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The City of Portland, Oregon

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

Portland Children’s Levy Allocation Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Re-opened. Open until filled.

Staff Liaison: Mary Gay Broderick,, 503.823.2947

Application: (Instructions below)

Purpose and Background

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.

The Portland Children’s Levy (PCL) is a City of Portland local option property tax that generates about $23 million annually to invest in supporting children and their families.  PCL grew out of a need to increase children’s access to proven programs that support positive early development, school engagement and academic achievement, high school graduation and family safety and stability.

PCL is overseen by a 5-member Allocation Committee that meets publicly in Portland City Council Chambers.  The Allocation Committee makes funding decisions in a competitive application process, and subject to Portland City Council approval.  The Committee also regularly reviews performance of funded programs.  Committee members include elected representatives from City Council and County Board, citizen members with knowledge and experience on children’s issues, and a representative of the business community. 

PCL’s goals are to prepare children for school, support children’s success inside and outside of school and to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in children’s well-being and school success.  In working toward these goals, PCL invests in the following types of programs for children and their families:

  • Early childhood
  • Child abuse prevention and intervention 
  • Foster youth
  • After-school
  • Mentoring
  • Hunger relief

Decision-making responsibilities include community engagement process and design, competitive funding process design, program area goals and service strategies, competitive grant funding, non-competitive grants funding (for special initiatives that cross program areas, training/technical assistance, support for system partners), performance-based grant renewal, and annual grant performance review.  If revenues decline, decisions on funding reductions for grantees may be required. 

Total number of advisory seats: 5

Number of seats available: 1

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.

  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity: you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been left out before. You can bring discussion about racial and ethnic communities who need it the most.
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions
  • You have knowledge and/or experience related to services and supports for children and families in the City of Portland.
  • You are comfortable speaking and making decisions in open public meetings.

Time Commitment

  • Meetings occur 4-8 times per year and are typically 2 hours long.  Frequency is based on decision-making workload.   Meetings take place at City Hall, City Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Portland, OR and are scheduled between 9-5 pm. 
  • Members are involved for a duration of 2-year terms, or no more than 8 consecutive years.
  • We provide interpreters who will translate the conversation in your language during the meeting. Please ask for an interpreter at least a week in advance of the meeting so we have enough time to make arrangements.
  • You may need to read and write in your language. Verbal and written translations are performed by outside organizations. The dialects may be different than your home region and may be different on each document.
  • We try to translate the written materials you ask for, but we may not be able to provide translation on all meeting documents.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers

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.

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.

How to Apply


Applications are re-opened. Open until filled.

First round applications due by October 29, 2019 at 11 pm. .

Interviews will take place between November 12 and December 13.

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 503-823-2947.

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 volunteer 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.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email or 503-823-2947.