Senior Policy Development Manager

7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, USA
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Job Description

The Position

The Port of Portland is Hiring for a
Senior Policy Development Manager!

The Port of Portland is seeking a dynamic, self-starter and experienced Senior Policy Development Manager professional to join its Government Affairs Team. In this role, you will leverage your experience, relationships and skills to elevate and represent the Port of Portland’s priorities and positions among local government partners, elected leaders and diverse stakeholders.

We’re seeking candidates who embody collaboration, strategic-thinking and effective communications skills, with a proven track record in government relations, legislative communications, policy analysis and advocacy.

The ideal candidate will be versatile in their skill sets, utilize decisive thinking and judgement based on complex information and maintain clear messaging throughout.

Essential Job Duties

  • Represent the Port’s priorities and positions among a diverse set of regional elected, agency and staff leaders on issues ranging from land use, transportation, community, and economic development.

  • Research issues, assess context and tradeoffs to support informed and efficient internal decision-making on business related public policy matters.

  • Develop, present, and disseminate research and other written materials to Port leadership and staff teams, present at public agencies, Port Commission, and other external venues, as necessary and appropriate.

  • Cultivate and maintain excellent working relationships with external staff and agencies.

  • Serve as a Port representative on association boards, advisory panels, and work groups to influence data, research, and policy projects of interest to the Port.

  • Ensure Port’s consistent presence and strategic direction on a variety of planning and regulatory processes with partner jurisdictions.

  • Quickly synthesize complex information, manage consistent understanding among external partners and colleagues, maintaining clear messaging throughout.

  • Manage complex issues that require collaboration with partnering jurisdictions, business, and community partners.

  • Conduct outreach and coalition building in support of project funding needs.

  • Reconcile project and partnership deliverables to ensure goals and objectives are met.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • Must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Policy, Planning, Government, or related field; AND six (6) years of Government affairs, planning, and/or regulatory issue management. OR
  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Ability to pass and maintain a Criminal History Records check and Security Threat Assessment for a PDX Security Badge is required.
  • Maintain a valid state drivers' license is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Communicating complex topics to an array of audiences in writing and verbally.

  • Systems for information management, communication, and operational solutions.

Skills to:

  • Leadership in policy development and legislative processes.

  • Problem solving.

  • Cross-functional team management; stakeholder management.

  • Capably sequence, initiate and prioritize complex projects within business line need and strategic alignment.

  • Manage complex issues among internal teams and intergovernmental partners.

  • Organization and management of ambiguity while maintaining strategic thinking in alignment with the big picture.

  • Present various types and levels of information to diverse audiences.

  • Effective communicator in writing, speech, and formal presentations.

Supplemental and Selection Information

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses if applicable. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application.

Selection Process:

  • Apply today! Instead of submitting a resume, we ask that you complete and submit an online application, which will be used to screen for minimum qualifications (MQs) and to determine starting pay in accordance with the provision of the Oregon Equal Pay Law.
  • Minimum Qualifications Review: An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources the week of May 13, 2024
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) Review: Depending on the number of applicants that meet Minimum Qualifications, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) panel may perform an in-depth evaluation of your application materials, including your responses to the supplemental questions.
  • Interviews: Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews as soon as possible.
We are committed to using a merit-based system in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

About us:

At the Port of Portland, we use everything we have – our three airports, four marine terminals, five business parks, and all the resources, expertise, and experience behind them – to move with purpose, connecting people with powerful opportunities and creating value for our region. We know that every person we hire, business we work with, contract we sign and decision we make is a chance to make someone’s life better. And we’ll use our power and influence to pull down barriers, unlock new opportunities, ensure more people share in our region’s success and include those who have been excluded in the past. With YOUR help – together with our partners, customers, and community – we’ll help drive meaningful change!

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Safety: The Port promotes safety as a guiding principle and practice in accomplishing work by complying with safety and health policies and procedures and consistently seeking improvements that support operational excellence.

Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don't just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other safety-sensitive positions.

ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that they need an accommodation should contact Human Resources: call 503-415-6690 or email

At the Port of Portland, we strive to offer a holistic and comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families. We care about your health by offering highly-subsidized healthcare plans that include alternative care. We look out for you and for family by paying for life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage. We participate in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) retirement program. We provide access to additional coverage and benefits including pre-tax spending accounts, voluntary term life insurance, a deferred compensation plan, and critical illness and accident insurance policies.

We go above and beyond by offering an award-winning wellness program for all employees to engage in. Employees can tend to their physical and mental health, earn rewards, and create community. Our employee assistance program supports the Port’s commitment to emotional and mental well-being by providing mental health services, discounts on local gyms, and pet insurance for companions.

Our commitment to work-life balance ensures you have time to spend with loved ones and do the things you enjoy. We offer generous vacation time that accrues with length of service, sick leave that never expires and can be used for dependent care, health maintenance and mental health, and 8 weeks of paid parental leave – all in addition to 10 paid holidays. As an added bonus – because we know employees use their time off differently – once a year we give employees the opportunity to convert sick leave to personal leave, and to convert vacation leave to either cash, a retirement plan contribution, or a contribution to a Health Savings Account.

Please note: Some benefits vary by job type/group, so please be sure to review your comprehensive benefit guide and/or collective bargaining agreement upon hire to confirm what is available to you.