Portland Bureau of Transportation Director III – Extended

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


The Position

The City of Portland is committed to anti-racism, equity, transparency, communication, collaboration, and fiscal responsibility. These values, competencies, and associated behaviors guide our actions as we engage our workforce and serve the community. They are reflected in everything we do and every decision we make. Joining our team, means you will be committed to this work and will be held accountable to these values.

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is a community partner in shaping a livable city. The bureau plans, builds, manages and maintains an effective and safe transportation system that provides people and businesses access and mobility.

The City of Portland is recruiting for a highly experienced professional to lead the Bureau of Transportation. The Director of the Bureau of Transportation is an at-will position, currently reporting to Commissioner-in-Charge. This reporting structure will be maintained through calendar year 2024, at which time the Director will report either directly or indirectly to the new city manager through a different organizational structure that has yet to be determined.

The Director of the Bureau of Transportation is responsible for managing a highly capable workforce of over 1,000 union-represented and non-represented full-time equivalent employees. The bureau has an approximately $570 million annual budget and manages a $16 billion transportation system with many elements. Some, like the Streetcar and roads, are large-scale pieces of infrastructure valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Others, like street signs or sidewalk corners, support a mobile and connected city in smaller, but no less vital, ways. The number and variety of the assets in the bureau's portfolio explain the wide-ranging and multifaceted nature of its work.

The Director will be someone whose experience enables them to effectively manage the Office of the Director and the bureau leadership team, which includes many different facets from street maintenance, to planning, to intergovernmental relationships.

The Bureau of Transportation is organized into the following groups:

  • Office of the Director
  • Policy, Planning, and Projects
  • Parking Services
  • Engineering Services
  • Maintenance Operations
  • Development Permitting and Transit
  • Business Services
  • Traffic Systems and Operations

Learn more about the Portland Bureau of Transportation: portland.gov/transportation

About the PBOT Director Position:
This is a critical and dynamic time for transportation and for the future of Portland. Through its scope, variety of services, and key role in regional relations and more, the transportation department plays an important part in ensuring a bright future for the City of Portland.
The Director will be someone whose experience enables them to set a positive vision and manage to those outcomes, in order to create an effective transportation future for the City of Portland. The Director will successfully manage the Office of the Director and the bureau leadership team towards those outcomes.

In addition to the job qualifications listed below, the successful candidate will demonstrate leadership in key areas that are essential to the future of transportation in Portland, including:

Asset Management & Data Leadership - You will use data to make well-informed, thoughtful decisions and ensure that fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities are met. You will use performance or other outcome measures to develop budgets, evaluate asset performance and life-cycle, and strengthen organization accountability and effectiveness.
Climate Leadership - You will develop partnerships with agencies, organizations, and the community to meet City Climate Action Plan goals. You will understand how decisions impact vulnerable populations and how decisions today in transportation will affect community for generations.
DEI Leadership - You will be an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion champion in the workplace, including build pathways for government careers in underrepresented communities. You will inspire and motivate employees and create a culture of safety, respect, collaboration, and accountability.
Good Government Leadership - You will facilitate, negotiate and build consensus among diverse customers and stakeholders, including elected officials. Additionally, you will lead, large-scale change management, involving community input.

These themes are woven through the following job qualifications for this position:

  • Executive Leadership
  • Communications
  • Community/ Public Involvement
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Transparency
  • Change management

Job Qualifications:

Executive Leadership - The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience managing complex systems and be a seasoned leader in the transportation field. This experience should be inclusive of a transportation background, organizational, operational, and technical skills. The successful candidate should value all modes of transportation. Strong innovation and advocacy skills are recommended as well as being a visible leader who can manage, empower, and advocate for the workforce. Experience developing a culture of accountability, improving individual/bureau-wide performance management, as well as overseeing project delivery. Experience and knowledge of the transportation bureau's role in addressing population growth, climate change, and implementation of city-wide climate action goals. Experience and knowledge of the transportation bureau's goals around safety and the implementation of Vision Zero priorities.

