One full-time position is available and can be filled at the associate or senior level depending on the successful candidate's qualifications. Appointments are typically made at or near the beginning of the salary range. Will close July 28 at 5pm.
Are you interested in working with data, analysis, and informational tools to help people make better decisions?
Are you motivated to monitor and evaluate waste reduction and management programs to ensure that they provide services and value equitably?
Do you want to center the voices of historically marginalized communities in understanding the social, economic, and environmental impacts of solid waste policy and programs?
Do you enjoy organizing and sharing data to build stronger relationships between government and the public?
About us Metro is looking for a creative, experienced, team-oriented Planner and Analytics expert to help support and monitor the 2030 Regional Waste Plan - the region’s vision and blueprint for reducing waste, protecting the environment and human health, and providing excellent garbage and recycling services for everyone. Metro is committed to advancing racial equity through implementation of the Regional Waste Plan and must ensure progress toward these goals. We are responsible for implementing the plan and monitoring progress, working with local communities, residents and businesses to ensure safe and equitable regional outcomes.
About the work As a Planner on our team, you'll apply your skills in data science, program evaluation, research design, statistical analysis, stakeholder engagement, and data reporting, working with an outstanding network of staff, partners, and consultants. You will carry out the implementation of a robust measurement framework designed to evaluate social, economic, environmental and health impacts of regional programs and activities. You will support the development of human-centered, delivery-driven policy and programs. You will build a broad understanding of the regional public-private garbage and recycling system and Metro's important roles in it.
Are you the right person for the job? We're looking for someone with excellent project management skills, expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, and a keen interest in using data to inform and make sound, equitable decisions. We’re looking for someone who is eager to roll up their sleeves to tame a wayward spreadsheet and build an evaluation logic model. We’re looking for a creative problem solver with leadership potential and a proven track record of implementing new solutions and completing projects. And we are looking for a person with sharp communication skills – someone who can describe complex concepts in simple terms and who will be an effective ambassador for Metro, sharing information and engaging with a wide variety of audiences.
What will you do: An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation. This list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform. Both Associate Planner and Senior Planner level:
Conducts research to inform garbage and recycling projects, policies, and recommendations.
Maintains current understanding of public policy and planning strategies related to materials management and solid waste issues.
Designs and produces reports and information graphics including graphs, charts, and maps.
Conducts quantitative and qualitative analysis to support operations management and policy making.
Fulfills Metro's employee values of Public Service, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect, Innovation, and Sustainability. These duties include, but are not limited to, maintaining positive relationships, respecting diversity of ideas and perspectives of others, and demonstrating sustainable practices.
Additionally, the Associate Planner:
Performs duties under limited direction and also under the lead direction of senior staff
Supports the design and completion of research studies, evaluations, information systems, and policy recommendations.
Measures and reports on project and program performance.
Liaises between Metro staff, contractors, consultants, and the public to provide and gather information.
Additionally, the Senior Planner:
Performs duties independently with limited direction, as a lead, and as support for a team.
Develops and organizes project plans related to research, analysis, modeling, evaluation, and information systems. Includes developing project scopes and objectives involving multiple stakeholders.
Leads the collaborative design of evaluation strategies, including logic models, indicators, and performance measures.
Prepares briefing papers summarizing complex technical analysis of various solid waste issues; presents results to technical, policy, community groups, and elected officials.
Coordinates internal resources and third parties/vendors to execute projects within time and budget.
Traits for success: Associate level:
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Knowledge of general solid waste issues and processes
Ability to compile and synthesize information into reports and presentations
Ability to collect and refine data, perform analysis and derive conclusions and recommendations
Ability to organize and conduct solid waste research studies
Ability to present findings via reports and formal presentations
Knowledge of public policy development processes and practices
Senior level - The knowledge, skills and abilities listed above, and
Ability to function as a lead over other professional staff
Ability to develop, organize, and coordinate solid waste projects and studies
Ability to represent Metro at meetings with a variety of groups, committees and elected officials
Ability to assist management in policy analysis and formulation
Knowledge of public policy development processes and practices
Application requirements: We want your application to count, so be sure it's complete and that you provide all the required materials. 1.) Electronic Application 2.) Resume 3.) Cover Letter describing your qualifications as they relate to the duties of this position 4.) Answer supplemental questions.
This position is represented by AFSCME union and will be classified as either a Associate Solid Waste Planner or a Senior Solid Waste Planner (click to read the full classifications). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the position. The base rate of pay for this position is likely to be for the Associate $69,659.20 - 80,704.00 annually and for the Senior $80,704.00 - 93,412.80 annually, depending on experience.
Associate Solid Waste Planner Two years of experience including research, analysis, and report writing or public policy development AND a bachelor's degree in science, public administration or related field; OR any combination of experience and education that provides the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job. Senior Solid Waste Planner Three years of experience in solid waste, project management or public policy development AND a bachelor's degree in science, public administration or related field; OR any combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.
Preferred qualifications – all levels
Strong collaborative skills and a demonstrated ability to form and maintain partnerships and to work effectively with others on a common task
Knowledge and experience developing and applying qualitative and quantitative methods
Experience in program evaluation, indicator development and data analytics
Project management experience
Experience working in government agencies and developing public policy
Knowledge and experience in applying a racial equity framework to measurement and evaluation
Demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of low-income families, immigrants, and communities of color
Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow.
Metro services span parks and nature, land and transportation, garbage and recycling, and arts and events. That means Metro hires people from a wide variety of backgrounds for jobs ranging from park rangers and planners to cartographers, recycling specialists, accountants, theater ushers, administrative assistants and more. Explore current job listings to find a match for your unique skills and talent.
If you need assistance with your application, call Metro Human Resources at 503-797-1570.