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Hazardous and Materials Management Manager (Natural Resource Protection and Sustainability Manager 2)
Initial Posting Date: 09/01/2022
Application Deadline: 09/18/2022
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality, Eugene, OR
Salary Range: $6,480 - $10,023
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What you will do!

You will manage Western Region’s environmental programs related to hazardous and solid waste. This will include developing program goals and objectives and monitoring progress; identifying, prioritizing, and scheduling work; selecting and supervising technical and support staff; resolving difficult technical or administrative problems; assisting in the development of statewide rules, procedures, and guidelines for the hazardous and solid waste programs; tracking and ensuring timelines and responsiveness to the public and regulated community; and providing direction and guidance in emergency response situations.

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.

Desired Attributes/Skills:

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

  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate emerging environmental programmatic priorities with both statewide and national implications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead both technical and program development teams using data collection, goal setting, measure design, and report development to address statewide environmental challenges and opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise executives and other decision-makers; excellent verbal and written communication skills; skill, tact, and communication abilities necessary to act as a spokesperson for the Western Region Hazardous and Materials Management section and the Agency.
  • Public policy and program development experience in leading discussions with external stakeholders and agency responsibilities to protect human health and the environment.
  • Supervisory 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; ability and skill to manage complex projects with many stakeholders and multiple deliverables within resource constraints.
  • Experience in strategic planning, plan implementation, and change management.
  • Demonstrated experience and personal commitment to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture where all team members feel empowered to contribute.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications:

6 years of supervision, management, or progressively related experience or 3 years of related experience and a Bachelor’s degree.

Recycling Program Specialist (Operations and Policy Analyst 2) – Two Openings
Initial Posting Date: 09/02/2022
Application Deadline: 09/25/2022
Agency: Department of Environmental Quality 
Salary Range: 4,688.00 - 7,175.00
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What you will do!

Both positions will develop administrative procedures and provide staff support for DEQ’s implementation of the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act.

Position # 4057: You will develop requirements and programs related to local governments and multifamily properties, manage a project to study equity in the recycling system; and design and administer a waste prevention and reuse grant program. In addition, you will conduct other program development and implementation such as designing required procedures and forms that regulated entities will use.

Position # 4059: You will convene and manage agency collaboration with the Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council and write reports to the Oregon Legislature. In addition, you will conduct other program planning related to the finances of the program, including managing review and approval of producer responsibility organizations’ fee structures and managing contracts.

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 a business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, finance, political science, or a related degree, AND 2 years of professional-level evaluative, analytical, and planning work (an equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable).

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Understanding of the relationships between material production, marketing, and consumption, and an ability to identify reasonable regulatory and non-regulatory strategies to influence or shape market decisions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, organization, and time management skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail, and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.
  • Project management experience, including development, implementation, and evaluation; experience developing program performance metrics.
  • Proven experience with process improvement and change management.
  • Ability to build collaborative partnerships with advisory committees and a wide variety of stakeholders; skill in conflict resolution, negotiation, and collaboration.
  • Skill in writing clear and concise technical and narrative reports that include analyses, recommendations, and conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret and implement federal, state, and local regulations and guidance, and communicate complex technical information to laypeople; effective presentation skills, and the ability to match presentation style to the needs of individual audiences.
  • Experience conducting in-depth evaluations of program rules, policies, and operations; conducting research; and adapting or creating new procedures to solve program issues.
  • Environmental science or natural resources program experience.

Working Conditions:

Work is primarily in an office setting. This position requires occasional travel in-state and out-of-state for meetings, conference, and public hearings, some of which may include overnight stays and/or evening work.

Fresh Alliance Strategist
Oregon Food Bank
Full Time Professional

Posted: 5 days ago; Requisition ID: 1303
Applications Due: September 30th 
Pay range: $61,076 - $68,928.
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Position Summary:

The Fresh Alliance Strategist (FAS) serves as a primary relationship manager between Oregon Food Bank’s network of Partner Agencies (food pantries and meal sites) and retail grocery stores in the Portland Metro area. The FAS will be assigned to support grocery food donation recovery efforts in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. The FAS facilitates collaboration between Oregon Food Bank, Partner Agencies, and grocery retail stores  to build a strong, coordinated food recovery program that improves access to food, while also working towards systemic change to end the root causes of hunger. 

Oregon Food Bank is working to build and support a network of partners that are led by and deeply rooted within communities that disproportionately experience hunger - including Black, Indigenous and all People of Color Communities, Trans- and Gender-diverse communities, and single mothers & caregivers. The FAS plays a key role in this work by establishing and supporting community partnerships between grocery stores and Partner Agencies that are led by and/or serve these communities. This position provides technical assistance, relationship management, training, troubleshooting, and other resources to the Fresh Alliance partner network to support them in picking up donations of excess food from grocery partners.