Communications - Ability to develop a communication strategy and be able to translate complicated issues to all audiences. Ability to articulate and share PBOT's story/narrative and goals to residents and the community. Ability to listen and be an inclusive problem-solver engaging with stakeholders who agree and oppose the position of PBOT.

Community/Public Involvement - Ability to build trust and partnerships within the community/public. Demonstrated value for and ability to incorporate community engagement in implementing programs, projects, and policies.

Collaboration - Ability to work collaboratively with other City of Portland bureaus and maintain partnerships with regional government entities, community-based organizations, jurisdictions/inter-jurisdictions, and the private sector.

Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion - Proven experience supporting and maintaining an organizational culture that values equity and inclusion. Knowledge of Portland's history and how transportation has affected gentrification, displacement of communities of color, housing, public health, and economic development. Ability to critically analyze issues such as equity, access to transportation, socio-economic status, and mobility for underserved communities and vulnerable populations. An essential understanding of how transportation and safety issues affect people of color, women, youth, older adults, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Transparency - Demonstrated ability to be transparent about projects, individuals/contractors working on projects, and timelines. Ability to provide updates and information on performance metrics, outcomes, and how public funds are being used. Experience ensuring transportation data is made publicly available to understand and address policy changes.

Change management expertise - Experience with and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies and tools.

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 (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/article/763427).

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 (http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bhr/60196), 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. In the future, current positions classified as "full-time remote" will: 1) become a remote/onsite mix or 2) revert to full-time at a city work location.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement
As of October 18, 2021, all City employees must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This is required for all positions at the City of Portland. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required by date of hire. You may request an exception , for health or religious reasons, from getting the COVID-19 vaccine at the time a position is offered.

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter, resume, and equity statement how their education, training and/or experience meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Experience with managing a large, complex transportation department ideally in a city, state, or federal entity.
  2. Knowledge of relevant laws, statutes, regulations, and ordinances, and the ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply them to daily operations.
  3. Ability to manage functions and operations, including employee engagement and budget administration, and apply program practices to diverse and complex services.
  4. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people historically underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs, projects, and activities; communicate cross-culturally.
  5. Ability to manage a diverse workforce, promote an inclusive workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to the day-to-day functions within the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Applicants must also possess:

  • Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 per City/State mandate. If unvaccinated, exception process must be completed by date of hire. Exception guidelines/process can be accessed here: Exception Request Process for COVID-19 vaccine

The Recruitment Process

Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a professional résumé and cover letter 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.

  • Your cover letter should include details describing your education, training, certification and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications and ability to meet the minimum requirements listed in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
  • Your résumé 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 Veterans' 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.
  • Do not attach documents not requested.

In addition to providing a cover letter/resume please submit a separate equity and anti-racism statement outlining your commitment and experience successfully developing and delivering equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist approaches to executive management.

Experiences may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lived experience as a member of an underrepresented group.
  • Experience living, working, and meaningfully engaging with individuals with a variety of identities; and,
  • Track record of instilling equity, inclusion, and anti-racist practices within operations.

If your experiences are different from those listed and you have a commitment to equity, anti-racism, and inclusion, please explain how you will manifest that commitment in this position.

Equity Commitment:
For applicants who meet the qualifications of this position, in accordance with the adoption of the Charles Jordan Standard and the City of Portland's commitment to equity, the highest qualified minority candidates, highest qualified candidates identifying as female, and highest qualified candidates who identify as a person with a disability will be included in the final interview process. To identify candidates who should be considered under the Charles Jordan Standard , we are asking applicants who meet the qualifications for this position to include information identifying their status as a minority, woman, and/or identification as an individual with a disability in the required equity statement.

Please see the City's Charles Jordan Standard Portland Resolution No. 37180 for more link: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/article/564587


  • Position Opens: Monday, April 17th
  • Application Deadline: Monday, May 22nd
  • Candidates Notified of Interview: by Friday, May 26th
  • Interviews: Final week of May/beginning of June
  • Finalist Meets with Commissioner: mid-June
  • Job Offer contingent on Background Check

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

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 rel igious 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 skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/bhr/class-comp/language-pay-differential-overview

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: Events | Career Center | Portland.gov .

Terrol Johnson, Executive/Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Closing Date/Time: 5/22/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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