Planning & Sustainability Director

The City of Portland is seeking a Director to lead the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability.

The Planning and Sustainability Director reports to Mayor Ted Wheeler. The bureau includes approximately 105 FTE. The Director will lead a team of 4 direct reports and manage a budget of over $17M.

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies for success as well as the items listed in the "To Qualify" section:
 
Executive-Level Management: Experience building and retaining teams and managing a large workforce including union-represented employees. Broad understanding of equity and inclusion practices, municipal government including policy development and implementation, budgeting, and asset and personnel management. Experience collaborating with other public-sector agencies.
 
Leadership: Experience building a team and inspiring organizational development and community action with movement towards racial, economic and social justice. Proven leader in navigating difficult conversations and identifying solutions. Experience building collaborative systems and relationships in a complex organization. Adaptable and approachable.
 
Accountability and Transparency: Commitment to efficient, effective, and equitable investment of resources to achieve policy goals. Experience prioritizing transparency and accountability in administration of public agency programs, and in quantitatively demonstrating outcomes through publicly-available and accessible data. Nuanced understanding of the multiple stakeholders to which the bureau is accountable: Portland community members -- particularly communities of color, City Council, public and private partners, etc.
 
Equity & Inclusion: A visionary who understands that building a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment leads to innovative ideas and solutions. A leader who will use a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens both internally to improve workforce diversity, support and promote employees of color, address retention issues of employees of color, and externally to implement environmental justice and climate justice work in the community. Knowledge and experience implementing universal design principles and disability equity. Knowledge and understanding of environmental racism, and how planning has impacted marginalized communities, gentrification, affordable housing, education, and job opportunities.
 
Innovation: Experience leveraging public-private partnerships and proactively pursuing new and entrepreneurial funding tools. Ability to foster a culture of creativity and innovation and to identify opportunities to carry out the bureau's core functions more efficiently.
 
Strategic Communication: Experience being culturally responsive while effectively and strategically representing a large, complex organization to public and private sector partners, community organizations, the public, and the media.
 
Collaboration & Public Involvement: Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including other City bureaus and community partners. Ability to build relationships and share decision-making with other City bureaus and the community, particularly communities of color and historically under-served populations.

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