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Structural Engineering Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: Open & Continuous

Staff Liaison: Amit Kumar, amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov  503-823-7561

Leanne Torgerson, leanne.torgerson@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-7937

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage.

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 Structural Engineering Advisory Committee consists of six members licensed in Oregon to practice structural engineering.  The committee members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.  It shall be the duty of the board to advise the Bureau of Development Services Director and/or the Appeals Board in structural matters relative to reasonable interpretation and to alternate materials and methods of construction.

Membership: 

Members may be appointed to no more than two consecutive 3-year terms, unless the Director recommends approval of a longer term, and the Mayor and City Council approve the extended appointment.  In addition, the Director, or designee, shall be an ex‑officio member of the board.

Any action of the board shall be in an advisory capacity to the City.  Subsequent action taken by the City as a result of advice from the boards shall be the sole responsibility of the City.

Eligibility

Members must be licensed in Oregon to practice structural engineering.

Total number of advisory seats: 6

Number of seats available: 1 - upcoming as of September 1, 2020

Desired Attributes

  • 5 or more years’ experience with the practice of Structural Engineering related to building design or review.
  • You believe in the public participation in government process.
  • You are an advocate for racial equity.
  • You can work collaboratively with others whose perspectives may differ from yours to reach solutions to issues related to development review.
  • You are available to attend all meetings and participate in the discussions.

Terms & Time Commitment

The Structural Engineering Advisory Committee meets as needed, typically twice a year.

Appointment to the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee shall be for a three-year term.  If a position is vacated during a term, it shall be filled for the unexpired term.  Members of the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee shall serve no more than two, complete three-year terms, unless the Director recommends approval of a longer term, and the Mayor and City Council approved the extended appointment. 

Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time.  Arrive ready to discuss meeting materials and agenda items.  Meeting materials for review are typically sent a few days in advance of meetings.

Application Process

The application process for the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee membership is open and continuous.

To be considered, please be sure to submit a completed and signed application form, and your resumé, if available.  Send the application to AdvisoryBodies@PortlandOregon.gov.

Application: https://bit.ly/35bhkt8

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact SEAC staff liaison Amit Kumar at amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7561.

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 las 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 AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

General Questions

For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply

For more information about the Development Review Advisory Committee, please visit the Structural Engineering Advisory Committee website .  To learn more about the Bureau of Development Services, please visit the BDS website.

Applications are kept on file for future vacancies.  To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact SEAC staff liaison Amit Kumar at amit.kumar@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7561.