Job Details

chief of Staff

Metro, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/28/2018

Deadline to apply: Open until filled
Salary: $116,558.00 - $169,004.00 annually

This position will remain open until filled but the screening process will move quickly. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application materials at no later than December 28th, 2018.

About Metro:
The people of the Portland Metropolitan region established Metro to think about the big picture-not only by adopting policies that transcend city and county lines, but also by considering the impacts of decisions. By adopting a charter directing Metro to plan for the future, the people of the region acted on some of Oregon's most deeply held values: fairness; a voice in community decisions and the need to serve as responsible stewards of the environment.

As the only directly elected regional government in the United States, Metro is responsible for managing the Portland region's solid waste system, coordinating the growth of cities in the region, managing a regional parks and natural area, oversight and implementation of two bond measures on affordable housing and open space/habitat preservation and overseeing the Oregon Zoo, Convention Center, Portland's Centers for the Arts and the Portland Expo Center.

Metro serves more than 1.5 million people in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The agency's boundary encompasses Portland, Oregon and 23 other cities – from the Columbia River in the north to the bend of the Willamette River near Wilsonville, and from the foothills of the Coast Range near Forest Grove to the banks of the Sandy River at Troutdale.

The Metro Council consists of a president, elected region wide, and six councilors who are elected by district every four years in nonpartisan races.

About the Position:
The Chief of Staff reports to and is accountable to the Council President. The Chief of Staff serves as the senior operations and public-policy affairs executive for the Metro Council President and is responsible for the overall management, planning and coordination of activities and services that support the Council. The Chief of Staff strategically manages policy and political issues facing the Council President and Metro.

With the current and future work load of the Metro Council, the role of Metro will be changing to
becoming a more proactive implementation partner on behalf of our regional partners. The role that the COS will play will be in successfully carrying out the Council's priorities will be much different and far greater import than in the past.

The newly elected MCP will be growing the office of the MCP over the next several years. The COS will be overseeing the growth of the office in coordination with the MCP and the Metro Councilors. The intent is to provide proactive and coordinated support to the MCP
and Metro Council in implementing policy direction to staff and carrying out both the priorities of the MCP and Metro Council.

It is of utmost importance that a candidate have the skills to move cultural change internally on becoming an Employer of Choice, understanding risk management (technical, financial and political) and have experience in Strategic Planning and performance based outcome
implementation with training to empower employees to work through barriers to meeting goals.
For this important role the Metro Council President seeks a credible and unifying leader who is deeply committed to the region and is a strategic thinker. Proven leadership experience and political acumen are essential. Candidates should bring strengths in both external relations and internal management with an ability to balance the two.

The Chief of Staff is regularly required to solve problems having far reaching impact on and consequences for Metro. If you value public service, want to make a difference in your community and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, this is a job that plays an active role in addressing important opportunities and challenges facing the region.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

A Bachelor's degree in public policy, public administration or other relevant area of study or experience related to the work that Metro administers and a minimum of fifteen years of progressively responsible experience in executive management, government relations, legislative analysis, or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the Chief of Staff role.

To apply: visit for the complete job announcement and information on how to apply. Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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