The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator (Operations and Policy Analyst 3) located at DEQ’s Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 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 would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every one of our qualifications listed below. If you are excited about this position, we hope you apply. If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the qualifications of this position, please contact us to discuss your application.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, and we are committed to diversity.
As the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator for DEQ, you will have the opportunity to make a significant and lasting impact on the Department and the people and communities that we serve! Please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ: https://youtu.be/iP3K7JoLe1k
What you will do!
As DEQ’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, you will be the primary advisor to the Director and agency leaders on DEQ’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work. You also will help support DEQ’s newly-forming Diversity Council, which will drive equity work at DEQ. You will provide advice and guidance on how DEQ supports and grows diversity, equity and inclusion in our workforce, and connect DEQ’s work in this area with corresponding efforts of our partners.
As the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator you will work with state agencies, the federal Environmental Protection Agency Region 10, the Governor’s Office, other state agencies, Tribal nations, local governments, and communities to build relationships and understanding around DEI. This work can be complex and sometimes controversial. This position also represents DEQ on state and federal committees and workgroups, including the DEI Action Network of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, and works with agency human relations staff on the DEQ affirmative action plan.
Internally, you will ensure DEI frameworks are designed, implemented and evaluated in accordance with current state and federal guidelines and best practices. You will develop long-range strategic planning and policy recommendations on complex and sometimes controversial DEI issues. You will also provide strategic planning and policy recommendations to the Director and executive leadership, and consult with DEQ leadership and programs to ensure policies, plans and procedures foster inclusion and increase DEQ’s workforce diversity and cultural competency per the Affirmative Action Plan.
As the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, you will serve as the primary DEQ DEI subject matter expert in monitoring DEQ compliance with Federal Executive Order 11246 – Equal Employment Opportunity and State Executive Order 16-09 – Affirmative Action, Diversity & Inclusion. Additionally, you will advise external partners throughout the state on DEI strategies and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services standards to support inclusive participation in DEQ’s outreach and engagement, and project execution.
What’s in it for you!
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 10 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). If you are passionate about Oregon’s environment, apply to
To learn more about this position, please join us for an information session on Friday, May 28, 2021 from 10:00-10:50 AM (PST). Click here to join the information session.
This is a full-time, Management Service position.
This is a Limited Duration position and may become permanent pending budget approval.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work OR any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect some of the following skills:
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, institutional racism, and other forms of systemic oppression.
- Knowledge and understanding of trauma-informed practices that actively resist re-traumatization of individuals and communities.
- Experience planning and leading complex projects, programs, and/or initiatives.
- General knowledge of the principles, methods and standards of project management.
- Extensive knowledge of advanced statistical methods and the application to organizational analysis.
- Demonstrated communication skills (written, oral and presentation both ad-hoc and prepared), the ability and discretion to handle sensitive situations and the ability to make difficult, controversial decisions.
- Considerable knowledge of diversity, inclusion, racial equity and social justice theory, principles, and practices.
- Considerable knowledge of civil rights, disability rights, equal employment opportunity and other relevant laws, rules and regulations.
- Direct experience with group dynamics, related facilitation skills and relevant public administration principles.
- Knowledge of conflict resolution methods and techniques.
- Ability to independently exercise discretion and provide consultation to managers, supervisors and employees on diversity issues, and the development of related strategies.
- Skill to synthesize voluminous and diverse facts, opinions and materials into usable work plans.
- Ability to correctly assess the political and institutional environment in which decisions are made and implemented.
- Skill to identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Most work is performed in a professional office setting with multiple demands on time. Must be able to prioritize workload to meet changing priorities, often-complicated assignments, and tight deadlines that may require non-traditional work hours. This position has in-person or telephone contact with internal and external individuals as the agency navigates culture change who may be frustrated, hostile, or angry requiring good judgment and ability to communicate clearly and effectively in stressful situations. Must be willing to learn new technologies as they are introduced into the workplace.
Occasional statewide travel required to Salem and other areas to attend meetings, trainings, etc. Inter-state travel may also be necessary to attend or present at national events. Should you choose to drive a motor vehicle you must have a valid driver license. If not, you must have an alternate method of transportation. Compliance with ORS 807.020 (1) is required. It is required that drivers of state-owned vehicles complete a defensive driving safety class every two years.
How to Apply: (complete the application in full)
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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
Our Hiring Process & Timeline
- June 20, 2021 – Deadline to submit application
- June 28, 2021 thru July 9, 2021 – Interviews
- July 16, 2021 – Candidate selected and offer made
The above timeline is estimated and is subject to change as needed.
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: https://www.oregon.gov/jobs/Pages/Veterans.aspx. For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit http://www.oregon.gov/das/hr/pages/equity.aspx for more information.
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. 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.