Engineering Supervisor (Asset Management)

City of Portland, Oregon
October 13, 2021
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

Workplaces across Portland, the United States and the world are making tough decisions about how to protect their employees and community from COVID-19. We, too, find ourselves in the middle of this complex situation at the City of Portland. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, all City employees are required to be fully vaccinated, effective October 18, 2021. Proof of full vaccination, or documentation of plans to become fully vaccinated (e.g., partially vaccinated however too soon for second dose, etc.) will be required prior to being hired by the City of Portland. The required vaccination is a minimum qualification requirement to be hired by the City of Portland. We understand that some are unable to be vaccinated for a variety of reasons, including medical and religious/spiritual reasons. Should you be offered employment with the City of Portland, there is an exception process that provides for an exception and reasonable accommodation based on a qualified medical condition or religious/spiritual reason. Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine ( Exceptions only apply to candidate(s) offered a position; please do not submit at this time)

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

  • Do you have experience in asset management?
  • Are you interested in helping to implement key business practices, including equity, for a major water utility?
  • Do you like working in a collaborative team environment?
  • Are you an empathetic leader with the ability to lead while understanding the contexts, experiences, and needs of others?
  • 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!
The Engineering Supervisor position leads the Water Bureau Asset Management program and directs staff within the Asset Management Branch. The Asset Management Branch is responsible for identifying, documenting, and recommending approaches to, and implementing the key business practices of asset management within the Water Bureau.

This position is responsible for ensuring that the Water Bureau continues to advance in its use of asset management in the planning and execution of its operations through the adoption of asset management frameworks across the organization. The position provides data, guidance, and tools to assist the Bureau in managing its asset portfolio. Key duties of this position include:

  • development of Asset Management Plans for water system asset groups, and implementation of strategies;
  • support of decision making on water system asset renewal and maintenance efforts;
  • development and application of analytical tools for asset management, including risk ranking and business case development;
  • continued development and application of system-wide risk evaluation and key service levels, while assessing equity considerations;
  • development of processes and procedures to capture information for high level and complex decision-making in optimizing the lifespan of utility assets;
  • advocacy, collaboration and coordination with colleagues throughout the City regarding utility asset management decisions and activities;
  • representation as Asset Manager for the Water Bureau as part of City activities and outside research efforts;
  • supervision of the Asset Management Branch.

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) has been recognized as a national leader in the use of asset management in the water utility business, and the individual in this position is expected to help continue with those efforts.

What You'll Get to Do:
Asset Management

  • Your main role will be implementing and continually upgrading all aspects of an Asset Management Program assessing Bureau performance and functions. You will help develop tools, benchmarks and metrics, and lead the organization in making recommendations to bureau services, programs and project teams, policies, and procedures in alignment with these benchmarks and metrics.
  • You will help produce clear and relevant communication materials, reports, and presentations to guide decision-making and awareness for both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • You will act as a liaison for the Bureau with other City asset management activities and outside research efforts.

Implement key business practices, including equity, for a major water utility

  • This job will require frequent presentations and consensus building as the leader of the Water Bureau's Asset Management Steering Committee, a group of high level managers for all groups within the Bureau.
  • You will be recommending key business practices based on analysis and study.
  • You will work with the Bureau's Equity and Policy Team, and collaborate with other bureaus across the City, to embed equity criteria into asset management decision-making.
  • You will help strengthen the Water Bureau personnel's understanding of asset management definitions, expectations, standards, opportunities, and resources.
  • You will be directly responsible for reviewing plans and studies for conformance to Water Bureau standards, State and Federal requirements, and all other city laws, codes, and applicable standards. Plans and studies may require a State of Oregon Professional Engineer Stamp.

Work in a collaborative team environment

  • This job is highly collaborative. You will report to an Engineering Manager within the Engineering Services Group, but will work closely with employees from all over the Portland Water Bureau, and within the City of Portland.
  • You will supervise a small number of engineers and analysts. You will be responsible for directing their work, mentoring them in the ways of Asset Management and City of Portland processes.

