Job Details

Resource Recovery Division Manager (Analyst IV)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 09/23/2019

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) seeks a highly-skilled Division Manager who will lead the evolving Resource Recovery Division of the Wastewater Group. Under direction of the Wastewater Group Manager, the division manager is responsible for ensuring the operations and activities of the biosolids, biogas and reuse water resources and programs are effectively applied, optimized and carried out in compliance with City objectives, federal and state laws, and regulations, and other contracts and agreements.

The Resource Recovery Division Manager will be a visionary promoter and engaged manager who will lead and participate in key efforts to build program support and participation with internal and external program stakeholders to help the Wastewater Treatment Plant be recognized as a 'utility of the future.' The position manages, supervises, performs and supports research, development and implementation of resource recovery programs and project plans, energy initiatives and other related activities designed to meet the organization's goals and service objectives. The Division Manager will create a collaborative work environment where equity is embedded in resource recovery management operations, programs, policies, services and business practices in accordance with BES' Equity and Strategic Plans.

The Resource Recovery Division Manager will be responsible for the optimal production, delivery and disposition of renewable resource products to generate revenue and/or reduce costs while attaining the highest and best use of those renewable resources. The manager oversees, the planning, organization, administration and direction of the existing biosolids beneficial reuse and biogas utilization programs with total annual combined expenditures and/or revenues estimated to be $10 - 15 million dollars for the hauling, reuse, and/or disposal of biosolids and treatment, delivery and sales and/or on-site use of biogas.

The position will also manage current and future plant water resources and will have leadership roles in energy management, and innovation on other resource recovery initiatives. The person in this position will be expected to serve in key advisory or support roles positioned to positively influence local, state and regional environmental policy and regulations that may appreciably impact the City's environmental strategies.

About the Bureau of Environmental Services
The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Our assets include two wastewater treatment plants, 98 pump stations, 3000 miles of pipes, and thousands of ' green' assets. BES is committed to diversity and equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community. For more information about BES, please visit

BES and Biosolids
The Bureau of Environmental Services works to find the most environmentally, economically, and socially responsible way to manage biosolids. Since its ribbon-cutting in 1952 the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant (CBWTP) has been beneficially using digester gas for energy needs to heat processes and buildings. For decades since then, the Bureau and the CBWTP have been innovative in employing energy conservation and production strategies and investments. The Bureau successfully composted and marketed biosolids in the 1980s and, since 1990, has land-applied biosolids to dryland pasture, dryland small grains, and irrigated small grains. BES is now making significant capital investments in a CNG/ fuel station and building a biogas treatment system that will produce a natural gas pipeline-quality product. The Bureau is developing contracts for the distribution and sale of renewable natural gas for use as vehicle fuel. These assets supplement existing facilities and current uses of digester gas. The CBWTP treats plant effluent for on-site reuse water purposes and plans on improving and expanding its ability and portfolio of water reuse assets for the future.

About the City of Portland
Lauded as one of the best places to live in America, Portland is a city with a vibrant downtown, diverse neighborhoods, natural beauty, good schools and friendly people. Home to about 680,000 residents within 145 square miles, Portland maintains deep ties to the Pacific Northwest's natural beauty. Portland is listed among the top 25 arts destinations in the United States, named one of the best cycling cities in North America, and one of America's best walking towns. Mount Hood, the Cascade Mountain Range and the renowned Oregon Coast are all just over an hour away. There are 37,000 acres of parks and green spaces within the metropolitan area including the largest urban wilderness in the U.S.: the 5,000-acre Forest Park located within the city limits. Average temperatures range between 34° in winter to 80° in summer and Portland receives 37" of rain annually, less than Seattle, Houston, Baltimore, Boston and Atlanta.

Why work at the City of Portland?
The City of Portland workforce is 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.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1.Knowledge and experience in managing and administering a program related to water, biosolids, engineering or an energy-related commodity field. (Knowledge and experience can be in engineering, operations and/or maintenance of a wastewater treatment system or other closely-related field. Closely related fields: water or energy utilities, wastewater treatment, water reuse, digestion, biosolids dewatering and beneficial use, biogas treatment and delivery systems)
2.Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations pertinent to program areas including but not limited to knowledge of the principles and practices of city/state rules for public contracting.
3.Ability to analyze difficult and complex program, administrative, operational and organizational objectives and issues, evaluating alternatives and reaching sound, logical and fact-based conclusions and recommendations.
4.Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing), collaborate and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders and partners, including effectively communicating in presentation settings.
5.Ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports, correspondence and other documents appropriate to the audience
6.Knowledge of and experience in employee management and supervision, and fostering an inclusive, positive and service-oriented work environment supporting workplace equity.

Applicants must also possess:
•A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.

A typical way oif meeting the minimum qualifications can be a combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following:
•Education/Training: Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in management, finance, business administration, public administration, or a related field; AND
•Experience: Eight (8) years of professional and responsible experience performing analytical or related work in a public agency.


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.

Job Posting: 9/2/19 - 9/23/19

Applications Reviewed: week of 9/23/19

Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 9/30/19

1st Round of Interviews: week of 10/14/19

2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): 10/28/19

Job Offer: November 2019

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change

Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online and 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 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 obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.
•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 answers to the supplemental questions any transferable 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 online no later than 11:59 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Do not attach materials not requested.


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 Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability 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.

John DiGrazia, Senior Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources
(503) 823-4034

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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