Engineering Supervisor

City of Portland, Oregon
May 10, 2023
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The Portland Water Bureau is seeking an Engineering Supervisor to lead the Development Services Branch of the Engineering Services Group.

Are you a leader and visionary who enjoys finding solutions and creating and innovating?

Are you interested in helping to build a customer-oriented team that uses engineering principles to reach collaborative solutions?

Do you have experience in preparing or reviewing engineering plans?

Do you like working in a collaborative team environment?

Do you enjoy building a diverse and equitable workforce and inclusive workplace?

If your answers are yes, you may be the Engineering Supervisor we are looking for.

About the Position
The Engineering Supervisor position leads the Water Bureau Development Services response and directs staff within the Development Services Branch. The Development Services Branch is responsible for all Water Bureau development-related business including utility permitting, building plan review, public works permit review, and land use review services, which require staff to approve/deny applications, set conditions, apply/collect fees, ensure compliance with Bureau, City, state, and local codes, and monitor overall service delivery to the customer.

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting staff and city goals by building a customer service-oriented team,
  • Representing the Water Bureau at meetings with customers, other City bureaus, governmental entities, and the city council, problem-solving customer issues when needed.
  • Collaborate with Managers from other Infrastructure and Development B ureaus as the City transitions to a new form of City G overnance as a part of Charter Reform.
  • P roviding quality control and application of Engineering standards in development applications using sound engineering judgment to develop alternatives if required.
  • Support City Council and Bureau directives by reviewing allocation of work to staff, prioritizing directives, and clearly communicating trade-offs to leadership.
  • Establish ing effective teams to accomplish project goals and meet customer expectations.
  • Serv ing as subject matter expert for engineering standards for a potable water system , with knowledge and practice applying engineering standards for the storm, sanitary and transportation design to support decision-making and collaboration of developer work.
  • Preparing letters and communications to customers, and private and public agencies and managing program information materials for the branch's web presence, forms, and brochures.
  • The leadership of the Water Bureau Development Services B ranch with ten staff.

Although not required, you may have one or more of the following:

  • Experience in the development community through preparation or review of engineering plans for development .
  • Experience working with the public and other agencies to achieve collaborative solutions.
  • Experience with applying the Uniform Plumbing Code and the Oregon Specialty Plumbing Code for development on private property.
  • Knowledge of water meter sizing and fire suppression system design.

About the Water Bureau
The Portland Water Bureau's 600 employees work together to serve almost a million people in the Portland area. The bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. The City of Portland Water Bureau's mission is to serve excellent water every minute of every day to almost 1 million customers in the Portland Metropolitan area. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position.

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.

More Information about the bureau:

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 click here.
Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, healthcare flexible and/or dependent care spending accounts, Carrot Fertility, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

Work Location
Many positions within the City are designated as hybrid and currently, the City requires you to work in person one day per week. Beginning in May 2023, most hybrid employees will be expected to perform at least half of their work in person. City Council approved a human resources administrative rule in January 2023, HRAR - 4.045, requiring employees, including those who are fully remote and hybrid, to perform work within Oregon or Washington. Employees have until May 4, 2023, to be in compliance with the new rule. For more information, click here.

To Qualify

Applicants must meet each of the following minimum qualifications. Describe in their cover letter and resume how their education, training, and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of engineering theory, principles, and practices.

  1. Knowledge of project and program planning and management, organization principles, budgeting, scheduling, cost control, and management fundamentals and methods.

  1. Knowledge of principles and standards of leadership and employee supervision, including training, scheduling, and performance evaluation. Ability to supervise and direct staff of non-technical, technical, professional, and other staff.

  1. Ability to supervise a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A certificate to practice as a registered Professional Engineer and the a bility to get a valid Oregon Professional Engineer license within 6 months of appointment.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their cover letter and resume, are weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. 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 may be required prior to 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:

  • Job Posting Closes: 5/29/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 6/5/2023
  • Eligible List Created: week of 6/5/2023
  • First Round Interview: Tentatively week of 6/19/2023
  • Job Offer: Tentatively first week of July 2023

**Timeline is approximate and subject to change without notice**

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional resume online, 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 cover letter will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • 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 resume should support the details described in the 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.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter 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 than the closing date and time of 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, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), 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.

Language Pay Differential
City of Portland employees who speak one or more languages in addition to English may be eligible to receive a "language pay differential." This is compensation for qualifying multilingual City employees who use their language skills to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes and How to Apply Videos. The class and the videos are free and review best practices for applying to the City. If you have questions after watching the videos you are invited to contact the recruiter listed on the announcement or starting in April 2023 you are invited to attend the Question and Answers session. If you prefer to attend a virtual in-person class, they are also available once a month. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates for the Question and Answer session and the How to Apply Class: .

Terrol Johnson
Senior Recruiter/Veteran Outreach Specialist

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerClosing Date/Time: 5/29/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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