Clean Energy Fund External Affairs Manager (Manager I)

City of Portland
Work must be performed in or near Portland, OR
Published 16 days ago

Details at a Glance

Time Commitment
Full Time Schedule
4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level
USD $114,192 - $163,321.6 / year


Clean Energy Fund External Affairs Manager (Manager I)

City of Portland

Salary: $114,192.00 - $163,321.60 Annually

Job Type: Regular

Job Number: 2024-00492

Location: OR, OR

Bureau: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Closing: 6/3/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

Job Appointment: Regular, Full time

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm. Alternate schedule may be available.

Work Location: Hybrid. In-person work to be conducted at The Vanport Building located at 1810 SW 5th Avenue. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.

Benefits: Please check our benefit tab for an overview of benefit for this position

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to attach a cover letter and resume.

About the Position:

The Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) team at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a dynamic and experienced External Affairs Manager to create and implement a strategic and comprehensive vision for the program. The External Affairs Manager will serve on PCEF's leadership team and will lead External Affairs teams, consisting of data systems and performance reporting, community engagement and equity, communications, and workforce and contractor equity. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with PCEF leadership, external affairs staff, and BPS leadership to create and maintain positive brand awareness with community, partners, and media. As the PCEF team grows substantially over the coming two years, this position will play a pivotal role in ensuring strategic alignment to advance PCEF's mission and the recently adopted Climate Investment Plan (CIP).

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Climate Investment Plan, this position will work closely with cross-functional teams to foster stakeholder engagement, lead communications strategies, enhance operational efficiency, and oversee robust program evaluation. This involves maintaining accountability based on community feedback and transparently communicating the program's successes, learnings, and challenges, all through an equity-focused lens that centers historically underserved communities.

What you'll get to do:

  • Lead PCEF's external affairs team to support the strategic goals and objectives of the program.
  • Guide the creation and implementation of a comprehensive communications plan, including media relations, public relations, and internal communications, to effectively convey PCEF's mission, achievements, and future directions to a broad audience in collaboration with BPS leadership.
  • Oversee strategic development, approaches and activities that support the full spectrum of community engagement to deliver on project/program's goals around equitable investment.
  • Direct program performance tracking with the support of the Data Systems and Performance Manager and their team to measure success and inform program decisions.
  • Support shifts in staff roles and responsibilities, team structure, and resource allocations to deliver on established program outcomes.
  • Represent PCEF in various forums, communicating the vision, achievements, and strategic direction of the program.
  • Create strategic plans, annual work plans, and project scopes of work.
  • Plan, direct, and evaluate the performance of several assigned managers and staff.

Who you are:

  • Innovative: Creative, adaptable, and skilled in change management to better serve the community.
  • Strategic thinker: That can shape and structure processes for a young and growing program. You have experience in senior leadership as an advocate and champion working toward strategic goals.
  • Socially Intelligent: Motivated, passionate, team-oriented, and empathetic. You can communicate with others in a way that creates ease. You understand how to navigate complex political environments. You can effectively communicate with all levels of an organization.
  • Equity-driven: Experience furthering an inclusive, respectful, and culturally responsive workplace. Commitment to advancing system changes that address historic and current discrimination.
  • Insightful: Understands systems and relationships, sensitive to varied and sometimes conflicting needs. Able to strategize, define and test approaches and resolve complex issues without perfect information, and to direct foundational work.

About the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund:

As a first-in-the-nation community-led climate fund, PCEF's mission is to fulfill a vision that builds resilience and quality jobs with proactive steps to fight climate change while advancing racial and social justice. PCEF will rely on this position's high level of management experience, knowledge of climate change, and communication skills to help ensure the success of all PCEF programs.

For more information on this innovative program, please visit the PCEF website.

About the Bureau:

The Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is a leader in land use planning, climate action, environmental stewardship, and urban design. BPS centers racial equity in its work and is dedicated to creating a Portland that is more equitable, healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

The bureau oversees a world-renowned waste and recycling system and leads the U.S. in its commitment to open data and protecting communities in the application of technologies. Staff collaborate with partners on neighborhood, economic, historic, and environmental planning and provide research, policy and technical services to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as policies and actions to address climate change.

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 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.

Virtual Zoom Meet & Greet Opportunity Come meet the hiring manager and the senior recruiter! We'll be talking about the position duties and responsibilities, day to day life in the role, review the announcement, discuss how to apply, and answer questions you may have about the position.

Thursday, May 16 at 12:00pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)Zoom Meeting Link:


Jaclyn Snyder, Senior RecruiterBureau of Human

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience creating operational and strategic plans for public information, public relations, or related fields.
  2. Experience as an executive leader and people manager, with demonstrated success in leadership, management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  3. Experience making sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations, including in high pressure situations.
  4. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person, including the ability to present information clearly and persuasively in public settings.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city/public agencies, officials and representatives of community-based organizations.
  6. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Management experience working for a public agency.

The Recruitment Process

STEP 1: Apply online between May 6, 2024 - June 3, 2024 Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Answer to three (3) Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)

Optional Application Materials:

  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)

Application Tips:

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your 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.
  • Do not attach materials not requested.
  • 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. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of June 3, 2024

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you like to review and discuss your evaluation result. 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.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of June 10, 2024

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): Late June/July

  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates to interview.
  • Please note, the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: August

Step 6: Start Date: September

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change*

Additional Information

Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
  • Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

To apply, please visit


Clean Energy Fund External Affairs Manager (Manager I)

City of Portland

Salary: $114,192.00 - $163,321.60 Annually

Job Type: Regular

Job Number: 2024-00492

Location: OR, OR

Bureau: Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

Closing: 6/3/2024 11:59 PM Pacific…


Portland, OR, United States

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