Wastewater Operations Manager I, Portland, Oregon

Created 01/13/2021
Reference 393877
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Oregon
City Portland
Salary $83,325.00 - $145,808.00 Annually
The Position

The Operations Division is a unit within the Bureau's Operations & Maintenance Group. This Division includes operations and management work activities. Division staff monitor, assess, evaluate, operate, report, and comply with state and federal environmental regulations. The Operations Division includes about fifty (50) city staff as well as partnerships with other companies, organizations, and agencies that help leverage resources to reliably perform the critical monitoring and operation of pumping, treatment, and resource recovery functions using billions of dollars of valued city infrastructure.

The Position
This position resides in a Division within the Bureau's Operations and Maintenance Group supported by internal O&M program resources as well as the Bureau's Engineering, Strategy, Planning, Technical Services, Capital Project Management, and other Groups in integrated teams to deliver quality projects, facilities, and services to our ratepayers.

The Manager I position will be responsible for operation, maintenance, and truck hauling activities at the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP). The position will supervise a subordinate B & C Shift Supervisor I and the corresponding off-shift operations activities at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP). The Operations Division has about 50 full-time staff conducting activities on a 24/7/365 basis. 90% of the staff in the Division are Local 483 represented staff. The duties assigned to this position are on-going critical functions for the Operations and Maintenance Group during vital transition and change in the treatment plants program. There are critical decisions about the operation, maintenance, and capital reinvestment at the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the State. There are project improvement needs at both plants that require full-time management. Responsibilities assigned to the position are broad in scope to allow for significant discretion in carrying out the mission and goals of the organizational unit and are evaluated in terms of overall program and cost-effectiveness.

The conveyance system is the largest in the state of Oregon and one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It is an extremely complex system that requires educated, trained, competent Operations staff with optimal tools to oversee and adjust. The staff must work under the direction of State-certified supervisors and managers to develop and submit data and reports demonstrating compliance with stringent environmental regulations daily.

The Operations Manager I will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of specific programs or activities related to the operation of the Tryon Creek wastewater treatment facility and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system assets.
  • Manage the B & C Shift staff that work at CBTWP and remotely operate TCWTP.
  • Plan staff work schedules, deadlines, workflow, and methods; recommending unit goals and standards.
  • Provide staff with leadership, direction, and support, and mentoring
  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the performance of the unit.
  • Assist the Manager II in producing an updated operation and process plan for the treatment and CSO system and development of the Division's five-year ~$50 million financial plan and $10M+ annual budget.
  • Review and approve vendor and professional contracts; review and manage budget allocations; manage direct reports.

City of Portland Core Values:
Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in
ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package , including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

Work Location
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

To Qualify

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

1.Knowledge of principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
2. Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, and ordinances, and the ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply them.
3. Ability to apply analytic and problem-solving skills to independently develop sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations.
4. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings.
5. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.
6. Ability to manage a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.

Special Requirements and/or Qualifications:
  • Grade III State of Oregon Certification at the time of appointment with the ability/intention and qualification to obtain Grade IV State of Oregon certification within six (6) months of the date of employment.
Applicants must also possess:
A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested . Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation for required certifications may be required prior to the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

** PLEASE NOTE : The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

Recruitment Timeline:
  • Posting: 1/11/21 - 2/1/21
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 2/1/21
  • Eligible List: Week of 2/8/21
  • Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 2/15/21
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter 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.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in the cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than the closing date and time of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

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

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: 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.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Terrol Johnson, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
503.823.3172Closing Date/Time: 2/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific
Employer City of Portland, Oregon

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