Job Opportunity: Chief Sustainability Officer | City of Portland

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) seeks a Chief Sustainability Officer, a key position at BPS and the City who will guide the way to a sustainable and equitable low-carbon future for Portland. The Chief Sustainability Officer will play a leading role in shaping and supporting the City of Portland’s climate and sustainability work as we encounter exciting new opportunities and complex new challenges. This position leads the City of Portland’s sustainability portfolio and staff including the climate action program; the clean air program; solid waste and recycling programming; and will work to stand up and help lead a new sustainability commission. The position will advance these programs while leading with racial equity and climate justice lenses. Portland is looking for a Chief Sustainability Officer who can effectively implement this work in collaboration with other bureaus, community partners, and impacted communities.
Roles & Responsibilities of the Chief Sustainability Officer

  • Maintain, develop, and grow robust relationships with current and new funders. Oversee development and allocation of resources and funding sufficient to ensure that BPS makes continuous progress towards climate and sustainability goals.
  • Provide oversight and direction as the bureau works to define success and develop metrics to monitor and assess progress towards achieving climate- and sustainability-related performance goals.
  • Direct the work of the City of Portland’s climate action, clean air, sustainability, and solid waste and recycling programs including development and implementation of plans, policies, and projects related to:
    1. Supporting and advancing climate justice.
    2. Reducing carbon emissions from buildings and the transportation sector.
    3. Preventing further expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure.
    4. Reducing air pollution and improving local air quality.
    5. Supporting a sustainability commission.
    6. Waste collection, waste reduction, recycling, composting.
  • Supervise and mentor managers implementing BPS work in these areas. 
  • Collaborate with land use and transportation planning programs to integrate climate and sustainability priorities into other citywide plans and initiatives. 
  • Convene and coordinates with other City bureaus to support and implement climate and sustainability work.
  • Represent climate action, clean air, sustainability, and solid waste and recycling work with City Council, external stakeholders, community organizations, and other partners to build support, understanding and problem-solving approaches. 
  • Serve as lead voice and ambassador for sustainability programming. 
  • Lead creation of a sustainability commission.
  • Serve on the Executive Management Team for the bureau.  

Although not required,  the ideal candidate has: 

  • 10+ years of senior level climate and sustainability experience, including supervisory responsibilities.
  • Proven experience securing funding for climate- and sustainability-related work.
  • Expertise in policy development and adherence including technical understanding about how municipal codes work, apply, and are implemented. 
  • An ability to navigate complexities and multi-disciplinary approaches/ intersectionality thinking (e.g., racial equity, climate justice, climate change, health equity, and urban planning) in sustainability work. 
  • Proven experience managing politically complex sustainability and climate projects from inception to adoption and implementation. 
  • A track record of developing and successfully adopting sustainability policies that center frontline or priority communities.
  • Demonstrated, effective experience working collaboratively with community-based organizations, a track record of operationalizing and implementing equity through planning, and an understanding of the need to capacitate partners. 
  • Experience managing and building effective teams, implementing change management, setting clear expectations and accountability for managers and staff, and aligning behind a shared vision while creating an operating environment for staff to do their best. 
  • Brings vision, passion, integrity, and humility to the work. 
  • Experience building trusting relationships internally and externally. Is relationship-oriented and collaborative.
  • Experience initiating and managing multi-agency projects and collaborating with private and public sector partners. 
  • A commitment to transparency and excellent communication skills, both speaking and written. The Chief Sustainability Officer’s voice is critical for the work and must be persuasive and build trust with different audiences – from City Council to other bureaus and community partners. 
  • A high-level of political acumen and experience balancing competing priorities between community leaders and elected officials within a complex and changing government structure. 

About the Bureau
The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability develops creative and practical solutions enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future. We are committed to advancing equity as a means of achieving prosperous, healthy, resilient communities. In collaboration with community partners, we provide; comprehensive land use, neighborhood, economic, historic and environmental planning, and urban design; policy and technical services to advance green building and a just transition to clean energy, waste prevention, composting and recycling, and a sustainable food system; policy to address climate change; policy, projects and outreach related to the Smart City PDX program and are responsible for administering the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund.

BPS values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization. We encourage candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with abroad range of individuals and diverse communities to apply. Although not required, BPS encourages candidates that can fluently speak more than one language to include that information in your resume. BPS offers an excellent benefits package, flexible work schedules and support for training and skills development in a positive, engaging, and creative work environment.

Studies have shown that women, non-binary people, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications listed. BPS considers lived experience and transferrable skills as qualifying unless an item is labeled as required. We are most interested in finding the best candidates for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply.?? 

City of Portland Core Values: Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility
These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City’s core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in all people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.
The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland’s benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID.  In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications.

  1. Experience supporting, advancing, and leading climate and sustainability work through policy and program advocacy, development and implementation and knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws including public-policy requirements. 
  2. Experience managing and building effective teams, setting clear expectations and accountability for managers and staff, and aligning behind as shared vision while creating and operating an inclusive environment. 
  3. Experience communicating complex technical matters to non-technical individuals, including presenting to policy makers, both verbally and in writing.  
  4. Experience acquiring funding and building partnerships to support climate and sustainability work.  
  5. Experience applying the principles and methods of change management and the social, political, intergovernmental, and operational issues influencing operations.  
  6. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented and to navigate complexities and multi-disciplinary approaches (e.g., racial equity, climate justice, climate change, health equity, and urban planning) in sustainability work.  

