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LGBTQ+ Community Engagement Intern (Community Service Aide II)

The Mayor's Office is looking for a temporary LGBTQ+ Community Engagement Intern (Community Service Aide II).

This recruitment will remain open until 100 applications have been received or until the posted closing date, Monday, June 10, 2019, whichever comes first.  Applications received after the 100 application limit has been reached will not be included in this recruitment process.

Mayor Ted Wheeler has long been a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. Portland, Oregon is frequently considered a welcoming place for many LGBTQ+ identifying folks. This identity has largely been born from grassroots activism. We seek an LGBTQ+ Community Engagement Intern to expand our communication and support of the LGBTQ+ and that communities intersectional identities.

Mayor Wheeler's Office is a fast-paced, values-based team where highly passionate and hard-working individuals strive to make a difference for the City. We rely on mutual trust and good judgment, as well as clear operational guidelines to achieve our goals and be responsive to the public.

The Intern will support the work of the LGBTQ+ Policy Liaison by developing and managing new projects, monitoring and providing logistical support for current efforts, and engaging Portland-area LGBTQ+ community and advocacy organizations.

Commitment: 5-7 month commitment, 8-10 hours and/or 2-3 days/week.

Duration: June- October (Flexible start and end date)

Compensation: $15.00 an hour. College credits can be given if applicable.

Position Responsibilities:
  • Plan and conduct outreach to Transgender, GNC, Non-Binary, and/or Two-Spirit organizations and community members and facilitate community participation in the development of homelessness and housing instability policy recommendations
  • Plan and conduct outreach to LGBTQ+ youth organizations and school groups and liaison with those groups to ensure inclusion of these voices at City Hall
  • Assist on intersectional policy work on homelessness, housing instability and the disproportionate impact of these issues on people of color and the LGBTQ+ community
  • Monitor news related to the LGBTQ+ community in Portland and update Mayor's office staff
  • Assist in organization of City of Portland's participation in Pride Parade and other events
  • Attend meetings of community and City of Portland Organizations with an LGBTQ+ focus and ensure Mayor's office is aware of community concerns
Preferred Qualifications

Please state in your resume or cover letter if you have the following desired qualifications (Please note, these are not required but will be helpful)
  • Strong interest in local politics and social issues
  • Experience with event planning and/or community organizing
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to diverse communities, particularly communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues related to housing instability and discrimination affecting LGBTQ+ communities
  • Experience and/or coursework in community-based research, such as conducting focus groups, listening sessions, and surveys is desired, but not required
To Qualify
The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Experience working, volunteering, or have life experience with LGBTQ+ communities in local grassroots activism, communications and/or another advocacy work.
  2. Ability to work independently in a courteous manner.
  3. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and sensitive manner.
  4. Ability to maintain highly sensitive and confidential information, while exercising a high degree of tact, discretion, and diplomacy in sensitive situations.
  5. Ability to be understanding and demonstrate empathetic listening.