Senior Engineering Associate - Civil - OPEN UNTIL FILLED - UPDATED

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/12/2024
Description The City Council has approved a 3.3% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all eligible employees of the City of Portland for the fiscal year, effective from July 1, 2024. As a result, the salary for this position may increase due to the approved COLA.

Job Appointment: Regular Fulltime.
Work Schedule: Five 8-hour shifts Monday - Friday Or Four ten-hour shifts Monday-Thursday or Tuesday - Friday; Depends on the bureau and the position.
Work Location: Varies. Most positions are hybrid. In-person work to be conducted at locations listed below. Remote work must be performed within Oregon or Washington. For more information, click here.
Benefit: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position
Union Representation: This classification is represented by PROTEC 17. If you are a PTE17 represented employee, see labor agreement for additional information or talk to your union representative.
Number of Vacancies: See information below.

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to complete a work history form and submit responses to Supplemental Questions.

Are you an engineering professional looking to go to the next level or a change of scenery? Continue your engineering career as a Senior Engineering Associate with the City of Portland! Enjoy the ability to have work life balance while also being challenged to perform intermediate to complex engineering and project management work.

Senior Engineering Associates work involves applying advanced technical engineering knowledge to the solution of municipal engineering challenges in the planning, design, construction management and maintenance, and review of impacts to the City's infrastructure. Be a part of improving and making our city better!

What you’ll get to do:
  • Plan, design, construction, design review or permitting plan review for water infrastructure projects ranging from valve replacements, regulators, mains, tanks, reservoirs, and pump stations.
  • Lead and work on the design of street, sidewalk, ADA ramps, and pedestrian crossing improvement projects including the preparation of plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E).
  • Collaborate with project partners to resolve design and construction issues through innovative and equitable solutions to benefit the communities we serve.
  • Review design, construction, and utility plans for conformance with City standards, policy, and service rules
  • Respond to constituents and property owners’ inquiries relating to design and construction of CIP projects.
  • Monitor and review progress of development Capital Improvement Plans (CIP), Local Improvement District (LID), and Federal-aid projects.
  • Assist with development and review of design standards and participate in technical review committees.
  • Investigate requests and explain findings to community members, property owners, State and developers, other local jurisdictions.
  • Provide technical guidance, assistance, and training to professional and technical staff
  • Apply advanced technical engineering knowledge to the solution of municipal engineering problems in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the City's infrastructure
  • Manage several projects that may have competing deadlines and varying priorities with available support and resources.
  • Perform tasks independently but under the supervision of a professional engineer
Who you are:
  • Innovative: You have an aptitude for continuous improvement and can excel in working in changing work environments. You’ve demonstrated the ability to remain flexible, agile, and calm in a high paced environment that relies on quick and stable decision making
  • Problem Solver: You can identify problems early and value collaboration. You utilize active listening and effective communication and facilitation skills in working with others to find resolutions
  • Project Manager: You have knowledge of project management principles and can support, lead, and review various operational projects that support the Group Director’s and bureau initiatives. These projects may vary greatly in scope but are centered on public improvements
  • Authentic: Effective in a professional, diverse, multi-cultural environment. You treat customers, co-workers and employees with respect and are accountable
  • Results Driven: This position is high paced, dynamic and requires a candidate who can take charge, bring focus, and finish tasks in a timely, accurate and professional manner
  • Dedicated: Have a passion for public service and hold a high level of pride in making sure that projects, tasks, and emergencies are effectively and efficiently completed
  • Organized: Able to work on a multitude of tasks and understand/respond to various situations in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment
Position Summary:

The following bureaus and departments have immediate hiring needs:

Portland Water Bureau vacancy #1
Work Location: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

The Senior Engineering Associate (SEA) position will work in the Engineering Services Group doing a variety of tasks. Work includes project planning, design, construction, design review or permitting plan review for water infrastructure projects ranging from valve replacements, regulators, mains, tanks, reservoirs, and pump stations. A Senior Engineering Associate works closely with profession engineers’ complete projects. SEA positions support the other work groups including M&C, Operations, and Resource Protection. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with water systems and be a strong communicator.

This position plays key roles in the engineering section completing capital projects to maintain and improve the City’s drinking water system. There is opportunity for interesting and challenging work and in helping to develop and evolve the culture and direction of the section.

