Volunteer (non-paid) position on Rethink Police Accountability

City of Portland, Oregon
February 17, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

This is a non-paid, non-employment position recruitment , although a nominal stipend can be made available to you.

Purpose and Background

Are you passionate about police reform and accountability? Are you innovative, collaborative and equity-focused? Do you want to h ave an impact on futur e policy and practice related to police reform ? This is your opportunity to help the City of Portland rethink police accountability.

Last November, an overwhelming 82% of Portland voters supported proposed changes to the City of Portland's Charter to establish a new independent police oversight board. The mission of that board will be to provide accountability and policy recommendations for the Portland Police Bureau. The measure was sent to the ballot box after a unanimous vote by the Portland City Council.

This is an application to join a new City Commission known as Rethink Police Accountability. This commission is set-up to create a new police oversight board - this is not an application to serve on the police oversight board. The police oversight board will be guided by the foundation created by Rethink Police Accountability .

Over the next eighteen (18) months, members of Rethink Police Accountability will develop a framework for Portland's future police oversight board, which will have the power to independently investigate Portland Police Bureau sworn employees and supervisors promptly, fairly, and impartially.

Upon creation, this new board will be tasked with investigating and reviewing actions involving deadly force, bias, violations of federal and state constitutional rights, complaints of force that result in injury, and other matters the Board deems of great consequence for them to investigate.

For more information about Rethink Portland and to learn more about the committee, please visit: rethinkportland.com/police-oversight

Time Commitment

  • The committee is expected to meet monthly for about 2 hours, likely on ZOOM as social distancing safety measures are in place . We will pick a meeting time and day based on availability of members who are selected.
  • Subcommittees will be created based on the workload and priorities of group. Members should expect additional subcommittee and workgroup meetings
  • Members are expected to prepare for meetings on their own time, which includes an additional 1-2 hours to review the agenda and prepare thoughts.
  • Members involved in group agenda planning may need to convene at additional times to create and plan meetings.
  • The total duration of the committee is 18 months , and the time commitment is a minimum of approximately 4 hours a month.

We Remove B arriers

Let us know if there are barriers to your participation. If safety protocols allow for safe in-person meetings, d inner will be provided at evening meetings . P ublic transportation or parking passes will be available if you need those to fully participate in in-person meetings . A $500 stipend per person will be made available.

To Qualify

Total number of advisory seats: 20 (4 per Council Office )

Who can J oin

To be eligible for th e advisory committee, members must live, worship , attend school, or work in the City of Portland . Law enforcement officers will not be considered in the selection process.

What W e L ook F or

We want people from every part of Portland to participate in this committee to ensure diverse voices and perspectives are brought to the conversation , especially people who have not been involved in City government proceedings .

This recruitment seeks people who want to help shape the future p olice o versight c ommittee. If you want to serve your community and help City government make more informed and equitable choices , please submit an application .

The attributes listed below will guide the member selection process . It is helpful if y ou are specific in your answers . We do not expect you to relate to each attribute.

  • You believe we need to rethink what community safety looks like in Portland and are excited about helping design our police accountability system .
  • You or your close friend or family member ha s experienced personally significant encounters with police .
  • You want to bring in your community's lens ; you are comfortable listening, empowering and making space for others' perspectives .
  • You may have a passion for crafting policy that empowers marginalized communities
  • You are supportive of and supported by your community's wisdom.
  • You are able to contribute to group deliberation and can navigate disagreement productively.
  • You are an advocate for racial equity : you want positive and long-lasting outcomes for racial and ethnic communities who have been marginalized . You can help the group focus on racial and ethnic communities who are often left out .
  • You or your close friend or family member has worked with police to address the impact s of personal, property, or societal crime .
  • You are able to attend monthly meetings and participate in the discussions for the full 18-month duration of the commission .

The City will provide a staff person to handle the operations for the committee, such as note taking, scheduling and public meetings laws guidance , research and writing support . The City will also make available subject matter experts or technical experts, and the collection of information relevant to the work and needs of the committee.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • You are from a communit y that has been historically marginalized and overpoliced . This includes Black, Indigenous and People of Color ( BIPOC ) , immigrants, refugees, people living with low-income, experiencing houseless ness , and /or mental health or substance use .
  • You are with a community justice organization that works with Black, Indigenous and People of Color ( BIPOC ), immigrants, refugees, people living with low-income, experiencing houseless ness , and/or mental health or substance us e .
  • You represent a small business , including those that may be currently impacted by community safety issues .
  • You bring diverse affiliations , including organizations and associations representing a variety of community interests .
  • You are skilled at working in diverse groups with diverse people from different cultural, ethnic, religious, and disability groups.
  • You are comfortable engaging with people's experience of trauma in a way that is sensitive and supportive .

The Recruitment Process

Application closes March 15.

Review of candidate applications is expected the week of March 29. i nterviews will be conducted at the discretion of each elected offic e.

Each Council office will select four ( 4 ) members, and then will discuss and/or adjust their selections in the case of duplication.

Additional Information

Volunteer Ethics

People who join this committee will be come what we call " Public O fficials , " which means that while you serve you must behave fair and ethically . We will provide training on this if you are selected . Part of following Public Officials E thics laws means you must tell the group when y ou or a relative may financially benefit ( or avoid fees ) by your recommendations . This is called a " C onfl ict of I nterest." If you tell us about potential C onflicts of I nterest that does not mean you cannot serve , in fact , m any committees have potential members with Conflicts of I nterest . We appreciate your ethical inclusion of possible Conflicts of Interest on the f orm included in the application.

We Encourage You to Apply

We welcome you to browse our website to learn more about the group/Closing Date/Time: 3/15/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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