Community Engagement

Title: IT Networking and Data Security

Start Date: July 8, 2021

Organization: MFS Social Purpose Works

Location: Virtual + SE Portland

Social Purpose Works is the latest innovative program offering of Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), a Portland social service agency since 1950. MFS Social Purpose Works recruits pro bono (volunteer) professionals for nonprofit project based opportunities in Oregon and SW Washington.

SPW is recruiting an IT Networking and Data Security professional for Professional Business Development Group Foundation.

PBDG’s primary purpose is to improve the business conditions in the construction industry by increasing Preparation, Competitiveness and Relationships. PBDG members are women and minority construction contractors and professional services firms in the construction industry that share PBDG’s goal. PBDG was organized by its members with the recognition that, despite years of efforts, DMWESB (Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Business) construction and professional services contractors in the construction industry remain greatly under represented which negatively impacts the productivity, efficiency, and vitality of Portland Contractors and the construction industry as a whole.

PBDG operates a technical assistance program, the Construction Business Training And Plan (TAP) Center, through its Foundation, a new 501c3 nonprofit. The Center provides wrap-around, construction specific, technical assistance services to meet participants where they are and build a long-term foundation for their business. Staff also work with other nonprofit organizations and business community partners to provide owners with access to valuable resources. The TAP Center is available to meet the needs of all COBID (Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity) certified contractors and professional service firms (consulting, design, general services, architecture and engineering). Businesses do not have to be members of PBDG to utilize this resource.

Project Description: PBDG’s new training center has new equipment that will be used by minority and women contractors for learning and as a plan center to work on their projects. In order for this space to be functional, they need an IT professional to set up and network the computers and printers and ensure data security. PBDG currently uses Google Email and Shared Drive for its communications and data center; IT security protocol for employees needs to be established.

Key Deliverables:
-Hardware hook up and networking of new computers and printers in training center
-IT audit to include recommendations for more secure data storage options and migration of data
-Creation of digital filing system and training how to use
-IT security protocol for employees

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:
-Database Applications
-IT Services
-Data Security
-Project Management

Education/Experience: No degree required. Successful track record of providing IT support technician services including computer/peripheral hardware networking and information security. Experience working with small organizations with little IT infrastructure helpful.

Time Commitment: Medium project, estimated at 100-120 hours, to be completed by October 1. Flexible hours around your schedule.

Resources: The Office Manager is the project champion.

Work Environment/Location: Work from Home and meet at PBDG Training Center in SE Portland.

This is a pro bono (volunteer) opportunity. To view the project description on our site, visit or contact SPW at 503-688-1776.