Manager III - Plant Manager

City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 5/19/2023


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 is located within the Operations and Maintenance Group, which protects 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 manages four organizational divisions (156 employees under four 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.


To Qualify


Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:  

  1. Experience and comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of leadership, operational and strategic planning, program and service evaluation, complex budget preparation, labor relations, and workplace safety and emergency management related to operations and maintenance of industrial facilities.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation of both represented and non-represented staff.
  3. Knowledge of principals, practices, and methods of change management and the social, political, intergovernmental, and operational issues influencing Bureau operations.
  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.


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Local Government
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