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Community Partnerships Program Manager

Metro, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 12/09/2019

Are you committed to creating opportunities for communities of color to connect with nature? We seek a compassionate, collaborative, creative thinker who centers community voices and needs in decision-making. We are looking for someone who has experience supporting community members in navigating government systems and creating innovative processes and programs. If you have these knowledge, skills and abilities, Metro is excited to learn more about you.

Metro's Parks and Nature Department is seeking a Community Partnerships Program Manager to oversee its community partnerships program focused on connecting communities of color with 17,000 acres of parks, trails and natural areas.

The Community Partnerships Program Manager is responsible for successfully implementing four distinct program areas that offer funding and staff support to groups led by and for communities of color who are interested in connecting with Metro Parks and Natural Areas. Program areas include:
• Co-created community partnerships: Working from the ground up to build collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations, this position will develop a process to co-create programs that help connect people of color with nature and advance racial equity objectives.
• Sponsorships for Community-led Activities: This position will manage sponsorship requests, facilitate a community review committee, and secure staff support across the department to fund community-led activities held at Metro parks.
• Partnership Innovation funds: This position will manage internal requests, oversee a staff review team, and provide contracting support for colleagues working with community partners to advance goals of the Parks and Nature Department's Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
• Metro-led Program Support: This position will review and approve funding requests to provide support for community members engaging in Metro-led programming.

The successful candidate will have experience leading complex projects, programs or initiatives using a racial equity lens. This person must have strong cross-cultural communication skills and experience in working with community members from a wide variety of cultural and racial backgrounds. Building and maintaining authentic relationships with community members and staff from across the department is a core function of this position.

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.


We will consider any combination of education and experience that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the job. An example of relevant education and experience would be:
• At least three years of related experience in community engagement, partnership development and/or grant making; AND
• A bachelor's degree in community development, communications, social sciences, natural resources management, education or related field (additional experience may substitute for a degree).

Preferred qualifications:
• Demonstrated understanding of racial equity and how systems of oppression continue to impact Black and Indigenous communities and People of Color
• Demonstrated ability to apply a racial equity perspective to partnership development and/or grant making
• Demonstrated commitment to understanding and eradicating structural racial inequity
• Valid driver's license or ability to obtain one within three months of starting in the position.

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Application requirements
1) Electronic application, 2) answer to supplemental questions, 3) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications related to this position.

Metro is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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