City/Chief Engineer (Engineer, Chief) - Extended

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 3/13/2023
Description Are you an experienced and self-motivated leader with a deep knowledge of Civil Engineering? Are you driven by improving systems, collaborating with partners, and mentoring staff?

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is seeking a Chief Engineer to lead their Engineering Services Group (ESG).

The Chief Engineer position is part of PBOT’s Executive Team and participates in the leadership of the Bureau. The City Engineer serves as a licensed professional engineer, technical advisor, mentor, and leader who works collaboratively and equitably to ensure the future sustainability of PBOT and broaden the variety of innovative ways to deliver solutions to all Portland communities. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a broad engineering background in transportation design, construction, maintenance, and surveying. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated abilities in managing a broad and diverse portfolio, providing leadership, solving problems, mentoring, and will have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

The Chief Engineer leads the Engineering Services Group, which is responsible for the surveying, engineering design and construction management of Portland’s transportation system. Engineering Services is made up of ADA, Bridges and Structures, Construction, Inspection and Pavement Management, Civil Engineering and Drafting, and Surveying sections. The Chief Engineer represents the Bureau before the City Council and partners closely with other service groups at PBOT, other City Bureaus and regional agencies.

The Engineering Services Group portfolio:
  • Ensure 1500 ADA ramps are built each year and meet the City’s federal settlement with the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC).
  • Design, construction, and inspection of a $200M Capital Improvement Program, including the $185M multi-year 82nd Avenue improvement project.
  • Provide asset management for PBOT assets including pavement, bridges, retaining walls, stairways, ADA ramps, etc.
  • Provide Surveying and construction staking services on PBOT and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), and other City projects.
  • Manage the City Standard Specifications and Details.
What you’ll get to do:
  • Collaborate as a member of the executive team at PBOT - a national leader in transportation!
  • Supervise and lead over 100 motivated and diverse professionals, engineers, and technical staff, many of which are field based.
  • Provide leadership to attract, develop, and retain diverse, highly competent, service-oriented staff that support the City’s and Bureau/Office’s mission, objectives, and service expectations.
  • Coordinate work, policies, and standards with the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau, as well as outside agencies, such as ODOT, Tri-Met, and the Port of Portland.
  • Represent the Bureau before City Council, other agencies, boards, commissions, and public and private groups regarding programs, projects, and policies.
  • Direct preparation of the annual, multi-year Capital Improvement Program and associated budget documents.
  • Promote an equitable workplace that demonstrates an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
Who you are:
  • Dedicated: Personally, you have a passion for transportation and improving transportation through public service; you hold a high level of pride in making sure that projects are effectively managed, and you are proud of the work delivered to the public.
  • DEI Leader: You will be an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion champion in the workplace, including building pathways for government careers in underrepresented communities. You will inspire and motivate employees and create a culture of safety, respect, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Government Leader: You will facilitate, negotiate, and build consensus among diverse customers and stakeholders, including elected officials. Additionally, you will lead, large-scale change management, involving community input.
  • Excellent Communicator: You are an active listener and strong communicator to both technical and non-technical individuals, and proficient verbally and in writing.
  • Transparent: You lead with openness and honesty, keeping your team in the loop, sharing information freely, and invite open communication within the team.
  • Leader with Integrity: You have strong moral principles, stand by your words, and do the right thing. You demonstrate the City’s values in your actions, helps set expectations for acceptable behavior.
  • Innovative: You have an aptitude for continuous improvement and can excel in change management. You’ve demonstrated the ability to remain flexible, agile, and calm in a high paced environment that relies on quick and stable decision making.
  • Experienced Engineer: A professional engineer with a diverse background in transportation and an ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders, including the public, to accomplish objectives in a collaborative, successful way.
Although Not Required:
A highly qualified candidate will have twelve (12) years of progressively responsible experience in professional engineering, including four (4) years of supervisory experience.

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

About the Bureau:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation is a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage, and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility. We keep Portland moving. For more information about the Portland Bureau of Transportation, please visit Transportation | The Portland Bureau of Transportation embraces diversity, models inclusivity, and promotes equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.

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.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception, for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently the City requires you to work in-person one day per week. Beginning in April 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in-person.The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience with engineering management, construction techniques, construction regulations and trends, equipment safety, environmental regulations, laws, and practices governing operational activities, and environmental effects and their mitigation.
  2. Ability to direct and review the preparation and interpretation of engineering plans and specifications, codes, regulations, and complex technical documents.
  3. Experience in the principles and practices of leadership, operational and strategic planning, business communication, public administration, program evaluation, and budget preparation and administration.
  4. Experience with the principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  5. Experience with budget development and management, personnel management, cost control, and administrative practices and policies.
  6. Ability to manage a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.
Applicant must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire
  • Professional Engineers Certification at time of application
  • Oregon Professional Engineers Certification within 2 months of hire

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 may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

Recruitment Timeline
Job Posting closes: Monday April 10, 2023
Applications Reviewed: Week of April 10, 2023
Eligible List / Notices Generated: Week of April 17, 2023
Selection Process Begins: Late April
Job Offer: May
*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application 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.
  • 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.
  • If you are requesting Veteran’s 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.
All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.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.

Language Pay Differential: City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English, may be eligible to receive a “language pay differential.” This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

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.

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Contact Information:
TroyLynn Craft
Senior Recruiter

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$123,780.80 - $210,433.60 Annually
Salary Type

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