BES Strategy Group Manager (Manager III) – UPDATED

City of Portland, Oregon
July 30, 2020
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The City of Portland invites applications for the position of:
Manager III (BES Strategy Group Manager)

The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) collaborates with Portland community members and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. This position reports to a large infrastructure bureau with over 600 employees and approximately $15.2 billion worth of assets. This role has substantial discretionary authority to make significant decisions with a high consequence of error, to develop and execute program policy, and to allocate program resources with minimal oversight.

The Strategy Group is one of the bureau's eight major groups. This group:

  • develops and monitors high-level bureau strategy through managing and implementing strategic initiatives, programs, and projects.
  • partners internally with other divisions to ensure bureau mission and values are consistent with drivers and externally with other bureaus and partners to help realize city goals.
  • represents centralized coordination of strategy development and communication where bureau approaches and frameworks are developed to support and connect many aspects of our work, such as portfolio management, asset management, policy, regulatory, communications, equity, bureau culture, performance management, and workforce development, and where resources are identified and developed to assist implementation of the initiatives, programs, and projects.
  • plays a critical role in how the bureau plans, develops, and coordinates all its activities while ensuring consistency with goals set forth in the bureau's Strategic Plan, racial equity plan and regulatory requirements.

This position is a bureau leader and key member of the bureau leadership team; providing advice and guidance to the Bureau Director and senior management on strategic initiatives with bureau-wide impact. This position plans, organizes and directs the work of the five major units:

  • Portfolio Management;
  • Asset Management;
  • Regulatory Strategy and Remediation;
  • Strategic Coordination, Initiatives, and Partnerships;
  • Strategic Communications.

Through these units, this position oversees critical bureau-wide functions and strategic policy to meet bureau and City requirements including the development of a framework and standards for bureau material and environmental assets, performance management and auditing, resource allocation, regulatory management of federal/state permits, environmental remediation, short and long term investment strategies, comprehensive communications, public involvement and Strategic Plan implementation support and tracking. Through these units, this position oversees a staff of approximately 45 employees.

For more information about the position, see below.

For additional information about the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services please go to:

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 clickhere.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Ability to work with subordinate managers and supervisors to implement improvements and efficiencies identified through working groups with bureau management and leadership positions.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of human resource management principles and best practices.
  3. Provide leadership to attract, develop, and retain diverse, highly competent, service-oriented staff and grow a multicultural workforce while applying equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.
  4. Knowledge and experience applying relevant laws and regulations related to water quality, public health and the environment.
  5. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to the supplemental questions, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials notrequested .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 for required certifications may be required prior to the 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:

  • Posting:07/27/20 - 08/10/20
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 08/10/20
  • Eligible List: Week of 08/17/20
  • Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 08/24/20

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change
Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé online, as well as answer the supplemental questions 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 answers to the supplemental questionswill be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your answers to each supplemental questionshould include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications.You may want to prepare your answers offline and then cut and paste into the text box provided.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to your supplemental questions and résumé 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.

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later thanthe closing date and timeof this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted .

Additional Information

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.

Terrol Johnson, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-3172

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 8/10/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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