The Portland Water Bureau is seeking an Environmental Compliance Manager to develop, manage and oversee environmental regulatory compliance programs and strategies for the bureau.
The position will report to the Resource Protection and Planning Group Director and manage the Environmental Compliance Division overseeing five full-time technical and policy staff and four to five seasonal field staff. The position is responsible for implementation of the Water Bureau’s Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), a comprehensive 50-year approach to anadromous fish and wildlife habitat restoration and conservation in the Sandy River Basin. In this role, the position work closely with Water Bureau Operations, Engineering and Hydropower staff to ensure that the City’s drinking water and hydroelectric systems operate in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations. Implementation of the HCP also requires regular coordination and collaboration with fish restoration stakeholders in the Sandy River Basin (Sandy River Basin Partners) and state and federal regulators (Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the National Marine Fisheries Service). The position will also play a key role in the City’s future planning, preparation and communications with regulators on the relicensing process for its hydroelectric facilities.
Management responsibilities include supervision and assignment of duties for staff; contract management for professional technical services; environmental compliance program evaluation; and budget development and monitoring for the assigned division. Direct duties are focused on relationship development, maintenance and collaboration with bureau staff, stakeholders and regulators. The successful candidate for the position will be trusted to exercise considerable discretion in carrying out responsibilities independently and to demonstrate ongoing awareness of national, regional, and local environmental issues affecting drinking water provision
All of the following minimum qualifications are required for this position. Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications.
Knowledge and experience applying the fundamental natural sciences underlying healthy aquatic ecosystems including hydrology, botany and/or forestry, geology and fisheries science.
Knowledge and experience applying the principles of management and supervision, including training and performance evaluation.
Knowledge and experience analyzing, interpreting, explaining and applying the federal, state, and local environmental laws, statutes, regulations, and ordinances including the federal Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
Ability and experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including regulators, colleagues and stakeholders; demonstrate tact, diplomacy, and patience, and gain cooperation through discussion and collaboration.
Ability and experience collaborating with communities of color and people traditionally underrepresented in local decision-making; facilitate inclusive participation in programs and activities; communicate cross culturally.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Portland Water Bureau
The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of the critical infrastructure, fiscal, and natural resources entrusted to our care.
We enhance public health and safety and contribute to the economic viability and livability of the Portland metropolitan region. We are a recognized leader among water service agencies across the country.
The Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the forest to customers’ faucets since 1895. Portland’s high quality water comes primarily from the Bull Run Watershed, an unfiltered surface water supply with rainfall that generates a highly reliable source for the region with two reservoirs and a capacity of more than 200 million gallons per day. In addition, the bureau is fortunate to have a robust secondary source with the Columbia South Shore Well Field, which is another high quality source of water that serves to augment supply during summer months, allows the bureau to manage turbidity issues in the Bull Run watershed, and can meet the daily demand of the City on its own when necessary.
The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a proje...cted five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. The utility is one of only a dozen or so utilities in the United States with a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investment Services, which is a reflection of the bureau’s responsible fiscal management that enables the bureau to benefit its ratepayers with low borrowing costs for its capital program.
The bureau is also recognized as a national leader in pioneering its model of asset management in the water utility industry. This method of prioritizing key maintenance, replacement, and construction needs helps maximize the impact of limited resources against the vast maintenance demands of a large water system. In addition, the bureau has a robust program that is very proactive in the protection of the natural environment that provides the region’s water, as well as mitigating the downstream impacts on fish habitat.