Pump Station Operations and Maintenance Supervisor (Supervisor II)

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


The Position

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking a Pump Station Operations and Maintenance Supervisor to join its hardworking, diverse, and talented team. This position resides within the Operations and Maintenance Group, an organizational unit within BES that protects public health, water quality and the environment by operating, maintaining, and administrating wastewater and stormwater collection, pumping and treatment systems and managing related programs. Our assets include two wastewater treatment plants, 98 pump stations, 3000 miles of pipes, and thousands of 'green' assets. This opening is an opportunity to work in an exciting field that includes the opportunity to work at one of the largest pump stations pump stations in the United States and a unique state-of-the-art Combined Sewage Overflow (CSO) system.

The Pump Station Operations and Maintenance (PUMA) Supervisor is a highly skilled management position that performs a variety of specialized technical and supervisory tasks in support of the Maintenance Division in the Operations and Maintenance Group. Under the general direction of the Division Manager, this position manages the program and supervises personnel in effectively operating and maintaining 98 pump stations and associated air/vacuum structures and ventilation facilities located throughout the city. A successful candidate will have strong communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership skills as well as knowledge of mechanical assets and experience in supervision.

As the Operations and Maintenance PUMA Supervisor, you will:

  • Lead, supervise, and provide assistance to the pump station operation and maintenance program; create a positive and supportive work environment; promote and enforce workplace safety; promote an equitable workplace that demonstrates an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  • Plan, schedule, organize, and direct the program comprised of 13 union-represented highly-skilled Industrial Maintenance Millwrights responsible for the operations, maintenance, and repair of pump station infrastructure.
  • Develops work unit goals as well as practices and procedures for the day-to-day operations; communicate expectations to staff; organize and lead staff meetings; prepare annual workplans for the program; and monitor program performance.
  • Develop and administer the program budget; regularly monitor the budget-to-actual expenditures; authorize expenditures; and plan for future needs.
  • Develop and establish performance requirements and personal development targets for assigned staff,monitor and manage performance, provide coaching for performance improvement, and conduct annual performance reviews.
  • Manage agreements and contracts and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders regularly.
  • Participate in the Call-Out Coordinator duty rotation several weeks per year for coordinating after-hours response to urgent system needs (Management leave is provided for this after-hours on-call work).

About the Bureau of Environmental Services
This is an exciting time to join the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES). Together we are re-imagining the work we do to ensure it aligns with Our Values:

  • We implement equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery.
  • We value our customers and partners.
  • We carefully manage our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources.
  • We encourage leadership among our employees in our City and community.
  • We support a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce.
  • We urge respectful communication and transparency.
  • We advance innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.

At BES, we value our customers and partners; Portlanders' sense of connection to their waterways; conscientious stewardship of our watersheds, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and financial resources; a diverse, collaborative, healthy, and engaged workforce; leadership among our employees and in our City and community; equity in our workplace, business practices, and service delivery; clear communication and transparency; innovative, sustainable, and resilient solutions.
BES is seeking talented individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds with knowledge, ability, and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities; and that desire to work collaboratively and creatively to broaden the variety of innovative ways to partner with and serve all Portland communities.
To learn more about the work we do at BES, click on the link: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/
Our BES 10-Year Strategic Plan can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/75720

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. or more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here .

Work Location
This position will work onsite 4 days per week and will telework 1 day per week. 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 specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  1. Knowledge and experience with the principles and practices of leadership and employee supervision, including training, scheduling and directing staff and promoting an equitable workplace environment.
  2. Knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques, and equipment used in the installation, maintenance, and repair of mechanical systems and machinery common to a wastewater collection and pumping system.
  3. Knowledge of safety practices, safe work methods and safety regulations pertaining to the work.
  4. The ability to make informed decisions with established policies and procedures that influence the daily operations of the unit and work of subordinate staff.
  5. The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, communicate effectively and coordinate program activities with multiple stakeholders.

Applicant must also:

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in your cover letter and resume weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not re q uested. 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.

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 5/29/2023
  • Applications Reviewed: week of 5/29/2023 and 6/5/2023
  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 6/5/23 or 6/12/23
  • 1st Round of Interviews: mid/end June
  • Job Offer: late June/early July

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.
** PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies**

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 it was 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.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process.
Do not attach materials not requested. 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 skill to assist the community. More about the language pay differential can be found here.
Did you know? The City of Portland has How to Apply Videos and offers How to Apply Classes. 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 class, they are also available once a month.
Contact Information:
Bureau of Human Resources
Karen Ehn, Senior Recruiter

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

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