Treatment and Pumping Operations & Maintenance Manager (Manager III)

City of Portland | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 9/18/2023

About the Position:
Job Appointment: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri. 8-5P
Work Location: Columbia Boulevard Plant, 5001 N Columbia Blvd., Oregon
Benefits: Please check our benefits tab for an overview of benefits for this position

Application Material: Please click APPLY to submit your application via the City of Portland’s online portal. You will need to attach a cover letter and resume and respond to the three (3) supplemental questions.

Do you want to live in the stunning Pacific Northwest while working at Oregon’s largest wastewater treatment plant to protect public health and improve water quality along the country’s third-largest river?

Do you want to lead Portland’s wastewater utility in its journey to become a full-fledged Utility of the Future, building on innovative and evolving resource recovery programs?

Are you a strategic, innovative, visionary leader and change agent with proven experience leading diverse teams and addressing the challenges of aging infrastructure?

If so, you may be the Treatment and Pumping Operations & Maintenance Manager we are looking for!

Position Summary
The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking a Treatment and Pumping Operations & Maintenance Manager (Manager III). This position leads and is accountable for the operation and maintenance of the City of Portland’s two wastewater treatment plants (including one that treats up to 450 million gallons per day), nearly 100 pump stations, and multiple innovative resource recovery facilities and programs, including a new renewable natural gas facility, management of biosolids for land application, and programs for biogas utilization and energy efficiency. Learn more about the treatment plants and programs here.

This position works closely with cross functional teams to protect public health, water quality and the environment by cost-effectively and innovatively operating and maintaining public wastewater treatment and resource recovery facilities and managing related programs in a way that both ensures compliance with applicable permits, regulations, and contracts and advances the priorities of the bureau set by executive leadership. The position reports to the Bureau’s Deputy Director, The position manages three organizational divisions (156 employees under three direct reports) with a combined $52.5 million budget to operate, maintain and conduct related activities for treatment plant and pumping system assets. The Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant provides treatment for the City’s combined sewer flows utilizing a conventional activated sludge secondary treatment process and chemically enhanced primary treatment systems during peak flows.

Key duties include:
  • Lead operational decisions for the organizational unit in collaboration with other internal stakeholders and with periodic input from key external stakeholders including regulators, elected officials, and advocates. This includes setting strategic long-term direction and milestones for division managers and staff, planning and managing the budget and long-term financial plan, and providing decisive feedback on fast-paced, day-to-day, continuous operational issues and questions.
  • Provide proactive, visionary, and accountable leadership in building and maintaining a diverse and high performing workforce, including cultivating a workplace culture of safety, respect, trust, inclusion, appreciation and innovation.
  • Guide and motivate the team to achieve milestones while adeptly leading through periods of change and transformation.
  • Plan, organize, guide and/or direct the work and performance expectations of the organization including Division Managers, Supervisors/Program Managers and technical or support personnel engaged in conducting the management, operation and maintenance of the bureau's assets, which includes the State's largest sewer and stormwater collection and treatment system and biosolids recycling program.
  • Collaborate with other groups on prioritization and delivery of a multi-billion-dollar, decade- long capital improvement program to update and expand the aging wastewater treatment system,
  • Provide effective, innovative utility leadership and vision, including applying asset management and process improvement principles, confirming service expectations, ensuring an up-to-date inventory of assets and systems, and increasing seismic and climate resiliency of bureau assets and operations.
  • Represent the bureau to a variety of internal and external audiences unfamiliar with the technical details of treatment systems and regulatory compliance, including partner agencies, elected officials, and the news media.
  • Requires physical presence at the Columbia Boulevard plant 4 days per week.
As a Person you are:
  • An Equity-focused Leader: You have experience leading and mentoring diverse staff and creating and maintaining an inclusive, respectful, and culturally responsive workplace. You center equity in your decisions, work toward diversifying the workforce so it represents the community the bureau serves, and create an inclusive culture that values the individual and group differences within the workforce while fostering an environment of belonging among all employees.
  • Empathic: The difficult effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Operations and Maintenance employees present challenges and opportunities in re-imagining operational and workplace practices. The Treatment and Pumping Operations and Maintenance Manager should bring care, focus, and empathy to the critical decisions ahead regarding service delivery requirements, employee work arrangements and locations, and ongoing employee support and development.
  • Passionate: You have a passion for the people and services that make wastewater systems work , and are excited to bring your knowledge and skillset to BES. You are focused on workplace safety, environmental protection, accountability, and continuous improvement.
About the Bureau of Environmental Services:
This is an exciting time to join BES. Together we are 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, employees 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 seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.
To learn more about the work we do at BES, visit


Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
  1. Experience and comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of leadership, operational and strategic planning, program and service evaluation, complex budget preparation, and workplace safety related to operations and maintenance of industrial facilities.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with leadership, stakeholders and colleagues at all levels; demonstrate professionalism, diplomacy, and patience, and gain cooperation through discussion and collaboration.
  4. Experience managing a multicultural workforce, promoting an equitable workplace environment, and applying equitable program practices to diverse and complex services.
  5. Strong communication skills and an ability to connect with diverse stakeholder groups internally and externally, including different communication styles, cultures, languages, and professions.
Although not required you may have one or more of the following:
  • Management or leadership experience in water or wastewater facilities.
STEP 1: Apply online between September 18-October 16, 2023

Required Application Materials:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Answer to three (3) Supplemental Questions (click on the Questions tab to preview the questions)
Optional Application Materials:
  • If you would like to request Veteran's Preference, please submit your Veteran documents (ex, DD214-Member 4, VA Benefit Letter, etc) by the closing date of the recruitment.
Application Tips:
  • 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 résumé should support the details described in your 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.
  • Do not attach any additional documents.
  • Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on 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: October, 2023
  • An evaluation of each applicant's training, paid and unpaid experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter, and resume, weighted 100%.
  • Your cover letter and résumé 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 would 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 prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.
Step 3: Establishment of Eligible List: anticipated October/early November
  • Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list.
Step 4: Selection (Interview): anticipated: November/December
  • Hiring bureau will review and select candidates for an 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
  • Some positions will require those offered employment to complete and sign a criminal background statement before being considered for employment. (Include if requires an in-depth background investigation.)
Step 6: Start Date: anticipated start January 2024
  • 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:

  • Click here for additional information regarding the following:
    • City of Portland Core Values
    • Recruitment Process - Work Status
    • Equal Employment Opportunity
    • Veteran Preference
    • ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations
Did you know? 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.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Salary152,006.40 - 220,958.40 Annual
Listing Type
Government/Public Agency | Maintenance | Management | Operations
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
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