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Salary: $55,370.00 – $102,648.00 Annually
Job Number: 2020-00438
Closing: 9/21/2020 11:59 PM Pacific
The Position

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) program advances climate, economic, racial, and social justice is the result of a ballot initiative that was passed by Portland voters in 2018. The Fund represents an estimated $44-61 million in new annual revenue for climate related projects and jobs.  As a first-in-the-nation community-led climate fund, PCEF’s mission is to fulfill a community-led vision that builds resilience and wealth with proactive steps to fight climate change, while addressing social and economic inequity by providing economic opportunities for People of Color, low-income people,  women, people with disabilities, and those chronically underemployed. More information about the Portland Community Benefits Fund can be found at  In addition to the currently posted positions on the PCEF team, there will also be two additional recruitments for project managers focused on green infrastructure/sustainable agriculture and workforce/contractor development in the coming weeks.

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) and the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund are seeking a Communications Coordinator (Coordinator II) to join the team. The PCEF team is well underway with the exciting and challenging work of launching this innovative program. Being part of a start-up of this nature is a fast-paced and dynamic endeavor, and the work and functions of the position will evolve and expand over time.  This position will oversee the design and production of compelling materials including print collateral, media releases, reports, e-newsletters, online content, and interactive engagement tools. The Communications Coordinator will work closely with the BPS Communications Team in support of PCEF’s programming needs.

A critical function of the PCEF Communications Coordinator is that of storyteller. The Communications Coordinator has the essential role of sourcing emergent examples of community work and showcasing stories that illustrate the impact of the fund.  Working closely with PCEF staff and the BPS Communications teams, the Communications Coordinator will also organize and execute the communications planning, marketing, materials production, and media relations activities with discretion and awareness of intergovernmental and community issues.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • PCEF Communication Planning: Meet regularly with PCEF team and community partners to understand critical needs, project goals, and timelines. Develop and implement strategic communication plans that advance PCEF goals.
  • Storytelling: Use creative and community-centered approaches to tell compelling stories of community-led work enabled by PCEF grants. Assess and utilize appropriate platforms to determine where stories should be told and amplified while increasing public awareness and highlighting achievements.
  • Online and Print Content Management: Maintain and populate PCEF’s channels of communication, including digital platforms and collateral development, including writing, editing, and posting content for website, reports, presentations, brochures, flyers and program guides.
  • Media Relations/Public Affairs: In close coordination with the BPS Communications Director, pitch stories of PCEF impact to local and national media, coordinate media responses, and develop public responses that explain positions in a timely manner.
  • Community Engagement & Coordination: Support PCEF staff in developing and strengthening partnerships with community groups, businesses, and other public and private organizations. Coordinate with partners on storytelling, education, and outreach development in alignment with PCEF guiding principles.
  • PCEF Brand Development and Implementation: Collaborate with consultants to coordinate and guide the PCEF brand update and oversee quality control of brand and content across fund projects.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
The ideal candidate will be a skilled communicator with a passion for impactful storytelling using all forms of media.  They should have a demonstrated track record with projects and a strong commitment to racial justice and DEI. Ideal qualities include being creative, organized, data centric, collaborative, professional, sympathetic and inclusive.

PCEF and BPS value a diverse workforce and seek ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization.  PCEF and BPS encourage candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and diverse communities 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.

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 (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.).  In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

To QualifyApplicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and résumé how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Excellent verbal and written communication and storytelling skills, including presenting information clearly, concisely, and persuasively to the media and the public.
  2. Experience with project management and coordination of collateral production, digital media, and editing a variety of content in a communications setting.
  3. Demonstrated track record of developing and implementing culturally conscious and competent communications and outreach with an equity lens.
  4. Experience developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including collaborating with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making, and facilitating inclusive participation in programs and activities.
  5. Media relations experience including developing and refining proactive and reactive messaging in a high-stakes situation.

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to three (3) years of progressively responsible experience involving writing, editing and multi-media communications, media relations, and/or program marketing is desired.

Candidates invited to be interviewed will be asked to submit a portfolio of written, digital, and designed communications materials as part of the interview process.

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 may be required prior to 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 Timeline:

  • Posting:  9/7/20 – 9/21/20
  • Applications Reviewed:   9/21/20 – 9/28/120
  • Eligible List: week of 10/5/20
  • Selection Phase Begins: week of 10/12/20
  • Job Offer: Early November 2020
**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and a cover letter 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. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter and résumé 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.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment.  
  • E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work 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:

John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034