Eastern Region Watershed Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E)

Website Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Location: Bend | DEQ

Initial Posting Date: 02/17/2021

Application Deadline: 03/10/2021

Agency: Department of Environmental Quality

Salary Range: $6,132 – $9,485

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Eastern Region Watershed Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E)

Job Description:

Are you passionate about protecting and enhancing 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 Eastern Region Watershed Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) located at DEQ’s Bend, Oregon office.

This position serves DEQ’s Eastern Region. DEQ’s 3 regions – Northwest, Western, and Eastern – issue permits for air, land, and water quality; inspect regulated entities for compliance; enforce permit requirements and administrative rules; investigate complaints; respond to spills and other emergency incidents with environmental impacts; work directly with communities, other governmental entities, industries, and the public; and provide technical assistance to regulated entities and the public. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

What you will do!

You will direct DEQ’s Total Maximum Daily Load and Nonpoint Source (including 319 grants), Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan, and stormwater programs for Eastern Region. You will work closely with DEQ’s program manager for Section 401 water quality certification regarding Eastern Region 401 projects. You will serve as a member of the Water Quality Program Management Team. You will develop program goals and objectives and monitor progress; identify, prioritize, and schedule work; select and supervise technical staff; and resolve difficult technical or administrative problems. You will assist in the development and implementation of statewide rules, policies, procedures, and guidelines for the water quality program, as well as budget management for the water quality program. You will track and ensure timeliness and responsiveness to the public and regulated community on key issues, and provide direction and guidance in emergencies. In addition, you may also serve as the Bend Office Manager, managing administrative positions in the Bend office and working with the building owner to ensure that the office functions in a safe and efficient manner so that Bend office staff can perform their duties.

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 10 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-supervisory position.

This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications: 3 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:

  • Experience managing or implementing water quality programs under the Clean Water Act.
  • Supervisory management experience in a government agency or organization; supervisory management experience with a union represented employer.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise executives and other decision-makers; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to be resourceful and pay attention to detail; ability to switch priorities or projects seamlessly.
  • Experience in change management.
  • Ability and experience managing human, financial, and informational resources in a manner that instills employee and public trust, and accomplishes the organization’s mission.
  • Proven experience fostering teamwork among subordinates; experience coaching, mentoring, and motivating subordinates.
  • Skill and experience in communication and outreach to underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to build partnerships across diverse community and stakeholder groups and interests.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily in an office setting. This position requires travel on official State business throughout Eastern Region and Oregon for meetings, conferences, and public hearings that may include overnight stays. Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings requiring occasional irregular work hours. Work may be required during inclement weather and may include possible exposure to pollutants or chemicals during site insections with staff. This position is required to drive a state vehicle, so possession of a valid driver’s license is required.

How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

  • External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
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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.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Pay Equity:

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.

Work Authorization:

DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at madeline.ouye@deq.state.or.us or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.

For more information, please contact madeline.ouye@deq.state.or.us

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