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Multnomah County Drainage District - Office Coordinator

Posted: 2/22/2022
Salary​: $60,677 - $81,914
Location: Portland, OR
Closing Date: Open until filled; First Review on March 18, 2022

The Multnomah County Drainage District #1 (MCDD) is looking for a highly organized and enthusiastic individual with a strong understanding of government office management practices to join our growing team!

Are you interested in the systems and structures that keep our community safe from flooding? Are you passionate about helping your community build new, more equitable, more efficient, and more effective public agencies designed to respond to the threat of climate change, calls for racial justice and the need to protect clean air and water and improve access to nature?

The Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) protects greater Portland along the Columbia River from flooding. MCDD manages four public agencies, led by elected boards, that collectively operate and maintain 27 miles of flood levees, 12 pump stations and 45 miles of sloughs, canals, and culverts.

Our flood control systems reduce flood risk for residential communities, the Portland International Airport, sections of I-5, I-205, and I-84, Oregon’s second largest supply of drinking water, and critical electricity and natural gas hubs. We are looking for a creative, collaborative, organized person to support our team’s work to create an entirely new, more modern agency.

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature established the Urban Flood Safety and Water Quality District. The new district is designed to consolidate the four existing drainage districts in Multnomah County into a single, more modern agency. The governor appointed an interim board for the Urban Flood Safety & Water Quality District. The work ahead includes supporting the public election of board members, seeking voter approval of revenues for the new agency, and developing a capital bond to modernize the overall flood control system.

We need a solutions-oriented leader who has skill with organization, process and supporting colleagues and can also work well with our partners in the region, our amazing staff, and our elected and appointed board members. New federal flood safety regulations require new and strengthened approaches and partnerships, making this position extremely dynamic. A small, agile team environment and a passion for customer service and supporting community values define our culture.

Are you looking for an opportunity to help a high-functioning team take it to the next level? Are you interested in helping make government work better by streamlining the number of agencies involved in flood safety? Are you committed to clear, transparent, and trustworthy processes and procedures for getting things done? If so, you are just who we are looking for.

We seek an office coordinator to take the lead on creating, maintaining, and supporting all forms of processes, procedures, and support functions. We’re looking for someone who works well with others, has a keen attention to detail, and enjoys working in an environment with a lot of discretion and autonomy.

Position summary
The Office Coordinator is responsible for developing, overseeing, and maintaining administrative and business systems and processes, including administrative vendor and contract management, information technology, document and data management and other essential business functions.

The job requires a great deal of self-direction and an ability to manage projects and tasks under broad direction. The person in the job should be comfortable acting independently and exercising considerable judgment in determining methods and procedures for new assignments. The position requires advanced problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills. The ideal candidate will demonstrate good judgment.

To be successful, the person in this job will, over time, need to develop comprehensive knowledge of MCDD’s operations. The person in this position takes on independent tasks and projects and is expected to plan and execute work with little oversight or direction. The Office Coordinator also is responsible for managing contracts associated with the administrative functions of the agency, including managing administrative and other business function budgets.

The Office Coordinator develops, oversees, and maintains processes and systems associated with professional facilities management (the vendors and staff who keep our campus functioning), and other essential business systems necessary to support efficient operations. The office coordinator also is responsible for supporting organization-wide document organization, including public records management procedures, and for providing general administrative support to critical functions of the agency.

The Office Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Transition Manager. This is a full time, non-exempt position; Limited Duration extending through June 30th, 2024, and contingent on available agency funding.


Benefits: This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Being a public agency, all approved overtime will be compensated at the rate of 1.5 hours for each overtime hour worked in the form of accrued Compensatory time (See MCDD Employee Handbook) to use against future time off. Our Benefits Include:

  • Competitive Salary
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • State of Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS)
  • Oregon Savings Growth Plan
  • Paid holidays, flex, vacation, and sick leave
  • Transportation and Wellness Incentives
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • Casual dress code
  • Office Perks:
    - We believe in snacking! Our breakroom is always properly stocked.
    - Frequent visits from our 4-legged team members.
    - Beautiful views of the Columbia Slough WatershedAccess to open outdoor spaces
    - Showers and access to bike parking
  • Work-Culture:
    - Open access to leadership
    - Collaborative environment
    - Supportive of families with children
  • Location: MCDD is located in the Sunderland neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, a city known for its diversity of restaurants, breweries, and easy access to both the coast and mountains. The area offers a variety of neighborhoods, bike-friendly streets, and amenities of a large city.

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