[EXTENDED] Volunteer (Non-Paid) Position--Noise Review Board Acoustic Representative

  • City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Jun 28, 2022
Education and Training non-profit management
  • Salary: $0.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Position

The Noise Review Board (NRB) in the Office of Community & Civic Life works to improve neighborhood livability by striking a balance between sound generating activities and the desire for quiet communities. The Board reviews variance applications and sets mitigation conditions, to deny or allow requests to hold activities that vary from the established standards in the City Noise Code (as found in Title 18). Typically, the NRB reviews large construction and special events that may impact many community members.

The Noise Review Board consists of five volunteer members and this position is for the specific seat of Acoustical Professional. This position is essential for the board's thoughtful decision making, the establishment of reasonable mitigation measures, and provides technical recommendations for sound policy and code related decisions.

Total number of advisory seats: 1
Number of seats available: 1

To Qualify

To be eligible for the advisory committee, members must live, play, worship, go to school, work, or do business in the City of Portland.

What We Look For:
We want people from every part of Portland here to share their voice on this committee, especially people who have not been involved before!

If you want to serve your community and to help government, make better choices, then we want to see your application. The attributes listed below are what will guide our selection process. It is helpful if you are specific in your answers. We do not expect you to be or have everything listed.

What's important to us:
  • You believe government is better when community is involved
  • You are an advocate for racial equity
  • You have a perspective on physically navigating the community with a disability
  • You are available to prepare for and attend all meetings
  • You have professional experience measuring sound, and understand the technical aspects of noise mitigation
We're looking for expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • You have professional experience measuring sound and understanding the technical aspects of noise mitigation
  • Committed to working with a wide diversity of people
  • Ability to contribute to productive group processes and collective work in a collaborative, respectful, multicultural and/or multilingual setting
  • Commitment and experience listening and considering other perspectives which may be different than you own
  • Knowledge and experience supporting and/or advancing equitable outcomes
Time Commitment
  • The anticipated time commitment per month is 5 hours.
  • Noise Review Board Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Currently meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.
  • Members are involved for a duration of three-year terms and can serve up to two terms. Appointments to fill a vacancy will serve the remainder of that term and then can serve an additional two full terms, but no more than eight consecutive years.
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time. Meeting materials for review may be sent with minimal time to review, possibly as few as forty-eight hours (or two days) in advance.

We Remove Barriers
Let us know if there are barriers to your participation.

Volunteer Ethics
People who join this committee will become what we call "Public Officials," which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically. We will provide training on this once you are accepted. Part of following Public Officials Ethics laws means you must tell the group when you or a relative may financially benefit (or avoid fees) by your recommendations. This is called a "Conflict of Interest." If you tell us about potential Conflicts of Interest that does not mean you cannot serve, in fact, many committees have potential members with Conflicts of Interest. We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the form included in the application.

The Recruitment Process

Applications are due by 11:59pm PST on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. This deadline may be extended.

To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the staff liaison at Katherine.Couch@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-865-6650.

Voluntary & Confidential Demographic Information
The City is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Completing the demographic information on the application is voluntary, but we encourage you to provide that information. The City uses this information to help ensure that advisory body appointments represent a broad cross-section of community. Your information will not be used during the recruitment nor the selection process. State and federal law prohibit use of this information to discriminate against you. Questions about this may be sent to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

If applicant needs a paper version/emailed version, Civic Life must be the agency to send this information, because it protects staff from accidentally receiving application with demographic information (which then would no longer be confidential, as advertised).

Please forward any requests for alternate versions to AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov

Additional Information
For general questions about the Advisory Bodies program, the volunteer recruitment process, or other upcoming advisory body opportunities please email AdvisoryBodies@Portlandoregon.gov.

We Encourage You to Apply
We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the bureau at Noise Program | Portland.gov

Additional Information

COVID - 19 Vaccine Requirement
The work location for this opportunity is hybrid (remote and onsite).
Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine (Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time) .

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction, state law and approval.Closing Date/Time: 8/30/2022 11:59 PM Pacific

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

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