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 (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Water Quality Regional Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) in Bend, Pendleton, or The Dalles, Oregon. (The finalist may choose their work location)
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environment. DEQ has a centralized policy and planning office and regional offices around the state to accomplish its mission. There are three regions (Northwest, Western, and Eastern); this position is in the Eastern Region, which includes Central and Eastern Oregon.
Staff in the regional offices work directly with Oregon communities and regulated facilities to protect public health and the environment. Specifically, the regions provide the following services: we issue air, land and water quality permits to limit pollution so our environment remains healthy for people and wildlife; ensure regulated facilities remain in compliance with their permits; investigate pollution reports from residents; respond to and clean up oil spills and other hazardous materials; provide expertise and technical assistance to regulated facilities and the public; and coordinate work with other governmental entities, industries and the public. View a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will manage the region’s wastewater permitting programs to protect rivers, lakes, streams and groundwater in the region. You’ll oversee an excellent team of staff responsible for implementing and enforcing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) permitting programs. You will develop program goals and objectives and monitor progress; identify, prioritize and schedule work; select and supervise technical staff; resolve difficult technical or administrative problems; assist in the development of statewide rules, policies, procedures and guidelines for the water quality program; and track and ensure timeliness and responsiveness to the public and regulated community. In addition, you may serve as office manager for administrative staff in an office and work with the landlord of the building to ensure the office functions in a safe and efficient manner.
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 Services Supervisory position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: Three years of management experience in a public or private organization, which included responsibility for each of the following: development of program rules and policies, development of long and short-range goals and plans, program evaluation, and budget preparation.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Demonstrated ability to lead technical teams using data collection, goal setting, measure design, and report development to address statewide environmental challenges and opportunities and determine programmatic priorities; ability to develop innovative solutions to place-based environmental problems using existing programmatic and regulatory authority.
- Demonstrated ability to advise leadership and other decisionmakers on your area of expertise.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill, tact, and communication abilities necessary to act as a spokesperson for the Eastern Region Water Quality section and the agency, including at public meetings, to DEQ’s governing commission, and to the news media; ability to explain complex environmental and policy problems and solutions to a variety of audiences.
- In-depth knowledge of laws, procedures, principles, and regulations governing DEQ’s Water Quality program.
- Ability to facilitate and negotiate solutions to complex regulatory issues among multiple organizations with conflicting, overlapping or inconsistent requirements of objectives; knowledge of the operations and jurisdiction of other state, city and county agencies; ability to build partnerships across diverse community and stakeholder groups and interests.
- Proven experience fostering teamwork, collaboration and cooperation among peers and direct reports; experience in coaching, mentoring and motivating staff. Supervisory management experience in a government agency or organization; management experience with a union represented employer.
- Experience in strategic planning, plan implementation, and change management, including culture change.
- Ability and experience managing human, financial and informational resources in a manner that instills employee and public trust and accomplishes the organization’s mission.
- Demonstrated experience and personal commitment to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture where all team members feel empowered to contribute; ability to incorporate diversity strategies into all hiring, retention, training, and management decisions to increase cultural awareness and diversity within the region.
Most work is performed in a professional office setting with multiple demands on time. This position requires travel on official State business throughout Eastern Region and Oregon for meetings, conferences, or public hearings that may include overnight stays. Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings requiring occasional irregular work hours. Driving is required. Work may be required during inclement weather and may include possible exposure to pollutants or chemicals during site inspections with staff and/or occasional lifting.
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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 Willa Wilbanks, Human Resources Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 229-5021. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.