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We've created this space to answer questions that you have about applying for a job with the City of Tigard. Your questions may be job specific or more general, either is fine.

Here are a few more reasons to consider Tigard as your next employer:

  • All employees participate in the city’s strategic plan of becoming a walkable city where residents live healthy and interconnected lives by working on projects including performing bike patrols, planning recreational activities, organizing Tigard Walks, filling sidewalk gaps, planning walkable communities, and many other initiatives.
  • Many of Tigard’s employees work alternative work schedules including 4-10s, 9/80, or other flexible schedules.
  • Easy access to parks and trails, including the nearly 12-mile Fanno Creek Greenway Trailand onsite bike lockers.
  • Employees see the results of their work because local problems have local solutions, and Tigard employees are part of those solutions.
  • Employer-sponsored transit passes for regular status employees with close proximity to TriMet’s Tigard Transit Center (bus and WES train), I-5, and Highway 217.
  • Great health plans, retirement plans, paid leave, and competitive wages.
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including the Bike More Challenge, Adopt-A-Highway, school supply drives, and holiday giving drives.
  • Employees connect with peers to engage in a variety of cross-departmental projects and social activities creating a family-like work environment.
  • Access to commuter incentives and wellness programs.
  • City offices are walking distance to Downtown Tigard’s restaurants and shops.
  • The City's core values include Respect and Care, Do the Right Thing, and Get It Done. Tigard employees live these values in all aspects of the workplace and providing city services.


We've created this space to answer questions that you have about applying for a job with the City of Tigard. Your questions may be job specific or more general, either is fine.

Here are a few more reasons to consider Tigard as your next employer:

  • All employees participate in the city’s strategic plan of becoming a walkable city where residents live healthy and interconnected lives by working on projects including performing bike patrols, planning recreational activities, organizing Tigard Walks, filling sidewalk gaps, planning walkable communities, and many other initiatives.
  • Many of Tigard’s employees work alternative work schedules including 4-10s, 9/80, or other flexible schedules.
  • Easy access to parks and trails, including the nearly 12-mile Fanno Creek Greenway Trailand onsite bike lockers.
  • Employees see the results of their work because local problems have local solutions, and Tigard employees are part of those solutions.
  • Employer-sponsored transit passes for regular status employees with close proximity to TriMet’s Tigard Transit Center (bus and WES train), I-5, and Highway 217.
  • Great health plans, retirement plans, paid leave, and competitive wages.
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of activities including the Bike More Challenge, Adopt-A-Highway, school supply drives, and holiday giving drives.
  • Employees connect with peers to engage in a variety of cross-departmental projects and social activities creating a family-like work environment.
  • Access to commuter incentives and wellness programs.
  • City offices are walking distance to Downtown Tigard’s restaurants and shops.
  • The City's core values include Respect and Care, Do the Right Thing, and Get It Done. Tigard employees live these values in all aspects of the workplace and providing city services.


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    Do you have opportunities for part time work?

    Donna Ausbie asked 11 months ago

    Yes!  There are quite a few positions at the city that are budgeted for part-time work.  Currently, there is an Administrative Specialist II opening in our Recreation Division for 14 hours per week.

    Keep an eye our on our jobs page for more opportunities at www.tigard-or.gov/jobs

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    How did you decide on the salary range for the Library Director?

    about 1 year ago

    The City of Tigard uses a set of cities, some smaller and some larger in population, as the market basis for setting wages. In 2008/2009 the city had a study completed that considered both wages and total compensation in the comparison. The results of that process, established the city’s current pay structure. We reviewed the study data on the Library Director and the position was in the middle of the market of our peer cities - City of Salem, City of Beaverton, City of Lake Oswego, City of Hillsboro, City of Tigard, City of Albany, City of Wilsonville, City of West Linn, City of Milwaukie


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    Why is the city is repeatedly decrying that it has to cut services and programs yet you’re hiring for a Digital Communications Coordinator?

    about 1 year ago

    Last year, we addressed some of our financial challenges by re-examining our current staffing. We eliminated the Communication Strategist position (40 hours/week) and reallocated the funding to a Digital Communications Coordinator (30 to 32 hours/week). The coordinator position is at a significantly lower salary range than the strategist position. We should have been clearer on the salary listed in the original position. The salary range for the coordinator position is $24.80 - $33.24 hourly. The city determines appropriate wages by evaluating the necessary experience, education, skills, and abilities for each job and comparing wages with other similarly-sized cities in the region in effort to recruit and retain qualified, motivated employees.

    Most importantly, the coordinator position aligns with two city council goals focused on engagement and communications.


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    I saw the library position and was curious what "on call" means as far as schedule and hours

    kat asked over 1 year ago

    Hi!

    On-call typically means that we contact you when we need you to fill a shift.  It could be later that day, later in the week, or even a month away.  Our on-call library staff work anywhere from 0-16 hours per week, depending on business need and staff availability.

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    What sources do you use for posting job descriptions?

    dhanna80 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi dhanna80!

    Great question!  There are two types of documents folks refer to as job descriptions and not knowing exactly which one you're asking about, I will give you both answers :)

    1. Descriptions of jobs open at the city are often called job postings.  These are short descriptions of the open jobs we are actively recruiting for and should give you an idea of what the job is all about and what we're looking for in the ideal candidate.  You can find these on our careers page.

    2. Descriptions of all of the jobs at the city in broad terms are often called job classifications or job descriptions.  These vary on the detail provided as some are written for very specific jobs and some describe the nature of the work, requirements,and general responsibilities.  A link to these can be found on HR's website.

    One thing may folks are unaware of is that you can get on an email list to find out about jobs when we post them.  You choose the types of jobs you are interested in and our system will send you a notice as soon as we post a job.  Check out the job categories available on our "Notify Me" page.

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    I noticed that for some jobs there is an initial application and a final deadline. What is the difference?

    seabury4378 asked over 1 year ago

    With many job openings, we screen applications as they come through and provide them to the hiring manager once the job closes.  With some, the hiring manager would like to get a head-start on viewing qualified applications.  To get your application in front of the hiring manager first, get your application in before the initial application deadline.

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    Is the City always recruiting for police officers?

    over 1 year ago

    Our testing process is always open.  This helps us be prepared when a vacancy comes open.  We can generally move our hiring process along rather quickly.  Folks interested in becoming a police officer are encouraged to get tested in advance so they appear on our next eligibility list.  Detailed instructions on getting tested can be found on our hiring process information page.

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    How often do you post job openings?

    MWSmith asked over 1 year ago

    Hi MJeffrey!  We post jobs as they come up, usually at least a few each month.  Our jobs stay open as few as five days or as long as it takes to find the right candidate for positions that are more difficult to fill.  Keep checking our jobs page on a regular basis to see the most recent jobs, OR if there is a certain type of job you are looking for, click "notify me" on our jobs page to get an email when your dream job opens.