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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualification. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.

Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ:

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Grants Coordinator (Program 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 Land Quality Division supports the agency’s mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state’s underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters. 

The Materials Management program’s mission is to reduce the impacts of materials and products throughout their full life cycle, from design and production through distribution, consumption and use, and management at end-of-life. The Life Cycle Programs section plans and implements policies and programs supporting this mission through innovative, collaborative, and research-based work. We work with partners statewide and beyond to pursue Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Materials Management in order to conserve resources, protect the environment, and enhance well-being.
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What you will do!

You will transform and realign the Materials Management Grants program, which has been awarding grants to local governments and community organizations statewide since 1991, with the 2050 Vision for Materials Management. You will develop new processes, procedures, and policies, as well as evaluate program operations and services designed to better meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities. You will develop such processes and procedures to meet the Grants program’s goal to invest in a future that transforms how we use materials and products. You will lead a strategic planning process to make the grants program more accessible to those who have historically not been empowered to apply for or successfully be awarded grant funds. You will ground data, policy, and business operations on foundations of equity and inclusion, and environmental justice principles and practices. Once strategic planning is completed, you will lead an internal team to implement the new policies and procedures, and ensure that grant funding reaches organizations that are innovating and driving change with regard to material use and consumption in their communities.

You will take personal responsibility for increasing your knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. You may also support ongoing efforts to understand and co-create procedures and approaches for robust engagement with communities grounded in equity for the Materials Management program’s built environment work, and contribute to other built environment projects identified by the Built Environment Strategic Plan.

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, or a related degree, AND 2 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:

  • Experience developing new processes, procedures, and policies, as well as evaluating program operations and services, to better meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities. Experience and ability to understand systems and envision new structures that advance program goals.
  • Experience collaboratively planning, designing, leading, and conducting culturally responsive outreach activities to engage and foster relationships with partners and community members.
  • Experience working with multiple parties with competing interests to achieve common goals; demonstrated skills in conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, and coalition-building.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively develop, lead, and evaluate programs; experience conducting in-depth evaluations of program operations, conducting research, and adapting or creating new procedures to solve program issues and meet program goals; ability to work creatively to find solutions; previous experience as a project leader.
  • Ability to take personal responsibility for increasing your knowledge of environmental justice and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Experience administering or supporting design and implementation of a grants program.
  • Experience working with environmental programs; ability to envision alternative futures for production and consumption of materials and intersections with well-being; interest and ability to increase knowledge of the life cycle impacts of materials and products.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to provide clear, concise, and compelling communication of policy and technical information tailored to the needs of diverse audiences; skill in writing clear and concise reports that include qualitative and quantitative analyses, recommendations, and conclusions.

Working Conditions:

DEQ believes in a diverse and inclusive work environment. All employees are expected to contribute to a work environment that collectively values and benefits from respecting its diversity and promotes a culture of inclusiveness. Most work is performed in a professional office setting. This position has regular in-person, video, and telephone contact with DEQ staff, other agencies, and the public. This position will report to DEQ’s Headquarters office in Portland as their central workplace. DEQ may allow hybrid work environment opportunities that would need to be discussed with and approved by the DEQ manager prior to hiring. There will be occasional travel on official State business for meetings, conferences, trainings, and public hearings, some of which may include evening work and/or overnight stays. This job involves occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

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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.

Veterans Information:

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.

Pay Equity:

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 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.

Work Authorization:

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.

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) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.
Are you interested in an Informational Interview with DEQ to learn more about working at DEQ, how current DEQ employees got to where they are today, and what opportunities there may be for you at DEQ? Please go here and complete the form: Please note that informational interviews are not tied to an open recruitment. If you complete the form above, you will be put in the queue to have an informational interview with a Hiring Manager from our Informational Interview Registry.