Director III - Bureau of Environmental Services

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Portland, OR


The City of Portland is committed to anti-racism, equity, transparency, communication, collaboration, and fiscal responsibility.  These values, competencies, and associated behaviors guide our actions as we engage our workforce and serve the community.  They are reflected in everything we do and every decision we make.  Joining our team, means you will be committed to this work and will be held accountable to these values. 

The Bureau of Environmental Services is a mission-driven, high-performance organization that manages Portland's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health and preserving and restoring the health of Portland’s watersheds.

The City of Portland is recruiting for a highly experienced professional to lead the Bureau of Environmental Services, the city’s wastewater utility.  The Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services is an at-will position, currently reporting to the Commissioner in Charge, and is responsible for managing a highly capable workforce of over 600 union-represented and non-represented full-time equivalent employees.  The bureau has an annual budget of about $650 million and five-year CIP budget of approximately $1 billion.  The Director will be someone whose experience enables them to effectively manage the Office of the Director and the bureau leadership team. 

The Office of the Director coordinates bureau activities, oversees the development of the bureau budget, develops, and maintains bureau policies, coordinates with other city bureaus and key community stakeholders, and represents the bureau on various inter-bureau committees.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter, resume, and equity statement how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications: 

While the following qualifications are highly desired for this position, combinations of years of service, life-experience, and education will be considered. 

  1. Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience - Ability to lead efforts to meet citywide Climate Action Plan goals and integrate watershed health goals and objectives with wastewater and stormwater system operations and maintenance. 

  2. Equitable Service Delivery - Experience successfully developing and delivering culturally competent services to diverse communities and promoting opportunities to reduce disparities and advance equity. 

  3. Government Management - Proven skill and experience in successfully leading a large and complex organization in a public sector setting. 

  4. Infrastructure Asset Management - Demonstrated experience operating and maintaining infrastructure in an innovative and cost-effective manner.

  5. Management of an Organization with 500+ employees - Experience managing a large technically skilled and motivated workforce, including union-represented and non-represented employees.  

Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate. If unvaccinated, exception process must be completed by date of hire.  Exception guidelines/process can be accessed here: Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine