On November 3, 2020, Multnomah County voters overwhelmingly said yes to libraries, approving Measure 26-211 to expand and modernize library spaces. With the passage of the library bond, voters also approved forming an oversight committee to keep the library accountable and transparent in its use of bond funds.
The Bond Oversight Committee meets quarterly to review progress on Measure 26-211 (including financial metrics), and reports annually to our community and to the Board of County Commissioners (who also serve as the Library District Board) with feedback on performance toward bond goals.
The Bond Oversight Committee is composed of 8-12 community members appointed to two- or three-year terms by the Library District Board, and may be reappointed.
Members have experience, skills, and knowledge in building design, architecture, engineering; construction and/or construction financing; public contracting, finance, and/or auditing; business equity, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, or Emerging Small Business (MWESB) opportunities in public works; sustainability; civic infrastructure or public works; and/or general business. Members do not represent any specific organization, jurisdiction or other entity.
Recruiting new members
What we’re looking for
The library is looking for up to four Bond Oversight committee members who live or work in Multnomah County and who have experience, skills, and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
- Building design, architecture, engineering
- Construction and/or construction financing
- Public contracting, finance, and/or auditing
- Business equity, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, or Emerging Small Business (MWESB) opportunities in public works
- General business
Applicants’ backgrounds in the areas of above will guide the selection process, and the library’s goal is that committee membership will reflect a diversity of backgrounds, viewpoints, and professional and lived experience. Members will not represent any specific organization, jurisdiction, or other entity.
Members will be appointed by the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, who also serve as the Library District Board.
Committee member commitments
- Attend quarterly meetings (meetings last two hours)
- Spend an additional one to two hours preparing for meetings
- Contribute to development of a public report presented annually to the Library District Board
- Serve a two- or three-year term (which may be renewed for a total of two terms or six years)
- Comply with applicable County personnel rules and State of Oregon ethics laws
How to apply
Please apply online.
A PDF application is available. If you prefer to submit a PDF, please email your PDF application form to email@example.com or mail a printed copy to Library Director’s Office, 919 NE 19th Avenue, Suite 250, Portland, OR 97232.
Applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, December 1 and will be reviewed immediately after the due date. Conversations with applicants will take place during the next several weeks, and newly-appointed members will be invited to begin their terms in January 2024.
To talk with someone about this opportunity or to receive assistance completing the application, please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-988-5403.
Monday, October 23, 2023
Virtual Meeting via Google Meet
Members of the public are welcome to attend committee meetings.
Public comments may be shared orally, or in writing, and are limited to 3 minutes or less per person during the time reserved for public comment on the agenda. To provide public comment orally, please sign up ahead of time by sending an email that includes your name and the topic of your comment to email@example.com by noon on the day of the meeting. If you wish to submit a written comment, please also include your comment in the email.
For more guidance, see Tips for Successful Public Testimony.