The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) serves more than 900,000 retail and
wholesale customers, almost a quarter of Oregon's population. PWB values a
diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the
organization and with the public. The PWB, Engineering Services Group (ESG) is
responsible for planning, design and constructing the bureau's capital
improvement, developer and interagency projects using in-house and a variety of
contracting methods. The ESG has two vacancies and is seeking to fill those
positions. The Principal Engineer in the ESG is responsible for the planning,
organization, integration and direction of all activities within a specific
division of the ESG. The position has direct responsibility for the section
including budget estimating and control, program implementation, staff resource
allocation, work evaluation, and implementation of strategies to achieve ESG's
mission, goals and performance measures. Responsibilities include meeting key
performance measures, assisting in coordination of bureau and group projects
with other bureaus, agencies and affected jurisdictions, and providing input to
operational and capital improvement plans. A key component of the position is
to direct and evaluate the performance of assigned managers, supervisors and
The Principal Engineer is responsible for overseeing one of the divisions in ESG. There are five divisions each with roughly 20 to 30 employees and are divided into Planning, Design, Construction, Technical Services and Special Projects. Positions are rotated periodically so that each Principal may oversee each Division in their career. Each Principal Engineer is responsible for overseeing the staff including developing program budgets and performance metrics; directly managing large water infrastructure projects that require higher technical, communication and political awareness; and assisting the Chief Engineer in setting policy, guidance and direction within the ESG to meet the bureau's strategic goals.
This Principal Engineer participates in and may chair various professional and project committees; represents ESG on a variety of bureau-wide and city-wide programs; fills in for the Chief Engineer as needed, and is an emergency responder. PWB encourages applications from candidates with knowledge, ability and experience working with a broad range of individuals and communities with diverse racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Although not required, PWB also encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume.
Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. The following items are desirable, although not required: Experience with a municipal (or public) water agency. Bachelors of Science degree from an accredited college or university in engineering. At least ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in professional engineering including three (3) years' experience at a supervising engineer level.