CITY OF PORTLAND invites applications for three positions within the Office of Neighborhood Involvement
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/jobs
SALARY: $5,144.00 - $6,857.00 Monthly
OPENING DATE: 07/31/17
CLOSING DATE: 08/21/17 04:30 PM
THE POSITIONS: These are Limited Term Positions. Persons appointed to limited term positions will be designated as limited duration employees whose appointment shall not exceed two (2) years except for the extension of grants or funding from outside sources. Although this is a limited duration position, we are hopeful the City will fund this position for an additional year or on an ongoing basis.
Positions 1 and 2: Alternative Shelter and Housing Engagement Program Specialists - Limited Term
In response to Portland's housing crisis, which has resulted in significant numbers of low-income tenants and people experiencing homelessness struggling with housing instability, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) is creating two limited term positions:
1. Alternative Shelter Project Program Specialist
The Alternative Shelter Project Program Specialist is responsible for working with the City of Portland/Multnomah County Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS), to develop and implement the establishment of alternatives to long-term facility based shelters, e.g.such as pop-up sleeping pod villages, donated commercial spaces, and church-based transitional living or warming shelters. The specialist is responsible for working with staff at the JOHS on all aspects of such projects including vetting potential sites, developing program concepts, determining costs and site improvement needs, overseeing site development, contracting for services, and ongoing community engagement.
2. Low-Income Tenant and Homeless/Houseless Neighborhood Engagement Program Specialist
The Low-Income Tenant and Homeless/Houseless Neighborhood Engagement Program Specialist is responsible for increasing participation of low-income tenants and homeless/houseless people in related organizational decision-making processes in Neighborhood Associations and Diversity and Civic Leadership program organizations (communities of color, immigrants and refugees.) They will also help neighborhood District Coalitions, Neighborhood Associations and DCL program grantees understand and address the housing and human services needs of low-income and homeless residents in neighborhood and community level planning decisions.
In partnership with the JOHS, and other partners, both specialists will participate in ongoing community planning work around homelessness, low-income housing development, and safety net services in order to inform District Coalitions, Neighborhood Associations and DCL program grantees about work already underway, help connect neighborhood residents and community organization members to that work, and bring in appropriate resource people to these organizational meetings, community forums, and alternative housing projects. The specialists will develop and maintain close working relationships with the Joint Office of Homeless Services, Portland Housing Bureau, Dept. of County Human Services (SUN program, etc.), low-income housing, tenants’ rights, and homeless service and community-based organizations. The specialists will be required to attend community meetings in the evening and on weekends.
ONI values establishing a climate of equality, respect and community empowerment and embracing diversity, understanding and mutual learning. The specialists serve as representatives of ONI and the City and is expected to carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgement and supporting these values.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Knowledge of principles and practices of local low-income tenant, homeless, and affordable housing crisis issues, policy, and organizing efforts.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of public outreach and involvement with low-income tenants, people experiencing homelessness, communities of color, and/or neighborhood associations.
- Knowledge of, and/or experience with, project management, preferably involving the development of human services programs and/or emergency shelter.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, preferably including purchasing, contracting and maintenance of public records.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with low-income tenant, homeless, neighborhood association and communities of color organizational leaders, and/or representatives from other government agencies preferably working on housing and homeless issues.
- Ability to apply sound, creative problem solving techniques to resolve difficult program issues and problems.
Position 3: Portlanders United Against Hate Coalition Program Specialist - Limited Term
The Office of Neighborhood Involvement's (ONI) Portlanders United Against Hate coalition program specialist is responsible for coordinating the work of a community coalition. This coalition is collaborating to protect communities from hate and proactively create a strong base of support and provide the tools and resources necessary to combat the hate activity that is disrupting our communities. The program specialist is responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the coalition's mission, goals and strategic plan. Will work with the City Budget Office on coalition grants administration, providing technical assistance to grantees including, but not limited to outreach, messaging, utilization of collected data, trainings, and community mobilizations in support of targeted individuals and groups. The specialist will support community in development and analysis of community-hosted database for tracking and monitoring of hate activities, serve as a liaison between the coalition, the broader community, government, police, the district attorney's office, and media. The program specialist will be required to attend community meetings in the evening and on weekends. Knowledge of the field of bias/hate related activity and crime, with preference for specific knowledge and history of Portland, is strongly desired, but not required.
ONI values establishing a climate of equality, respect and community empowerment and embracing diversity, understanding and mutual learning. The program specialist serves as a representative of ONI and the City and is expected to carry out their individual responsibilities with initiative, independence and creativity while exercising sound professional judgement and supporting these values.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Knowledge of principles and practices of public outreach and involvement with immigrant, refugee communities, communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and/or disability community.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of program and project planning and management.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with immigrant, refugee communities, communities of color, LGBTQ communities, disability community.
- Ability to collect, evaluate and interpret appropriate and applicable data, either in statistical or narrative form.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Ability to coordinate program activities with multiple stakeholders to ensure agreement and consensus.
For more info and to apply go to:
John DiGrazia, Senior Human Resources Analyst
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer