The City of Portland, Oregon – named by a variety of sources as one of the best places to live and most sustainable US city – is situated approximately 70 miles east of the Pacific and 45 miles west of Mt. Hood in the northern end of the Willamette valley at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Portland is known for its European, small-town charm, big-city feel, and dedication to environmental sustainability.
The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) is a rate financed city owned utility serving more than 900,000 retail and wholesale customers, almost a quarter of Oregon's population. PWB values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.
The PWB, Engineering Services Group (ESG) is responsible for planning, design and constructing the bureau's capital improvement, developer and interagency projects. The ESG has three vacancies and is seeking to fill up to three positions. The Principal Engineer in the ESG is responsible for the planning, organization, integration and direction of all activities within a specific division of the ESG. The position has direct responsibility for the section including budget estimating and control, program implementation, staff resource allocation, work evaluation, and implementation of strategies to achieve ESG's mission, goals and performance measures. Responsibilities include meeting key performance measures, assisting in coordination of bureau and group projects with other bureaus, agencies and affected jurisdictions, and providing input to operational and capital improvement plans. A key component of the position is to direct and evaluate the performance of assigned managers, supervisors and staff. The Principal Engineer is responsible for overseeing one of the divisions in ESG. There are four divisions each with roughly 20 to 40 employees and are divided into Planning, Design, Construction and Technical Services. Each Principal Engineer is responsible for overseeing the staff including developing program budgets and performance metrics; directly managing large water infrastructure projects that require higher technical, communication and political awareness; and assisting the Chief Engineer in setting policy, guidance and direction within the ESG to meet the bureau's strategic goals. This position also participates in and may chair various professional and project committees; represents ESG on a variety of bureau-wide and city-wide programs; fills in for the Chief Engineer / Director of Engineering Services as needed; and is an emergency responder. PWB encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Although not required, PWB encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.
Knowledge and experience applying engineering management, planning, design, construction and operational principles, practices, materials, costs, construction techniques, project management, construction management, current trends, regulations, standards and equipment applicable to engineering, specifically with respect to municipal (or public) water systems.
Ability and experience directing and reviewing the preparation and interpretation of engineering plans, specifications, codes, regulations, and complex technical documents.
Knowledge and experience applying safety and environmental regulations, laws and practices governing operational activities and related potential employee, citizen and environmental effects and their mitigation.
Knowledge and experience with budget, personnel, cost control and administrative practices and policies.
Ability and experience managing, directing and controlling the activities of subordinate manager and supervisor efforts to plan, assign, supervise and coordinate the work of field, professional and technical subordinates.
Ability and experience directing the application of federal, state and city laws, codes, standards and specifications applicable to municipal (or public) water systems.
Ability and experience communicating scientific and technical matters to non-technical individuals, including policy makers, regulatory agencies and city managers.
Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse workforce and community.
Applicants must also possess:
A valid state driver's license.
A certificate to practice as a registered Professional Engineer and a valid Oregon Professional Engineer license within 6 months after appointment.
The following items are desirable, although not required:
Experience with a municipal (or public) water agency.
Bachelors of Science degree from an accredited college or university in engineering.
At least ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in professional engineering
including three (3) years experience at a supervising engineer level.
The Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the forest to customers’ faucets since 1895. The Portland water system serves drinking water to more than 966,600 Oregonians, almost one-quarter of the population of Oregon. Portland’s high quality water comes primarily from the Bull Run Watershed, an unfiltered surface water supply with rainfall that generates a highly reliable source for the re...gion with two reservoirs and a capacity of more than 200 million gallons per day. In addition, the bureau is fortunate to have a robust secondary source with the Columbia South Shore Well Field.
The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a projected five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. The utility is one of only a dozen or so utilities in the United States with a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investment Services, which is a reflection of the bureau’s responsible fiscal management that enables the bureau to benefit its ratepayers with low borrowing costs for its capital program.