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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

Community Involvement Committee (Bureau of Planning & Sustainability)

Deadline for Applicants: EXTENDED: August 27, 2019

Staff Liaison: Nikoyia Phillips, 503-823-2283

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

The CIC will help staff plan, evaluate and improve community engagement activities and meaningfully implement Chapter 2 of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

These committee members will review and revise the draft Community Engagement Manual

Committee activities include:

  • Advise all BPS staff on the equity considerations and community engagement best practices
  • Assist with development of community engagement scopes of practice
  • Provide input to staff about potential improvements in relevant public involvement plans

 To learn more about the work of the committee, and the exciting new projects it will take on, please do not hesitate to contact the staff that supports the committee listed at the top of the page. There is also additional information on the committee website linked at the bottom of the webpage.


To be eligible for the Community Involvement Committee, members must live, play, worship, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 11

Number of seats available: 7

Desired Attributes

  • You believe in the value of public participation in government process
  • You are an advocate for racial equity
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions

 Terms & Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month with the exception of June and December.
  • Members will serve a term of 3 years or until the project concludes.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items. We will make every effort to provide meeting materials for review at least 1 week in advance but may be sent with minimal time to review, potentially as few as 48 hours in advance.

 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. As such, they will be required to publicly disclose potential conflicts of interest. If potential conflicts of interest are not disclosed, individual members are subject to education or monetary sanctions from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Having potential conflicts of interest does not preclude you from serving on this body and may not impact your ability to participate fully on this body. Stakeholders often have potential conflicts of interest by the nature of having interest in the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

 Application Process

  • Applications due: EXTENDED August 27, 2019.
  • Screening and Interviews: thru TBD
  • Members Selected and Notified: TBD
  • First Committee Meeting: Tuesday September 10, 2019 5pm – 7pm


The online application offers the advantage of a digital timestamp and delivery that certifies your submission date. It is the fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. It is recommended that you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document for your records, should there be an interruption to the internet connection.

You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version. All entries must be submitted to to qualify. Applications sent directly to the staff liaison will not be counted.

To talk with someone about this opportunity, receive assistance of any kind completing the application, or to inquire about accessing a different application style such as verbally by phone, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-2283.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information

The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and uses provided demographic 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

 General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email


We Encourage You to Apply

There are no minimum experience or education requirements.

We are happy to offer accommodations including but not limited to; childcare resources, language interpretation, assistive audio/listening devices and more. We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau.

Applications are due on August 27, 2019. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-2283.