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Classification, Compensation, and Pay Equity Manager - Open Until Filled

16 Feb 2023 10:15 AM | Cindy Mason (Administrator)


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The Classification, Compensation, and Pay Equity Team within the Bureau of Human Resources is responsible for maintaining the City’s classification, compensation, and pay equity systems, structures, and programs. Activities include establishing compensation, classification, and pay equity policies; providing consultation to City bureaus and Council; conducting classification studies, compensation surveys, and job audits; classifying new positions and creating new classifications; communicating with and educating employees; and ensuring compliance with related laws, regulations, and policies.
The Classification, Compensation, and Pay Equity Manager leads, directs, oversees, and manages the programs and staff responsible for the delivery of services related to the development and maintenance of City-wide classification, compensation, and pay equity systems, studies, policies, practices, and procedures; provides strategic direction for City-wide classification, compensation, and pay equity initiatives; advises City leadership including Council on classification, compensation, and pay equity best practices and recommends solutions; ensures the City is in compliance with the related laws and regulations.

  • Lead, develop, implement, improve, and direct classification, compensation, and pay equity initiatives and programs.
  • Act as the principal resource for questions, results, and solutions to complex compensation, classification, and pay equity questions and issues; advise, counsel, and guide management and employees.
  • Serve and participate in a variety of internal and external committees and cross-functional teams.
  • Lead, direct, manage, supervise staff assigned to deliver classification, compensation, and pay equity services.
City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here (
Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions- driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered. 

Work Location

Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in April  2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and cover letter how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications. Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable:

  1. Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in business administration, public administration, or field related to organizational unit or Bureau/Office (e.g. engineering, environmental science, finance, accounting, human resources, etc.)
  2. Experience: Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience developing, implementing, and managing programs, projects and/or personnel functions within an organizational unit, including a minimum of three (3) years in a supervisory role.
In addition to the minimum qualifications, the successful candidate will also posses some or many of the below knowledge, skills, and abilities: 
  1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of leadership, operational strategic planning, current business communication, public administration, program evaluation, budget preparation and administration.
  2. Ability to manage a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable work environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.
  3. Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, techniques, of classification compensation, and pay equity systems, structures, and programs. 
  4. Knowledge and understanding of applicable federal, state and local laws, statues, and related rules including collective bargaining.
  5. Knowledge of labor relations principles and practices in a public setting as it relates to classification and compensation.
  6. Skilled at developing and implementing policy and procedure to enhance programming and improve the employee experience.
  7. Skilled in using change management principles and best practices within a large, multi-functional environment with competing interests.  
  8. Ability to effectively develop and manage complex classification, compensation, and/or pay equity programs
  9. Ability to use persuasive language to achieve desired outcomes or goals
  10. Ability to diplomatically and proactively work with Council and City leadership on classification, compensation, and pay equity policy or practice on sensitive and complex issues.
  11. Ability to apply analytics and problem-solving skills to independently develop sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations. 
Applicants must also possess: 
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.  Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection. 

** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies** 

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: Open Until Filled
  • Applications Reviewed:  Ongoing
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: TBD
  • 1st Round of Interviews: TBD
  • Job Offer: TBD

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter online specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis:  Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • If you are requesting Veterans’ Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.  All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.  Do not attach materials not requested.   E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.


ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.


Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.  

Did you know? The City of Portland offers "How to Apply Classes" that are free and review best practices for applying to the City.  Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates  

Bureau of Human Resources
Terrol Johnson, Senior/Executive Recruiter

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