Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Initial Posting Date: 05/01/2023
Application Deadline: 05/15/2023
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality
Salary Range: $5,079 – $7,494
Position Type: Employee
Position Title: Environmental Quality Commission Assistant and Policy Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 2)
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/E-Cs6M9AAlU
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for an Environmental Quality Commission Assistant and Policy Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 2) 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. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning component and regional offices to accomplish this mission.
The Office of Policy and Analysis sits within DEQ’s Director’s Office and ensures that the agency’s legislative agenda and budget are effectively developed and implemented, and that DEQ is connected to and collaborating with stakeholders. It has lead responsibility for liaison work with the Legislature, Environmental Quality Commission, Governor’s office, and other State agencies, as well as lead responsibility for the development of budget policy packages and legislative concepts for the Agency Request Budget. This office consists of approximately 10 staff working on a variety of agencywide topics that are subject to significant legislative and public scrutiny.
The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is a 5 member panel appointed by the Governor of Oregon for 4-year terms to serve as DEQ’s policy and rulemaking board, effectively serving as the head of the agency. All work associated with the commission must abide by Oregon public meeting law, meet state and federal timelines for compliance, and is done on a recurring meeting cycle and production schedule of 6 to 8 weeks.
What you will do!
You will be responsible for staffing the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) and for being the Agency’s subject matter expert on everything associated with the commission, including policy objectives and procedural requirements across all topics, divisions, and geographic regions of DEQ. This work will include developing, managing, and implementing the commission’s annual plan and meetings, and providing analysis, review, and editing of all materials prepared by all agency programs for the Commission. You will be the primary point of contact internal and external to DEQ for the commission. You will also act as a project manager for the Director’s Office, as well as manage the operational flow of systems and information that support the Agency during all Oregon Legislative Sessions. This work includes providing research, project management, and policy recommendations to the Director, Deputy Director, and senior management, as well as assisting the Director and Deputy Director with policy review, project management, and research support on national, regional, and state issues and projects.
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, management service non-supervisory 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 2 years of professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Demonstrated understanding of environmental justice and the historical impacts for marginalized and underrepresented communities; ability to take personal responsibility for increasing their knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, organization, and time management skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail, and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.
- Experience providing high-level support, analysis and information to executives, board members, or other volunteers in a committee, council, or commission setting.
- Experience planning for and conducting complex in-person, remote, and hybrid meetings.
- Project management experience, including development, implementation, and evaluation; experience developing program performance metrics.
- Skill in writing and editing clear and concise technical and narrative reports that include analyses, recommendations, and conclusions.
- Familiarity with Oregon public meetings rules and processes.
- Familiarity with administrative rules and the legislative process.
- Ability to interpret and implement federal, state, and local regulations and guidance, and communicate complex technical information to laypeople; effective presentation skills, and the ability to match presentation style to the needs of individual audiences.
DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness.
This position will be based out of DEQ’s Portland office, however, the successful candidate may be eligible for hybrid work. The logistics of hybrid work will need to be worked out with the Hiring Manager prior to your hire and may be changed at any time given specific job duties and business needs. DEQ will provide necessary hardware (laptop, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and cell phone) for an employee to successfully work from home. At DEQ sites, you will have access to a workspace, however, it may be shared with other employees.
This position requires occasional travel for site visits, meetings, trainings, conferences, and public hearings, some of which may include evening work or 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 email@example.com or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.