The Center for Public Service (CPS) – consistent with Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s legacy and core values – aims to align and leverage the intellectual resources of the Hatfield School of Government with the new domestic and international public sector challenges. In so doing, it will provide focused support for the School’s academic programs. The Center views public service as integral to and integrated with the core research, teaching, and engagement mission of Portland State University. The Center offers professional educational courses, provides technical assistance to public and nonprofit organizations, conducts applied research, and organizes public presentations and conferences. CPS is located in the Hatfield School which is housed in the College of Urban and Public Affairs. The Nonprofit Institute, Institute for Tribal Government, Community Environmental Services, First Stop Portland, and Initiative for Community Disaster Resilience are some of the sub-units operating under the auspices of CPS.
The CPS Director is appointed by and reports to the Director of the Hatfield School of Government who oversees the centers and institutes of the School. The CPS Director supervises the operations of the Center, including staff, other institutes and sub-units operating under the auspices of CPS, budgeting, community engagement, and programs. The goal of the Center is to expand its operations based on a feasible business plan and to become a national and internationally recognized academic-based center of excellence for public service (administration and policy) in collaboration with public, non-profit, and private organizations. The center has a particularly important set of relationships with local governments in Oregon and there are efforts in progress to build on those already solid relationships over time.
CPS is a revenue generating enterprise unit, and the Director of CPS will obtain external financial support (contracts, grants, fee for service programs, and fundraising) to support the operations of the Center. She or he will hire and supervise the staff and manage the Center's budget, oversee ongoing projects, secure new projects (contracts and grants), and facilitate collaboration between the CPS and other academic departments, centers and institutes of the Hatfield School.
By the third year in this position, it is expected that the Director will generate at least two-thirds of her or his salary from extramural grants and contracts. It is expected that the Center will generate sufficient income to be self-sufficient within 5-7 years.
The Director is a member of the Hatfield School's Executive Committee.
The CPS Director (the Director) supervises the operations of the Center, including staff, budgeting, community engagement, and programs. The Director reports to the Director of the Hatfield School. The CPS aspires to become a nationally and globally recognized academic-based center of public service excellence in co-production with public and non-profit organizations. It will serve as a unified port of entry for local, state-wide, national and global communities.
Minimum of a Master’s degree in one of the disciplines of the Hatfield School of Government -Criminology and Criminal Justice, Political Science, Public Administration – or a related academic field.
Ten or more years' experience in public administration and/or public policy, management of comparable institutions to CPS.
Experience in budgeting, planning, supervising employees, fundraising, and proven teamwork.
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About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state