Empathetically lead with the ability to understand the contexts, experiences, and needs of others

  • This position will require program and people leadership skills, as you will collaborate with teams throughout the Water Bureau. You will also support and mentor staff and advise the Water Bureau's Management Team. Advocacy of the Asset Management program will be key in helping the Bureau reach key decisions on Capital improvement programs, maintenance programs, and funding levels.

Build a diverse and equitable workforce and inclusive workplace

The City is offering an Optional Information Session for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

About the Bureau:
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. We work to uproot systemic inequities and their impacts on our employees and the people we serve. We are committed to the difficult-and essential-work of transforming Water Bureau policies, practices, and culture to better serve historically and currently oppressed communities. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and people with disabilities, are encouraged to apply for this position. The Water Bureau values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public.
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.

Our values:
Honor our responsibility. We take part in a long legacy of careful stewardship of natural resources, infrastructure, and public trust. We never forget that water is essential.
Serve our community. We know people depend on us. We are dedicated to listening, communicating, and acting with compassion.
Work well. Our strength lies in the skills, expertise, and creativity our employees bring to work every day. We work hard, we work safely, and we adapt.
Use money wisely. We work to control costs while maintaining high standards. We invest to make our water system stronger, more flexible, and better prepared for challenges ahead.
Build relationships. We recognize the power of collaboration--with customers, coworkers, and partner organizations. Our relationships guide our work.

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, 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
Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, or 3) revert to full-time at a city work location.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and answers to the supplemental questions how their education, training, work experience, and/or lived experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Thorough knowledge of engineering theory, principles, and practices.
  2. Thorough knowledge of asset management principles, practices, trends, policies, and standards.
  3. Knowledge of project and program planning and management, organization principles, budgeting, scheduling, cost control, and management fundamentals and methods.
  4. Knowledge of principles and standards of leadership and employee supervision, including training, scheduling, and performance evaluation.
  5. Ability to supervise and direct staff of non-technical, technical, professional, and other staff.
  6. Ability to supervise a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.

Applicant must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate or have an approved exception by date of hire.
  • A certificate to practice as a registered Professional Engineer and the ability to get a valid Oregon Professional Engineer license within 6 months of appointment.

Ideal Candidate Profile:A typical way of meeting the minimum qualifications for this position would be any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following:

  • Education/Training: Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university in engineering
  • Experience: At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience as a professional engineer including three (3) years' experience at a supervising level. At least five (5) years' experience in asset management or similar field.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and responses to the supplemental questions 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:

  • Posting: 10/11/2021-11/08/2021
  • Virtual information session: 10/25/2021
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 11/08/2021
  • Eligible List: week of 11/15/2021
  • First Round of Interviews: 11/29/2021 - 12/10/2021
  • Second Round of Interviews: 12/10/2021 - 12/20/2021
  • Job Offer: Week of 12/20/2021
  • Start date is flexible and can be anytime between 2-6 weeks from offer date

Please note: All timelines are approximate and subject to change. This timeline may be delayed due to impacts from the current COVID-19 situation.

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional resume and answer all 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 supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
  • Your supplemental question answers 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 your answers to the supplemental questions.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume 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.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: .

Questions about the application process?
John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 758-2030

To assist you in understanding this position, a one-hour online information session on the Engineering Supervisor position will be offered at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25th, using Zoom. The representative from the Portland Water Bureau and a representative from the Portland Bureau of Human Resources will share information about the position and the hiring process. Time will be reserved for a question and answer period. Prospective candidates may participate by phone or computer, but are not required to use video or their full names to allow for anonymity. You are not required to attend to apply for this job.
If you need an interpreter or other accommodations to fully participate in this meeting, please contact Mike Saling,, by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 20th.

How to join:
Link of virtual info session:
Join by phone at: +1 253 215 8782
One tap mobile:+12532158782,,87880303113#,,,,,,0#,,890642#
Meeting ID Number: 878 8030 3113
Meeting Password: 890642Closing Date/Time: 11/8/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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