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CITY OF PORTLAND
invites applications for the position of:
$143,312.00 - $205,379.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 05/15/17
CLOSING DATE: 06/12/1704:30 PM
The City of Portland is seeking a highly qualified
and transformative Police Chief to lead the Portland Police Bureau. The
Portland Police Chief serves as the Chief of the largest law enforcement
agency in the State of Oregon. This individual reports to the Mayor and is
responsible for directing and leading all aspects of bureau
operations. The State of Oregon and its largest city, Portland, share
a history of legally sanctioned systemic racism with legally enforced
exclusionary practices. Given this history, the successful candidate must demonstrate
the capacity and commitment to expand on existing strategies to improve
relationships with and service provision to Portland's communities of
color, ensuring that equity is a bedrock of policing in Portland.
Additionally, the successful candidate will possess the background and
experience necessary to provide leadership and supervision to over 950
sworn and 270 non-sworn employees, to work effectively with diverse
communities, and to lead an organization committed to community policing,
transparency and accountability. The Police Chief is responsible for
coordinating with local governmental agencies to maintain good working
relationships as well as developing emergency response and continuity of
operations plans. Additional information regarding the organization
and operations of the bureau is available at www.portlandoregon.gov/police.
About the Bureau
Bureau Mission Statement
The mission of the Portland Police Bureau is
to work with the community to create and maintain safe neighborhoods. We
reduce crime and the fear of crime by working with all citizens to preserve
life, maintain human rights, protect property and promote individual
responsibility and community commitment.
The Portland Police Bureau is managed and
directed by the Chief of Police, with Assistant Chiefs and Command Staff
selected by the Chief. The bureau is composed of the Chief's Office and the
three branches of Investigations, Operations, and Services.
Chief's Office: The Chief's Office includes the Chief's staff, the
Communications Unit including the Public Information Officer, the Strategic
Development and Oversight Group, the Professional Standards Division, the
Strategic Services Division, the Criminal Intelligence Unit, oversight of
the bureau's Advisory Committees, and the Equity and Diversity Office.
Investigations Branch: The Investigations Branch includes the
Detective Division, the Drugs and Vice Division, the Family Services
Division, the Forensic Evidence Division, the Information Technology
Division, the Tactical Operations Division, and the Property Evidence
Operations Branch: The Operations Branch includes the Central, East,
and North precincts; the Youth Services Division; the Traffic Division;
Critical Incident Command; Crowd Control Incident Command; the Rapid
Response Team; the Honor and Highland Guard; and the Behavioral Health
Services Branch: The Services Branch includes the Fiscal Services
Division, the Personnel Division, the Records Division, the Transit
Division, the Training Division and oversight of the Regional Justice
Information Network (RegJIN).
The Police Bureau will continue to build an
organization with a diverse membership which reflects the community it
serves. The bureau will continue to provide and enhance training and
education to ensure that members have the necessary skills to provide
effective services to a diverse community including people with lived
experience of mental health, people in crisis, and people of all races and
cultures. The bureau will review policies and practices to continue to
eliminate barriers, and will engage with the community to further community
policing. A well-trained, educated, and diverse workforce focused on the
community's priorities will allow the bureau to tailor its public safety
response to best meet the needs of different segments of the community.
The Portland Police Bureau has identified three goals for fiscal year
2017-18. The goals reflect the bureau's commitment to developing
long-term solutions to serious crime and to maintaining a safe city.
About the City of Portland
Portland is the largest city in Oregon, with
a population of 620,000 and a metropolitan population of over 2,000,000. As
one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, Portland is
frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly and
livable cities in the world. Portland is known for its excellent urban
planning, expansive public transportation and high accessibility to the
For more information on "Why Portland," please visit the Portland
Police Bureau's recruitment webpage, located at https://www.joinportlandpolice.com/why-portland/#best-people.
The competitive candidate for Police Chief
will possess the qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities identified
in the following qualifications and Ideal Candidate Profile. Please provide
sufficient information in your résumé and cover letter to demonstrate that
you possess these qualifications.
The following minimum qualifications are required for the position of
as a Chief or Assistant Chief, or the equivalent, including broad
policing experience in a large metropolitan law enforcement agency.
Per City Charter, the Chief of Police must have at least 10 years'
active police experience.
track record with community policing, organizational change
management, police-community accountability measures, and strategic
planning. Experience bringing police and community members together to
engage in problem-solving initiatives.
from a four-year college or university; and at least ten years of
progressively responsible law enforcement management experience, at
least five of which were in a management capacity; or an equivalent
combination of training and experience.
knowledge and experience leading a diverse and inclusive workforce,
and in examining the impact that policies and practices have on
and understanding of 21st Century Policing Initiative.
