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City of Portland Urban Forestry Permitting & Regulation Supervisors (Supervisor I - E) in Portland, Oregon

Urban Forestry Permitting & Regulation Supervisors (Supervisor I - E)

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Urban Forestry Permitting & Regulation Supervisors (Supervisor I - E)

Salary

$65,811.00 - $109,491.00 Annually

Location

OR 97217, OR

Job Type

Regular

Bureau

Portland Parks & Recreation

Job Number

2020-00630

Closing

12/7/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

  • Description

  • Benefits

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The Position

About this position:

Portland Parks & Recreation is seeking two Urban Forestry Permitting & Regulation Supervisors; one is focused on tree regulations related to property development and the other on regulation not involving development activities. Urban Forestry Permitting and Regulation Supervisors are key leadership positions overseeing the City of Portland’s Tree Code regulations to implement the Urban Forest Management Plan and manage the City’s urban canopy. These positions are skilled at working with a variety of people, negotiating complex permitting and regulatory situations and providing innovative program oversight.

About the work:

The Permitting Supervisors will demonstrate tact, diplomacy and patience with strong people-management skills to create a professional, cohesive and high-performing team with a service-oriented work ethic. All candidates must have a strong commitment to racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ability to successfully communicate and collaborate in-person and in writing with a broad range of stakeholders, from other city bureaus to public issue groups, private citizens and businesses, is essential.

As a Permitting Supervisor you will:

  • Understand and apply Urban Forestry and arboricultural practices and standards.

  • Understand and apply municipal regulation and permitting practices.

  • Interpret city code, policies, bylaws and regulations.

  • Analyze, assess and generate reports using database software systems.

  • Effectively interact with the public and outside agencies.

  • Lead, oversee and assess the successful performance of Tree Inspector staff.

  • Be skilled in promoting workplace diversity and creating a positive work environment.

  • Interpret site plans, architectural drawings and other development related documents.

Non-Development Supervisor:

Oversee a team who performs field-based tree condition assessments to review, process and issue non-development permits, write work orders, investigate tree code violations, respond to appeals and consistently enforce non-development tree code regulations city-wide (Chapter 11.40 and 11.45 of the Tree Code). The incumbent will work closely with the Permitting & Regulation Manager, Operations Team, City Forester and public agencies to manage programmatic permits, residential tree permits, and city tree permits for regulatory compliance.

Development Supervisor:

Oversee a team who performs private and capital development plan review, draft findings, perform field-based tree condition and tree preservation assessments, investigate tree code violations and consistently enforce development tree code regulations city-wide (Chapter 11.50 of the Tree Code). The incumbent will work closely with the Permitting & Regulation Manager, Bureau of Development Services, city infrastructure bureaus (Transportation, Water, Environmental Services, etc.), private development community and the City Forester to manage Tree Code regulations as they pertain to development.

About the Bureau:

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to the overall Citywide vision that race will have no detrimental effect on people of color, refugee and immigrant communities in accessing our parks and natural areas, or from the benefit of our services. We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to PP&R’s ideals and values. The City of Portland, Oregon is a growing and diverse city of 650,000 residents, nearly 20% of whom speak languages other than English at home. PP&R values a diverse workforce and seeks ways to promote equity and inclusion within the organization and with the public. PP&R 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, PP&R encourages candidates that can fluently speak another language to include that information in their resume. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

City of Portland Core Values:

Anti-racism | Communication | Collaboration | Equity | Transparency | Fiscal Responsibility

These values guide our actions as we serve the community and engage our workforce. To learn more about the City's core values, please click here.

Why work at the City of Portland?

The City of Portland workforce serves a population of over 650,000. We are culture- and solutions-driven, viewing every challenge as an opportunity to learn, improve, and share our expertise. We are committed to removing systemic barriers to resources, access, and opportunity. The City is a believer in ALL people and continues to actively recruit and retain diverse top talent every day. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to medical, dental, vision, basic life, short- and long-term disability coverage to eligible employees and their families. If you are open-minded, motivated, community-focused, and self-aware, please apply yourself at the City of Portland today.

