What does the CIC do?
The CIC serves as Multnomah County’s advisory body on community engagement and involvement. CIC members engage in an ongoing review of the County's community involvement policies and programs, bring community concerns to County leadership, and assist in facilitating communication between the County and the community. Together, the committee makes recommendations directly to the Office of Community Involvement, county departments and the Board of County Commissioners about opportunities for community engagement and removing barriers to civic participation.

What is the time commitment to be a CIC member?
At a minimum, members will attend a bimonthly 2 hour meeting, which will typically require 1-2 hours of prep time. Members also have opportunities to be involved as a CIC Co-Chair (additional 2 hours a month), Subcommittee Member (additional 2-3 hours a month), Subcommittee Chair (additional 2-3 hours a month) or other CIC events and projects.

Most CIC activities occur on weekday evenings. CIC meetings are typically held on Tuesday evenings, every other month, and meet September through June. Subcommittees, working groups, and events may choose to meet during the day or weekend. At the beginning of each fiscal year we will determine meeting times for all of the CIC groups.

How long is a term on the CIC?
Members are appointed for three year terms, and can serve up to two consecutive terms, for a total of six years.

What would be expected of me as a CIC member?
CIC members are expected to attend CIC meetings, functions, and events. This includes the CIC’s meetings that are held on Tuesday evenings, every other month. Most CIC meetings occur on weekday evenings. Subcommittees, working groups, and events may choose to meet during the day or weekend. Currently all CIC meetings are being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though the 2023-24 cohort will decide if they’d like to move to a hybrid model. Once in person meetings resume, meetings will be held at rotating locations around Multnomah County. CIC members are also expected to participate in an annual retreat, which will take place each September, and serve on at least one subcommittee per 3 year term. Subcommittees meet monthly and there are opportunities for leadership development and deeper involvement as CIC and Subcommittee Chairs.

CIC members are County public officials, and are expected to comply with the County’s personnel policies and State ethics laws. Training is provided on County and CIC policies and procedures.

Do members receive a stipend for participation on the CIC?
The Office of Community Involvement is able to offer CIC members an optional $35 stipend for each committee and subcommittee meeting attended. This stipend amount is to help members offset the costs of meeting participation (such as transportation, food, childcare, technology, etc) and will be distributed via direct deposit or gift card.

Is virtual participation on the CIC an option?
Yes, all meetings are currently held virtually and members will continue to have the option for remote participation once in person meetings resume. If you are interested in applying for the CIC but do not have reliable access to a computer, tablet, device or wifi, please contact the Office of Community Involvement.

What other supports or assistance to attend are available?
The CIC is able to provide interpretation for meetings and translation of critical documents. Please contact the Office at least one week before the meeting to arrange interpretation. The CIC also has laptops and hotpots available for CIC members to borrow if needed. OCI office space is also available if members need quiet, internet space to work on CIC matters.

Who is eligible to apply?
County employees are not eligible to serve on the CIC. Otherwise, anyone interested in serving on the CIC who can fulfill the expectations of membership is welcome to apply. There is no age requirement for membership in the CIC and students are encouraged to apply. In line with Multnomah County policy § 3-90-020, all volunteers who meet in person are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (medical and religious exemptions are available).

Do I need to be a Multnomah County resident?
No. We welcome applications from individuals who live, work, worship or otherwise are involved in Multnomah County, or who have a demonstrated interest in the County’s work. There is no residency or immigration status requirement and people who have lived in the region for any period of time, and those with all immigration experiences, are encouraged to apply. County employees are not eligible to serve on the CIC.

What do you look for in applicants?
We look for applicants who have personal, professional and/or lived experience with communities typically underrepresented in decision-making; who bring a commitment to shared leadership, consensus-building, and working across difference; and who have a sincere interest in public service and community involvement. We also seek even representation across County Districts- and may do targeted recruitment based on Districts currently represented.

Who would enjoy the work?
People who are interested in building relationships with Commissioners and county staff, engaging with County processes, services, and leadership, who are passionate about connecting to their communities, and excited about influencing decisions that will impact Multnomah County. The CIC is always seeking to diversify its membership to reflect the communities impacted by County decisions.

How does the CIC make its recommendations?
The CIC approves its key recommendations on an annual basis each May, and briefs the Board of County Commissioners on its recommendations. The CIC also provides input and feedback throughout the year to the Office of Community Involvement and county departments.

If you have any additional questions, contact the Office of Community Involvement.

How do I apply for the CIC?
The CIC typically recruits members in the spring, between February and April. Online and PDF applications will be posted online. Copies in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, and Arabic are available to print. You can also contact the Office and we can mail you a paper application. Please contact us for additional translated applications.

CIC vacancies are assessed and applications are accepted on an annual basis. You can sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter to stay connected with the Office of Community Involvement and to receive news on other opportunities to get involved with Multnomah County!

What questions are on the Application?
These are the questions on the 2023 application and may change by the next CIC cycle. The application is available in multiple languages. You can also auto-translate this page by clicking the "Languages" tab in the top right hand corner. The application will ask about conflicts of interest, other advisory boards you have been on, collect optional demographic information and ask the following questions: 

  • Why are you interested in joining the Community Involvement Committee?  What perspective, experience, or skills do you hope to bring to the group?
  • Describe a time you were part of a group working towards a common goal. What were your contributions and how did you grow with that experience?
  • What has been difficult for you when working in groups where including all voices, working together across differences, and equity are critical values?  How have you addressed those challenges?
  • The Community Involvement Committee is committed to reducing barriers to participation for communities that have been typically underrepresented in the County decision-making.  Describe your experiences with local historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.
  • In your opinion, what are the top three barriers to civic participation and community involvement in county decision-making?
  • Please state any potential conflicts of interest you may have related to any county department, if applicable. Eg. If you are an employee or a board member for an organization that receives county funding and/or has contracts with the County.
  • Please provide us with a summary of your work and volunteer experience. You may provide a written response or attach a resume. If you wish to submit a formatted resume, you may attach it to this application or email it to community.involvement@multco.us.
  • How did you learn about this opportunity?
  • Is there anything else you'd like us to know?

Still have questions? View the Information Session slides here:  CIC Information Session Slides 2023 (704.82 KB)

Please contact us at community.involvement@multco.us