Local recruitment: Technical Services Division Administrator

Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD)

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Initial Posting Date: 01/28/2022

Application Deadline: 03/31/2022

Agency:Water Resources Department

Salary Range: $6,920 – $10,703

Position Type: Employee

Position Title: Technical Services Division Administrator

Job Description:

The Oregon Water Resources Department is recruiting for our 

Technical Services Division Administrator 

Oregon Water Resources Department, Oregon’s state water management agency, is currently recruiting for a Technical Services Division Administrator to oversee 35+ staff in providing professional, high-quality technical work and products. This position is a great opportunity for a mid- to senior-level manager interested in working in the water quantity sector on complex water management and technical operational issues.  This position provides a mix of staff management, training, and mentoring, along with project management, fiscal responsibilities, and work on process and technological improvements.  The position will be responsible for assisting with complex water management issues, including opportunities to visit field sites and engage in public meetings across the state. 

Consider joining our team and advancing our mission to practice and promote responsible water management in Oregon! Learn more about the Department

What you will do  

The TSD Administrator implements the State’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy technical and scientific recommendations, ensuring quality and timeliness of scientific and technical information produced by the Department.  This information is the basis for decisions made to implement the technical and scientific budget in the department and to allocate and develop water resources across Oregon.  

This position supervises:  the State Engineer and Dam Safety staff, who inspect statutory dams across the state; the Groundwater Manager, who delivers groundwater analyses to internal and external customers to drive and support decision-making; the Surface Water Hydrology Manager, who delivers hydrologic and hydrographic analysis as well as water use data to internal and external customers to drive and support decision-making; and the Well Construction & Compliance/Enforcement Manager, the program which protects Oregon’s groundwater resources through proper well construction. 

This position reports to the Deputy Director of Water Management. 

Specific duties include: 

Division Administration 

Authorize the distribution of available resources to meet division program needs; maintain and support division staff through supervision, hiring, quarterly check-ins, coaching, discipline, affirmative action, training, respond to employee grievances in coordination with the Human Resources Section, and provide a safe and supportive environment. 

Division Program Implementation 

Program implementation includes management of Oregon’s Dam Safety program, flood and drought coordination, well construction standards and well driller licenses, formal enforcement actions, groundwater resource study and protection, water availability, hydrographic and hydrologic studies, ET studies, and Water Use Reporting program. Evaluate division programs, policies, statutes and rules to identify necessary changes to advance the Department’s goals and mission. 

Agency and Division Program Development 

Develop and participate in the internal development of agency and division priorities, work schedules, budgets, and legislative actions with the Director’s Office, Agency Coordinating Team (ACT), Agency Management Group (AMG), and staff. 


Review staff reports and other materials for accuracy and clarity;  participate in Water Resources Commission meetings; provide information to the legislative and executive branch on Department programs; make presentations on behalf of the Department; establish and manage advisory committee and task force efforts as appropriate;  conduct division staff meetings and contribute to all-staff meetings; communicate with staff using clear and understandable language; use interpersonal skills to maintain healthy work environment. 

Special Projects 

Coordinate Department efforts on studies, projects, rulemakings, and strategic initiatives as assigned by the Director or Deputies. Other duties as assigned. 

Oregon’s 2021 Legislature passed a landmark water package including significant investment in well construction management, Dam Safety, and the Groundwater and Surface Water programs of the Department.  These programs lie within the Technical Services Division (TSD). 

What’s in it for you? 

The opportunity to: 

  • Lead a team of managers and staff to envision, coordinate, and pursue technical work serving the water resources of Oregon 
  • Work with a team in agency leadership to guide water resource management policy 
  • Empower a team of highly skilled staff to accomplish agency goals and mission 
  • Strike more work/life balance with the ability to work a hybrid schedule of office and remote work. 


PEM-F Salary â€“ The State of Oregon conducts a pay equity analysis to determine what pay step within the salary range to offer the successful candidate based on the experience documented in your application. See table below for salary ranges.   

NON-PERS eligible – Includes most new hires to state government. Employees typically gain PERS eligibility after six months of state service 

 $6,920 – $10,703 monthly 

PERS eligible – Typically current or former employees of Oregon state or local government, public schools, universities, etc. 6% is deducted for PERS. 

$7,401 – $11,447 monthly 

Position is Executive Service and serves at the pleasure of the Governor or agency appointing authority. 

Other Benefits â€“ We offer a competitive benefits package that includes: 

  • Exceptional medical, vision and dental plans with employees paying 1-5% of the total rate. 
  • Start out accruing 8 hours of sick and 8 hours of vacation leave per month, with your vacation leave accruals increasing every 5 years. 
  • Access to an additional four days of discretionary leave – 3 days of personal business leave and one day of Governor’s Leave to use at your discretion each year. 
  • Eleven paid holidays per year. 
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), including a pension and employer contributions to the Individual Account Program).  
  • Optional benefits (such as term life insurance, long-term and short-term disability, long-term care, health and dependent care flexible spending accounts, enrollment in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program with a wide variety of investment options). 
  • The opportunity to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must qualify). 

