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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity for a Program Plan Lead (Program Analyst 4) in Portland, Oregon.
Product stewardship is an environmental management strategy in which all parties involved in the design, production, sale, and use of a product take responsibility for minimizing environmental and human health impacts. DEQ supports product stewardship as a way to reduce overall environmental impacts throughout the product’s full life cycle; increase reuse and recycling; reduce toxics and waste generation; and internalize and more equitably distribute the costs of products, including managing those products at the end of their useful life.
DEQ is a leader in product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. Oregon has the oldest deposit and redemption program for beverage containers, which has operated (and been significantly expanded) since 1972. Since then, Oregon has adopted and successfully implemented EPR programs for electronics, paint, and most recently, unwanted medicines.
In 2021, Oregon became one of the first states in the nation to pass legislation requiring producers of packaged products, food serviceware, and printing and writing paper to take responsibility for effective recycling and management of their products. Oregon’s landmark Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act establishes numerous precedents aimed at reducing environmental impacts and improving social outcomes across the life cycle of materials.
What you will do!
You will be responsible for leading projects to modernize Oregon’s recycling system and implement the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act, which will impact communities and community members throughout Oregon. This will be a system-wide update to Oregon’s recycling system, involving completely new processes and systems that do not currently exist. You will create policies, rules, and legislative concepts to develop the program; set program standards; guide local community programs; and develop programmatic and management aspects of the producer responsibility organizations (PROs) and related programs, including developing PRO standards and processes (and then overseeing them once developed and effectively operating). In addition, you will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating statewide implementation related to the product stewardship program statute and regulations; developing recommendations; setting standards; and developing program guidelines, processes, procedures, and rulemaking related to Producers and Producer fees, Producer Responsibility Organization responsibilities, and local governments.
What’s in it for you!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future limited duration and permanent vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, behavioral or social sciences, or a related degree, AND 5 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:
- 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; experience working with product stewardship or extended producer responsibility programs.
- 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.
- Experience conducting in-depth evaluations of program rules, policies, and operations; conducting research; and adapting or creating new procedures to solve program issues.
- 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.
- Environmental science or natural resources program and project management experience; experience implementing a new environmental or permitting program.
Work is primarily in an office setting with occasional travel in-state and out-of-state for meetings, conferences, public hearings, and trainings, some of which may include evening work and/or overnight stays.
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COVID-19 Vaccination Information:
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.
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