Local recruitment: Water Funding Coordinator (Program Analyst 3)

Business Oregon

Salem, OR, USA 🇺🇸

Portland, OR, USA 🇺🇸


Do you have a passion for helping communities through infrastructure investment? Do you have strong written and verbal communication skills? Help Oregon communities benefit from historic federal investment in drinking water infrastructure.

Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, is currently hiring a permanent Water Funding Coordinator (Program Analyst 3).

Business Oregon helps communities access funding for needed drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. This position provides technical expertise in the development, operation, and evaluation of state and federal funding programs.  Join the Business Oregon team and play a role in developing the policies needed to connect communities to unprecedented federal investment in infrastructure.

Note: We value our employees and want to encourage work-life balance and flexibility. This position may have the ability to work remotely with required days in the Portland or Salem office.

What you will do:


  • Act as a Department’s in-house expert for state and federal water project funding including the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, the Water/Wastewater Financing Program, and funding under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • Assist in the development of program guidelines, administrative rules, and program structure. Evaluate, recommend, and implement strategies to achieve program goals or meet funding requirements.
  • Provide guidance to Department staff regarding program policy, project eligibility criteria, and funding application questions. Assist in planning of priority projects and reviewing proposed projects; and provide periodic training for staff on program requirements.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of statewide initiatives. Includes developing policies, programs and processes that implement the agency’s mission, reduce barriers, and focus on meeting customers’ needs.
  • Work with agency staff and partners to develop methods for delivering services through contracts with local or regional partners or other qualified service providers.
  • Coordinate with Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Environmental Quality on the delivery of the Drinking Water Source Protection Program.
  • Track congressional bills, maintain federal contacts, work with national organizations and initiatives, attend national workshops as needed, and coordinate with other state agencies and Department leadership.
  • Communicate information about the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency programs. Remain informed of developments at the national, state and local levels which affect the Department’s customers and programs, sharing all important information.


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. 


Requested Skills – the ideal candidate will possess a combination of some or all the following skills:

  • 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.
  • Program and Project Evaluation. Experience evaluating program guidelines and interpreting statute and rules; and assisting external parties adhere to guidelines when undertaking a project.
  • 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.
  • Program Promotion and Communication. Experience developing and executing promotional and communication plans to maintain positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Please note: a resume and cover letter are required for this job posting. The cover letter should address how you gained your experience as it relates to the requested skills listed above, and not exceed two pages.  Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter may result in the removal of your application from consideration.

What you need to qualify:

Program Analyst 3 (Base salary range $5,144 – $7,895)

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 four years’ experience coordinating or administering a program


Any combination of experience or education equivalent to seven 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 160 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 services include assisting Oregon businesses and communities to access State incentive programs for public and private sectors.  Incentive programs and assistance include business finance programs, global trade assistance, infrastructure financing and other community and economic development programs.  Recruitment Officers, Regional Development Officers, Global Trade Specialists, analysts, program specialists and coordinators, and loan officers work collectively in partnership with Oregon businesses and local communities to achieve the State’s economic development goals.


How to Apply Please Note: Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST on Monday, October 9, 2023


  • Click the “Apply” button above to complete your online application.
  • Attach your current cover letter and resume. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter may result in removal of 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.



  • 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:

  • Per the Pay Equity Law passed in 2017, a pay equity analysis will be conducted to determine what pay step the successful candidate will be offered. The analysis will be based on the relevant experience, education, training, and certifications documented in the application materials.
  • 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: 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, limited duration 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 Caroline LeQuieu, HR Analyst in Employee Services, at 971-718-6532 or email Caroline.LeQuieu@biz.oregon.gov


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