Job Details

Laboratory Manager

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 08/19/2019

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is hiring a Laboratory Manager for the Water Pollution Control Laboratory. This critical position delivers reliable analytical data to customers throughout the bureau, to other City agencies, and to regional public organizations to support strategic goals and requirements. The Laboratory Manager oversees all operations of the lab, aligns levels of service to customer objectives, makes strategic and fiscal decisions as to personnel and equipment, and participates in state and national environmental boards and committees to affect and respond to changes in regulations affecting the operations and services of the laboratory.

This nationally accredited laboratory is located within the Environmental Investigations Division - a technical data hub that supports bureau mission and objectives, such as regulatory compliance, utility design and construction, wastewater and stormwater management, treatment plant process control, property acquisition, watershed assessment, remediation, and pollution source control. The Laboratory delivers wastewater, biosolids, stormwater, surface water, groundwater, drinking water, soil, and sediment data from approximately 60,000 analyses per year, operates every day, and is the largest municipal full-service environmental laboratory in Oregon.

Major Job Duties:
The Laboratory Manager is a leadership position that collaborates with managers, clients, and employees within and outside of BES to meet performance goals. Major job duties of this position include:
•Managing the generation and delivery of high-quality, defensible, timely, and cost-effective chemical analytical data to internal and external data customers.
•Leading the development of laboratory strategic planning and implementation of annual work plans to execute that vision, including ongoing analysis and adaptive management of services, resources, capacities, methodologies, business processes, operating procedures, and work products.
•Maintaining accreditation through the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program and ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations, requirements, and permits;
•Leading, supervising, mentoring, retaining, and recruiting diverse, competent, innovative, and service-oriented staff to support the BES mission and strategic objectives.
•Stewarding the physical assets of the Laboratory and forecasting future fiscal needs to develop and administer an annual budget, a five-year financial plan, and necessary contract services.

About the Bureau
The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) works with Portland residents and businesses to protect 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, 3,000 miles of pipe, 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

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 650,000 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 related to managing and operating a full-service environmental laboratory.
2.Knowledge of and experience with quality assurance and quality control practices for a full range of laboratory analytical methods.
3.Knowledge of accreditation requirements and federal, state, and local regulations relevant to a municipal wastewater and stormwater utility, and the ability to interpret and apply them to maintain compliance.
4.Knowledge of leadership principles and practices, operational and strategic planning, budget administration, and program evaluation.
5.Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to convey highly technical information to a wide variety of audiences.
6.Ability to establish and cultivate effective relationships with employees, managers, peers, and customers to provide purposeful and effective levels of service.


An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions, 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 recruitment 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: 7/29/19 - 8/19/19

Applications Reviewed: week of 8/19/19

Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 8/26/19

1st Round of Interviews: October 2019

2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): October 2019

Job Offer/Start: November 2019

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change


Applicant Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional résumé online and answer all required supplemental questions, 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 answers to supplemental question will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.
•Your answers to the supplemental questions 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 the answers to the supplemental questions.
•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.

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, attach a copy of your DD214 / DD215 and / or Veteran's Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veteran's Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment you apply for.

Veteran's Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at time of application.

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. If you wish to identify yourself as an individual with a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and will be requesting accommodation, the requests must be made to the Analyst(s) named below No Later Than the Closing Date of This Announcement.

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

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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