The team you will join  

  • TSD is the scientific and technical arm of the agency, supporting the agency’s mission and Strategic Plan. It is responsible for administering Oregon’s dam safety work, drought and flood coordination, well construction standards and well driller licenses, formal enforcement actions, ground and surface water resource study and protection, water availability and hydrologic studies, including streamgage and water level monitoring networks, and water use data.  
  • We work closely to support OWRD’s mission. We and our colleagues across the Department are working to implement our 2019-2024 Strategic Plan and live out our agency core values of: 
  • Integrity – We are accountable for all that we do. We act with honesty and promote transparency. 
  • Service – We are dedicated to providing outstanding service and treating everyone equitably in our management and stewardship of state resources. 
  • Technical Excellence – We base our resource decisions on law, science, and expertise. 
  • Teamwork – We are united in our mission, relying on one another and working together with the communities we serve. 
  • Forward-Looking – We seek innovative and practical solutions to the water challenges of today and tomorrow. 

Our position on diversity, equity, and inclusion  

The Oregon Water Resources Department is committed to creating a workplace culture that understands and appreciates differences among people and is welcoming and inclusive to all. By fostering fairness and equity in its work culture, the Department strives to improve services for all Oregonians. We acknowledge that not all people have experienced equitable opportunities or fair treatment. We are committed to increasing our awareness and understanding of historic injustices and building a foundation for meaningful change. We value a wide range of professional and lived experiences, and people of underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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 preferred qualifications. Lived experience may count towards the preferred qualifications. If you are excited about this position, we encourage you to apply. If you are unsure as to whether you meet the preferred qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application. 

Minimum Qualifications – Principal Executive Manager – F  

  • Four years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation. 
  •  Three years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. 


This position also requires the employee have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.  

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.  For more information, visit our policy listed here

In the “Work History” section on your application you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration. 

Desired Qualifications 

The ideal candidate will possess some combination of the following: 

  • Experience working in natural resources 
  • Management experience, knowledge and skills, including decision making, planning, organizing, directing, motivating, and evaluating work and performance. 
  • Ability to accurately communicate and distill highly technical (law, policy, and science) and complex information for elected officials, boards and commissions, the media, stakeholders, and the public in writing, presentations, or conversations. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with diverse stakeholder groups; Strong written and verbal communication skills; Skills in understanding complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. 
  • Ability to exercise strategic thinking and effective judgment to prepare for and respond to high-visibility issues and events. 
  • Demonstrated success at developing internal and external relationships, building mutual trust, respect and cooperation. 
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, with an ability to anticipate needs and exercise initiative. 
  • Strong listening skills: giving full attention to what other people are saying, take time to understand the points being made, and ask appropriate questions. 
  • Proficient with Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint. 

Note:  In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use both the minimum and desired qualifications above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure all your relevant qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials. Your application materials may be evaluated on spelling, grammar, punctuation, attention to detail, and presentation. 

Where will you work? 

This position will be based out of Salem, OR. Not from Oregon? No problem! If you enjoy being outdoors, Oregon is the place for you. From the glaciated Cascade mountains, to Pacific Ocean beaches, to the rolling Columbia River, to the wide-open High Desert, Oregon will have what you are looking for. Additionally, funds may be available to assist with relocation.  

This position can work remotely on a schedule agreed upon by the manager and employee. Overnight travel will be required to attend meetings, present on work, etc. 

How to Apply 

  • Provide a brief (no more than 1 page) cover letter indicating why you are interested in, and a good candidate for the position. 
  • Provide a brief (no more than 2 page) resume indicating your experience pertinent to the required and desired qualifications in this announcement. 

This recruitment is open until filled

Applications will be reviewed on February 11, 2022 and the recruitment may close at any time after that date.  Applications will continue to be reviewed periodically, until the position is filled. 

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Important: Please monitor both your email and Workday account for updates regarding this recruitment. You may be asked to submit additional information after initial application. If you have questions about this job posting, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] 

Current State of Oregon employees must apply through your employee Workday account. 

 Want to know more? Here’s more help!  

  • Work authorization â€“ WRD does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete I-9 documentation and confirm authorization to work in the United States. If your employment authorization and documentation is contingent on sponsorship now or in the future, you will not meet DAS employment eligibility standards.  
  • Veterans â€“ Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources, or call Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666 NOTE: If claiming veterans’ preference please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section.  
  • Current COVID precautions â€“ WRD employees are currently working remotely to the fullest extent possible due to the current health crisis. While working remotely, home internet connection and availability is required to perform duties appropriately. Remote working conditions are subject to change as necessary and/or required.  
  • Salary â€“ The salary listed at the top of the announcement is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95%.  A 3.1% cost of living adjustment will be added December 1, 2022. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.  

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Pay Equity Information & Resources  

The Oregon Water Resources Department is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity.