Instrument Technician Supervisor (Supervisor I-E)

City of Portland, Oregon
September 15, 2020
Portland, OR
Job Type


The Position

The purpose of the Instrumentation Program is to properly maintain wastewater and stormwater treatment systems at the wastewater treatment plants, pump stations, and for the combined sewer overflow (CSO) system to meet the required levels of service while minimizing asset life-cycle costs at an acceptable level of risk. The program protects public health, water quality and the environment by operating and maintaining wastewater treatment and pumping systems in a manner that assures compliance with all applicable permits, regulations and contracts. This includes the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of instrumentation and automation systems at the Columbia Boulevard and Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plants, the CSO system, and 98 pump stations located throughout the City in an effective and efficient manner. This program also provides support for the implementation of Capital Improvement Program Projects at the treatment plants and pump stations.

The Electrical & Instrumentation Program is comprised of 3 work groups including the Electrical Shop (10 FTEs), the Instrumentation Shop (10 FTEs) and the Automation Support Team (7 FTEs). This position will oversee the Instrument Shop to manage the functions and work of the unit. This includes planning, assigning, supervising, and inspecting the work of journey-level instrument technicians involved in the design, installation, testing, calibration, modification, maintenance, repair and servicing of industrial instruments, equipment, devices, and controls used in the wastewater collection system and at large, state-of-the-art pump stations and wastewater treatment plants.

This position will have some or all of the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Plans, manages and directs the work unit; sets program workflow and priorities by communicating with management, operations, engineers, mechanics, electricians and instrumentation technicians concerning needs, level of service, budgets, and technical issues; collaborates with senior management in carrying out the City/Bureau's mission and objectives and in preparing initiatives to implement the strategic plan;
  • Establishes work unit goals and performance measures and is directly responsible for the success of the work unit in achieving these
  • Collaborates with senior management in developing, recommending and implementing plans, policies, systems and procedures applicable to the work unit and prepares an annual workplan for the Instrumentation program.
  • Reviews state and federal regulations and electric codes for impacts and ensures compliance with safety requirements/codes, State of Oregon Master Permit and codes. Evaluates instrumentation systems by performing inspections and consulting with planners, management, operations, and engineers; makes critical decisions regarding improvements/work on assets and systems to ensure levels of services and permit requirements are achieved.
  • Provides technical assistance; researches new methods, technologies and equipment and recommends their application.
  • Provides assistance to engineering in project prioritization, planning and implementation and recommends projects for the BES Capital Program.
  • Serves as O&MG Call-out Coordinator approximately 3-4 weeks per year.

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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 inALLpeople 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.

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 (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval. This position will work on-site.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge and experience working with the principles, methods, techniques, tools and equipment used in the installation, maintenance and repair of industrial process control instrumentation systems common to a large wastewater collection and treatment system or similar industry.
  2. Knowledge of the principles and standards of employee supervision, including training, scheduling and performance evaluation.
  3. Ability to supervise a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.
  4. Ability to analyze complex program, operational and administrative issues, evaluate alternatives and recommend and implement logical and effective courses of action.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, staff, and others encountered in the course of work.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and cover letter, 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:09/14/20 - 09/25/20
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 09/28/20
  • Eligible List: Week of 10/05/20
  • Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 10/12/20

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and a cover letter 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 letterwill 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.
  • Your résumé should support the details described in your cover letter.
  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your cover letter 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, 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.

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

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer Closing Date/Time: 9/25/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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