City Clerk

Posted on: December 19, 2017

Clerk Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees


The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available in the City Clerk’s office, on the City’s website or at 207-874-8677. Deadline for submission is January 5, 2018. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointments Committee Chairman, c/o City Clerk, 389 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101 or Applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Board of Appeals – 1 Position

Responsibilities:  Assists in the administration of the City’s Zoning ordinance by reviewing decisions of the Building Inspector, approving conditional uses and granting variances.  The Board functions in a quasi-judicial capacity and members must be able to hold public hearings, make findings of fact and conclusions of law based upon applicable state and local zoning laws, and issue written decisions setting forth their findings and conclusions. 

Creative Portland Corporation – 2

The Creative Portland Corporation (CPC), established November 2008, is a non-profit organization created to receive donations, grants and contributions in support of the City of Portland’s economic development efforts which enhance and create creative economy business and arts district development and employment opportunities.

The Board of Directors shall consist of up to twenty-one (21) individuals - eight (8) of whom shall be Directors appointed by the Corporator through the Portland City Council, two (2) of whom shall be exofficio members (the Mayor or City Council member, and the City Manager or designee associated with the Economic Development Department), and eleven of whom will be elected by the Board of Directors. All Directors, with the exception of the exofficio members, must be either residents of, own a business located in, or work in the City of Portland.

Fair Hearing Officer – 2

Responsibilities: Review any dissatisfaction stemming from any action concerning applicants for general assistance.  Decisions must be in accordance with applicable State Laws and City Ordinances.  The Fair Hearing Officer is required to render a written decision regarding the outcome of a hearing within five working days. In addition, serve as a hearing officer as needed for administrative hearings established by City ordinance, including for example, taxi licensing violations.  

Qualifications: Ability to conduct hearings with a five-day notice.

Ability to be fair, impartial, unbiased, and have no personal or financial interest, direct or indirect, in the hearing or its outcome. The Fair Hearing Officer is scheduled to attend hearings on an as-needed basis.

Historic Preservation – 1

Responsibilities: The Historic Preservation Committee has jurisdiction to review and approve applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, site improvements and new construction affecting Portland’s designated landmarks, buildings and sites within historic districts and historic landscape districts.  The Committee also makes recommendations to the Planning Board and City Council concerning amendments to the historic preservation ordinance and the designation of additional landmarks, historic districts, and historic landscape districts.

Qualifications:  Members shall have demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability, experience, or expertise in restoration, rehabilitation, or neighborhood conservation or revitalization and shall be residents of the City of Portland.

Terms: Members are appointed for terms of 3 years and may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

Meetings: The Historic Preservation Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 5:00. 

Planning Board - 3

The Portland Planning Board has responsibility to recommend adoption and amendments to the comprehensive plan of the City of Portland, and to advise the City Council and Departments on implementation measures for the plan.  The Board has jurisdiction to hear, review and approve applications for development including site plans, subdivisions, street vacations, shore land zone, and other regulations governing development as appropriate.  The Planning Board makes recommendations to the City Council on applications for zoning text and map amendments, contract rezoning’s, and amendments to or substantial revisions of the Zoning Ordinance.

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee - 3

The City is recruiting for the Police Citizen Review Subcommittee (PCRS) of the Civil Service Commission.  The PCRS reviews the process of police internal investigations of citizens’ complaints against police officers, solicits public input on the police citizen complaint process, reports to the City Manager on the results of their case review, and issues recommendations for improving the internal affairs investigation process, training and public confidence in the citizen complaint process.

Qualifications:  The City is looking for a diverse group of Portland residents who are fair-minded, analytical and of good moral character.

Disqualifications:  Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if s/he is a present or former employee of the City or City Council, and the applicant or any member of the applicant’s immediate family is or has been a Portland police officer, been arrested by a Portland police officer, filed a complaint with the internal affairs unit alleging a civil rights violation or criminal offense, or brought suit against the Portland police department.

Portland Development Corporation – 1

Responsibilities:  Institute economic development programs in the Portland area to insure compliance to City’s goals, objectives and requirements.  Review loan and underwriting applications for financing programs. Qualifications: Some or all of the following experience is required: commercial financing, small business operations, commercial real estate, marketing, and have an interest or be active in economic development. 

Portland Housing Authority – 2 (one resident, one non resident)

The Portland Housing Authority was established in 1943 to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income citizens of the Greater Portland area. Today, it owns and manages ten housing developments totaling 1,024 units, serving families, elderly, and persons with disabilities.  This locally owned program operates with an annual $5 million dollar budget.  In addition, the Authority administers the HUD Leased Housing Program that provides rent subsidies in the private market for qualified applicants.  This program currently provides approximately 2,000 certificates or vouchers to low-income residents and operates with an annual contract authority over $14.5 million dollars.  Together these programs provide assistance to over 6,000 residents, which equal roughly 10% of Portland’s population.  The Authority employs over 90 people to manage and operate these programs. Qualifications: 1 resident of public housing or a participant in the Authority’s Section 8 Leasing Program and 1 non-resident.

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