)

  • Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee Recruiting New Members!


Application eligibility:

Deadline for Applicants: August 24, 2020

Staff Liaison: Pollyanne Birge,, 503-823-6694

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

Office of Community & Civic Life's Bureau Mission: To promote a culture of civic engagement by connecting and supporting all Portlanders working together and with the government to build inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.  

Committee activities include:

  1. Provide guidance to the Director and Leadership Team on the effective use of resources as it relates to the bureau's overall strategic aim, racial equity plan and COVID-19 era responsiveness;
  2. Review bureau goals, program priorities, and spending;
  3. Informed participation in Community & Civic Life's annual budget process; and
  4. Be an ambassador for the work of the bureau and for the City. 

To be eligible for the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 15

Number of seats available: 3

Desired Attributes

The following qualities are what we will be looking for in your answers and will help to guide the selection process. Please note that we do not expect you to have all of these attributes.

  • Value public participation in government process
  • Advocate for and experience in racial justice outcomes
  • Availability to attend meetings and participate in the discussions
  • Provide a youth perspective
  • Lived experiences among communities that have been oppressed and underserved by government.
  • Monthly meetings will take place digitally during the COVID-19 distancing order.
  • Members will serve a term of up to 8 years
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as little as 1-week in advance.


Terms & Time Commitment

2020-21 Proposed Meeting Schedule (subject to change depending on members’ availability)

September, date to be determined: City of Portland and Office of Community & Civic Life training

Monday, October 19, 5:30pm

Monday, November 16, 5:30pm

Monday, December 14, 5:30pm 

Monday, January 4, 5:30pm

Monday, January 11, 5:30pm

February - No meeting 

Monday, March 15, 5:30pm

April - No meeting 

Monday, May 17, 5:30pm 

June-August 2020 – BREAK No meetings 

Public Official Conflict of Interest Notice

Those selected to serve on this body will be legally considered public officials for the duration of their service. This means members must publicly disclose potential “conflicts of interest.” We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Having potential “conflicts of interest” does not mean you cannot serve. Many committees have potential members with “conflicts of interest” by the nature of the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application. 

Committed to Accessibility

The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. To request translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, or other auxiliary aids or services, contact 503-823-6033 or 

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information.  The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. The City will treat this information as confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law. Questions about this may be sent to


We Encourage You to Apply

Application will be posted the first week in August 2020 and will be due on August 24, 2020. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at 503-823-6694 or


The new process for selecting BAC members is a result of the Advisory Bodies and Commissions Policy Resolution 37328 passed in November 2017. Read Resolution 37328 here.

BAC’s membership is intended to represent a cross-section of diverse expertise, skill sets, background, and viewpoints. Committee members will serve a two-year term with the opportunity to renew future terms (up to eight years total). There will be 12-15 active members. Per City of Portland requirements, the new BAC membership also includes two Civic Life staff from represented and non-represented positions. 

The BAC will begin meeting in October and continue with monthly meetings through the late spring.  There may be a reason for twice a month meetings in January due to workload needs related to budget submission, but members will be notified promptly of any additional meetings. Our goal is to have a minimum of six meetings per fiscal year.

Office of Community & Civic Life – BAC Calendar 2019-2020

Monday October 21, 5:30pm (cancelled)

Monday, November 18, 5:30pm

Monday, December 16, 5:30pm

Monday, January 6, 5:30pm

Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 NEW LOCATION: Kelly Penumbra Building at 4747 E Burnside

February – No meeting

Wednesday, March 18, 5:30pm NEW LOCATION: Kelly Penumbra Building at 4747 E Burnside

April – No meeting

Wednesday, May 20, 5:30pm NEW LOCATION: Kelly Penumbra Building at 4747 E Burnside

June – August 2020 –BREAK No meetings