Urbanism Next Program Specialist

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
May 05, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Urbanism Next Program Specialist

Job no: 527174
Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Administrative/Office Support

Department: SCI Urbanism Next
Classification: Administrative Program Spec
Appointment Type and Duration: Funding Contingent (Faculty, Research OAs), Ongoing
Salary: $18.66 - $23.49
FTE: .75 with the possibility of increasing to 1.0

Review of Applications Begins
Position closes May 17, 2021

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and your resume with the application.

Department Summary
The Sustainable Cities Institute (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 at the University of Oregon conducts research and convenes partners from around the world to understand the impacts of new mobility, urban delivery, and autonomous vehicles on the built environment. Going beyond these emerging technologies, we explore the possible implications on equity, health and safety, the economy, and the environment to inform decision-making that supports community goals. Urbanism Next brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines including planning, design, development, business, and law and works with the public, private, and academic sectors to help create positive outcomes from the impending changes and challenges confronting our cities.

Urbanism Next is a rapidly evolving and changing organization with an entrepreneurial spirit. This position offers opportunities for change and growth to the right candidate.

Position Summary
The Program Specialist position will start at .75 FTE with the possibility of increasing to 1.0 as projects require and funding allows.

The Urbanism Next Program Specialist will work with the Director, Program Director, and other Urbanism Next staff to provide support on events, including the annual conference (either virtual or in-person), webinars, and other project meetings and events. The Program Specialist will also take responsibility for updating the Urbanism Next website (www.urbanismnext.org) including the NEXUS, a website that examines the potential impacts of new mobility, autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and other innovations on cities. The Program Specialist reports to the Urbanism Next Program Director, and assists them by providing independent research, analysis, and coordination of program aspects.

Minimum Requirements
Two years of experience as an administrative specialist or executive support specialist which included administrative support for a project, program, or operation. Administrative support includes those duties beyond clerical/secretarial such as: interpretation of laws, rules, and regulations; administrative data collection and analysis; and evaluation of projects, processes, and operations; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

One year of postsecondary education may be substituted for up to one year of the experience.

Professional Competencies
  • Self-motivated, punctual, reliable, organized, and flexible. Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills with ability to manage details of multiple and complex projects with firm schedules. Excellent attention to detail.

  • Resourcefulness, innovative thinking, and ability to improve administrative processes. Recognize opportunities to achieve organizational goals and the flexibility and resiliency to be creative in approach and methods. Entrepreneurial spirit is key!

  • Ability to be effective in an interdisciplinary team environment and with a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and outside partners.

  • Ability to meet deadlines, anticipate needs, manage and prioritize multiple tasks or projects, follow-through, and work independently with limited supervision, while handling frequent interruptions and shifting priorities.

  • Demonstrated experience with organizing and coordinating a variety of small to large events.

  • 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 other Microsoft Office applications.

  • Experience creating and updating websites (experience with Webflow highly desirable).

  • Commitment to and experience with promoting and enhancing diversity and equity.

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in Urbanism Next topics such as, but not limited to, Planning, Public Administration, Architecture, and Economics.

  • 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.

  • Experience writing proposals for grants/contracts and creating Request for Proposals (RFP).

  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite.

    FLSA Exempt: No

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

    This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

    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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

    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 uocareers@uoregon.edu 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.

    In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at http://police.uoregon.edu/annual-report.

    To apply, visit https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/527174/urbanism-next-program-specialist


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