Full-Time Climate Policy Community Engagement Coordinator (Program Analyst 4)
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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Climate Policy Community Engagement Coordinator (Program Analyst 4) in Portland, Oregon.
The Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs is responsible for leading the agency’s efforts to develop and implement regulatory programs to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Office includes a program that collects data on statewide greenhouse emissions. Staff in the office also run the Oregon Clean Fuels Program, a market-based program that reduces these emissions from transportation fuels across the state.
This new position will work on a third team within the Office of Greenhouse Gas Programs that is developing and implementing the Climate Protection Program. The Climate Protection Program is a new statewide program that establishes a mandatory declining limit, or cap, on emissions from fossil fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and natural gas used in transportation, residential, commercial, and industrial settings throughout Oregon. The Climate Protection Program targets a 50% reduction in these emissions by 2035 and 90% by 2050.
What you will do!
You will coordinate a diverse set of tasks associated with the implementation of the Climate Protection Program. The goals of this program are to reduce emissions, while promoting equity and containing costs. The program prioritizes the reduction of greenhouse gases and other air contaminants in environmental justice communities, including communities of color, communities experiencing lower incomes, tribal communities, rural communities, and coastal communities. These communities are disproportionately burdened by the effects of climate change and pollution, are traditionally underrepresented in public processes, and have less access to new, clean technologies.
A key element to supporting equity within the Climate Protection Program, and the focus of this position, is implementation of Community Climate Investments. The Community Climate Investment component of the program is designed to prioritize investments in Oregon communities that are most impacted by climate change and air pollution. These investments will help these disadvantaged communities transition away from fossil fuels towards cleaner and more sustainable energy.
You will be engaging with organizations and individuals that represent environmental justice communities across Oregon, the general public, and practitioners on developing and implementing the Community Climate Investment program. For this innovative and exciting program to be successful, it is important for the person in this position to understand the underlying, and often long-standing, environmental impacts to Oregon’s environmental justice communities and to continue to learn about their needs and priorities. You will work closely with third-party entities on contracts, work plans, project development, emission reduction tracking, performances metrics, and financial controls. You will also advise program staff, management, and agency leadership on the extensive and ongoing work with those communities and the organizations representing them.
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, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, or a related degree, AND 5 years of experience coordinating or administering a program (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:
- Climate change, natural resources, or community focused public policy program and project management experience, including development, implementation, and evaluation of projects; experience developing program performance metrics.
- Experience conducting in-depth evaluations of program rules, policies, and operations; experience adapting or creating new procedures to solve program issues.
- Proven experience with process improvement and change management.
- Community engagement experience; ability to build collaborative partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders; skilled in facilitation, negotiation, and collaboration.
- Ability to interpret and communicate complex and technical federal, state, and/or local regulations and guidance to the public and community organizations.
- Excellent verbal and written communication with diverse audiences; effective presentation skills, and the ability to match presentation style to the needs of individual audiences; ability to create engaging materials and reports for public audiences.
- Experience developing and managing complex, long-term contracts.
- Skill in writing clear and concise evaluation reports that include analyses, recommendations, and conclusions
- Organizational and time management skills, with an attention to detail, and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.
Work is primarily in an office setting with occasional travel in-state and out-of-state for meetings, conferences, advisory committees, Environmental Quality Commission meetings, public hearings, and trainings, some of which may include evening work and/or overnight stays. Some physical outdoor activity involved during visits to industrial sources may include adverse weather conditions; exposure to pollutants, chemicals, contaminated soil and water, fumes, and airborne contaminants; fall or tripping hazards; climbing of stairs to gain access to multilevel facilities; and substantial walking.
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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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full vaccination or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.
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 Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at [email protected] or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.