State of Oregon Assistant Project Manager (ODOT18-2242oc) in Portland, Oregon

Assistant Project Manager (ODOT18-2242oc)



Assistant Project Manager (ODOT18-2242oc)


$65,412.00 - $96,624.00 Annually


Portland, OR

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1/6/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

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Announcement: ODOT18-2242oc

Assistant Project Manager – Professional Engineer 1

Region 1 Highway Division


ODOT Region 1 is recruiting a professional engineer to assist the project manager (PM) in leading one of four Portland field construction engineering offices and directing the activities of fourteen employees. In this role, you will help administer complex construction projects and will verify that contractor work is compliant with plans and specifications. In addition, you will analyze and solve problems and negotiate agreements for solutions with contractors. Other duties include leading the construction crew during inspection, surveying, design, project documentation and ensuring quality and quantity compliance.

ODOT is an award-winning organization more than 4,700 employees strong. We are nationally recognized for innovation in environmental considerations, public involvement and customer service, planning and design, and more. Join us in making a difference!

Click here to learn more about our mission and values.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

What's in it for you?

  • Do you thrive in a fast-paced, innovative environment? Do you enjoy working in a collaborative group with driven and passionate coworkers dedicated to making a difference? Come join our dynamic Region 1 team! Our employees work on projects that challenge the industry standard and that give back to our communities. We are currently working on projects from the recent transportation package, HB2017.

  • We value work/life balance at ODOT. With 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules, and competitive benefits packages – our time out of the office is just as important as time spent in the office. We are a recognized leader in the transportation industry and we offer our employees a robust benefit package that includes:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family. Our employee share percent for our medical plans is only 1% or 5% - depending on the plan you choose.

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation.

  • Vacation leave earned at 8 hours per month with the ability to roll over unused time across fiscal years with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments.

  • 24 hours additional leave earned each fiscal year.

  • We also offer our employees optional benefits ranging from life insurance to short and long term disability to flexible spending accounts.

  • A pension plan and an opportunity to defer pre-tax earnings for retirement, health care deductibles, child care, and transportation.

  • Grow your career with us – we offer unlimited growth potential in a variety of disciplines.

  • These benefits are just the beginning, click here to visit our full benefits website.

  • What makes Portland a great place to live or work? Click here to find out.

Additional Details:

This position is represented by the Association of Engineering Employees of Oregon (AEE).

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assign work to meet contractor schedules and needed staffing levels.

  • Mentor, train, counsel and assist with hiring employees.

  • Direct and review work, including construction, testing and survey work.

  • Monitor and review consultant firms.

  • Assist with contract administration for projects involving bridges, traffic signals, bikeways, major interchanges, etc.

  • Review erosion control plans, shop drawings, daily reports and monthly progress estimates.

  • Review test result summaries for accuracy and timeliness.

  • Anticipate and resolve project issues.

  • Prepare and monitor project engineering and construction budgets.

  • Review contract work for compliance with plans and specifications and safety requirements.

  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of documentation.

  • Participate in claim negotiations.

  • Maintain good relationships with cities, counties, utility providers and the public.

  • Participate as a member of a project development team.

  • Assume the role of project manager in their absence.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid professional engineer's (PE) license in civil, structural or transportation-related engineering.

Note: If registered in another state, successful applicants will be required to obtain professional registration in the state of Oregon within six months of hire.

Special Qualifications:

Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).

Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria: We will use your related work experience and education to determine whom to interview. Your application materials may be graded on spelling, grammar, punctuation, and presentation.

Working Conditions:

  • Tight time schedules with overlapping deadlines.

  • Work involves long, flexible hours and being on call 24/7/365.

  • Exposure to adversarial situations.

  • Work involves making immediate decisions, sometimes with conflicting priorities.

  • Exposure to highway traffic, construction equipment, inclement weather, rough terrain, dust, noise and safety hazards.

  • Work occurs both in the office and in the field.

  • Must be able to work up to 40 feet above ground.

Additional Information

Application Instructions:

We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, complete the state application, attach a cover letter as described below and answer our supplemental questions. Note that we have disabled several sections of the electronic application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review attachments we do not ask for.

Cover Letter: We require a cover letter that specifically and clearly demonstrates your interest in and qualifications for the position. Please title your cover letter using this format, "[last name]ODOT182242_Cover."

Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, including failing to attach a cover letter as described above, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.

Pre-employment Checks:

We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates who are not current ODOT employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, LEDS (Law Enforcement Data System), and/or education verification as required for the position.

Veteran's Points:

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veterans Resources. Please title your DD214 like this, "[Your Last Name] DD214" and your disability letter "[Your Last Name] Disability Letter." Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Note: DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans' preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

Work Authorization:

ODOT does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within three days of hire, successful candidates will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Questions and Application Support:

  • For questions about the job announcement, call 503-373-7377.

  • For technical help with your login or online application issues, call 1-855-524-5627 from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT M-F. If you leave a voicemail message, it may take up to 24 hours to receive a response. If you do not receive a response after 24 hours, you can email Technical Support at

We encourage you to print or save a PDF copy of your application.

Human Resources/Recruitment, MS12

355 Capitol St NE

Salem OR 97301-3871

Fax 503-986-3895

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other class protected by state or federal laws in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation during the application process. For questions, concerns, or complaints regarding EEO/AA/ADA, contact the employee civil rights and diversity manager at 1-877-336-6368 (1-877-EEO-ODOT). This information can be made available in an alternative format by contacting ODOT Recruitment at 503-986-3700. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.