Community Broadband Planning Manager - City of Portland, OR

Posted By: Karen Anderson Job Postings ,

The Office for Community Technology (OCT) is a diverse workplace that encourages collaboration, creativity, and innovation in solving problems. OCT strives to foster a positive work environment in which employees can grow professionally and contribute to the success of the organization. The Office for Community Technology is a small bureau of the City of Portland which also provides staff support to the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC), a public governing board, comprised of community appointees from six jurisdictions (

The role of the Community Broadband Planner is to lead broadband infrastructure planning and deployment strategies under the framework of the City’s Digital Equity Action Plan (DEAP) to ensure 100% of residents, particularly Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities, MWESBs, public agencies, and frontline-serving organizations have barrier free access to affordable, high-speed internet.  This position will work closely with the OCT’s Digital Equity Coordinator and regional stakeholders to research and recommend strategies that result in equitable, affordable deployment and access to broadband services. This work will result in a Broadband Strategic Plan for the City of Portland. The plan is expected to articulate and implement community-driven broadband policy objectives that:

  • Improve broadband affordability, speed, reliability, and adoption for unserved communities and populations
  • Drive job creation, promote innovation, improve economic vitality, and expand markets for local businesses
  • Respond to the ongoing and growing broadband needs of education systems, health care systems, public safety systems, industries and business, governmental operations, and residents

The ideal candidate has a passion for equitable broadband adoption solutions, knowledge of innovative telecommunications network design concepts, and a drive to support the community and public agencies working together to make meaningful change. 


  1. Responsible for developing and implementing a broadband strategic plan for the City of Portland
  2. Leading with racial equity, research and provide written analysis of relevant broadband state and federal legislation, rulemaking, and funding opportunities and identify areas of opportunity for action
  3. Track city broadband access and infrastructure projects, initiatives, and challenges
  4. Use mapping tools such as GIS, previous studies, and local data to become fully familiar with the residential and business broadband market in the Portland metro region and identify high need areas
  5. Advise City Council, bureau directors, OCT executive team, and policy team on policy opportunities to create, promote, and encourage equitable, affordable access to broadband services
  6. Provide educational materials for stakeholders to synthesize and simplify technical, economic, and competitive trends in the broadband industry to assist decision makers in making broad policy decisions
  7. Participate in local and statewide broadband committees and workgroups and track and report on progress of partnerships and initiatives
  8. Partner with bureau, federal, state, local, tribal, and telecom and other business partners to identify areas of collaboration and efficiencies
  9. Identify and apply for relevant grants and funding opportunities to meet broadband goals for the City of Portland
  10. Work closely with other City and Public agencies that have a role in broadband deployment and adoption, such as City infrastructure bureaus, Multnomah County, the local school districts, economic development agencies, and public housing
  11. Lead implementation, meet deadlines, and track progress and budget of projects

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The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.).  In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

Applicants must provide details in their cover letter and resume that demonstrate how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:  

  1. Knowledge of broadband technologies and network design concepts and the evolving broadband policy landscape
  2. Experience researching and applying for funding from philanthropic, state, and federal agencies to implement technical projects
  3. Experience working with government, non-profit, and business partners to understand needs and complete technical projects to address those needs;
  4. Experience as a project manager capable of leading a large, complex planning project with multiple, varied stakeholders from inception to completion
  5.  Ability to present clear, concise, and compelling data in an easy-to-understand format for audiences including but not limited to residents, City Council, non-profit partners, and fellow colleagues
  6. Ability to create and track relevant performance measures using GIS and analytics platforms and adhere to timelines and budget restrictions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Services or a related field or the equivalent to a four-year university education in Business Administration
  • Five years of experience in complex project management, broadband marketing, sales and operations, implementation, network, and systems management
  • Lived experience with or experience working with Black, Indigenous and people of color communities will be beneficial in this position; Particularly experience with accessing and resolving broadband access needs
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal broadband programs, and policies

Applicants must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate. If unvaccinated, exception process must be completed by date of hire.  Exception guidelines/process can be accessed here: Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.  Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**
Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 11/29/21
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 11/29/21
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 12/06/21
  • Selection: week of 12/13/21
  • Job Offer: mid-December

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter 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.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veterans’ 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.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.  All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.  Do not attach materials not requested.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.
 Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.
 ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.
 Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.
Did you know? The City of Portland offers "How to Apply Classes" that are free and review best practices for applying to the City.  Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: Events | Career Center |

Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources