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Senior Engineering Associate-Civil (Open Continuous)

City of Portland, Portland, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 11/11/2019

The City of Portland is seeking Senior Engineering Associates!

This position will be open continuous from August 26th- November 11th. The first review period will include all applications submitted between August 26th- September 9th @ 11:59PM. Applications will continue to be reviewed monthly for the remainder of the process.

About the position: Continue your engineering career as a Senior Engineering Associate with the City of Portland! Enjoy the ability to have work life balance while also being challenged to perform intermediate to complex engineering and project management work.

Senior Engineering Associates perform intermediate to complex engineering and project management work. The work involves applying advanced technical engineering knowledge to the solution of municipal engineering problems in the planning, design, construction management and maintenance, and review of impacts to the City's infrastructure: water, sewage, drainage, streets, parks and traffic management systems, often through development proposals. Senior Engineering Associates are responsible for managing several projects at once. Work is performed independently but under the direction of a professional engineer. Some positions may require a valid state driver's license.

Some SEA positions will be responsible for performing technical plan review of the existing infrastructure system through development and utility installation proposals. These positions will have a dynamic workload managing multiple reviews for building permits, land use cases, public work permits , and franchise utility proposals with critical deadlines.

Examples of some recent projects are: Performing plan review for Adidas, Block 216 (Portland's tallest new building at 35 stories, Port of Portland's Airport Expansion, Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) Expansions, Portland Public Schools, University of Portland, and Portland State University.

Other duties Include:
•Applying advanced technical engineering knowledge to the solution of municipal engineering problems in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City's infrastructure: water, sewage, drainage, streets, parks and traffic management systems
•Managing several projects with varying deadlines simultaneously
•Performing independently but under the direction of a professional engineer

An ideal candidate will have an EIT certificate with at least 2 years of experience performing related work described above and is comfortable working with internal (inside the bureau) and external customers (other bureaus, private engineering firms, franchised utilities such as PG&E, NW Natural, and the Telecoms, and the general public).


The current vacancies are within the Portland Water Bureau, Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation however this eligible list may also be utilized in the future to fill other vacancies.

The Portland Water Bureau:

Development Services Section
This section is a dynamic workgroup that performs plan review submitted by private developers with the focus on ensuring the existing public drinking water infrastructure is adequately sized and the protective clearances are met. The SEA portion of the section reviews Commercial Building permits, Public Works Permits, Proposed Subdivisions; attends Early Assistance Land Use meetings and prepares site specific estimates and fee statements. This group interfaces with many different groups within the bureau including design engineers, maintenance engineers, and maintenance and construction crews as well as engineers, technicians, architects, and inspectors from partner development review bureaus such as Portland Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, Bureau of Development Services, Urban Forestry, and Portland Fire and Rescue. Since we also communicate with the public daily, an ideal SEA candidate would feel comfortable with these daily interactions and communications.

Although this position requires related experience and is multi-faceted, it is not intended for those with much higher-level engineering experience. It is not supervisory and will not require managerial responsibilities.

Construction Management Section:
This position is within the Engineering Services Group of the Portland Water Bureau. Senior Engineering Associates in this position work under direct supervision to perform routine project management, contract management, and review and enforcement of project plans and specifications incorporating applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and code provisions. Other duties may include producing preliminary and final design plans and specifications, performing quantity takeoffs, writing technical documents including planning reports, design reports, asset management plans, and contract documentation, and other duties in support of providing Portland and surrounding wholesale customers with the highest quality drinking water. Construction management staff may work on a variety of capital improvement projects in Portland's Bull Run watershed and within the City to expand and maintain the supply and distribution systems. Projects may involve work on pipelines, tanks, pump stations, reservoirs, roads, and related facilities. Future openings in planning and design within the Engineering Services Group may also be filled with this recruitment.

