The Port of Portland is a gateway to the globe, we operate multiple airports, marine terminals and business parks that connect people and passengers and drive economic growth to the region. The Navigation Director is responsible for the execution of the contract for safe and efficient operation of the pipeline dredge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The dredge improves and maintains the navigation channels of the lower Columbia and Willamette Rivers, allowing deep draft cargo ships to import and export goods to and from the Pacific Northwest. The Navigation Director works directly with the Dredging Captain and staff of 24, Shore Superintendent and staff of 7, Chief Engineer and staff of 11, the Dredge Quality Control Manager and has oversight of safety for all. In addition, this role is heavily involved with Port leadership, Port Commission, as well as US Coast Guard, Columbia River Ports, Columbia River pilots and local regulatory agencies and community groups.
We are looking for someone that will bring their strong leadership skills, ability to influence, passion and drive for managing both represented and non-represented staff in a dynamic and ever changing environment. The successful candidate will exhibit a strong sense of team-orientation, is highly collaborative, and who embraces the value and importance of service. This individual will understand and wholly embrace our commitment to diversity, and inclusion and advancing practices, strategies and policies that achieve equitable outcomes for all.
SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Work directly with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to influence, negotiate, and clarify the terms and conditions associated with the Port's contract for providing dredge services
Provide leadership and direction to Navigation teams
Guide and communicate priorities and expectations to ensure appropriate utilization of resources
Develop comprehensive capital program that ensures the Port has an appropriate dredge plant to meet current and future needs for channel maintenance, public entity and third party, and Port facilities maintenance dredging
Work with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop suitable dredge material placement plans that are adapted to the dredge's pipeline capabilities
Develop new upland contained placement sites, renew capacity of present sites, pursue beach nourishment initiatives, develop in-water placement methods, and explore creation of shallow-water habitats
Represent the Port to outside governmental agencies and industry groups to further the marine-related economic interests of the Port and the region
Ensure that dredging operations are in long-term compliance with environmental regulations, policies, and objectives
Maintain tracking of information such as asset value and maintenance schedules for Navigation Division equipment, and the location, quantity, and value of plant-related parts and supplies
Bachelor's degree in business administration, engineering, or related field, Master's degree is desired OR any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the job duties (required)
10 years' experience managing significant dredging, marine, or construction-related operations
Previous responsibility in the use and maintenance of significant physical assets
Experience managing a union workforce is preferred
Valid driver's license (required)
Advanced knowledge of dredge-related technology and associated operations and specifically commercial navigation is preferred
Familiarity of state/federal laws and regulations related to Navigation and/or dredging responsibilities including federal accounting requirements, safety regulations, and environmental issues is preferred
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Leadership skills, people management, and financial management skills
Strong business acumen, strategic thinking and sound decision making
Skilled at communicating effectively and building key partnerships which will influence, inspire and motivate others
Is a team player and shows the utmost respect for others
Demonstrate the Port's commitment to valuing differences among individuals and passion for being inclusive
Negotiate, influence, and clarify terms and conditions associated with the Port's contract with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Lead and direct staff with the ability to drive results for Navigation priorities and expectations
Make presentations to Port management, Port Commission, and others related to Navigation Division business
Ensure efficient and cost-effective operation of Navigation Division
Diversity and Inclusion: At the Port, we don't just accept difference; we value and support it to create a culture of inclusiveness and fun. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.
EEO/Affirmative Action Policy Statement: The Port of Portland is dedicated to maintaining and improving a work environment, which extends equal opportunity to all individuals, regardless of their race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or sexual orientation. Employment decisions shall be made in such a manner as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity and to comply with state, federal and local laws. We affirm through this policy statement our continuing commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
Veterans Preference: Under Oregon law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans preference when applying for Port of Portland positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans preference for this job, please provide the qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
Background Checks and Drug Testing: The Port of Portland will conduct background checks and/or drug tests for positions where such tests are required by regulation and for other highly sensitive positions.
ADA Accommodation: Accommodations will be considered for applicants or candidates with a qualifying disability that prevents them from participating in this process. Accommodations will be made where the Port can reasonably do so without imposing an undue hardship on the business or compromising the integrity of the recruitment process. An applicant with any disability who believes that he or she needs an accommodation should contact Human Resources at 503.415.6690
7200 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97218 503-415-6000
Position #01127 NAVIGATION DIRECTOR LS
Navigation Director Supplemental Questionnaire
How many years of experience do you have in a marine or a construction related operations field?
8-10 years at least 10 years 10 years and beyond
Please tell us about any experience you have that is directly relate to dredge operations?
Do you have experience with sediment transportation and disposal?
How many years of experience do you have as a safety professional?
8 years of experience 8-10 years of experience 10 years and beyond
How many years of experience do you have managing a diverse workforce?
8-10 years at least 10 years 10 years and beyond
Have you had any experience working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?
What makes you uniquely qualified for this position?
* Required Question
Internal Number: 1127
About Port of Portland
Established in 1891 by the Oregon legislature, the Port today owns four marine terminals, three airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale) and five business parks. The mission of the Port is to enhance the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets, and by promoting industrial development. The Port is an 800-employee, 24/7 operation with more than $1.6 billion in marine and aviation transportation infrastructure and real estate assets that generates nearly $250 million in annual revenues.