Preferred but not required:
leadership training or education.
with collaborations between law enforcement and mental health or
behavioral health units assigned to law enforcement.
Ideal Candidate Profile
Proven experience in delivering police services in a customer-focused
organization for a multi-disciplined, complex, evolving and fast-paced
urban government. Demonstrated commitment to on-going and robust community
policing. Highly skilled in facilitating, negotiating and building
consensus and trust among diverse customers and stakeholders with competing
and differing needs. Able to build cohesive teams and motivate staff to
perform at the highest levels and to implement strategic planning. Ability
to instill mutual trust and confidence and create a culture that fosters a
high standard of ethics and accountability. Possess honesty, integrity, and
Proven experience in effectively managing patrol, investigative and support
functions. Effective planning and project management skills including
organizing, directing, and evaluating both represented and non-represented,
and sworn and non-sworn employees, monitoring and managing budget and other
resources, and developing and monitoring performance measures.
Proven ability in guiding organizational
progress by defining the critical issues, establishing a vision, setting
measurable objectives and prioritizing strategies.
Critical /Analytical Thinking
Proven experience using critical thinking
skills and strategies to evaluate information, understand problems and
develop appropriate solutions. Committed to examining and adopting best
practices in training, policy and tactics such as de-escalation techniques.
Willingness to implement technology solutions that put better tools in use
for patrol, investigative and other functions.
Excellence in communication skills, including the ability to develop and
implement an effective communication strategy addressing the needs of the
public, diverse stakeholder groups, City Council, bureau directors, and
internal and external customers. Ability to collaborate with diverse
stakeholders. Demonstrated experience in managing crisis communication.
Equity and Diversity
A demonstrated track record in building and
developing diverse teams and maintaining professional and respectful work
environments. Significant understanding of the need to address disparities
in the criminal justice system in order to provide equitable services to
all members of the community. Willingness to learn about the history of
racism in Portland and how it impacts police relationships with communities
The ability to establish and maintain highly effective working
relationships with all people, from the Mayor, City commissioners, bureau
directors, managers, elected and appointed officials of other governmental
agencies, employees, business and community leaders, the media, residents
and others encountered in the course of work. Possess the skills to work
collaboratively within the City and other agencies to enhance service
delivery. Demonstrated ability to work closely and forge relationships with
Portland's increasingly diverse community.
Strong political acumen, tact and diplomacy in dealing with complex,
sensitive and confidential issues regarding multiple and conflicting
agendas and positions.
THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS:
All applications will be reviewed for
minimum qualifications. Based on an evaluation of the application
materials, those applicants whose materials best reflect the experience,
knowledge, and skillset for the position, will be invited to participate in
telephone interviews. The best qualified candidates will move on to panel
interviews. The Mayor will make the final selection for the position.
Compensation and Benefits
The Police Chief's annual salary ranges from
$143,312 to $205,379, depending on qualifications and
experience. The compensation includes excellent City-paid medical,
dental, vision and life insurance coverage and a pre-tax, employee paid deferred
compensation plan and retirement benefits. Other benefits include a
flexible spending account offered for medical expense reimbursement and
dependent child care, vacation accrual negotiable based on years of
professional service, and long-term disability insurance.
Recruitment Activity Schedule
May 15, 2017
June 12, 2017
Week of June 19, 2017
Week of June 24, 2017
of July 3, 2017
Panel and Final
Week of July 17, 2017
Applicants must submit a cover letter and
professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for
this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this
announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:
Your résumé and cover letter will be the
basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position.
Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
cover letter should include details describing your education,
training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects
your qualifications for each of the items listed in the "To
Qualify" section of this announcement.
resume should support the details described in the cover letter.
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 under the "To Qualify" section above.
résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of six
(6) pages combined.
Confidentiality: Candidates who would
like to maintain the confidentiality of the materials must submit a request
for confidentiality with the application materials and check the
appropriate box for the confidentiality question before submitting your
application. For those candidates, the City will maintain confidentiality
of the information to the extent allowed by law.
Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted
no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.
All applications must be submitted via the City's online application
process.E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be
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 Portland City
Charter and Code.
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 candidate, highest
qualified woman, and highest qualified candidate who identifies as a person
with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To be
considered under the Charles Jordan Standard, we will be 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 on the available form.
Please see the City'sCharles Jordan StandardPortland Resolution
No. 37180 for more information.
If you are requesting Veteran's Preferenceattach a copy
of your DD214 / DD215 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 4:30 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 accommodation, the requests must be made to
the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This
Joseph Wahl, Manager, Executive Search Services
Bureau of Human Resources
An Equal Opportunity /
Affirmative Action Employer
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