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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


Updated 3-14-2019

Why Mandatory Trainings?

All City of Portland advisory body volunteers must work with their liaison and the Office of Community Life to complete mandatory trainings as part of the onboarding process.

We Provide the Training!

Volunteers are in an important role that comes with ethical responsibilities and expectations for behavior. The only requirement to be eligible for an advisory body is that the volunteer live, work, play, or worship in the City of Portland, so we provide the training you need after you are selected to serve. Volunteers are accountable to State of Oregon laws, and the Office of Civic Life provides a foundation of what those are, and resources to learn more. Subject matter experts produced the content, and Civic Life provides the platform for delivering and tracking trainings, as well as support for scheduling volunteers to take the training in person.

To make sure we are welcoming of other viewpoints and styles of communicating as well as in compliance with State Laws, volunteers are required to take the trainings below.

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1. Public Officials Ethics and Responsibilities

Available immediately by PowerPoint. Video option is now available. Ask your staff liaison to schedule a group viewing session.

2. Discrimination and retaliation Prohibited (Human Resources Rule 2.02)

Instructor-led, 1.5 hour course available for advisory body groups quarterly, or more frequently upon request. E-learning available as early as March.

3. Introduction to Shared Equity Language

Instructor led, 1.5 hour course available upon request.

4. Introduction to a Commissioner Form of Government

In development. Expected Fall 2019.

Conflict of Interest Definitions

Learn more about the State laws on Conflicts of Interest

Public Officials Ethics & Responsibilities

Training 1 (updated 03/14/19)