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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

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

Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee

Deadline for Applicants: August 24, 2020

Staff Liaison: Pollyanne Birge,, 503-823-6694

Application and instructions are at the bottom of this webpage. 

Purpose and Role of the Bureau and Advisory Body 

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. 

 Committee activities include:

  • Provide the director and leadership team with guidance on the effective use of resources as it relates to the bureau's overall strategic aim, racial equity plan and COVID-19 era responsiveness;
  • Review bureau goals, program priorities, and spending;
  • Informed participation in Community & Civic Life's annual budget process;
  • Be an ambassador for the work of the bureau and for the City.


To be eligible for the Civic Life Bureau Advisory Committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work or do business in the City of Portland.

Total number of advisory seats: 15

Number of seats available: 3

Desired Attributes

These qualities are what we will be looking for in your answers and will guide the application selection process. The more specific, the better. We do not expect you to have all of these attributes.

  • Value public participation in government process
  • Advocate for and experience in racial justice outcomes
  • Availability to attend meetings and participate in the discussions
  • Provide a youth perspective
  • Lived experiences among communities that have been oppressed and underserved by government.
  • Monthly meetings will take place digitally during the COVID-19 distancing order.
  • 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.

Terms & Time Commitment

Proposed Meeting Schedule (subject to change depending on members’ availability)

TBD in September: City of Portland and Office of Community and Civic Life training

Monday, October 19th at 5:30pm

Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm

Monday, December 14th at 5:30pm 

Monday, January 4th at 5:30pm

Monday, January 11th at 5:30pm

February - No meeting 

Monday, March 15th at 5:30pm

April - No meeting 

Monday, May 17th at 5:30pm 

June-August 2020 – BREAK No meetings 

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. This means members must publicly disclose potential “conflicts of interest.” We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Having potential “conflicts of interest” does not mean you cannot serve. Many committees have potential members with “conflicts of interest” by the nature of the work. The Conflict of Interest Disclosure is included in the application. Please fill all conflicts of interest on your application.

 Application Process

Applications are due on August 24th 2020


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 503-823-6694

Committed to Accessibility

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 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. 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

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

Applications are due on August 24th, 2020. To talk with someone about these opportunities or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the advisory body staff liaison at 503-823-6694 or