We are looking for an independent and creative thinker to fill a role that we’ve never quite had at BPS before. This is an opportunity to help establish new pathways for Portland’s economic and climate future.
The position will lead BPS’s work to ensure that Portland’s transition away from a fossil fuel economy is sustainable, just, and equitable. The position will work to establish and inform a vision of Portland as a leader in creating equitable, clean, carbon-free, circular industries and businesses that provide equitable development opportunities and create well-paying jobs.
The position will advise on the development of a responsive, adaptive economy that centers Black, Indigenous and people of color communities so that they benefit from the economic opportunity presented by the transition away from fossil fuels.
Roles and responsibilities
The successful candidate will perform the following work:
- Advise BPS about how inclusive clean economy opportunities that center and benefit Portlanders most impacted by climate change, prioritizing Black, Indigenous and people of color, can be advanced in development and implementation of climate policies and programs.
- Lead zero-carbon, clean industry economic development programming for BPS. Advance circular economic practices, industry decarbonization, and emerging clean production. Collaborate with diverse stakeholders to ensure complementarity and synergy of policies and programs that advance the transition to an equitable clean, carbon-free economy.
- Represent BPS in the Climate Justice Initiative. The Climate Justice Initiative is a collaborative “third-space” between government and community to co-create intersectional and innovative climate justice solutions that are designed by BIPOC community members.
- Perform analyses to define and measure impacts of City climate policies and programs on inclusive economic opportunity. Develop people-centered climate and equity metrics.
The ideal candidate will have policy analysis experience and an ability to inform policy that advances community benefits, including economic development opportunities.
They are strong collaborators and can cultivate relationships with a wide range of internal colleagues and external partners, including community partners and business leaders, while being mindful of and sensitive to interpersonal and organizational dynamics inherent in transformational policymaking. They have smart political intuition and people skills. They have a familiarity with and understanding of just transition principles. They will have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative work and proficiency with social science data collection practices and methods. They can navigate ambiguity with curiosity and open-mindedness.
Lived experience is highly valued. The ideal candidate can understand the process of developing new metrics for things we have not measured before.
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
- Ability to analyze and identify complex administrative, operational, economic, financial, budgetary, and organizational issues; evaluate policy alternatives; provide sound, logical, fact-based conclusions, and recommendations.
- Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of change management and the social, political, intergovernmental, and operational issues influencing Bureau/Office operations.
- Ability to work under limited supervision by independently determining methodologies, assumptions, and data parameters to develop and adjust analytical models; determine report formatting; determine methods for resolving issues.
- Ability to communicate complex analytical topics clearly, logically, and persuasively, both verbally and in writing, to non-technical audiences.
- Ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other policy documents involving administrative, organizational, technical, budgetary, and financial data.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Bureau/Office management and staff, representatives of other public agencies, the public, and others encountered in the course of work.
- Ability to work with a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.