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Water Quality Permit Program Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 2)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Portland, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 05/29/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) currently has a full-time opportunity for a Water Quality Permit Program Analyst (Operations and Policy Analyst 2) in Portland, Oregon. Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality.

The Water Quality Division has lead responsibility to ensure that DEQ’s work is delivered in a consistent and effective manner across media and regions. The Division partners with the other divisions and sections to ensure that implementation planning is central to policy development. The Division is responsible for optimizing the Agency’s processes for delivering programmatic commitments and service to Oregonians. The Division implements specific programs and supports consistent implantation of specific programs in the regional divisions.

The Water Quality Permit and Program Development Section provides oversight, technical assistance, and support for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Water Pollution Control Facilities (WPCF) permit programs. These programs protect Oregon’s water by regulating pollutant discharges from wastewater (domestic and industrial) and stormwater (municipal, industrial, and construction). The Section also supports or implements programs for industrial pretreatment, groundwater protection, Underground Injection Control, biosolids, water reuse, and hydropower 401 certification. Through various activities, such as program and policy development, rulemaking, regional coordination, and stakeholder involvement, the Section supports permit programs designed to ensure that groundwater and surface water achieve federal and state water quality standards.

What you will do!
The Water Quality Permit Program Analyst evaluates the water quality permit program for effectiveness and compliance with state and federal regulations as well as agency goals, as related to permit issuance and planning. In this position, you will plan and design improvement projects in water quality based on performance measurements; research and report objective information to management on which to base policy and operational decisions; and facilitate water quality permit program changes using project management skills to lead problem solving and implementation projects. Finally, you will develop administrative procedures and rules in response to legislation and program needs.

What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land. We offer 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, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

What are we looking for?

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).
Detailed knowledge of Federal and State water quality permitting program and procedures.
General knowledge of project management, administrative rulemaking procedures, and budget processes.
Ability to plan, schedule, and coordinate large complex projects, as well as effectively manage projects.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, analytical skills, organizational skills, and time management skills, with an ability to pay attention to detail and an ability to work under tight deadlines with shifting priorities.
Ability to interpret and implement environmental programs, and federal, state, and local regulations, and guidance, and the ability to communicate complex technical information to lay people.
Excellent computer skills in order to query information, analyze results, develop reports, create process documents, and communicate through multi-media processes.
Ability to effectively and efficiently facilitate meetings that may be administrative or technical with a wide variety of attendees.
General technical knowledge of environmental sciences.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please click here complete the online application and all supplemental questions.
Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. You must submit these at the beginning of the application process when it asks for a resume. You may attach more than 1 item in this section.

Veterans Information:
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those once you’ve submitted your application via a pop-up with a veterans’ preference questionnaire.

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 or (503) 229-5107.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

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