Apply to the Research Board, Advocacy Board, or Friday Forum Committee

We need great people like you to help us plan our programs.

You can apply to join the Research Board, Advocacy Board, or Friday Forum Committee. Research Board members will guide the research process and ensure we are holding City Club research to the highest standards. Advocacy Board members will help put the research into action and drive civic engagement. And Friday Forum Committee members will recruit engaging speakers and produce events that facilitate meaningful and productive conversations.

Sound interesting? If you already know you want to apply, go to the application now.

What's New About City Club Program Boards?

Starting in January, 2018, City Club will convene the three program boards together to better align our programs, broaden our reach, and deepen our impact in community. Each body will consist of at least five members per program area. In addition, three members from the Board of Governors will serve as liaisons.

What's the Time Commitment?

Participants will attend two-hour meetings each month and will volunteer an additional 4-8 hours of outside work each month. Applicants can select six- or eighteen-month tenures.

Who Are We Looking For?

We’re seeking a diverse group of volunteers who are passionate about community-based research, member-led advocacy and civic engagement, and public conversations of all kinds. Strong candidates will demonstrate a commitment to the City Club's mission and vision; knowledge of and experience promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; experience with program evaluation; skill in managing volunteers; and skills specific to the board position they are seeking. Examples of relevant experiences are below, but other skills are also valuable in these positions.

Research Board

We're looking for candidates with one or more of the following skills.

  • Quantitative and qualitative research experience
  • Familiarity with community-based research practices
  • Familiarity with culturally responsive research practices
  • Data visualization
  • The ability to frame research within a justice lens

Advocacy Board

We're looking for candidates with one or more of the following skills.

  • Experience in community organizing
  • Communications experience
  • Familiarity with issue and candidate campaigns and the ballot initiative process
  • Familiarity with the legislative process
  • Familiarity with lobbying practices and rules

Friday Forum

We're looking for candidates with one or more of the following skills.

  • Deep and broad connection to a variety of communities
  • Event management experience
  • Marketing experience
  • Familiarity with podcasts and journalism
  • Experience working with elected officials or public leaders
  • Experience in debate prep and planning

Why Apply?

As a program board participant, you'll gain opportunities for relationship building, partnerships, and networking with other community leaders. You will be among the changemakers in Portland and beyond and will have the chance to learn important skills in research, training, facilitation, program evaluation, and more. You will create meaningful change in Portland by driving conversations and influencing the policies that will shape the future of the region.

Ready to Join Us?

You don't have to be a superhero or act like the smartest person in the room to be on one of our program boards. We're looking for thoughtful, passionate people who are committed to holding City Club to the highest standards and are excited about the opportunity to guide us on that path. If this sounds like something you want to do, please fill out the application! All applications are due by November 30.