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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

Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: August 25, 2019

Staff Liaison: Mary Hartshorn,, 503-823-6033

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

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Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body

It is important for people who are interested in serving on the committee to understand and support the background and mission of this volunteer committee.

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. 

What you will do on this committee:

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 and racial equity plan;

a. Review bureau goals, program priorities, and spending;

b. Informed participation in Community & Civic Life's annual budget process;

2. Be an ambassador for the work of the bureau and for the City.

Total number of advisory seats: 15 (fifteen)

Number of seats available: 3 (three) 

Who can join

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For

We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before. If you want to serve your community and to help government make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

  • value public participation in government process
  • advocate for racial equity
  • availability to attend meetings and participate in the discussions
  • provide a youth perspective
  • lived experiences in traditionally underserved populations


Time Commitment

  • Monthly meetings will take place on Monday evenings at City Hall
  • 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.
  • Proposed Meeting Schedule
  • Monday, October 21st at 5:30pm
  • Monday, November 18th at 5:30pm
  • Monday, December 16th at 5:30pm 
  • Monday, January 6th at 5:30pm
  • Monday, January 13th at 5:30pm
  • February - No meeting 
  • Monday, March 16th at 5:30pm
  • April - No meeting 
  • Monday, May 18th at 5:30pm 
  • June-August 2019 – BREAK No meetings 

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will become what we call “Public Officials,” which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a “Conflict of Interest.” If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

Application Process

Applications are due on August 25th, 2019. 


Online submission is the preferred, fastest method to get the application into the hands of the selection committee. We suggest you pre-write and save your answers in a separate document, so you have your own copy, and to prevent loss of your work from internet disruptions. You may request to submit a Word version of the application. Email to request a Word version.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at or 503-823-6033. 

Committed to Accessibility

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. Dinner will be provided at evening meetings. Public transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate.

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 on the application 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. 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

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau:

Applications are due on August 25th, 2019.

Do you have questions or need more information? To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at 503-823-6033 or

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