Watershed Operations and Maintenance Division Manager II

City of Portland
Portland, OR

Watershed Operations and Maintenance Division Manager II

City of Portland

Salary: $138,174.40 - $189,113.60 Annually

Job Type: Regular

Job Number: 2024-00358

Location: 1120 SW 5th Ave, OR

Bureau: Bureau of Environmental Services

Closing: 4/15/2024 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

Job Appointment: Full-Time

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am-5 pm. An alternate schedule may be available.

Work Location: 1120 SW 5TH AVE, PORTLAND OR 97204-1912

Benefits: Please check our benefit tab for an overview of benefits for this position.

Union Representation: Non-represented, no union affiliation.

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland's online portal. You will need to attach a resume and cover letter.

Are you service-minded with strong facilitation, change management and leadership skills?

Are you able to empower teams to work towards a shared vision?

Would you like to apply your knowledge of management to improve watershed health in your community?

You may be the Watershed Operations and Maintenance Division Manager we are seeking!

The Program

The Watershed Operations and Maintenance (WOM) Division is a Division within the Bureau's Operations & Maintenance Group. This Division houses the Natural Systems Program, the Green Infrastructure Maintenance Team, the Bureau's Asset Ownership Determination Program and the City's participation in FEMA's Community Rating System. This Division is responsible for maintaining, assessing, evaluating, and restoring the built and natural stormwater infrastructure as part of the City's multiple wastewater management systems to improve watershed resiliency, protect public health, to meet our community's needs, and to comply with federal, state and local regulations. This Division fulfills a critical role in the Bureau's and City's Asset Management approach to optimize capital and operational resources for long-term effectiveness of our infrastructure systems. This Division is supported by Bureau Strategy, Planning and Capital Project Groups in integrated teams to deliver quality projects and services to our ratepayers. The Watershed O&M Division cultivates partnerships with other organizations and agencies to leverage resources and to protect the Bureau's investments in green and grey infrastructure across the City.

The Position

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking a Watershed Operations and Maintenance Division Manager to lead a team of 25 technical and managerial staff who operate and maintain built and natural stormwater infrastructure across Portland. This position provides direction to staff and subordinate supervisors to ensure the work is coordinated within the team and within the broader bureau and city goals.

This position also collaborates with upper-level bureau managers to develop strategies, policies, and initiatives to implement the BES Strategic Plan and the bureau's Racial Equity Plan. This position participates in developing outcomes that are sustainable and equitable across the communities we serve, including our workforce community.

This position mentors the staff and subordinate supervisors, develops and tracks annual budgets and oversees staff who manage programs and projects. This position also oversees the development of process improvements and efficiencies.

What you'll get to do:

  • Be a change agent to define responsibilities, integrate roles and build trust across work teams in infrastructure bureaus, particularly related to natural resource service delivery and stormwater management in the right-of-way.
  • Participate on Bureau-wide governance teams to make decisions about bureau investments, including the bureau's 5-year $1 billion capital improvement program. These governance committees provide guidance, transparency, and accountability in the development of the Capital Improvement Program and the Operational Budgets.
  • Develop and lead a cohesive WOM Division by setting division priorities, integrating work across bureau divisions, and ensuring work priorities and bureau goals are met. Implement equity principles to maintain an inclusive and welcoming workforce environment that offers professional satisfaction and development.
  • Direct and empower a team of supervisors and skilled professionals who operate, monitor, and maintain, the city's dispersed and interconnected stormwater system.
  • Mentor staff by providing coaching, training, and incentives, and participate in programs that promote workplace diversity, improved management skills, and a positive employee work environment.
  • Facilitate, lead and contribute to organizational and operational improvements as the city transitions to a new form of government, particularly related to climate resiliency, stormwater and green asset business lines.
  • Cultivate relationships and work collaboratively with other workgroups, other bureaus, and local, state, and federal agencies to develop policies, assessments, and practices to protect natural resources, and represent the City on regional and statewide environmental issues.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate through direct or transferrable experience:

  • The ability to manage subordinate managers and staff that comprise a high-performance team that focuses on the day-to-day management and maintenance of the city's stormwater collection and treatment systems. Management includes setting staff priorities, mentoring staff, evaluating performance, providing opportunities, guidance and resources, and administering discipline when needed.
  • The ability to develop and manage program, project, and staffing budgets in a municipal or nonprofit setting.
  • The ability to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental laws and how to meet these regulations.
  • The ability to identify and advocate for transparency and accountability to improve workflow and effectiveness.

About the Bureau of Environmental Services

This is an exciting time to join the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). Together we are re-imagining the work we do to ensure it aligns with Our Values:

  • We implement equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery.
  • We value our customers and partners.
  • We carefully manage our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources.
  • We encourage leadership among our employees in our City and community.
  • We support a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce.
  • We urge respectful communication and transparency.
  • We advance innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders' sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our City and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.

To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link: About Environmental Services | Portland.gov

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here: download (portland.gov)

Our BES Equity Plan can be found here: download (portland.gov)

Terrol Johnson

Senior Recruiter


To Qualify

Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Skill in leading, managing, and inspiring diverse teams that manage or maintain infrastructure, particularly green or stormwater infrastructure.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the impacts of systemic oppression on historically marginalized and socially vulnerable communities and experience applying diversity, equity, and inclusion principles to mitigate such impacts in programs, projects, and workforce development and recruitment.
  3. Ability to apply analytic and problem-solving skills to independently develop sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations, and enable others to do the same.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, and ability to show tact, diplomacy, and patience, and gain cooperation through discussion and collaboration.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively to staff, upper management, elected officials, and in public settings.

Additional Requirements

Six years of progressively responsible experience developing, implementing, overseeing and/or managing complex multidisciplinary environmental programs, and/or projects, stormwater or natural area maintenance activities and personnel functions within an organizational unit, including a minimum of five years in a supervisory role. Two years of experience in successful change management through collaboration, building trust, and supporting decision-making at the level closest to the work.

The Recruitment Process

STEP 1: Apply online between March 18, 2024 - April 15, 2024 Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Optional Application Materials:

  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)

Application Tips:

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained, which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your resume should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • Salary Range/Equity Pay Analysis: Please note per the Oregon State Pay Equity Law your salary is determined based on the experience and education listed in your resume/application. It is strongly encouraged to include any transferable experience (paid or unpaid regardless of how recent) to ensure your offer is reflective of all directly related and equivalent experience.
  • Do not attach materials not requested.
  • All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment.
  • All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Evaluation: Week of April 15, 2024

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • You have 14 days from the notice of the minimum qualification evaluation results to let us know if you like to review and discuss your evaluation result. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information.
  • Additional evaluation may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Week of April 22, 2024

  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.

Step 4: Selection (Interview): TBD

  • The hiring bureau will review and select candidates to interview.
  • Please note, that the selection process may take up to 90 days from the notification of being placed on the eligible list.

Step 5: Offer of Employment: TBD

Step 6: Start Date: TBD

  • A start date will be determined after all conditions of employment have been met.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change*

Additional Information

Click here for additional information regarding the following:

  • City of Portland Core Values
  • Recruitment Process - Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

To apply, please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/portlandor/jobs/4433816/watershed-operations-and-maintenance-division-manager-ii

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