Regional Planning Coordinator

Oregon Water Resources Department

Salem, OR, USA

The Oregon Water Resources Department currently has a full-time, limited duration opportunity for a Regional Planning Coordinator (Natural Resource Specialist 4) in Salem Oregon, with the opportunity to work remotely on a schedule agreed upon by the manager and employee.

The Department is committed to creating a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people and is welcoming and inclusive to all. The Department strives to improve services for all Oregonians, through a work culture that fosters fairness and equity.

Consider joining our team and working to advance our agency’s mission to practice and promote responsible water management through our agency goals to directly address Oregon’s water supply needs, and to restore and protect streamflows and watersheds in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oregon’s ecosystems, economy, and quality of life. Learn more about the Department.

What you will do!

You will play a key role in working with Department leadership and staff, Oregon Consensus, the Oregon Legislature, subject matter experts, stakeholders, the public, and other agencies to explore potential approaches to regional water planning and management for a more secure water future. Your primary work will be to serve as the coordinator for a new work group, which will tackle issues such as the future of state-supported water planning, how Oregon might invest in water, and what systems and governance approaches are needed to tackle water challenges in the varied landscapes across the state. You will  manage the contract with Oregon Consensus, who is facilitating the work group, and provide other work group support, such as research, outreach, preparing materials (presentations, reports, meeting summaries, etc.), developing and vetting policy options and legislative concepts, representing the agency, exploring differing viewpoints and collaboratively solving problems with diverse interests.  You will also help four collaborative planning groups with plan development and implementation as they test draft Planning Guidelines. This includes: participating in planning meetings, reviewing plans, developing and refining guidance, connecting groups to technical and financial assistance, and providing planning advice. You will work both independently and as part of a team, working on an issue area that has high visibility and interest among many stakeholders.

Salary Range: $5,460 – $8,393

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to:

  • Interface with influential water leaders and Oregonians across the state to develop and vet recommendations on approaches to regional planning and management that will lead to a more secure Oregon water future.

  • Support a sustainable water future for Oregon’s economy, environment, and communities.

  • Join an organization with smart, driven co-workers who care about public service, water resources, and their co-workers.

  • Work with a team that welcomes new ideas.

  • Practice and grow your skills and experience through challenging work.

  • Find satisfaction in complex work bringing together science, policy, and public engagement to address water management issues.

  • Grow personally and professionally through a variety of advancement and learning opportunities.

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). Find out more about State of Oregon employee benefits.

What we are looking for?

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may not meet every one of our listed qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications listed below. 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.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Five years of experience in a natural resource program area. At least two years of the experience must be at a technical or professional level performing activities in a natural resource program such as researching and analyzing data, conducting investigations, applying pertinent laws and regulations, or coordinating and monitoring project activities; AND a Bachelor’s degree in a natural resource area;

  • OR three additional years of related experience.

  • A Master’s degree in a natural resource area will substitute for up to one year of the required experience.

  • A Doctorate degree in a natural resource area will substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

Desired attributes:

  • Familiarity with natural resource planning and management

  • Familiarity with water policy and management

  • Experience coordinating large work groups, fostering collaboration and cooperation, and navigating complex and contentious issues

  • Informed and engaged with issues of equity and environmental justice

  • Excellent organization skills and detail-oriented

  • Able to effectively communicate with a wide variety of audiences

  • Passion for supporting Oregon’s economy, environment, and communities

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, with the ability to identify connections and generate ideas for navigating complex problems

Position duties:

  • Provide support to the Regional Planning and Management work group and lead work group efforts on behalf of the agency.

  • Coordinate work with Oregon Consensus to solve disputes and gain agreement with external constituency, other agencies and community partners to support policy initiatives.

  • Conduct research on past regional planning and management efforts in Oregon as well as comparable water planning and management efforts in other states that can inform efforts in Oregon. Draw upon lessons learned, best practices, and expertise from those outside of the agency.

  • Conduct policy and other research to inform the work group and agency legislative and budget development.

  • Ensure that the results of the planning assessment, including the evaluation of the pilot phase of place-based planning are considered by the work group.

  • Assist with the development and delivery of work group materials including: presentations, briefing materials, white papers, meeting summaries, compilation of public comments, and work group reports.

  • Ensure public meeting notices are followed and develop/disseminate other communication materials needed to facilitate awareness of and participation in work group and other meetings.

  • Coordinate with others in the Department to keep them informed of the work-group efforts, seeking direction and/or input on the agency’s position on recommendations, and ensuring that any concerns with proposals are identified and discussed.

  • Conduct outreach to community-based organizations, planning groups/collaboratives, stakeholders, and the public to provide information on work group and other activities and to solicit participation and comment where necessary.

  • Ensure that the needs of Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Tribal communities are considered in work group processes.

  • Work to develop legislative concepts through 1) collaborative efforts with stakeholders, 2) close coordination with the legislative team and planning staff to vet any policy and legislative proposals and leverage their knowledge, experience, and efforts, including but not limited to work related to place-based planning, and the planning assessment.

  • Write suggested draft language for legislation, analyze policy proposals/options for fiscal and programmatic impact, and advise agency management and stakeholders on benefits of policy options.

  • Support implementation of the pilot phase of place-based integrated water resources planning for program success and success of the four planning areas.

  • Develop and distribute materials about Department planning efforts, past and present, to keep stakeholders, legislators, and other apprised of progress in planning and implementation.

  • Provide program related information and updates in written materials and presentations to the agency commission, staff, director, boards or commissions of other agencies, and inter-agency committees.

  • Help scope and then manage the Oregon Consensus contract in support of the work group, monitoring and evaluating contractor performance, budget and schedule to keep on track and within budget.

The team you will join

The Planning, Collaboration, and Investments (PCI) Section builds partnerships and incentivizes Oregonians to pursue integrated and innovative solutions for complex water challenges and an uncertain water future. The team works in support of the Department’s mission through: adaptive planning, cooperative partnerships, strategic investments, accessible information, and effective coordination. In terms of adaptive planning, we seek to advance water planning and implementation that involves and empowers Oregonians and adapts to changing conditions. Most recently our team partnered with Oregonians to implement the state Integrated Water Resources Strategy through recommended actions including place-based integrated water resources planning. This approach to planning empowers communities to work collaboratively, in partnership with the state, to understand their instream and out-of-stream water resources needs and identify integrated solutions. The pilot phase of this program started in 2015 and sunsets in 2023. The Department, along with legislators, stakeholders, planning groups, citizens and others are interested in developing legislative proposals that define and shape the future of state-supported water planning, building on what worked well and incorporating lessons from the pilot phase. We look forward to finding a teammate to work collaboratively with in this endeavor.

Working Conditions

This position may work remotely and/or in an office environment. Some overnight travel will likely be required across the state to attend work group and other meetings. Time management is essential as well as excellent interpersonal skills to address various situations that may arise with employees, co-workers, and/or customers.

The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021 or six weeks after FDA approval of the vaccines, whichever is later, unless they receive a medical or religious accommodation. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit: State of Oregon Newsroom : NewsDetail : State of Oregon

How to Apply

  • Current State of Oregon employees – you must apply through your employee Workday account. A cover letter and resume are required as part of your application.

  • External Applicants – Please visit the State of Oregon job opportunities web-page to submit your application for the position. A cover letter and resume are required as part of your application.

3 days remaining

Apply by 2 December, 2021