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Projects and Planning Manager

Position summary

Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers.

The Oregon Zoo is seeking a Projects and Planning Manager to be a strategic partner to plan, coordinate, review, and supervise the Projects and Planning team. This role will be a member of the dynamic Facilities division and have the opportunity to lead this team during an exciting period of growth by providing intentional direction and vision for an updated campus plan as well as being a leader in sustainability.

About the Oregon Zoo:
Community supported since 1888, the Oregon Zoo provides exceptional experiences to our community to inspire them to create a better future for wildlife. From education programs to conservation efforts, the zoo is working to save species regionally and worldwide. With more than 1.2 million guests a year, the Oregon Zoo is the top paid cultural attraction in the Pacific Northwest.

Additionally, the zoo reaches audiences across the world with over 5 million social media followers.

The Oregon Zoo is recognized as a leader in animal care by our staff, volunteers, guests, and partners. One of the greenest zoos in the country, the Oregon Zoo is home to a state-of-the-art Veterinary Medical Center, on-campus endocrine lab, world-class elephant program, plus three new habitats – Polar Passage, Rhino Ridge, and Primate Forest.

As the Projects and Planning Manager you will:

  • Plan, coordinate, review, and supervise the work of the Oregon Zoo Projects and Planning team, Zoo stakeholders, and contractors to optimize project delivery, teamwork, and the execution of strategic priorities, including sustainability, accessibility, and equity.
  • Plan and manage all aspects of project design, development, and execution including preliminary technical research and feasibility analyses, funding and cost analyses, procurement, scheduling, stakeholder involvement, budget and work plan development, completion, and project close out.
  • Review project requests, prioritize projects and capital improvements in consultation with stakeholders, develop schedule projections, and communicate project status.
  • Develop and supervise employees, including hiring, training, coaching/mentoring, supporting employee growth and development, setting job duties and work assignments, establishing goals, coordinating employees’ work, and managing employee performance.
  • Engage stakeholders in the development of the Zoo’s Capital Improvement Plan, allocate project funding, manage capital reserves, and partner with the Oregon Zoo Foundation and other stakeholders to identify funding opportunities.
  • Lead sustainability at the Zoo through capital planning and improvements, asset lifecycle management, total cost of ownership analysis, and strategic operational initiatives
  • Prepare and manage contracts following public procurement regulations and supporting initiatives for sustainability and equity.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and community partners to develop, communicate, and coordinate Zoo capital projects to ensure the Zoo’s status as a civic asset and resource.
  • Fulfills Zoo Facilities strategic initiatives through effective team leadership, support of other teams and managers, and the effective management of stakeholder satisfaction.

Attributes for success:

  • Knowledge of project management best practices.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply local, regional, and state governmental construction code requirements and regulations.
  • Knowledge and experience in complex construction project management, including development, budgeting, execution, and quality assurance.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple project timelines and budgets.
  • Experience developing capital plans, managing capital budgets, and prioritizing infrastructure improvements.
  • Experience planning and implementing infrastructure improvements to support sustainability, accessibility, and equity.
  • Knowledge of sustainability best practices, green construction, and LEED certification.
  • Ability to coordinate and monitor status and execution.
  • Ability to navigate complex and/or public sector purchasing/procurement and contract management.
  • Knowledge of effective management practices, including team building, personnel supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Knowledge and ability to work cooperatively and develop partnerships with Oregon Zoo and Metro staff, local agencies, local governments, elected officials, the public, and other key stakeholders.
  • Proficient in programs such as: SharePoint, project management software, AutoCAD, and Bluebeam
  • Ability to fulfill Metro’s employee values of public service, excellence, teamwork, respect, innovation, and sustainability.
  • Knowledge of and ability to implement and monitor budgets.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Diversity and inclusion:  At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.
Minimum qualifications: 

  • Four years of experience in capital plan development and management or directly related field, and
  • Three years of supervisory experience in public construction management, and
  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, or a related field, or
  • We will consider any combination of education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

If this statement is true for you, then you may be ineligible to apply:
If I was terminated for cause during any of my employment with Metro, or resigned in lieu of termination, I understand I may be ineligible for rehire for a minimum of 3 years.

Like to have qualifications:
You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience, including the military, or life experience that are relevant for this position.

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made between $89,113.00-$117,187.00 annually. The full-salary range for this position $89,113.00-$126,544.00 annually.

This position is not eligible for overtime and is non-represented. It is classified as a Service-Supervisor IV (Download PDF reader). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.

The application packet: The application packet consists of the following documents. Please ensure that you upload these documents in your online application. Make sure your application is complete, missing any part of these items could result in an incomplete application and will not be moved forward in the recruitment.

  • Attachment of a resume 
  • Complete responses to supplemental questions 

The selection process: We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows. The selection process is subject to change.

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications
  • In-depth evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates
  • Consideration of top candidates/interviews
  • Testing/assessments (if applicable)
  • Reference check

Recruiter: Megan Warneke

Additional Information

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-797-1570.

Pay equity at Metro: Every worker must get equal pay for equal work regardless of your gender, race, age or other protected characteristics. Metro has established processes and conducts routine pay equity reviews as part of the hiring process to ensure compliance with the 2017 Oregon Pay Equity Act.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): Unless otherwise stated in a collective bargaining agreement, Metro pays both the employee and employer portion of PERS contributions for eligible employees.

Veterans’ preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans’ preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans’ preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.