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Portland Water Bureau

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204

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If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you. The Portland Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.

The Portland Water Bureau currently employs approximately 550 people. Employees work in a variety of work groups, both in the field and the office. All new employees attend a New Employee Orientation session within six months of employment. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

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Job Opportunities at the Water Bureau

Water Bureau Administrator 
Closing Date/Time
Mon. 06/01/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $138,984.00 - $199,160.00 Annually
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon
Job DescriptionThe City of Portland is recruiting for a highly experienced professional to lead its drinking water utility. The Administrator, an at-will position, reports to an elected member of the Portland City Council and is responsible for managing a highly capable workforce of over 550 union and non-represented employees. The bureau has over $8 billion in system assets, a proposed annual budget of $212 million and a projected five-year Capital Improvement Program budget of approximately $392 million. The successful candidate for this position will possess the experience necessary to provide policy planning, leadership, direction, and operation of the bureau and to manage the Administration Group and oversee the executive management team.
How to ApplyApply using NEOGOV.

Communications Director
Closing Date/Time
: Mon. 06/01/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $6,227.00 - $8,370.00 Monthly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon
Job Description: The Portland Water Bureau is seeking a Communications Director to manage and oversee communications functions for the bureau with a strong emphasis on long-term strategic efforts. This position will work closely with the bureau’s executive management team, assigned staff and the office of the Commissioner-in-Charge to develop appropriate and consistent messaging in accordance with bureau strategic plans, long-term planning documents and regulatory requirements to enhance and sustain the bureau’s water supply, public health, and stewardship mission.
How to Apply: Apply using NEOGOV.

Engineering Associate - Mechanical

Closing Date/Time
: Wed. 05/27/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $29.61 - $39.67 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Oregon
Job Description: The Engineering Associate is part of the Business, Industry, and Government (BIG) section of the Water Efficiency work group. This work group is within the Resource Protection and Planning Group of the Water Bureau. The BIG section provides services to industrial, commercial, and institutional customers of the Portland Water Bureau. Staff in the Water Efficiency work group values providing excellent customer service. Having the skill and ability to positively interact with people is important to the program. This position provides direct one-on-one services to customers, responding to customer calls and other requests for services.
How to Apply: Apply using NEOGOV.

Office Support Specialist II
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 05/25/15 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $16.22 - $23.29 Hourly
Job Type: Full Time
Location: 1900 Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Oregon
Job DescriptionThis recruitment will close when we have received 150 complete applications or on the posted closing date of May 25, 2015, whichever comes first. The Office Support Specialist II provides administrative support through a range of responsibilities based on the assigned bureau, division and/or unit. Work requires substantial multi-tasking abilities and judgment in analyzing situations and making decisions to select the most appropriate course of action within the established procedures. Responsibilities may include greeting visitors and customers, receiving incoming mail or requests for information, compiling and analyzing payroll or other data, billing, accounting for cash receipts, taking and transcribing meeting minutes, composing, typing and proof-reading complex correspondence and other documents, maintaining filing systems, and developing and maintaining spreadsheets or databases.
How to Apply: Apply using NEOGOV.


Currently, the Water Bureau does not have any internship opportunities available.

Learn More About the Portland Water Bureau

To research our organization, review the bureau's strategic plan and other documents in the website "library." For more information on jobs at the Portland Water Bureau, e-mail Susan Bailey.

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