Local recruitment: Brownfields Specialist (Program Analyst 4)

Oregon Business Development Department

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Home-based/Remote

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is currently hiring a Brownfields Specialist (Program Analyst 4). This position will serve as agency subject matter expert on Brownfields programming, administer state and federal Brownfields funding programs, and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure program success.

This is a Limited Duration position and is currently approved through June 30, 2025. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current positions and may be used to fill future vacancies.

Note: We value our employees and want to encourage work-life balance and flexibility. This position may have the ability to work remotely for part of the week with required days in the Salem office. Travel throughout Oregon to coordinate with stakeholders and perform Brownfields project site visits may be required.

What you will do:
• Act as the department’s in-house subject matter expert for Brownfields Redevelopment Fund, Brownfields Cleanup Fund, and Brownfields Properties Revitalization Fund. Coordinate regulatory oversight of projects and leverage various sources of funding and technical assistance for projects with Department of Environmental Quality and Prospective purchaser agreements.
• Propose policy and design procedures for department programs affecting both the activities of department staff as well as the plans of units of local government and other department customers.
• Prepare legislative concepts and budget option packages. Provide legislative testimony and draft new statutory and administrative rule language.
• Research and write program handbooks and materials for use by department staff and funding recipients. This involves simplifying the presentation of laws and regulations in written, graphic, and digital forms to assure maximum understanding and compliance by local government experts and other persons who are not experts in the subject area.
• Provide technical clarification and interpretation to the department on federal and state legislation and regulations
• Assist private landowners, cities, counties, tribes, special districts, other agency staff, Federal partners, and legislators to coordinate the development of brownfield projects. Assemble external and internal resources needed to move projects forward. Work directly with Federal, State, and local Agency representatives.
• Evaluate grant and loan applications for brownfield projects using department funding sources. Work includes coordinating with project proponents on developing scope of work, project budgets and activities to be funded.

Business Oregon strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of some or all of the following skills:

• Program and Project Evaluation. Experience evaluating program guidelines and funding criteria and interpreting statute, rules, guidelines; and monitor compliance within established guidelines and procedures.
• Interagency Engagement. Experience working with state or federal agencies and the ability to maintain collaborative partnerships with advisory committees, legislative committees, and other groups to meet the program goals and objectives.
• Brownfields Expertise. Working knowledge of Brownfields issues, opportunities, and state and federal funding opportunities.
• Regulatory Expertise. Demonstrated ability facilitating and negotiating solutions to complex regulatory issues among multiple organizations with conflicting, overlapping, or inconsistent requirements or objectives.
• Communication. Highly developed written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate complex information in a concise and easy to understand manner.
• Public engagement. Experience with facilitating public meetings and demonstrating strong presentation and facilitation skills.
• Research and Documentation. Demonstrated ability to analyze information and interpret findings to document procedures for internal workflow and draft resources to clarify processes for external customers.

Please note: if you are interested in applying for this position, you must attach your current cover letter and resume to your application. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.

What you need to qualify:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, or a degree related to the agency program that demonstrates the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and five years’ experience coordinating or administering a program
OR;
Any combination of experience or education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skill requirements listed for the classification.

What Business Oregon does:
Business Oregon is the economic development agency for the state of Oregon. We have about 150 people on our team, and we work with communities and businesses. We use our programs and expertise to help businesses grow, so they can in turn add jobs, diversify the economy, and increase Oregon prosperity. We work with communities to enhance and expand infrastructure and community safety with projects such as water/wastewater systems, seismic rehabilitation for schools, or rural broadband development. This also sets the stage for future business development. Our mission is to invest in Oregon’s businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy, all carried out with an agency strategic plan.

The mission of the Oregon Business Development Department, dba Business Oregon, is to invest in Oregon businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy.

The Economic Development Division (EDD) promotes business and economic development opportunities by removing barriers to business growth and job creation/retention. The EDD division services include assisting Oregon businesses and communities to access State programs for public and private sectors, which include global trade assistance, infrastructure financing and other community and economic development programs. Recruitment officers, regional development officers, finance officers, global trade specialists, as well as analysts, program specialists and coordinators, work collectively in partnership with Oregon businesses and local communities to achieve the State’s economic development goals.

Department programs for funding infrastructure projects include the federal Community Development Block Grant program, the Federal Safe Drinking Water program, the Department’s Water/Wastewater and Special Public Works programs, Seismic Grants, Industrial Lands certification, Brownfields remediation, Broadband, the Ports Revolving Loan Fund, the Ports Marketing and Planning program, and the Marine Navigation Improvement program.

How to Apply Please Note: Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST on Monday, April 24, 2023

• Click the link to apply.
• Attach your current cover letter and resume. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.
• Complete the questionnaire.
• The candidates whose work experience most closely matches the qualifications and skills of this position will be invited to interview.
• Warning – Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity and will not save your application progress. You must submit your application after you begin the process.

WHATS IN IT FOR YOU:
• Family Friendly Work Life Balance: Paid time off, 11 holidays, 3 personal days & optional short- and long-term disability benefits.
• Take Care of Yourself and Your Family: Comprehensive employee benefits, choice of medical plans, vision plan, life insurance, employee assistance program.
• Invest in Your Future: Pension plan, deferred comp, short- and long-term disability plan, flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care.
• Be Appreciated: Employee recognition events, agency unique employee recognition program allowing for additional leave options such as vacation buy-out and sick leave roll-over, dynamic employees doing impactful work.
• Inclusion: At Business Oregon, we value community and foster a sense of belonging for our employees.

Additional Information:
• It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to all applicants who may need them. Should you need assistance, or an accommodation please contact Employee Services at: Biz.HumanResources@biz.oregon.gov to discuss how we can best meet your needs.
• Veterans’ Preference – Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. Click on the Veterans’ Preference link for additional information.
• Criminal Records Check – Hiring of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the results of a Criminal Background Check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.
• Work Authorization – The Oregon Business Development Department (dba Business Oregon) does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
• This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
• This position is a classified, full-time position, exempt and is not represented by a union.
• PERS – This is a PERS qualifying position. After a six-month waiting period eligible Management Service, Executive Service, and Unrepresented employees will have their base pay increased by 6.95% and the 6% PERS contribution deducted from their base pay rather than a direct 6% contribution by the State of Oregon to the employees PERS account. This will mirror the bargained SEIU and AFSCME PERS process.
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Need help?
For questions about this job, contact Sarah Flores, HR Analyst in Employee Services, at 458-221-0205 or email Sarah.J.Flores@biz.oregon.gov.

Business Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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