Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Initial Posting Date: 12/16/2022
Application Deadline: 01/12/2023
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality
Salary Range: $5,395 – $8,292
Position Type: Employee
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for an Air Quality Planner (Operations & Policy Analyst 3) in Portland, Oregon.
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Air Quality Division is responsible for collecting environmental information, analyzing environmental information, and developing sound and effective environmental strategies. The Division ensures that the technical and scientific expertise is available to inform and carry out these responsibilities. In partnership with others, the Division takes a comprehensive and holistic view of environmental impacts and seeks to create solutions that enable actions that can reduce those impacts. The goal of the Air Quality Division is to ensure clean and healthy air for all Oregonians, which directly supports DEQ’s mission. The Air Quality Division is responsible for developing new air quality programs and supporting the Regions as they implement existing air quality programs.
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What you will do!
You will serve as an agency policy expert responsible for the development and implementation of local and statewide air pollution reduction strategies affecting a wide variety of pollution sources and the public. You will lead DEQ and stakeholder teams to gather scientific, policy, legal, and other information, including public input, to formulate policy, regulations, and programs that satisfy state and federal law, as well as the agency’s strategic goals for air quality. This work may address multiple types of air pollution, including federal criteria pollutants (such as ozone or fine particulate), toxic air pollutants (i.e. air toxics), regional haze, and green house gas pollution.
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 11 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply today!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, finance, political science, or a related degree, AND 4 years of professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Experience developing policy analysis and presenting it to management, stakeholder groups, and the public to solicit input to inform decision-making.
- Facilitation of stakeholder/public engagement experience; experience working with multiple parties with competing interests to achieve common goals.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information tailored to the needs of diverse audiences.
- Experience developing policy analysis for an air quality program or other natural resource program.
- Experience interpreting and/or implementing the Clean Air Act, federal air quality rules, and/or state air quality rules.
- Experience developing and/or implementing State Implementation Plans.
- Effective presentation skills and an ability to match presentation style to the needs of individual audiences; experience presenting technical analysis to stakeholder groups and the public.
- Proficient in Excel and/or other statistical and database packages; experience using GIS software to evaluate environmental data.
- Experience developing clear and concise technical analysis to support policy decisions.
Work is primarily in a fast-paced professional office with multiple demands on time. This position requires occasional travel on official State business in- and out-of-state for meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, site visits, and public hearings, some of which may be held in the evenings and involve overnight stays.
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity. DEQ is an E-Verify employer and will use E-Verify to confirm that hires are authorized to work in the United States.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/about-us/Pages/humanresources.aspx. Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.