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Project Manager, Urbanism Next

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Public Policy and Planning, Planning/Project Management

Department: SCI Urbanism Next
Appointment Type and Duration: Funding Contingent (Faculty, Research OAs), Ongoing
Salary: $47,000 - $55,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA06-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
August 21, 2018. Position is open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications and professional competencies, as well as a resume and three references.

Department Summary
The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is an applied think tank focusing on sustainability in cities. We work across disciplines inside and out of academia to re-define the delivery of higher education, conduct applied and policy-relevant research, and serve the public in the design and development of sustainable, resilient, and livable cities. Our work is consistently applied, multi-disciplinary, and sustainability focused, matching the complexity of cities with the disciplinary expertise to match. We focus on everything in cities, from sustainable architecture to transportation to engaging marginalized communities to impacting the larger, relevant policy frameworks at the local and state levels.

The Urbanism Next Center is an applied research initiative of SCI that looks at the effects technological advances such as autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy are having, and are predicted to have, on cities. Specifically, this research looks at how these changes will produce secondary impacts on land use, transportation, urban design and real estate and the implications these impacts have on equity, health, the environment, the economy, and governance. This is a burgeoning field of work that will be tremendously important to the quality of life, health, and economic vitality of cities.

Position Summary
The Project Manager for Urbanism Next will spend 50% of their time managing operational and research projects related to Urbanism Next topics. They will be responsible for managing all elements of projects, including planning, tracking, reporting and finalization; concerns will range from personnel, operations, and budgetary. Research-related projects will include conducting research and writing technical reports on related Urbanism Next topics. This position will have broad oversight of assigned projects, and must possess the ability to work independently and use sound judgment in the application of University resources, including but not limited to personnel, space, and project budgets

The other 50% of this position’s time will be devoted to the creation of the Urbanism Next Clearinghouse, a national online resource. The purpose of the clearinghouse is to provide a central location for research and literature on the various effects that emerging technology may have on the built environment, as well as the implications of those effects.

Successful candidates will have professional experience and a commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Experience working with partners in the private, public and academic sectors is a plus. Demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit also a plus. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and from members of underrepresented groups.

Minimum Requirements
• Master’s degree in Urbanism Next topics such as, but not limited to, Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, and Economics; OR a Bachelor’s degree and significant professional experience in a relevant field.
• Two years relevant experience in project management.

Professional Competencies
• Project management, time management, and organizational skills, with the ability to manage details of multiple and complex projects within firm schedules.
• Ability to be effective in an interdisciplinary team environment and with a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, and students.
• Ability to meet deadlines, anticipate needs, manage and prioritize multiple tasks or projects, follow-through, and work independently without supervision, while handling frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.
• Demonstrated experience with organizing and coordinating a variety of small to large events.
• Demonstrated experience with experiential service learning and applied research.
• Ability to manage stressful situations with tact and diplomacy and to use sound judgment and initiative, particularly as it relates to handling sensitive and/or confidential information.
• Self-motivated, punctual, reliable, organized, and flexible. Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills. Excellent attention to detail.
• Resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and ability to improve administrative processes.
• Exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, expertise in working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff and students with diverse backgrounds and cultures, and the ability to deal successfully with a broad spectrum of people in stressful or difficult situations.
• Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and ability to analyze, summarize, and effectively present data.
• Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook (or similar scheduling/calendar program), and familiarity with Microsoft Office applications.
• Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.

Preferred Qualifications
• Applied, professional experience in one or more of the following topics: land use planning, public policy, transportation, urban design, economics, real estate or a related field.
• Professional experience in public outreach, public involvement coordination and small group facilitation.
• Experience writing proposals for grants/contracts and creating Request for Proposals (RFP).
• Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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