Portland Water Bureau Vacancy #2
Work Location: 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

The Senior Engineering Associate (SEA) position will represent the Portland Water Bureau within the City of Portland’s permit review program for development permit applications to connect property development to Portland’s potable water system. The candidate will work closely with applicants, professional engineers, other City bureaus, such as Development Services, Transportation, Parks, and Environmental services to ensure the City can serve developing properties with potable water. The ideal candidate will have prior experience with potable water systems, development plan review and be a strong communicator.

Portland Bureau Of Transportation Vacancy #1
Work Location: 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

This position will be within the Engineering Services Group of PBOT and will work within the Civil Engineering and Drafting Division. The position will be responsible for completing the design, review, and construction of capital improvement projects. The primary duties include working on a capital improvement project team under the supervision of the engineer of record during the design stage and will be responsible for completion of the civil engineering components and preparation of the Plans, Specifications, and Estimates. We have an immediate need for talent on our QuickBuild project team, which is responsible for addressing critical safety needs with total project schedules of approximately nine months. Secondary responsibilities include functioning as the Owner’s Representative during the construction stage.

Portland Bureau Of Transportation Vacancy #2
Work Location: 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

The Senior Engineering Associate (SEA) position will work in the ADA Ramp Crew (ARC) Group doing a variety of task including project planning, design, construction management, design review consultant designs. A Senior Engineering Associate works mostly independently but closely with professional engineers. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in ADA ramp design and be a strong communicator.

The following bureau is not hiring currently, but may hire in the near future:

Bureau of Environmental Services - NOW HIRING!

The Bureau of Environmental Services hires Senior Engineering Associate - Civil positions in a variety of divisions, including Treatment and Pumping Systems and Risk Assessment. Some of their programs include Pumping System Improvement Program, Wastewater Treatment Design program.

About the bureaus:

The Portland Water Bureau's 600 employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The Water Bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.
Our mission: We serve excellent water every minute of every day.
Our vision: The water our community loves is safe and abundant for generations to come.
Our equity commitment: We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We commit to the difficult—and essential—work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities.
Our values:Honor our responsibility. We take part in a long legacy of careful stewardship of natural resources, infrastructure, and public trust. We never forget that water is essential.
Serve our community. We know people depend on us. We are dedicated to listening, communicating, and acting with compassion.
Work well. Our strength lies in the skills, expertise, and creativity our employees bring to work every day. We work hard, we work safely, and we adapt.
Use money wisely. We work to control costs while maintaining high standards. We invest to make our water system stronger, more flexible, and better prepared for challenges ahead.
Build relationships. We recognize the power of collaboration--with customers, coworkers, and partner organizations. Our relationships guide our work.

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.
The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is 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.
BES is now hiring talented individuals from diverse backgrounds seeking opportunities to collaborate, innovate and invest in their futures.

To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link:

Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here:

Anna Morgan, Senior Recruiter
Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their resume and answers to supplemental questions how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

1. Experience designing or reviewing civil improvements and managing or supporting construction including reviewing plans.
2. Experience in project management, construction management, utility coordination, or
3. Knowledge of project planning, organization principles, budgeting, scheduling, and cost control.
4. Knowledge of local, state, and or federal permitting processes, how to use, interpret, and follow code requirements.
5. Ability to interact effectively on diverse project teams and with stakeholders.
6. Ability to effectively communicate technical information both verbally and in writing.

Applicant must also possess:
  • An Engineer-In-Training Certification: passed the State Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination at time of hire.
  • A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire
STEP 1: Apply online between March 25, 2024 - July 15, 2024

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Answer the Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)
Optional Application Materials:
  • Veteran documents to request for Veteran Preference (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc.)
Application Tips:
  • The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes once per month. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement.
  • 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.
  • 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 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: Every 2 - 3 weeks beginning April 22, 2024

  • An evaluation of each applicant's training and paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their resume and supplemental questions, weighted 100%.
  • Your resume 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.
  • 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 before the establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: Every 2-3 weeks beginning April 29, 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, 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*

Click here for additional information regarding the following:
  • Veteran Preference
  • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
  • Work Status
  • Equal Employment Opportunity

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Salary47.59 - 60.65 Hour
Listing Type
Engineering | Government/Public Agency
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level
Senior Level
Employer Type
Direct Employer
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