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Project Director for Emerald Cities Portland

Position Announcement: 

Project Director - Portland Emerald Cities Collaborative


Term: Part-time (.5FTE) for 6 months with opportunity for continued full- time employment based on fund-raising and performance


Application Closing Date:  5pm on Monday, May 2, 2011 or until filled



Emerald Cities Portland (EC Portland) is an affiliate of the National Emerald Cities Collaborative (http://emeraldcities.org/). We are seeking a Project Director to guide and lead the work of the newly-formed local collaborative. 


Emerald Cities Portland was formed in 2010 through the efforts of local labor unions, government, social justice organizations and small businesses.  EC Portland is dedicated to a quadruple bottom line in retrofitting urban cities that provides:  1) environmental benefits at scale; 2) quality training and career employment for workers; 3) development opportunities and asset building for small/local businesses; and 4) equity and access for poor neighborhoods to be prioritized for retrofit. 


EX PDX is led by a steering committee of member organizations, including:  Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council, Portland Housing Bureau,  Portland Development Commission, Native American Youth and Family Center, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Oregon AFL-CIO, LiUNA, Green For All, Clean Energy Works Oregon, Portland YouthBuilders, Constructing Hope, Worksystems Inc., O’Neill Electric, Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors Association and Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.



EC Portland is seeking a dynamic and highly skilled individual who can provide leadership and support to our emerging efforts. The Project Director will be the lead staff responsible for implementing the EC Portland work plan, as outlined by the National Emerald Cities Collaborative.  The Project Director will establish relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders from elected officials, public agency staff, training providers, contractors, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, residents, and businesses in the neighborhoods targeted for energy efficiency retrofit projects. The position entails considerable convening, facilitating, and staffing of EC Portland, its work groups and meetings convened by EC Portland. The EC Portland Project Director will report to the EC Portland Steering Committee.


SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:                                                                                     


Governance and Administration

·         Meeting facilitation, staffing, and support to steering committee and work groups

·         Establish a formal organizational structure and governing policies and procedures

·         Participation in ECC strategic and peer-learning opportunities about ECC model through conferences, reports, case studies and other media


Community Engagement

·         Reach out to diverse communities and organizations to expand steering committee to be broadly representative of Portland’s organizational and ethnic communities

·         Lead steering committee in on-going efforts to include low income and communities of color as participants and beneficiaries of the emerging green economy


Workforce Development

·         Establish a Workforce Development Working Group to work closely with ECC national

·         Work closely with the steering committee and other community organizations to develop a plan of action for an integrated workforce development delivery system


Fund Development

·         Develop and implement local fund development plans, identifying additional operating support, project, workforce and community engagement funding needs and opportunities


External Relations

·         Develop media and public relations tools to communicate and brand the work of the EC Portland to the broader community and priority audiences

·         Serving as spokesperson for and attending meetings on behalf of the EC Portland

·         Other duties, as assigned




Required Skills and Experience: 

·         Demonstrated commitment to the Emerald Cities principles

·         Extensive experience and success at fund raising for community organizations

·         Experience organizing successful coalitions of community organizations; especially working with diverse stakeholders including various ethnic, language and income groups, business and labor, elected officials, financial institutions and others

·         Analysis, interpretation and presentation of financial and quantitative data

·         Excellent communication skills, verbal and written

·         Organized, self-motivated, with great attention to detail.

·         Demonstrated ability with computer systems

·         Demonstrated commitment to social justice.


Desirable Skills and Experience:

·         Graduate degree in the areas of Urban Planning, Public Policy, Labor Studies, Law or Environmental Sciences

·         Knowledge of local construction industry, especially related to pre-apprentice and certified apprenticeship training, community workforce agreements and project labor agreements

·         Experience developing media campaigns and leading public relations efforts for community organizations



This position is part-time (.5FTE) for the first 6 months with opportunity for continued full-time employment based on fund-raising and performance.



Salary DOE with full benefits.



Before applying, email [email protected] for a copy of the Emerald Cities work plan.


To apply, please submit a (1) resume, (2) detailed cover letter explaining your experience and qualifications as they relate to the position (suggested length: 2 pages) and (3) writing sample to [email protected]by 5pm on Monday, May 2, 2011.




The National Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a start-up, national coalition of diverse groups that includes unions, labor groups, community organizations, social justice activists, development intermediaries, research and technical assistance providers, socially responsible businesses, and elected officials. We are united around the goal of rapidly greening our nation's central cities and their surrounding metropolitan regions in equitable and democratically accountable ways. We envision a future in which American cities are the greenest and most equitable in the world, leading the way to head off global climate change while creating a vital new economic sector.


Climate change is an international challenge that must be met by a national response. We recognize that existing market-driven models of green retrofits tend not to be the most sustainable because retrofits pass over low-income neighborhoods; weaken labor standards; and threaten the quality of work. Instead, we propose an alternative energy efficiency model implemented city by city that greens our cities, builds our communities, and strengthens our democracy. We believe that we can achieve these goals through efforts to:


·         Substantially increase the energy efficiency of citywide building stock over ten years while prioritizing poor communities;

·         Implement deep, not simple, retrofits wherever possible;

·         Support high-road job creation through the requirement for labor standards;

·         Expand access to high-quality jobs and contracts to minorities, women, and low-income residents;

·         Build lasting democratic capacity to shape the urban economy; and

·         Endorse and advocate for regulations and legislation furthering these goals.