Asset Management Section
This position may be asked to perform in several of the following subject matter areas, depending upon qualifications, as a part of the routine job functions:•Risk Management Program – assist engineers with maintaining a database of information on risk ranking and risk mitigation of PWB assets; perform field risk evaluations to keep the database accurate and current.
•Condition Assessment – participate in specialized pipe condition assessment; perform condition assessment of high-risk assets, especially pipes; assist operations in performing condition assessments of pump stations.
•Asset information - Maintain information on asset inventory, the condition of assets, and their replacement value, and prepare facility site plans.
•Annual Reporting – Assist engineers with data gathering and analysis for annual metric reporting on AM activities.
•Asset Management Plans – assist engineers with the preparation and update of existing asset management plans.
•Performance reporting - Establish and monitor key performance metrics for organizational and asset performance.
•Field Testing – Prepare work plans and conduct field testing of critical valves within the PWB transport and distribution systems

Bureau of Environmental Services:

BES Engineering Services Group, Asset Systems Management Division, for a Senior Engineering Associate.
ASM is responsible for supporting the Bureau's infrastructure master planning and asset management. The group also supports design, construction, maintenance, and permitting functions within the Bureau. This position may be asked to perform in several of the following subject matter areas, depending upon qualifications, as a part of the routine job functions:•Perform intermediate to advanced hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
•Use asset condition assessments, site visits and other data for system master planning, capital project planning, and design project support.
•Develop scope, schedule and budget estimates for modeling work to support assigned projects
•The duties require experience developing and utilizing hydrologic and hydraulic models such as US EPA's Stormwater Management Model (SWMM), XP-SWMM, InfoSWMM, Mike Urban, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, or equivalent computer applications and tools.
•Prepares or modifies key computer programs that support Bureau-wide engineering functions; performs related programming work, including flowcharting, program testing, problem solving
Prepares written correspondence, technical reports and City documents such as compliance reports for outside agencies and technical memorandum documenting modeling approaches and findings of engineering research studies

This classification is represented by PTE 17 (Formerly COPPEA) To view this labor agreement, please go to and click on the appropriate link.

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.


The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:
1.Experience applying civil engineering principles and practices related to public works, industrial and/or commercial project design and construction.
2.Experience in project management, construction management, and/or engineering analysis.
3.Experience planning, designing, managing construction, performing research and/or other engineering related projects.
4.Ability to interact effectively, to problem solve and partner with team members, both internal and external.
5.Ability to effectively communicate technical information verbally and in writing to stakeholders & customers.

Applicants must also possess:
•An Engineer-In-Training Certification, i.e., passed the State Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination at time of hire.
•• A valid state driver's license and acceptable driving record at the time of hire may be required for some positions


Step 1: Applications Received: Your resume and answers to the supplemental questions will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. A cover letter, although not required, may be attached as a 1 page letter of interest. 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 resume should support the details described in your answers to the supplemental questions.
•A cover letter is not required for this job. If you choose to attach one, it should be a brief 1 page letter of interest which will only be reviewed after the eligible list is established

Step 2: Minimum Qualification Review is conducted. This review consists of reading all of the supplemental questions and ensuring that the materials presented meet minimum qualifications.

Step 3: Eligible list is created. All candidates will be notified via email regarding status of their application. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Since this is an open continuous recruitment step 1 & 2 will repeat monthly as shown on the timeline below.

Step 4: Hiring manager and subject matter experts review applications materials of those on the eligible list. (Timeline: approximately 1-2 weeks)

Step 5: Interviews and Offer: Once the hiring manager has reviewed the applications they will reach out to schedule interviews and finally make an offer. ALL candidates will be notified throughout the process via email. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application you are welcome to contact the recruiter on this recruitment.

Tentative Timeline:
Job Opens: 8/26
First Review(Apps rec'd 8/26-9/9): 9/9-9/13
First Eligible List: Week of 9/16
Second review (Apps Rec'd 9/10-10/7): 10/7-10/14
Second Eligible List: Week of 10/14
Third Review (Apps rec'd 10/8-11/11): 11/11-11/15
Third/Final Eligible list: Week of 11/18

Please note: There will be multiple review periods since this is an open continuous recruitment. Hiring managers may utilize the eligible list at any time and you may be contacted by different bureaus. If you are placed on the eligible list, you DO NOT need to reapply through this recruitment.

Veteran's Preference:

If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your answers 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.

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.

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 the closing date and time 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.

Emily Mavraganis
Sr. Recruiter
Bureau of Human Resources

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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