Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals

City of Portland Assistant Environmental Services Director

  • Monday, June 06, 2016 1:11 PM
    Message # 4060156
    Joshua Jensen (Administrator)


    $101,962.00 - $142,397.00 Annually


    OPENING DATE: 05/30/16


    CLOSING DATE: 06/20/16 04:30 PM



    The City of Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking an assistant director.  The Bureau serves the Portland community by protecting public health, water quality and the environment. BES provides sewage and stormwater collection and treatment services, protects surface and ground water quality, and works for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.  The Bureau's vision is to be recognized as a trusted service provider and innovative environmental leader through a demonstrated commitment to clean rivers, healthy watersheds, and our community.

    The Bureau of Environmental Services provides sanitary sewer and stormwater services for approximately 601,000 residents and numerous businesses and organizations in Portland, Oregon. The bureau is funded by sanitary sewer and stormwater rates, with an annual operating budget of $895 million and a 5-year capital improvement budget of $530 million.  More than 500 highly skilled employees, including union-represented employees, work in six groups. Each group has technical staff and specific responsibilities and groups work collaboratively for overall success.

    The assistant director is an at-will position and will provide broad strategic and operational support and assist the Bureau Director with ongoing achievement of goals in all areas critical to the success of the bureau.  BES has a multi-faceted capital improvement plan, complex operations, a highly regulated environment, as well as a high level of internal and external demands.

    The Assistant Director will provide assistance and help address these challenges by facilitating a bureau-wide strategic planning effort that will guide all aspects of bureau governance.  Reporting to the Bureau Director, the Assistant Director will be responsible for managing the inter-bureau and intra-bureau responsibilities within the Office of the Director including creation and implementation of the Bureau's strategic plan including key performance metrics, development and implementation of the Bureau's Equity Plan, managing bureau-wide projects for process improvement and change management, and responsibility for bureau-wide employee engagement. In addition, the Assistant Director will provide direction on the Bureau's strategic communication efforts and be a contact with the media.  The Assistant Director will have both internal and external facing, top-tier responsibilities, will serve as a member of the Bureau Leadership Team, and will act in the Director's stead on all issues in the Director's absence.

    A successful candidate will have strong communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills and knowledge of strategic planning, long-range goal setting and organizational design and development.  The candidate will also be able to show previous knowledge and skills in strategic planning, project management, budget, administration and supervision.

    This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.

    For more detailed information on the Bureau of Environmental Services, please go to


    The following minimum qualifications are required for this position and must be
    addressed in the cover letter:

    1. Knowledge and experience applying the principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing and maintenance of public records.
    2. Knowledge and experience applying strategic communications, strategic planning and long range goal setting, combined with interpersonal and group process techniques.
    3. Knowledge and experience applying the principles, practices and techniques of organizational design and development, as well as organizational change management skills.
    4. Knowledge and experience understanding equity issues and of the various factors that contribute to equity in service delivery and internal programs.
    5. Knowledge and experience applying federal, state and local laws applicable to environmental and public utilities, as well as social, political and environmental issues influencing program and project development and implementation.

    A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in public or business administration, or a related field; and at least eight years of progressively responsible administrative or management experience in a large, public utility or government agency, at least five years of which were in a supervisory or management capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. A master's degree is preferred.



    Open Search Process:                                                                          Monday, May 30, 2016

    Application Deadline:                                                            Monday, June 20, 2016; 4:30 pm
    Candidates Notified of Interviews:                                                        Week of June 27, 2016
    Selection Committee Interviews:                                                           Week of July 11, 2016
    Job Offer Contingent on Background Check:                                           Week of July 25, 2016



    The annual salary range is $101,962 – $142,397. Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. The City pays the majority of medical plan costs and fully pays dental, vision, and life insurance. Additionally, long-term disability, childcare, medical expense reimbursement account and Deferred Compensation (IRC457) options are available. Portland participates in Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System. The City also participates in Social Security. Vacation is negotiable based on years of professional service.

    Applicant Instructions

    Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

    Your résumé and cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

    • 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 the cover letter.
    • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

    Your résumé and cover letter should be no more than a total of four (4) pages combined. Do not attach materials not requested.

    All completed applications for this position must be submitted online. The recruitment will close no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

    This position is exempt from Civil Service and is an "At Will" position. It serves at the discretion of the hiring authority, subject to the City of Portland Human Resources Administrative Rules and the Portland City Charter and Code.

    If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

    Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 4:30 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

    Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

    It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

    Tamara Larison, Senior Human Resources Analyst, Bureau of Human Resources
    (503) 823-3523

    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


    1120 SW 5th Ave, 404
    Portland, OR 97204

    Position #2016-00390

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