Structural Engineer *Open Continuous* - Extended

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 8/11/2022
This recruitment has transitioned to open continuous. The first review period will be for all applications received until Monday May 9th at 11:59PM. The second review period will be for all applications received from Tuesday May 10th-Monday June 13th

About the position: Structural Engineers perform advanced professional engineering assignments. Work is completed by using individual creativity and initiative, while also collaborating and problem solving with team members on unusual or complex projects.

Specific Vacancy Information: The Bureau of Development Services is seeking a Structural Engineer to join their team. Utilize your specialized knowledge of structural engineering to perform specialized structural plan reviews of private development and public work structures. Typical projects to review include - but are not limited to - building and non-building structures (both commercial and residential), foundations systems, retaining walls and shoring and seismic rehabilitation of existing buildings

The Current Portfolio includes the 1.6 billion Dollar expansion of the Portland Airport, expansion of the Adidas headquarters, Oregon Health Sciences University hospital buildings, several high rise hotels, office towers, residential buildings, and Portland public schools modernization projects among others

What you'll get to do:

  • Assure compliance with applicable codes and regulations and professional standards of practice, with an end goal of meeting the Bureau's Mission Statement, which is: to promote the safety, livability and economic vitality through efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes.
  • Build relationships and communicate in a positive and effective way with professional engineers, design professionals, contractors and building owners as well as other review groups within the City of Portland.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability in the areas of equity, inclusion, diversity and/or accessibility

The type of work this position will be responsible for is required by the State of Oregon to have a Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC), A level Structural Plans Examiner Certification from Oregon, and a Residential Plans Examiner Certification. BDS will assist with training. Certifications are required within 6 months of hire.

Please note: This classification is represented by Professional and Technical Employees Local 17. To view, this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

As a person, you are (a);

Relationship Builder: An outgoing professional who values partnerships and forms relationships to get things done

Communicator: A strong communicator to technical and non-technical individuals and who is proficient verbally and in writing

Organized: Able to work on a multitude of tasks and understand/react to various situations in a fast-paced work environment

Safety Conscious: A manager that incorporates public safety and staff safety as top priorities in every decision

Dedicated: Personally, you have a passion for public service and hold a high level of pride in making sure that projects are effectively managed, and that you are proud of the work delivered to the public

Detailed: An organizer and planner who thrives on details and is uncompromising in consistency and accuracy

Committed: Strong leader with commitment to your position as well as your team/employees

Although not required, you may benefit by having: Fluency in a second language

Join us for an Optional Information Session to learn more about this position and the qualifications (See below for more details)

Our Equity Commitment:

The Bureau of Development Services is committed to eliminating racism and all discriminatory practices in our services and in our workplace because we understand the positive value of equitable systems.

Equity: Conditions that allow everyone to flourish so that race, gender, ability and/or other held identities do not determine access or outcomes. To learn more at The Bureau of Development Services equity commitment - please review our equity commitment:

Who we are:

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.

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.

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Experience in structural engineering including structural design or plan review of buildings (in private or public sector) using the state and local building codes such as International Building Code, Oregon Structural Specialty Code, International Residential Code and the Oregon Residential code (Minimum of 5 years experience is preferred)
  2. Experience applying the principles and practices of earthquake engineering, including the ability to implement the seismic provisions of the building code in high seismic regions
  3. Experience in review or design of seismic evaluations and retrofit of existing buildings in high seismic regions in compliance with state and local laws and regulations
  4. Experience utilizing strong communication skills including the ability to communicate scientific and technical matters, both orally and in writing, to non- technical individuals, and to partner effectively with citizens and development professionals.

Applicants must also possess:
  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A certification of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer is required.
  • A certification of registration as a Structural Engineer (S.E.) while not required, is preferred.
  • If PE is from a state other than Oregon, a candidate must be able to obtain a State of Oregon registration as a Professional Civil or Structural Engineer within 6 months of the date of hire.
  • The Bureau of Development Services requires the following certifications within 6 months of hire (BDS will assist with training)
    • Oregon Inspector Certification (OIC)
    • A level Structural Plans Examiner Certification from Oregon
    • Residential Plans Examiner Certification.

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, 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.

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

Recruitment Timeline
Job Posting closes: 5/10
Applications Reviewed: Week of 5/10
1st Eligible List: Week of 5/10

1st Round of Interviews: Late May
Job Offer: June

2nd review 6/13

3rd review 6/27

4th Review 7/11

5th Review 7/25

*Subsequent reviews will occur every two weeks until 9/26/2022 and we will issue eligible lists when we have qualifying applicants.

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions 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 responses to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your responses to the supplemental questions 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 responses to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume 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.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Optional Informational Session:

Join us for an optional information session to learn more about how to apply, the role, and have the ability to ask questions.

Friday April 8th 12:00Pm – 1:00pm

Wednesday April 13th 5:00pm to 6:00pm

To RSVP Please email no later than 24 hours prior to the event

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 Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability 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.

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Emily Mavraganis
Senior Recruiter, Bureau of Human Resources

Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$49.41 - $60.06 Hourly
Salary Type

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