Are you an accomplished leader who loves strategy, people and making a difference in your community? If so, you should consider applying to be Metro's next Deputy Chief Operating Officer.
As far back as the 1950s, Portland area leaders saw an unfilled need to provide region wide planning and coordination to manage growth, infrastructure and development issues that cross jurisdictional boundaries. They also saw a need to protect farms and forests from urbanization and to provide services that are regional in nature. More than 30 years ago, Metro was created to fill that void, becoming the nation's first directly elected regional government.
Metro's staff and elected leaders bring people together to shape the future of greater Portland and provide parks, venues, services and tools that work best at a regional scale. That includes land use and transportation planning, garbage and recycling systems, parks and natural areas and regional venues such as the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Convention Center and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts.
The greater Portland region is stronger when individuals and communities benefit from quality jobs, living wages, a strong economy, stable and affordable housing, safe and reliable transportation, clean air and water, a healthy environment and sustainable resources that enhance our quality of life.
We're looking for a Deputy Chief Operating Officer who has a passion for people, an eye for strategy and a desire to work for an organization that helps our community thrive. In this job, you would be the critical partner of Metro's Chief Operating Officer, providing sound leadership and forward-thinking strategic direction for the effective management and provision of high-quality services. You will promote innovation, critical thinking and collaboration among Metro's senior leaders in meeting the needs of greater Portland's residents and Metro's operating departments.
You will lead the directors of Metro's support services departments and play a key role in the executive leadership team. You will bring a future-oriented and dynamic leadership style to advance Metro's work. To be successful, you will need integrity, great communication skills and the ability to guide change.
And very importantly, you will share Metro's commitment to ensuring that all of greater Portland's diverse communities – especially communities of color and low-income communities – benefit from Metro's services.
Candidates should have a combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. This combination is the equivalent of:
A bachelor's degree in business or public administration, or similar degree
Ten years of executive leadership experience with responsibility for strategic planning, budgeting, personnel management, collaborative culture building and operational planning
Experience advancing equity through leadership and management practices.
To apply for this exciting career opportunity, please submit resume and cover letter to:
Metro is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce. Assistance with the recruitment, application and selection process is available upon request to applicants with disabilities.
Metro is the regional government that provides integrated resource management for the 24 cities and unincorporated areas in the Portland metropolitan area. Facilities, public assets and governance services include the Oregon Convention Center, the Oregon Zoo, Portland’5 Centers, Expo Center, transportation planning, growth management, solid waste system management and recycling services, and regional parks and natural areas.
Metro operates the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center, the Portland Expo Center and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts. Together, these popular destinations host about 1,500 events and attract nearly 4 million people annually. The venues provide a variety of experiences for visitors and residents – contributing to the livability of the Portland region and beyond.