The City of Portland also participates in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). For more information on the City of Portland's benefits please click here.

Work Location

Currently, many positions with the City of Portland are being performed remotely due to COVID-19. Some employees are working from home full-time, while other roles cannot be filled in a remote status (firefighter, vehicle mechanic, street maintenance, etc.). In the future, current positions classified as “full-time remote” could: 1) remain full-time remote, 2) become a remote/onsite mix, 3) revert to full-time at a city work location. As the situation evolves, the exact work location of the position in this recruitment may change based upon leadership direction and approval.

The City is offering an optional information meeting for this recruitment. Please see the Additional Information section below for details.

To Qualify

Applicants must specifically address and demonstrate in their supplemental question responses and resume how their education, training and/or experience, meets each of the following minimum qualifications:

  • Experience leading and supervising a professional team, such as promoting a safe, equitable workplace environment, supporting diversity and instilling a high-functioning work ethic, capitalizing on staff strengths and creating a team-oriented culture.

  • Experience working independently, exercising initiative and independent judgement to oversee and manage the day-to-day program functions and work of a municipal urban forestry professional team such as establishing and monitoring program performance requirements and targets, evaluating staff performance and completing annual performance reviews.

  • Experience establishing and maintaining successful working relationships that include effective collaboration and communication (verbal and written) with internal and external stakeholders such as other departments, agencies, nongovernmental and private organizations, and diverse community groups.

  • Experience managing a diverse workload that applies the principles of urban forest management and municipal regulation, including tree risk assessment, permitting, code implementation and compliance, procedures and best practices.

  • Experience interpreting/reviewing site plans, architectural drawings, arborist reports and other related documents including the ability to use and learn City-specific technology and general office software, such as permitting and mapping databases and software, payroll system, Adobe Pro, Microsoft office suite (excel, word, power point, outlook).

Applicant must also:

  • ISA Certified Arborist - required prior to end of probationary period. For more information about this certification click here.

  • ISA TRAQ - required prior to end of probationary period.? For more information about this certification, click here.

  • A valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.

The Recruitment Process

An evaluation of each applicant's training and experience, as demonstrated in their resume and answers to supplemental questions 4-13, weighted 100%. Do not attach materials not requested. Only candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will be placed on the equally ranked eligible list. You have 14 days from the notice of the examination results to let us know if you disagree with your results. Please read the City of Portland Administrative Rule 3.01 for complete information. Additional evaluation may be required prior to establishment of the eligible list and/or final selection.

**Note: Additional supplemental questions 14-19 require a response. These questions will not be graded during the minimum qualifications. The information provided will be utilized after the eligible list is created.

* PLEASE NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies*

Recruitment Activity Schedule:

  • Job Posting closes: 12/7/2020

  • Applications Reviewed: 11/20/20- 12/11/2020

  • Eligible List / Notices Generated: week of 12/14/2020

  • 1st Round of Interviews: Early January 2021

  • 2nd Round of Interviews (if needed): Mid-January 2021

  • Job Offer: February 2021

*Timeline is approximate and subject to change.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a professional resume and responses to the supplemental questions online, specifically focused on your qualifications for this position as identified in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement in accordance with the following Application Instructions:

  • Your résumé and responses to the supplemental questions 4-13 will be the basis for our evaluation of your qualifications for this position. Incomplete or inappropriate information may result in disqualification.

  • Your responses to the supplemental questions should include details describing your education, training and/or experience, and where obtained which clearly reflects your qualifications for each of the numbered items in the "To Qualify" section of this announcement.

  • Your resume should support the details described in your responses to the supplemental questions.

  • If you are requesting Veteran's Preference, as identified below, please describe in your responses to the supplemental questions and resume any transferrable skills obtained during your military service and how they relate to each of the required minimum qualifications under the "To Qualify" section above.

Please note, all completed applications for this position must be submitted no later than on the closing date and time of this recruitment. All applications must be submitted via the City's online application process. Do not attach materials not requested. E-mailed and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information

Work Status: Non-citizen applicants must be authorized to work in the United States at the time of application.

