DEQ (Principal Ex. Mgr Materials Management) closed when filled


Principal Executive Manager E (Materials Management)



The Department of Environmental Quality'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 collaboratively with Oregonians for a healthy, sustainable environment.

The Environmental Solutions 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 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, including recycling and composting. The Materials Management Program's strategic direction is provided by Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

The Materials Management program at DEQ has an immediate opening for one (1) Principal Executive Manager E position.
The person chosen to fill this position will manage the day-to-day operation as one of two Materials Management Program management positions at Headquarters; this includes, but is not limited to, supervising staff and overseeing management of section priorities and core work. Additionally, this position is primarily responsible for leading the planning and coordination of the 2050 Vision for Materials Management in Oregon and stakeholder engagement.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. First review of applications is scheduled for January 16.

The pool of qualified applicants established from this announcement may be used to fill future vacancies, both limited duration and permanent, and for other DEQ office locations.



Duties & Responsibilities

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:

Staff Planning, Performance and Supervision

  • Hires staff, giving consideration to disabled, affirmative action and injured worker applicants.
  • Plans, assigns, documents and maintains assigned work in position descriptions and work agreements.
  • Consistently applies the principles of the Performance Management System to support employees in their personal growth and contributions to the program and agency.
  • Participates with Human Resources in the investigation, response and attempt to resolve step one grievances.
  • Handles personnel issues expeditiously according to procedures and collective bargaining agreement.
  • Creates and maintains a work environment that is respectful and accepting of diversity. Sets clear guidelines for expected behaviors and clear methods for reporting inappropriate behaviors.
  • Utilizes the diversity within the workforce by incorporating the diverse perspectives into business or service delivery decisions.

Policy, Procedure and Communication

  • Manages program by overseeing, authorizing, developing and implementing policies, procedures and program priorities consistent with key goals of the program, agency, state and federal funders.
  • May serve as agency representative on committees, commissions, boards and task groups, both internally and externally. This includes responding to inquiries from news media, members of the public and elected officials, sometimes on short notice.
  • Determines the most effective utilization of resources in order to carry out agency goals and objectives for providing services to both internal and external customers.
  • Implement techniques and ideas that contribute to program improvement.
  • Participates as a member of the Program Management Team (PMT) and subgroups. Anticipates, evaluates and keeps agency leadership informed of any policy or program implementation conflicts that the section manager cannot resolve.
  • Coordinates with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EPA Region X states on program issues.
  • Inspires and influences staff and stakeholders by providing direction and outlining common purpose while fostering a commitment to the vision and values of the agency and the state.
  • Cultivates an environment of open sharing about ideas, listens and provides meaningful feedback.

Working Conditions
Generally an office environment. Monthly in-state travel to meet with local governments, advisory committees and regulated entities to address issues relating to developing and implementing materials management strategies. Occasional out of state travel to attend meetings and conferences. Extended work hours periodically. 


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills



Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans
c) program evaluation and
d) budget preparation


Two years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies
b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans
c) program evaluation and
d) budget preparation;

AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.


Three years of professional experience as a program/project leader,

a) assigning and reviewing work of professional staff (e.g., engineers, etc.)
b)  project responsibility for developing goals and objectives
c)  project evaluation and 
d) monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget.

In the "Work History" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.

Requested Skills - Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate experience or knowledge in the following areas:

  • Using effective management skills in the areas of planning and project management including organizing, directing, motivating, and evaluating both represented and non-represented employees; monitoring and controlling budget and financial resources; and providing good stewardship in the delivery of services to accomplish the strategic goals of the program.   
  • Guiding organizational progress by defining the critical issues, establishing a vision, setting measurable objectives, and prioritizing strategies.
  • Using critical thinking skills and strategies to evaluate information, understand problems, and develop appropriate solutions.
  • Building coalitions internally to achieve common goals.
  • Facilitating, negotiating and building consensus, especially for needed innovations, among diverse stakeholders with competing and differing needs.  
  • Developing and implementing effective short and long-term strategies to achieve goals.
  • Tailoring messaging or selecting communication mechanisms that best fit the individual or audience. The ability to listen, read body language, ask questions, provide feedback and generate effective two-way communication.
  • Building diverse teams and maintaining professional and respectful work environments.
  • Managing projects or portfolios.  
  • Representing an agency or organization in matters of high stakeholder interest.
  • Addressing impacts of materials across their life cycle. 


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. A cover letter and/or resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the work history section or answers to the supplemental questions.

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 online. 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.

Information in your application, 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 current total compensation (salary/benefits/retirement).

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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
700 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR  97232
(503) 229-5382

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