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Thursday, January 24, 2019

HOT HOT....Job Opportunity: Portland, OR. Emergency Management Director (Director I)

April 15, 2019    Cover letter and resume available for acceptance until 4/19/2019 3pm PT.

PBEM went through an initial director search, and the Commissioner in Charge of the bureau (Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty) determined that no viable candidates were available through the first search. Therefore, we’re in the next go around. Commissioner Hardesty is reviewing the initial applicant pool and would like any other candidate referrals to her office by 3:00 pm on Friday, April 19.

Emailing me directly. If possible regardless of this short notice, interested candidates should include a resume and cover letter in their email. A cover letter and resume will inevitably be requested.

For more information about PBEM, please visit:


Jeremy Van Keuren
Community Resilience Manager
Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
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9911 SE Bush Street, Portland, OR 97266-2562

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Emergency Management Director (Director I)
Salary            $111,696.00 - $189,842.00 Annually
Location         9911 SE Bush St, OR
Job Type         Executive
Bureau            OMF-Bureau of Human Resources
Job Number   2019-00078
Closing    2/20/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
The Position

About the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
The Bureau of Emergency Management promotes the city's readiness, coordinates response, and builds resilience for Portland. This includes developing and implementing strategic planning, programs, and policies to continually advance Portland's mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

The bureau's work is aligned around four strategic goals:
1.     Continue to develop the City's suite of response and recovery plans.
2.     Advance Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) readiness.
3.     Foster connected and resilient neighborhoods with diverse populations.
4.     Spur innovation and workplace excellence to reduce the City's disaster risk.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Director will report to Commissioner  Jo Ann Hardesty. The leader of this bureau will oversee a dedicated team at PBEM in their work in emergency preparedness and neighborhood-led resilience efforts. The Director will continue the bureau's efforts in building robust systems that enable the city's resilience initiatives and development of strategic plans to serve our residents in a way that continually advances the city's mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery capabilities.

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies for success, in addition to items listed in the "To Qualify" section: 

Executive-Level Management: Demonstrate a track record of verifiable accomplishments leading a department. Proven hiring, training, supervisory, and management experience. Be able to delegate work, make decisions, and set priorities for the bureau.

Leadership: Ability to lead, inspire, and motivate a diverse workforce, volunteers, and subject matter experts in emergency preparedness. Be able to plan and implement large, complex, and comprehensive emergency management and disaster preparedness operations and programs. Evaluate and effectively respond to emergency and crisis situations. Resolve problems and gain support for policies, programs, or services. Develop a vision, innovate, and lead/facilitate an inclusive strategic planning process. Be able to identify and recruit community leaders.

Equity and Inclusion: Proven experience supporting and maintaining an organizational culture that values equity and inclusion. Be able to develop resiliency and understand the effects of trauma on underserved communities. Knowledge and experience addressing the disproportionate impact of disasters on vulnerable neighborhoods.

Collaboration: Ability to work collaboratively across the city, state, region, and jurisdictions. Be able to establish and maintain effective relationships with elected officials, City of Portland bureaus, other governmental agencies, volunteers, community-based organizations, schools, businesses, the media, employees, and residents.

Strategic Communication: Ability to present information, proposals, plans, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings, including to City Council. Provide accessible information concerning emergency preparedness to the 105 non-English speaking communities.

Learn more about our Bureau of Emergency Management -

About the City of Portland:
The City of Portland comprises an area of approximately 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon. With a 2016 population estimated at 627,000, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance, and services for a metropolitan area with a 2016 population estimated at 2.4 million people.  Portland is the county seat of Multnomah County; and is the largest city in Oregon and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland has a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools, and friendly people.  Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and is one of America's best walking towns.  Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty, with Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast each just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area, including the 5,000-acre Forest Park, the largest urban wilderness in the U.S. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston, and Atlanta.

Portland is a full-service city with approximately 6,000 represented and non-represented permanent employees and a budget of over $3.46 billion.  The City has maintained its triple-A bond rating for over 40 years, reflecting its strong financial management policies and practices.

Why join the City of Portland?
The City of Portland is committed to offering medical, dental, vision, basic life, and long-term disability coverage that provides quality care, support and value to eligible employees and their family members. Additional benefits such as flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance, and employee assistance program coverages are available to ensure employees have the appropriate tools to safeguard themselves and their family. The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.
To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position.  Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter, resume, and equity statement how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

1. A track record in managing a large, complex department ideally in Emergency Preparedness, Fire or Police/Public Safety or Homeland Security for a city, state, or federal entity
2. Experience effectively engaging and communicating with internal and external stakeholders
3. Experience leading, managing, and developing a diverse workforce
4. Be able to engage and recruit culturally competent community leaders as neighborhood emergency volunteers
5. Experience developing strategic plans and education for emergency preparedness

The Recruitment Process
In addition to providing a cover letter/resume please submit a separate equity statement outlining your commitment and experience successfully developing and delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:
·        lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group;
·        experience living, working and meaningfully interacting with individuals with a variety of identities; and,
·        track record of instilling equity and inclusion within operations.
If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

Equity Commitment: 
For those applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland's commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidates, highest qualified candidates identifying as female, and highest qualified candidates who identify as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To identify candidates who should be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we are asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability in the required equity statement. Please see the City's Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more information (Direct link:
Position closes: February 20
First-round interviews conducted: the first week of March
Second-round interviews conducted: the latter part of March
Final interviews: the beginning of April 
Additional Information
Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and equity statement online; specifically focused on how your qualifications for this position as identified in the "Minimum Qualifications" section of this announcement, and in accordance with the following instructions:
·        Your resume, cover letter, and equity statement 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 reflect how you satisfy each of the Minimum Qualifications.
·        Your resume 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 any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required Minimum Qualifications.
·        Your resume, cover letter, and equity statement should be no more than a total of six (6) pages combined
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.  All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.  Do not attach materials not requested.  Emailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code. 

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.  Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

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. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting an accommodation, the requests must be made to the Recruiter(s) named below no later than the closing date of this announcement.

if you have questions about how to apply or require any assistance in submitting your application please contact.

Shelonda Simpson
Executive Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
503.823.3555 (main contact number)

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Portland, Oregon, 97204

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