Veterans' Preference: If you are requesting Veterans' Preference, attach a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veterans Administration letter stating your disability to your profile, as well as checking the box identifying yourself as a Veteran. You must request Veterans' Preference AND include a copy of your documentation for each recruitment to which you apply. Veterans' Preference documentation must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM on the closing date of this recruitment.

ADA, Pregnancy, and Religious Accommodations: If you identify as a person with a disability, are pregnant or nursing, or observe a religious practice(s), and would like to request a reasonable accommodation when applying for this job, please contact the Recruiter below for assistance.

Equal Employment Opportunity: It is the policy of the City of Portland that no person shall be discriminated against based on race, religion, color, sex, marital status, family status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or source of income. The City values diversity and encourages everyone who is interested in employment with the City to apply.

Did you know? The City of Portland offers How to Apply Classes that are free and review best practices for applying to the City. Follow the link for the most recent list of scheduled dates: www.bit.ly/howtoapplyclass

Contact Information

Tamara Larison, Senior Recruiter

Bureau of Human Resources

Tamara.larison@portlandoregon.gov

(503) 823-3523

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

OPTIONAL INFORMATION SESSION

To assist you in understanding this position and the recruitment process, we will offer an Optional Information Session that will provide you with details about the position and about the application process. You are not required to attend to apply for this job. You are welcome to join us for either of the optional session below (They are the same you don't need to attend both):

Thursday, December 3, 2020

3:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84328567080?pwd=UXQ4Wm9JeC9XQnZGSVpDVFp1NmlTUT09

Meeting ID: 843 2856 7080

Passcode: 165009

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcJ1ng25iM

or

Friday, December 4, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88582152586?pwd=RUNlRGQ4S2owNC9RL0pqYlo3ZzBHUT09

Meeting ID: 885 8215 2586

Passcode: 162117

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kPeP6PD5A

A Career with the City of Portland offers many Employee Benefits

This summary outlines the benefit programs, actual benefts may vary depending on bargaining unit and employment status.

The City of Portland offers a comprehensive benefit package that is competitive with other private and public sector employers.

More detailed information can be obtained by calling the Benefits & Wellness Office at 503-823-6031.

Health Care (Medical, Vision and Dental)

  • A choice of two medical/vision plans and two dental plans.

  • Coverage is available to benefits-eligible employees, their spouse/domestic partner and eligible dependent children up to age 26.

  • For full time employees, the City pays 95% of the cost of coverage, you pay 5%.

  • The part-time employees' cost is pro-rated based on the number of hours in the employee's regular work schedule.

Wellness Benefits

  • We offer many on-site fitness center locations and classes, stretching,

  • discounts to local fitness clubs,

  • smoking cessation benefits,

  • chronic care coaching programs,

  • worksite wellness screenings and flu shots.

Life Insurance

  • Basic life insurance at no cost to full time employees.

  • Levels of coverage are based on bargaining units, employment status and/or annual salaries.

  • Supplemental life insurance - employees may purchase up to $500,000 for themselves

  • up to $300,000 for their spouse or domestic partner.

  • up to $25,000 for dependent children.

  • This coverage is portable upon retirement or separation. There are some limitations on coverage level.

Long Term Disability

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Long Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of your basic monthly earnings up to $3,333 per month.

  • The benefit is available 60 days from the onset of the approved disability, or exhaustion of sick leave, whichever is later.

  • Preexisting condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Short-Term Disability

  • Depending on your bargaining unit, you may be eligible for Basic Short-Term disability coverage which will pay up to 40% of pre-disability earnings for eligible employees

  • The benefit is available after a 14-day waiting period, and can continue for 90 days.

  • Pre-existing condition limitations do apply.

  • Employees may also purchase an additional 20% benefit (of your basic monthly earnings up to $1,667 per month) coverage.

Employee Assistance Plan

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) provides confidential counseling services for employees and eligible dependents.

  • Effective July 1, 2013, the plan provides up to five free visits per year.

Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) allows you to make pre-tax contributions to your account to pay for eligible medical/dental/vision expenses which are not paid by your health insurance (deductibles, co-pays, etc.)

  • Dependent Care Account Program (DCAP) allows you to pay for your eligible dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum allowable you may contribute to this plan is $5,000.

Retirement

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • The City currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.

  • Employees who are OPSRP members are vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65 (age 60 for police and fire.)

  • Option to contribute a portion of your earnings on a pre-tax basis to the City's Deferred Compensation Program.

Paid Leave

  • 112 hours of vacation each year initially. This accrual will increase over time.

  • Sick leave typically accrues up to a maximim rate of 40 hours per calendar year

  • 10 paid holidays each year

  • Three personal days accrue each year

Family Medical Leave

In accordance with federal and state law, and the City policy for family medical leave, the City grants family and medical leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical related reasons.

Other Benefits

  • City's TRIP Reduction Incentive Program (for transportation options)

01

Thank you for your interest in joining the team at the City of Portland. We sincerely value your time and hope to make your application experience as positive as possible.

The following supplemental questions are an important step in the examination and selection process to assist us in determining if you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the posted vacancy.

A lack of a complete and thorough response to each of the supplemental questions in the space provided may result in disqualification from the examination. In addition, the selections you make and responses you provide in the questionnaire must accurately reflect what is documented in your work history.

All of the supplemental questions below that are specifically listed in the "To Qualify" section are required for this position. Please provide unique responses for each question that specifically address the qualification(s). Answering "No", "See resume", or entering "N/A" in the open text field to any of the minimum qualifications may result in elimination from further consideration.

If you are requesting veterans' preference, please be sure to indicate that you are a veteran and also upload a copy of your DD214 and/or Veteran's administration letter stating your disability. Veteran's preference documentation must be submitted by the closing time of this announcement.

Have you read and understood all of the information listed above?

  • Yes

  • No

02

Where did you first learn about this job opportunity? (If on a website or job board, please specify which one)

03

The City of Portland receives public records requests at times. Please indicate which response you find appropriate:

(Answer will not disqualify you from the process)

  • My application was submitted with the understanding that the City of Portland would keep the information confidential and would only disclose the information if ordered to do so. I would not have submitted this application without the promise of confidentiality.

  • You may release my application, I am waiving confidentiality.

04

Do you have experience leading and supervising a professional team, such as promoting a safe, equitable workplace environment, supporting diversity and instilling a high-functioning work ethic, capitalizing on staff strengths and creating a team-oriented culture?

  • Yes

  • No

05

Provide a detailed example(s) of leading and supervising a professional team, such as promoting a safe, equitable workplace environment, supporting diversity and instilling a high-functioning work ethic, capitalizing on staff strengths and creating a team-oriented culture, showcasing your experience.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

For Example:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Role you served in (professional, internship, volunteer); and

  • Total length of time applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

06

Do you have experience working independently, exercising initiative and independent judgement to oversee and manage the day-to-day program functions and work of a municipal urban forestry professional team such as establishing and monitoring program performance requirements and targets, evaluating staff performance and completing annual performance reviews?

  • Yes

  • No

07

Provide a detailed example(s) of working independently, exercising initiative and independent judgement to oversee and manage the day-to-day program functions and work of a municipal urban forestry professional team such as establishing and monitoring program performance requirements and targets, evaluating staff performance and completing annual performance reviews, showcasing your experience.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

For Example:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Role you served in (professional, internship, volunteer); and

  • Total length of time applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

08

Do you have experience establishing and maintaining successful working relationships that include effective collaboration and communication (verbal and written) with internal and external stakeholders such as other departments, agencies, nongovernmental and private organizations, and diverse community groups?

  • Yes

  • No

09

Provide a detailed example(s) of establishing and maintaining successful working relationships that include effective collaboration and communication (verbal and written) with internal and external stakeholders such as other departments, agencies, nongovernmental and private organizations, and diverse community groups, showcasing your experience.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

For Example:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Role you served in (professional, internship, volunteer); and

  • Total length of time applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

10

Do you have experience managing a diverse workload that applies the principles of urban forest management and municipal regulation, including tree risk assessment, permitting, code implementation and compliance, procedures and best practices?

