The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Waste Education and Outreach Manager. The person in this role is responsible for managing the development, performance, and deliverables of BPS’s garbage, recycling, compost and waste prevention outreach and education. This position will also lead the project management of the bureau’s work advancing equity and diversity in Portland’s garbage and recycling collections programs. This position is responsible for all aspects of program management - design, planning, community engagement, implementation, evaluation, and reporting - with the support of a range of technical expert staff, both direct reports and staff from other teams. This person will supervise five direct reports and manage the work deliverables of several project teams. An important role for this manager will be articulating a shared vision and leading people through change.
Roles & Responsibilities
The focus of the Waste Education and Outreach Manager, with the support of a team, is to provide all Portlanders with clear and useful education about garbage, recycling, and compost, as well as waste reduction opportunities. Under the leadership of this position, BPS is responsible for ensuring the Portland meets the education, information and technical assistance requirements by State law and directed by Metro’s Regional Waste Plan. Immediate program education and assistance focus areas are multifamily service improvement, business food scraps separation requirement, and launching a new initiative to expand BPS’ innovative initiatives to build the public’s knowledge, ability, and motivation to reduce waste through reuse and repair and food waste prevention. This position will also be the project manager furthering City Council’s directed work to increase the participation of women and minority workers and reduce barriers to economic opportunities for minority-owned and woman-owned companies in the waste collection field.
BPS seeks an experienced manager who is responsible for:
Project management including creating project scopes of work, developing teams and work structures, project schedules, assignments, and evaluation plans.
Identifying, developing, and implementing systemic changes to existing programs, projects, policies, and procedures in service to the bureau’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.
Leading groups of staff in multiple disciplines and integrating work products into larger bureau priorities.
Planning, directing and evaluating the performance of assigned staff and leading a multicultural workforce and promoting an equitable workplace and practices, as well as positive employee relations.
Works with bureau staff and partners to develop strategies, approaches and activities that support the full spectrum of community engagement to deliver on project/program’s equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.
Manages change by providing strategic direction and facilitates shifts in staff roles and responsibilities, team structure, and resource allocations to deliver on established outcomes.
Ensuring teams’ work aligns to bureau and regional priorities and opportunities; collaborates to integrate and coordinate work across multiple organizations and informs bureau strategic direction and planning.
The ideal candidate is a seasoned people and project manager able to resolve complex issues and ensure effective communication and facilitation throughout the project with managers, staff, and stakeholders. They provide leadership for a positive and productive workplace, possess a collaborative leadership style, and are curious and willing to learn and grown.
They demonstrate a commitment to advancing racial equity and possesses an advanced equity analysis and understanding of tools and strategies to identify and address instructional, structural, and systemic racism. They are committed to delivering high quality public service to all residents, and to supporting the public’s role in addressing climate change. They have experience working in government or other large institutions.
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. https://www.portland.gov/bps
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 a broad 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 every one 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 candidate for the job, and the candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background, WE encourage you to apply.
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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 acomprehensive 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.
Work Location Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status. In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.
Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to supplemental questions how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:
Advanced project and people management skills (principles, practices, and theory) including leading and facilitating multi-disciplinary staff and contractors to foster and promote an equitable workplace and deliver integrated work products.
Experience collaborating and co-creating with communities of color and people traditionally under-represented in local decision-making; facilitating inclusive participation in programs and activities; and communicating cross-culturally.
Experience managing budgets, schedules, and quality of multiple work products.
Ability to develop and support state and local regulatory reporting plans and collaboration.
Understanding of outreach, education, and public involvement program management (principles, practices, and theory) with an emphasis on grassroots tools such as volunteer management and community engagement.
Understanding of garbage, recycling, compost and waste prevention programs, policies and projects and the bureau’s regulatory role overseeing waste collections services including compliance with local, state and federal policies, laws and regulations.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 2021-00430
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