Job Details

Unemployment Insurance Division Director

Oregon Employment Department, Salem

Job - Government

Close Date: 02/28/2020

Salary Range:
$8,113 - $11,947/month

**Please note: Salary range posted is the Non-PERS salary range. If you are a participating PERS member the salary range is $8113-$11,947/year.
Job Description:

Are you an innovative, experienced public-sector executive level leader with the passion to direct a division serving Oregon workers, businesses and claimants? Are you energized by providing exceptional customer and stakeholder experiences? Do you have the experience to provide public-sector leadership across the Oregon Employment Department and across Oregon state government to transform business processes and replace the computer systems supporting Oregon’s unemployment insurance tax and benefits services? If this sounds like you, your next leadership position awaits!

Employment Department employees are passionate about serving Oregonians and Oregon businesses. If you feel inspired and motivated by our mission, vision, and values, we invite you to join us in exceeding our customers’ expectations!

Our mission: to support business and promote employment. We do this by providing stability for Oregonians and communities during times of unemployment, by helping businesses find great workers and job seekers find employment, and by providing workforce and economic information to promote informed decision making.
Our vision: an Oregon where meaningful work enables the state’s diverse people and businesses to realize their full potential, creating prosperity in every community.
Our values: Integrity - We are trusted to keep our word, always acting with honesty and courage. Respect - We value diverse perspectives, assume good intent, and act with compassion. Community - We foster a sense of belonging for our employees, partners, and customers, creating positive impacts where we live and work.

Here’s what you will do:

As the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Division Director, you will strategically lead and direct the Employment Department’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. This position is responsible for directing the operations of the UI Division which provides delivery of UI benefits, a partial, temporary wage replacement to workers that are unemployed through no fault of their own, and the collection of taxes and wage data from over 90,000 employers. Unemployment Insurance is a joint state-federal program that provides cash benefits to eligible workers. UI benefits are funded through unemployment insurance taxes paid by employers and collected by the state and federal government.

You will lead and direct a division of approximately 500 hundred employees in multiple locations, serving Oregon businesses, workers, and claimants. The division consists of three primary sections, UI Benefits, UI Tax and UI Operations. These sections provide benefits, including claim adjudication and benefit award; tax administration, collection and audit; employer and claimant account management; compliance; appeals; ensuring procedures are in alignment with statutes, rules, and policies; operating strategy and planning; personnel recruitment, training, and development; and continuous improvement for the operations of the division.

The UI Division Director acts as the chief sponsor for the Agency’s Unemployment Insurance Modernization Project. The chief sponsor role requires intensive leadership across the Oregon Employment Department and across Oregon state government to transform business processes and replace the computer systems supporting Oregon’s unemployment insurance tax and benefits services.

You will provide a critical agency-wide leadership role as a member of the agency’s Executive Team. As a member of the Executive Team, you will contribute to the achievement of the Department’s Vision, Mission and Values, as well as the Department’s Operating Principles and Goals.

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What’s in it for you:

Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service.
A workplace that balances productivity with enjoyment, and encourages learning and mentoring.
An inclusive and fair work environment where employees feel valued and supported in reaching their full potential.
A workplace that fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to maintain a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, veteran status, disability, or status as a victim of domestic violence, harassment, sexual assault, or stalking. This policy applies to every aspect of our employment practices, including recruitment, hiring, retention, promotion, and training.
Work/life balance, 10 paid holidays a year, and a competitive benefits package.
Relocation assistance available as part of the negotiated compensation package.
Live, work, and play in or near Salem, Oregon.

What we are looking for:

Communication: The ability to effectively articulate and exchange information with internal and external stakeholders. Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing, to a wide range of audiences with exceptional public speaking/presentation skills.
Business Acumen: Experience managing in the areas of financial, budgeting, procurement and contracting, information technology, human resources, decision-making, planning, and program resources to meet the organization’s mission.
Innovation: Leadership experience ensuring a process that allows ideas to be evaluated, adopted, and implemented when appropriate.
Intentional Engagement: The ability and commitment to consider and appreciate multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and values, integrating and including them throughout the organization.
Mentoring and Developing People: The ability to actively engage employees at all levels of the organization, recognize their potential, and support their future career growth.
Stewardship: The ability to responsibly manage resources, actively promote a culture in which those resources are effectively used, and implement practices and strategies with accountability standards that support agency mission and goals.
Commitment to and experience supporting, promoting, and modeling equity and inclusion.
Required Minimum Qualifications: Innovative leader with six (6) or more years of management experience in a public-sector organization including developing program rules and policies, long- and short-range goals and plans, program evaluation, and budget preparation.

How to Apply:

External Applicants: Click on the “Apply” link above to fill out the online application and submit by the posted closing date. Please use the name you want us to address you by.
Current State of Oregon employees must apply through your employee Workday account.
A resume and cover letter are required materials to apply for this job posting. In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes and minimum qualifications listed under the “What we are looking for” section above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure the attributes and minimum qualifications you possess are clearly demonstrated in your cover letter and other application materials. Your cover letter must not exceed three (3) pages.
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Additional Information:

This position is Executive Service and serves at the pleasure of the Employment Department Director. This position is not represented by a union.

Veterans’ Preference:

To receive Veterans' Preference, you must complete the required Task that will be sent to your Workday account after successfully submitting your application. This Task will prompt you to provide the appropriate documentation. Please visit: for additional information on required documentation.

Equity and Inclusion:

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Criminal Records Check:
The Employment Department is committed to being a leader in providing its employees with fair and equal employment opportunities and recognizes that as a best practice in equity and inclusion, criminal background check policies shall be job related and consistent with business necessity. The agency will only consider information from the past four years (starting from the date of the arrest) for nonviolent offenses and the past seven years for violent offenses when conducting its own criminal records checks pursuant to Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 125-007-0200 through 125-007-0330. For positions with authorized access to FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) information, a separate criminal records check is conducted by the Oregon State Police. If you would like further information on how each criminal records check is conducted, please read our Criminal Records Check Policy ( or contact us at the number below with any questions.

Contact Information and Helpful Links:

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