Senior Policy Analyst – (Oregon DEQ Materials Management Program) Closes 9/27/2015


Senior Policy Analyst

Salary  $54,852.00 - $80,196.00 Annually

Location  Portland, OR

Job Type Permanent


DEQ's mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon's air, land and water.  As a regulatory agency whose job is to protect the quality of Oregon's environment, DEQ works with Oregonians for a healthy, sustainable environment.

The Materials Management Section plans and implements policies, programs and projects to reduce impacts of materials and products throughout their full life cycle, from design and production through distribution, consumption and use and management at end-of-life. 

DEQ has an exceptional opportunity for candidates interested in serving as an Operations & Policy Analyst 3 (Senior Policy Analyst) in our Materials Management Section of the Environmental Solutions Division. The position serves as a senior policy analyst in support of the Materials Management Section and Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.  

The successful candidate will work closely with the program's management team, legislative analyst and senior project staff and will lead and participate in teams evaluating and developing policy options, administrative rules, legislative proposals and strategic plans for the program as well as specific projects. S/he will conduct extensive engagement with stakeholders on specific projects, policies and legislative issues and will lead the development of a regular forum to facilitate communication between DEQ and stakeholders. Experience in materials management, including extended producer responsibility, is desirable but not required.

One of the selected candidate's first projects will be to lead a team to develop administrative rules to revise recycling program elements and create new waste prevention/reuse program elements required of cities and counties, consistent with recently adopted legislation (SB 263). S/he will also serve as a subject matter expert in the area of extended producer responsibility.

Duties & Responsibilities


  • Coordinate and lead planning initiatives to update and implement the program's long term vision
  • Develop process and procedures for strategic planning and systematic organizational improvement
  • Lead workgroups comprised of agency staff and outside stakeholders to develop and update plans
  • Manage research studies that evaluate agency policy and operations
  • Resolve issues and gain agreement with external constituencies, other agencies, and partners to support policy initiatives
  • Research trends and innovations in materials management and identify policy, program and legislative changes to support program vision
  • Initiate and coordinate legislative changes to support Materials Management Program's strategic planning, policy options and operations
  • Plan and manage major projects: identify resource needs, determine responsibilities and delegate, develop and monitor plans and budgets
  • Represent the Agency at information meetings, educational presentations, public hearings, local and state agency commissions and other meetings locally, regionally and nationally


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science, Information Technology or any related degree applicable to the duties of the job.


  • Four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to the duties listed in the announcement


  • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to the duties of the job.

Requested Skills

  • Skills in conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration and stakeholder engagement
  • Ability to build coalitions
  • Ability to envision alternative futures for production and consumption of materials and indentify reasonable strategies leading to these
  • Knowledge of regulatory and non-regulatory options for influencing or shaping market decisions


Additional Information


Application Screening:  In order to evaluate your experience as it relates to this position, we need detailed responses to the supplemental questions. Please respond completely in the space provided; responses to the supplemental questions will be considered when determining which applicants, among those who meet the minimum qualifications, will be invited to interview. Failure to respond to each question in the space provided for that question may result in disqualification of your application. 

Your application and application materials must be consistent and thorough in order to be considered. If the information contained in your answers to each of the supplemental questions is not reflected in your work history, your application may be removed from consideration. Your cover letter and resume will not replace an incomplete application or work history. 

Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.

To apply for this position, follow the "Apply" link above to complete the Oregon Employment Application on line. All application materials must be received by the closing date/time posted. 

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents.  

A current cover letter is a required part of this application.  Information in the cover letter, as well as responses to the supplemental questions, will be reviewed to determine candidates who qualify and whose experience best matches the requested skills.  

To receive credit for higher education coursework, transcripts (official or unofficial) must be submitted at the time of application. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application. 

Salary: the Department of Environmental Quality's practice is to begin employees at the first pay step.  However, a higher starting pay rate may be considered, budget permitting, depending upon the applicant's work history, current salary and benefits.

Union: This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 3336.

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The Department of Environmental Quality is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. DEQ welcomes applications from women, veterans, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.

If you have a disability or otherwise require assistance, you may contact us at:
Department of Environmental Quality
Human Resources Office
811 SW Sixth Ave
Portland OR 97204
(503) 229-5382
Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.