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Senior Climate Change Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality – Portland

Published 23:50 on July 26, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:50 on July 26, 2018  /  Job Postings  /  No Comments

This position serves as one of the agency’s statewide experts in climate change mitigation policy; providing technical analysis, consultation, and policy development, in addition to interacting with other state and national experts in climate change policy, stakeholder groups, and elected officials. The successful candidate will evaluate and develop climate change policy recommendations for DEQ’s senior management team and director, as well as participate in the development of legislation and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Salary: $64,008.00 – $93,912.00 Annually
Location: Portland, OR
Job Type: Limited Duration
Department: Environmental Quality-Air Quality
Job Number: DEQ18-0075
Closing
7/31/2018 8:00 AM Pacific
Description
DESCRIPTION:
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a Full-Time (Limited Duration, end date June 30, 2019), opportunity for a Senior Climate Change Policy Analyst  to join an innovative team, and work to advance our agency mission to protect and improve Oregon’s air quality.What You Will Do!
This position serves as one of the agency’s statewide experts in climate change mitigation policy; providing technical analysis, consultation, and policy development, in addition to interacting with other state and national experts in climate change policy, stakeholder groups, and elected officials. The successful candidate will evaluate and develop climate change policy recommendations for DEQ’s senior management team and director, as well as participate in the development of legislation and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This position has the unique opportunity to work with other experts, state and federal agencies, universities and other organizations, stakeholder groups, and many others to develop DEQ’s strategic vision and actions regarding air quality and climate change.What’s in it for you?
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with providing high quality environmental data needed for understanding and protecting Oregon’s air quality. Put your creative problem-solving and analytical skills to great use helping to keep Oregon green.  We offer full medical, dental and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays a year. Public service loan forgiveness program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).  Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program.  If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment and have experience testing and regulating air quality, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Additional Details
If you previously applied for this position you do not need to reapply as you will be added to the applicant pool. This recruitment will remain open until filled with a review date scheduled for July 31 2018 at 8:00 a.m., but we may close the announcement at any time after this date when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.

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Working Conditions
Generally an office environment. Occasional travel to attend meetings with EPA and other states. Requires travel, including overnight stays in other regions of Oregon for public hearings and other meetings, and occasional trips to attend conferences, seminars and hearings.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of experience in one or more of the following: Planning & Policy in the areas of Air Quality Planning, Energy Planning, Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, or a closely related Natural Resource Field.

At least one year of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as:

  • researching and analyzing data and other information to assess the requirements and impact of state and/or federal regulations
  • developing policy options and recommendations based on regulatory analysis
  • leading project teams
  • effectively communicating complex policy and technical issues with a variety of audiences
  • applying pertinent laws and regulations
  • leading and conducting stakeholder engagement for policy or regulation development
  • coordinating and monitoring project activities

AND                      

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resource planning or policy, physical science, urban and regional planning, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field

OR

  • Three (3) additional years of related, pertinent experience.

A Master’s degree in natural resource planning or policy, physical science, urban and regional planning, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

A Doctorate degree in natural resource planning or policy, physical science, urban and regional planning, environmental science or a closely related natural resource field will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

NOTE: To receive credit for all required/related coursework, a photocopy of transcripts is required.

Desired Attributes/Requested Skills-Preference may be given to candidates who possess the following experience or skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience preparing, conducting, and targeting outreach to diverse audiences.
  • Experience interpreting rules, regulations, laws, agency guidance and procedures.
  • Ability to effectively lead teams and work well with other staff members, regulators and professionals outside the program, the agency, and outside government.
  • Experience and skill in writing concise and clear reports and interpreting data.
  • Experience working with and communicating technical information to non-technical customers clearly and concisely.
  • Strong ability to build collaborative relationships among a variety of stakeholders, state and federal agencies, tribal nations and local governments.
  • Understanding of a wide range of federal and/or state climate change initiatives designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly programs targeting emissions in the transportation and/or energy sectors.
  • Understanding of the regulatory, economic, and political factors influencing Oregon climate change policy generally, and more specifically the policy implications for the electricity, natural gas and transportation sectors.
  • Understanding of the nature of Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions, goals, trends, and existing policy landscape.
  • Understanding of the types of climate change initiatives considered by Oregon, including low carbon fuels, carbon tax, and cap-and-trade concepts.
  • Experience explaining complex regulation and policy issues, particularly those related to market-based programs, to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Performing or overseeing economic impact (cost-benefit) analysis supporting climate change or air quality policy development.
Additional Information
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
We appreciate your interest in this position. To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Fully Complete the application and please be sure to attach your resume and cover letter demonstrating your experience and how it qualifies you for the position you’re applying for.  Your resume and cover letter should not exceed four pages. A resume or position description will not replace a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.
  2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and desired attributes listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.
  3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application. (Please note that your responses may also be evaluated for grammar, spelling and punctuation.)

VETERANS INFORMATION
If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans’ preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans’ preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

  •  A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
  • A  copy of your veterans’ disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans’ preference points visit www.oregonjobs.org, and select veterans’ preference.

Work Authorization
The Oregon 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.

Driver License
This position requires you to possess and maintain a current valid license to drive issued by the state of residence OR provide an acceptable, alternate form of transportation.

Pay Equity
As an employer the State of Oregon complies with the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary from applicable professional experience and education. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information.

NEED HELP?
If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to email Jennifer Van Dyke at jennifer.c.vandyke@oregon.gov . TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900. If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at support@governmentjobs.com.

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