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Systems Development Division Manager (Manager II)

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is seeking a Systems Development Division Manager (Manager II). The Systems Development Division Manager (SDDM) leads and is accountable for the work of bureau employees who review all private development-related activity that impacts existing or proposes to construct new, BES sewer and stormwater infrastructure. The Division supports City development goals and protects public health and the environment. More specifically, the Division is responsible for: the review and evaluation of “early assistance” development reviews and land use reviews on behalf of BES; building permit reviews for proposed sanitary connections, private property stormwater management, and pollution prevention/source controls; permitting reviews for the design and construction of privately led public works projects that propose new development or re-development in the public right of way that impacts existing, or proposes to construct new, BES infrastructure; inspection of required new private stormwater facilities; permitting reviews for sewer connection permits; and BES customer service to support the City's unified and co-located development permitting system. This position is also responsible for liaising with counterparts at other City development bureaus and members of City Council Offices to understand community needs and concerns and improve the City’s development review process. 

This position is located within the Delivery Programs Group, which includes many customer-facing programs. The position reports to the bureau’s Delivery Programs Group Manager, who represents the Group on the bureau’s leadership team. The position manages three organizational sections (Development Planning, Development Review, and Development Engineering), with four direct reports. 

Duties and responsibilities include:   
  • Plan, organize, direct and integrate the work of the Division in land use review, building plan review, on-site stormwater management facility design review, permitting and inspection, and permitting for privately led public works infrastructure projects. Ensure that: impacts on the BES system and the environment are limited or mitigated; proposed development meets BES regulatory requirements; appropriate fees are charged to customers; and City Code and Administrative Rules are appropriately applied. 
  • Work in a highly political environment with bureau staff, interagency partners, other City staff, oversight bodies, government agencies, and the development community to resolve conflicts, provide input into policymaking, regulate new development, and create and maintain an efficient development process that supports City development goals while protecting existing infrastructure, public health, and watershed health.
  • Develop policies, procedures, inspection, mitigation, and enforcement requirements for sewer and stormwater management related to new development/re-development.
  • Serve as the bureau's development representative and liaison with other divisions, sister bureaus, oversight bodies, governmental agencies, the development community, neighborhood groups, customers, ratepayers, and elected officials to be responsive to stakeholders’ questions, feedback, and requests for information.
  • Represent BES in, or coordinate bureau participation in, Citywide planning projects, development agreements, and other efforts; work across the bureau to ensure that BES practices and policies support, and are supported by, Citywide policies and regulations.
  • Direct and evaluate the performance of assigned supervisors and staff. This includes setting strategic long-term direction and milestones for managers and staff, establishing performance requirements and personal development plans, and providing decisive feedback on day-to-day issues and questions in a fast-paced environment.