The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) is an independent, statewide, not-for-profit educational organization with 850 members that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association is looking to contract for program and policy support. This contractor assists in overseeing the chapter’s legislative and policy program as well as training and outreach to members and planning educational opportunities for the general public on the importance of planning. This is an opportunity to be involved in the day-to-day operations of OAPA, as well as coordinate with APA National on initiatives and grant opportunities.
The successful candidate will provide the following services:
- Legislative and Policy support. Support the Legislative and Policy Affairs Committee (LPAC) through activities including:
- Attending monthly call-in meetings (twice per month during the legislative session)
- Working with the committee to draft and deliver testimony to legislators and other decision making bodies (requires some travel to Salem and around the state)
- Working with the committee and/or intern to track legislation
- Work with committee to understand legislation and policy and program implications, and, identify solutions or remedies to legislation.
- Working directly with legislators
- Conducting policy research
- Assisting in the drafting of a Legislative and Policy Agenda.
- Professional Development support. Support the Professional Development Committee (PDC) through activities including:
- Working with committee members to help organize trainings (such as local workshops, conferences and webinars) and recruit speakers (Note that the OAPA Chapter Administrator covers most logistical work for events such as the Statewide Planning Conference.)
- Attending monthly PDC call-in meetings
- Co-coordinating Planners Network Meeting events (three to four throughout the state/year) with the Department of Land Conservation and Development.
- Assisting with organizing and preparing the annual Business Plan and training schedule.
- Education and Outreach support. Support the Education and Outreach Committee (EOC) through activities including:
- Attending monthly call-in meetings
- Helping to organize outreach events and recruit speakers
- Conducting research and writing reports
- Grant writing. Work with the OAPA Board and Committee chairs to write grant proposals and manage grant projects.
- Other services. Attend 11 OAPA Board meetings yearly (Portland, each meeting is approximately two to three hours). Attend the annual OAPA conference (October) and the Legal Issues Conference (December) (conference registration paid by OAPA). Respond to members and support the membership committee. Draft a survey for OAPA (approximately once every two years) and compile responses and prepare report. Periodically assist in recruiting authors for Oregon Planners’ Journal articles and updating the OAPA Facebook page.
The contractor will work closely with the OAPA Board, Chapter President, and Chapter Administrator to provide program and policy services.