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City of Portland Wastewater Operations Manager I in Portland, Oregon

Wastewater Operations Manager I




Wastewater Operations Manager I


$83,325.00 - $145,808.00 Annually


5001 N Columbia Blvd., OR

Job Type



Bureau of Environmental Services

Job Number



2/1/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Position


The Operations Division is a unit within the Bureau’s Operations & Maintenance Group. This Division includes operations and management work activities. Division staff monitor, assess, evaluate, operate, report, and comply with state and federal environmental regulations. The Operations Division includes about fifty (50) city staff as well as partnerships with other companies, organizations, and agencies that help leverage resources to reliably perform the critical monitoring and operation of pumping, treatment, and resource recovery functions using billions of dollars of valued city infrastructure.

The Position

This position resides in a Division within the Bureau’s Operations and Maintenance Group supported by internal O&M program resources as well as the Bureau’s Engineering, Strategy, Planning, Technical Services, Capital Project Management, and other Groups in integrated teams to deliver quality projects, facilities, and services to our ratepayers.

The Manager I position will be responsible for operation, maintenance, and truck hauling activities at the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (TCWTP). The position will supervise a subordinate B & C Shift Supervisor I and the corresponding off-shift operations activities at the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP). The Operations Division has about 50 full-time staff conducting activities on a 24/7/365 basis. 90% of the staff in the Division are Local 483 represented staff. The duties assigned to this position are on-going critical functions for the Operations and Maintenance Group during vital transition and change in the treatment plants program. There are critical decisions about the operation, maintenance, and capital reinvestment at the Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the State. There are project improvement needs at both plants that require full-time management. Responsibilities assigned to the position are broad in scope to allow for significant discretion in carrying out the mission and goals of the organizational unit and are evaluated in terms of overall program and cost-effectiveness.

The conveyance system is the largest in the state of Oregon and one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It is an extremely complex system that requires educated, trained, competent Operations staff with optimal tools to oversee and adjust. The staff must work under the direction of State-certified supervisors and managers to develop and submit data and reports demonstrating compliance with stringent environmental regulations daily.

The Operations Manager I will have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of specific programs or activities related to the operation of the Tryon Creek wastewater treatment facility and Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system assets.

  • Manage the B & C Shift staff that work at CBTWP and remotely operate TCWTP.

  • Plan staff work schedules, deadlines, workflow, and methods; recommending unit goals and standards.

  • Provide staff with leadership, direction, and support, and mentoring

  • Plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the performance of the unit.

  • Assist the Manager II in producing an updated operation and process plan for the treatment and CSO system and development of the Division’s five-year $50 million financial plan and $10M+ annual budget.

  • Review and approve vendor and professional contracts; review and manage budget allocations; manage direct reports.

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.

Work Location

Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. 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.

To Qualify

Applicants should specifically address and demonstrate in their cover letter and résumé how their education, training, and/or experience meet each of the following minimum qualifications:

1.Knowledge of principles of management, supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

  1. Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and local laws, statutes, regulations, and ordinances, and the ability to analyze, interpret, explain, and apply them.

  2. Ability to apply analytic and problem-solving skills to independently develop sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations.

  3. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; present information, proposals, and recommendations clearly and persuasively in public settings.

  4. Ability to collaborate with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross-culturally.

  5. Ability to manage a multicultural workforce, promote an equitable workplace environment, and apply equitable program practices to diverse and complex City services.

Special Requirements and/or Qualifications:

  • Grade III State of Oregon Certification at the time of appointment with the ability/intention and qualification to obtain Grade IV State of Oregon certification within six (6) months of the date of employment.

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 for required certifications may be required prior to the 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: 1/11/21 - 2/1/21

  • Applications Reviewed: Week of 2/1/21

  • Eligible List: Week of 2/8/21

  • Selection Phase Begins: Tentatively the week of 2/15/21

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

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.

  • 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.

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:


Terrol Johnson, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources


A Career with the City of Portland offers many Employee Benefits

This summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefts may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefit package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.

More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Benefits & Wellness Office at 503-823-6031.

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental) (

  • A choice of two medical/vision plans and two dental plans.

  • Coverage is available to benefits-eligible employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26.

  • For full time employees, the City pays 95% of the cost of coverage, you pay 5%.

  • The part-time employees' cost is pro-rated based on the number of hours in the employee's regular work schedule.

Wellness Benefits (

  • We offer many on-site fitness center locations and classes, stretching,

  • discounts to local fitness clubs,

  • smoking cessation benefits,

  • chronic care coaching programs,

  • worksite wellness screenings and flu shots.

Life Insurance (

  • Basic life insurance at no cost to full time employees.

  • Levels of coverage are based on bargaining units, employment status and/or annual salaries.

  • Supplemental life insurance - employees may purchase up to $500,000 for themselves

  • up to $300,000 for their spouse or domestic partner.

  • up to $25,000 for dependent children.

  • This coverage is portable upon retirement or separation. There are some limitations on coverage level.

Long Term Disability (

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Long Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of your basic monthly earnings up to $3,333 per month.

  • The benefit is available 60 days from the onset of the approved disability, or exhaustion of sick leave, whichever is later.

  • Preexisting condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Short-Term Disability (

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Short-Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of pre-disability earnings for eligible employees

  • The benefit is available after a 14-day waiting period, and can continue for 90 days.

  • Pre-existing condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% benefit (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Employee Assistance Plan (

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provides confidential counseling services for employees and eligible dependents.

  • Effective July 1, 2013, the plan provides up to five free visits per year.

Flexible Spending Accounts (

  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) allows you to make pre-tax contributions to your account to pay for eligible medical/dental/vision expenses which are not paid by your health insurance (deductibles, co-pays, etc.)

  • Dependent Care Account Program (DCAP) allows you to pay for your eligible dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum allowable you may contribute to this plan is $5,000.

Retirement (

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

  • The City currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.

  • Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65 (age 60 for police and fire.)

  • Option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre-tax basis to the City's Deferred Compensation Program ( .

Paid Leave

  • 112 hours of vacation ( each year initially. This accrual will increase over time.

  • Sick leave ( typically accrues up to a maximim rate of 40 hours per calendar year

  • 10 paid holidays ( each year

  • Three personal days accrue each year

Family Medical Leave

In accordance with federal and state law, and the City policy for family medical leave, the City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical related reasons.

Other Benefits (

  • City's TRIP Reduction Incentive Program (for transportation options)


Thank you for your interest in joining the team at the City of Portland. We sincerely value your time and hope to make your application experience as positive as possible.

Your cover letter, and resume are an important step in the examination and selection process to assist us in determining if you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the posted vacancy.

A lack of a complete and thorough information in your application materials to each of the qualifications listed in the To Qualify section may result in disqualification from the examination. The information you provide must accurately reflect what is documented in your work history/resume.

Your cover letter needs to specifically address all of the qualifications listed in the "To Qualify" section, they are required for this position. Please provide detailed examples for each qualification that specifically address the qualification(s). Saying "See resume", to any of the minimum qualifications may result in elimination from further consideration.

If you are requesting veterans' preference, please be sure to indicate that you are a veteran and also upload a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's administration letter stating your disability. Veteran's preference documentation must be submitted by the closing time of this announcement.

Have you read and understood all of the information listed above?

  • Yes

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(Answer will not disqualify you from the process)

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