Asset Manager – Water Infrastructure

City of Hillsboro
150 East Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123, Hillsboro, Oregon
Job Type
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The City of Hillsboro is currently hiring for an Asset Manager within the Water Department. Often recognized as a great place to live and as a growing and thriving community, Hillsboro is the seat of Washington County and the heart of the Silicon Forest with many strong companies and vibrant neighborhoods. We enjoy a reputation for innovation and excellence in our long-term strategic and fiscal planning and we welcome and value each community member, business, and visitor by providing exceptional public services.

The Asset Manager position is in the Water Department, Engineering Division. This individual would be responsible for coordinating the collection of appropriate asset data, working with Operations to properly document and predict maintenance needs, working with Engineering to facilitate business case evaluations of capital projects, and working with Water Administration to optimize capital budgets and rate development to meet desired Levels of Service. The Asset Manager also directly supervises the Water Department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. The position is also part of a city-wide team working on implementing a city-wide Asset Management Strategic and Implementation Plan (AMSIP). The City’s AMSIP includes city-wide and department-specific initiatives that need to be implemented with the goal to develop more mature asset management programs across the entire city.

This position requires a strategic thinker and technical leader with extensive GIS and asset management experience. A collaborative team-builder that effectively leads technology projects and an excellent communicator to all types of stakeholders including field and operations staff, managers, information services, engineering staff, other departments, and executive leadership.

Examples of Essential Work

Asset Management conducts, systematic and coordinated activities and practices through which an organization optimally manages its physical assets and their associated performance, risks, and expenditures over their life-cycle for the purpose of achieving its expected Levels of Service. The City of Hillsboro Water Department is responsible for managing approximately $500M worth of assets. This includes planning new capital expansion, planning asset retirement and capital replacements, making operational upgrades, and responding to unexpected repairs. These assets are essential to maintaining agreed upon levels of service to water utility customers as well as utility partners.

  • Collaboratively develops program standards, long-range goals, strategies and annual work plans to support the City’s AMSIP and Department’s asset management program.
  • Provides leadership and supervision of a growing Water Department GIS and asset management section. This position has one direct report and leads the work of others.
  • Works collaboratively with other departments to help in maturing asset management programs across the City.
  • Supports capital project planning and prioritization through the use of condition assessment programs, risk analysis and technical reporting.
  • Assists the administration of the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) Cartegraph Operations Management System (OMS) to document and monitors asset condition, criticality, performance, reliability and associated costs, and uses the data in decision making.
  • Facilitates and leads Water Department workgroups, meetings, and workshops to develop program standards and implement City-wide policies and objectives.
  • Establishes standard condition and criticality assessment criteria for department owned assets and facilitates, prioritizes, a establishes re- inspection frequencies based on staff experience and results.
  • Monitors maintenance data collection activities to ensure they are consistent with the asset management program goals and objectives as well as industry best practices and works with staff to correct deficiencies.
  • Provides staff training and technical guidance in asset management principles, decision-making processes, condition/criticality assessment procedures, data collection standards, and the use of OMS.
  • Utilizes OMS data to make risk-based decisions, assist Water Operations as well as Treatment Plant staff to optimize operation and maintenance activities, informs capital project scope development and prioritizes repair, replacement, and capital programming.
  • Works with Engineering staff to ensure that required asset data is collected, reviewed and entered into the GIS database and OMS to include general asset data, required preventive maintenance activities, spare parts and operation and maintenance manuals.
  • Collaborates with other GIS and asset management professionals at the City of Hillsboro and other regional agencies to stay up to date with emerging technology, standards and techniques.
  • Develops key performance indicators to monitor and communicate program success and identifies opportunities for continuous improvement.


Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an engineering, natural science, or geography-related discipline
  • 4 or more years of related experience which should include supervisory experience. At least one year of supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience using GIS and asset management software.
  • Possession of a valid state driver’s license and safe driving record

Highly desirable

  • Experience with ArcGIS and Cartegraph
  • 3+ years of database reporting or business intelligence software experience
  • 2+ years managing and supporting technology projects
  • GIS certificate or equivalent experience


Additional Information

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.


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