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The Opportunity: Apply to be the Next Portland Water Bureau Administrator

UPDATE: The Water Bureau Director job opportunity closed on Monday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.


The City of Portland is currently recruiting for a highly experienced professional to lead its drinking water utility.

The Portland Water Bureau 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.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The competitive candidate for the Portland Water Bureau Administrator position will possess the qualifications and competencies identified in the job description and the knowledge, skills, and abilities in the ideal candidate profile.

Anticipated Recruitment Activity Schedule

The recruitment for the Administrator position opens on May 4 and closes at 4:30 p.m. PDT on Monday, June 1. Candidates will be notified of interviews the week of June 8.

It is anticipated that during the week of July 13, selection committee interviews will be held and the finalist will meet with Commissioner Nick Fish. By the first week of August, a job offer is expected to be made contingent on a background check.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a cover letter and professional résumé, specifically focused on qualifications for this position, online at NeoGov

All completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than 4:30 pm, on the closing date of this recruitment.

E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Questions & Additional Information

  • Contact Lynda Lewis, Bureau of Human Resources Diversity, Outreach, Employment Resources Manager, at 503-823-3514 or by e-mail.

  • Dedicated webpage detailing minimum qualifications, knowledge, skills and abilities, compensation information, and anticipated recruitment schedule

  • Job posting with application instructions, ideal candidate profile, and benefits information

  • Administrator Recruitment Brochure


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