  • Yes

  • No

11

Provide a detailed example(s) of managing a diverse workload that applies the principles of urban forest management and municipal regulation, including tree risk assessment, permitting, code implementation and compliance, procedures and best practices, showcasing your experience.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

For Example:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Role you served in (professional, internship, volunteer); and

  • Total length of time applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

12

Do you have experience interpreting/reviewing site plans, architectural drawings, arborist reports and other related documents including the ability to use and learn City-specific technology and general office software, such as permitting and mapping databases and software, payroll system, Adobe Pro, Microsoft office suite (excel, word, power point, outlook?

  • Yes

  • No

13

Provide a detailed example(s) of interpreting/reviewing site plans, architectural drawings, arborist reports and other related documents including the ability to use and learn City-specific technology and general office software, such as permitting and mapping databases and software, payroll system, Adobe Pro, Microsoft office suite (excel, word, power point, outlook, showcasing your experience.

Please also describe how your experience demonstrates your ability to use associated software and hardware.

In your response, include details which clearly reflect how you meet this minimum qualification.

For Example:

  • Examples of when you used the knowledge skill or ability;

  • Role you served in (professional, internship, volunteer); and

  • Total length of time applying the knowledge, skill or ability.

(Enter N/A, if you do not have relevant experience)

14

Please note the following question 15 - 19 will not be graded during minimum qualifications. The information provided will be utilized after the eligible list is created.

Have you read and understood the information?

  • Yes

  • No

15

In one page or less, please provide a written response describing a decision you've made in a leadership position that wasn't popular and explain how you handled implementing it.

16

Please provide a written response to the property owner correspondence below, in one page or less, as if you were responding as an Urban Forestry Supervisor. The following is factual information about tree regulation in Portland. It is provided for your reference and to help you with this writing exercise, if needed.

  • The City Tree Code (Title 11) assigns the City Forester/Urban Forestry Division regulatory authority over street trees– all street tree planting, removal, pruning, etc., requires a permit from Urban Forestry and removal permits are primarily issued for trees confirmed as dead, dying, dangerous, or diseased. (chapter 11.40.040).

  • City code (chapter 11.60.060) assigns maintenance responsibility for street trees to the adjacent property owner.

  • The tree in question is a street tree located within the public right of way.

Dear Urban Forestry Supervisor:

The sidewalk in front of my house is lifted and cracked as a result of the roots from the tree planted in the grass strip along the curb.? I've contacted the Urban Forestry office to request the tree be removed and was informed by a staff member of yours I would need to apply for a $100 permit to remove the tree!

I've asked to be in touch with a supervisor because the tree needs to be cut down and removed by the City, so I don't have to pay to fix the sidewalk when the roots lift it again. Why should I have to pay to apply for a permit to remove the tree AND pay to have the sidewalk fixed – it's the City's sidewalk and tree, not mine. I never wanted to have a tree planted in front of my house and it's not even on my property. I don't understand why a tree was planted that doesn't fit the space and breaks and lifts the sidewalk and now I have to pay for a permit to remove it.

This is my notification to Urban Forestry to have the tree removed to prevent future sidewalk maintenance repair needs. Please notify me of the date and time tree removal will take place.

Sincerely,

Portland Property Owner

17

Do you currently have a valid state driver's license with acceptable driving record?

  • Yes

  • No

18

Do you currently have a valid ISA Arborist Certification, or will you be able to obtain one prior to the end of the probationary period?

  • Yes

  • No

19

Do you currently have a valid ISA TRAQ Certification or will you be able to obtain one prior to the end of the probationary period?

  • Yes

  • No

    Required Question

Agency

City of Portland

Address

1120 SW 5th Ave, 404

Portland, Oregon, 97204

Phone

503-823-4757

Website

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/jobs

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