Deputy Administrator, Water Quality (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 3)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Portland, Oregon

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Are you interested in applying your operations leadership skills to protecting and enhancing Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).


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 strive to be a workplace where we share our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals, and while collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations. We celebrate and appreciate diversity, champion equity, and treat each other with respect and dignity. 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.


Opportunity:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Deputy Administrator, Water Quality (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 3). We are seeking an individual with leadership, guidance, consultation, and support services experience in all areas of water quality. This position is based out of DEQ’s Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.


The Agency:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is chief regulatory agency of the government of the U.S. State of Oregon responsible for protecting and enhancing the state's natural resources. 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 Water Quality Division has a critical role in achieving the Department’s mission by developing policy, implementation tools, and implementation priorities for improving and protecting the quality of water in Oregon’s waterways. The Water Quality Division works cooperatively with the Department’s three regional offices and the Laboratory to deliver programs and services that protect and enhance the quality of the waters of the state to protect public health and the environment.


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What you will do!

As the Water Quality Deputy Administrator, you will assist in the leadership of the Water Quality Division in working to improve the quality of Oregon’s waterways. You will assist the Water Quality Division Administrator in overseeing the management of the Division’s programs, including managing the budget, creating implementation strategy of the program in the regions, and determining overall priorities for the Water Quality Division. You will demonstrate commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and environmental justice, by ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in all aspects of your work and the department’s work.


In coordination with the Water Quality Administrator, you will provide direction to the Water Quality management team and staff in addition to directly supervised managers and staff. You will provide supervision and direction to managers and staff within the Water Quality Deputy Administrator section.  As a State supervisory manager, you will be expected to develop proficiency in, as well as model to others, these competencies: Proactive communication, Innovation, Intentional Engagement, Mentoring & Developing Others, Stewardship, and Business Acumen. 


These competencies are demonstrated by:

  • Ensuring staff are supported and have the tools, learning, and equipment necessary to perform their duties.
  • Coaching, mentoring, and motivating staff; meeting regularly with staff to provide leadership, guidance, and feedback, and to encourage skill development and career growth.
  • Setting clear work objectives, goals, and expectations for staff; evaluating performance and addressing performance in a timely manner.
  • Building team cohesion; encouraging collaboration and ensuring staff are cross-trained.

You will provide strategic direction, leadership, and management over Water Quality activities, including:

  • Directing staff and managers to develop Division and Agency-wide policy and processes, including assisting in management of division work plans and strategic plans.
  • Directing and preparing reviews of performance measure reports, including water quality key performance measures and outcome-based management measures.
  • Arranging for and presenting proposals or expert testimony to the Environmental Quality Commission and the Legislature.
  • Planning and coordinating functions of the Water Quality Division.


Desired Attributes/Skills:

If you have these qualities, let us know! Candidates who are most competitive will reflect the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity; proven experience developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience working with diverse groups and communities; skill and experience in communication and outreach to underrepresented communities; ability to build partnerships across diverse community and stakeholder groups and interests.
  • Proven track record of success-building and maintaining an effective management team that leads change management to support employees through program, policy, and other changes.
  • Experience managing a department with natural resources responsibilities, including program and strategic planning; knowledge of the federal and state laws governing water quality and natural resources management.
  • Experience building and supporting high-performing, collaborative teams that appreciate and encourage diverse thinking.
  • Familiarity with regulatory programs involving permitting and compliance.
  • Management experience in a government agency or organization; management experience with a union represented employer.
  • Ability to be resourceful and pay attention to detail; ability to switch priorities or projects seamlessly; excellent project management skills.
  • Ability and experience managing human, financial, and informational resources in a manner that instills employee and public trust, and accomplishes the organization's mission.
  • Experience in strategic planning, plan implementation, succession planning, and change management; champions process improvement.
  • Demonstrated skill in advising executives and other decision-makers; political awareness; excellent verbal and written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.; ability to communicate clearly and effectively in stressful situations.


Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications: 7 years of supervision, management, or progressively-related experience, OR 4 years of related of experience and a Bachelor’s degree.



What’s in it for you!

DEQ cares deeply about employee wellness and benefits. You will receive a comprehensive, competitive, and affordable benefits, leave, and wellness package, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 11 paid holidays
  • 10 hours of vacation per month, eligible to be used after 6 months of service
  • 8 hours of sick leave per month, eligible to be used as accrued
  • 24 hours of personal business leave per fiscal year, eligible to be used after 6 months of service
  • Optional life insurance packages
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Membership in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
  • Optional deferred compensation retirement program
  • Opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work
  • A healthy work/life balance, including flexible schedules and hybrid work options for many positions

This is a full-time, management service supervisory position.


Working Conditions:

Most work is performed in a professional office setting with multiple demands on time. There is frequent work under tight deadlines. This position requires occasional travel on official State business 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. This position may be contacted and requested to return to work outside of normal working hours. Working additional evening or weekend hours is required.



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Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase your amazing skills and experience. Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position and who attach all necessary documents will be eligible for an interview. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.). Please make sure your attributes and the minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials.



Veterans Information:

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 later.



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. 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.



Work Authorization:

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.



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 maddy.ouye@deq.oregon.gov. or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.


Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/about-us/Pages/humanresources.aspx. Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.