Portland General-Senior Program Manager, Wildfire Operations

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Portland General-Senior Program Manager, Wildfire Operations

Responsibilities
• Leading a single major project or multiple moderate projects. Types include, but are not limited to, business systems or process improvement, department reorganizations and strategy implementation, training, feasibility studies and pilots.
• Serves as a company expert on related initiatives; develops company best practices; consults with business unit leaders to ensure strategic alignment of program(s), understanding of dependencies and constraints, cost effectiveness and mitigation of negative operational and/or customer impacts of business initiatives and projects; works with project sponsor to develop objectives and scope; assists in or develops business case/justification.
• Develops or oversees development of project plan(s) including WBS, schedule and cost baselines, overall budget management, dependencies and project roles and resource requirements; identifies project risks and mitigation. strategies; partners and strategizes with Supply Chain, Legal, IT, Fleet, and project sponsor on vendor contract negotiations.
• Assists leadership in developing program strategy; leads multiple major projects/initiatives in completing strategic projects. Provides staff leadership to team members; facilitates team meetings, cultivates and reinforces group values, norms and behaviors; provides guidance and motivation to team on performance and productivity issues; ensures compliance with established project management methodologies and standards; takes corrective action as needed.
• Establishes and maintains formal controls to manage and monitor project budget, scope, quality, schedule and risks across the portfolio of projects, and overall program completion that is on time and within budget. Negotiates necessary project changes with project managers and project sponsors. Maintains, adjusts and updates overall project and program plans as needed.
• Develops communication plans and strategies; coordinates with project managers, business unit managers and change managers to provide timely, accurate communication of project and program plans and status to internal and external stakeholders. Develops and promotes adherence to communication and reporting standards to reduce inefficiencies and potential inaccuracies resulting from developing customized communications, reports or materials for different audiences on demand.
• Leads and/or facilitates BPI activities; assists managers and subject matter experts to identify, understand and improve or revise processes, practices and policies; assists managers in establishing process controls in order to measure baseline and post-improvement performance to monitor success of improvement initiatives.
• Acts as a change agent, systematically driving continuous improvement.
• Assists in developing program level governance to ensure standards, methodologies and policies are adhered to and proper documentation is maintained. Ensures all project documents are catalogued and archived in a secure and efficient manner; documents and files all “lessons learned” along with all project artifacts.
• Develops and maintains key relationships across the business, including with senior executives; provides subject matter expertise for project management and/or process improvement. Collaborates with, mentors and/or assists in training other PMs or leads to continually improve project standards and methodology.
• Partners and participates with customers and/or other utilities to strengthen and create opportunities to share best practices.
 
Qualifications:
 
Education:
• Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biological Sciences, Natural Resources, Wildland Fire Management, Forestry, Fire Science, or closely related field.
Work Experience:
• 8 or more years of experience in the provision of fire suppression, fire investigation, fire management and other emergency services in a lead or supervisory position.
Certifications:
• Single Resource Qualified (E.g., Crew Boss, Engine Boss), Incident Commander Type 5, Intermediate Faller, and Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 3.
• Fire Origin and Cause Investigator – Oregon State Fire Marshal or NFPA Fire Investigator, or NWCG – Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF).
 
Preferred:
• Methods and principles of fire suppression, fire investigation and fire prevention.
• Writing formal fire investigation reports.
• Principles, methods, and techniques in wildfire investigations, including criminal and civil investigations, general law enforcement principles, public relations, federal, state and local laws, federal and state court rules, rules of arrest and seizures, rules of evidence, knowledge of state criminal and civil court proceedings and procedures.
• Planning and carrying out fire prevention programs, coordinating with others, and interpreting policy.
• Wildfire programs that mitigate potential for damage to resources, improvements, and human safety.
• Coordinating with federal, state, tribal and local government officials in the development of operational procedures and reporting requirements.
• Developing cooperative agreements to facilitate multi-agency projects.
• Coordinating with federal, state, tribal and local government officials and other stakeholders to develop interagency fuels treatment strategies.
• Developing, reviewing, and modifying fire and fuels management plans.
• Working closely with other resource specialists to implement hazardous fuels reduction projects and programs.
Location: Portland, Oregon