Applicants must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant’s training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.  Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 8/8/2022
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of: 8/15/2022
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 8/22/2022
  • Selection: week of 8/29/2022
  • Job Offer: Late September/early October

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
Applicant InstructionsApplicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter online specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the “To Qualify” section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis:  Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the “To Qualify” section above.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.  All applications must be submitted via the City’s online application process.  Do not attach materials not requested.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.Additional InformationWork Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
Veterans’ Preference: If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans’ Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans’ Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance. Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.
Did you know? The City of Portland offers “How to Apply Classes” that are free and review best practices for applying to the City.  Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates
Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Small Business Open House | COBID

Assistant Director, Operations & Finance Recruitment

Business Oregon has an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished progressive leader to serve as the agency Assistant Director of Operations.

The senior-level position reports to the Director and participates as a member of Business Oregon’s Executive Team in support of the agency mission. This Assistant Director leads the Operations & Finance Division, and provides leadership and operational policy and program direction to the agency.

The position provides operational policy and program leadership as it relates to shared agency functions, including budgeting, accounting, policy, procurement, employee services, information technology, and other shared services. The position also oversees the business finance team, which manages business loan and bonding programs. The successful applicant would demonstrate skills and experience related to preparing budget documents, human resources and employee development, agency engagement and team building, testifying in front of the Legislature, and working closely with elected officials. Although the Assistant Director reports directly to the Director, communication and tasks often occur directly with the Governor’s office, the Legislature, agency commission and board members, other state agencies or officials, and internal teams.

This position assures internal systems efficiently support the Agency’s mission, its five strategic priorities, and related implementation and service delivery. All agency managers are responsible for the success of the organization in achieving its
mission and are expected to be effective, professional leaders who get results; supervise employees for peak performance; and demonstrate positive, effective, interpersonal and communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications for the position include:
Six years of management experience in a public or private organization, which included responsibility for each of the
following:(a) development of program rules and policies,(b) development of long-and short-range goals and plans,(c) program evaluation, and (d) budget preparation.


Benefits  Compensation:
Salary Range $89,000-$131,232 annually
Employment with Business Oregon will afford you a comprehensive employee salary and benefits package, which typically includes the following elements:
 Employer-Paid (95-99%) Medical, Vision, Prescription & Dental insurance covering employees and their dependents
 Employer-Paid $5,000 Basic Life Insurance
 Supplemental Life, Long & Short-Term Disability insurance options
 10 Employer-Paid Holidays, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, and 3 Personal Business Days
 No-Cost Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (Section 125) plan
 Participation in the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) with 6% employee- contribution paid by employer
 Optional participation in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a Deferred Compensation (Section 457) plan offering a wide
variety of investment options.

To Apply:
Principal Executive/Manager G (Assistant Director of Operations)
Closes: Open until filled

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

USDA Rural Development, Oregon

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that promote economic development and job creation in rural areas.

Through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and some grant funds to rural utilities, which they in turn pass through to local businesses for projects that will retain or create new employment opportunities in their community. The funding may be used to assist with business start-up and expansion costs; business incubators; feasibility studies; advanced telecommunications and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services; and community facilities that spur economic development.

New this year, the maximum loan amount has been increased to $2 million. The maximum grant amount is $300,000. Awards are made on a competitive basis to utilities that will relend the funds for local economic development efforts.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on June 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Brandon Doyle
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

For questions, or to discuss a potential project, contact Brandon Doyle, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (541) 699-3189. For details on the program and how to apply, see page 23625 of the May 22, 2018, Federal Register.

USDA Offers Loan Guarantees to Support Rural Businesses and Create Jobs

Apply Today for the Business and Industry Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications to support business development and expansion in rural Oregon that will retain or create jobs.

The Business and Industry (B&I) Program assists rural businesses with accessing credit while helping to mitigate risk for lenders. The funds may be used for most business purposes (with the exception of agricultural production), including initial business development or acquisition, expansion, the purchase of land or equipment, and debt refinancing. Up to $485 million is available nationwide.

Eligible borrowers include U.S. citizens who can demonstrate that the business being financed will primarily create or save jobs for U.S. residents in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less. The borrower’s headquarters may be based within a larger city as long as the project is located in an eligible rural area. Lenders may be located anywhere and may apply to USDA for a loan guarantee of between 80 percent for loans of $5 million or less to 60 percent for loans of more than $10 million up to $25 million.

Through this USDA program, borrowers can benefit from increased access to capital and better pricing and terms than are typically given with conventional loans. Lenders using a B&I loan guarantee can benefit from improved bank profitability and liquidity management, increased loan-making ability as the federally guaranteed portion of the loan does not count toward a bank’s legal lending limit, and risk mitigation.

Contact a local Business and Cooperative Programs staff member in Oregon to begin the application process.