Life Cycle Programs Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Published: October 14, 2021
Portland, Oregon
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Program Management / Recycling/Composting /
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Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

About the Opportunity

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has a full-time opportunity for a Lifecycle Programs Manager (Principal Executive/Manager E) in Portland, Oregon. Please consider joining an innovative headquarters’ team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality.

  • Application Deadline: 10/24/2021
  • Salary Range: $6,132 - $9,485

About the Agency:

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: Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.

The Land Quality Division supports the agency's mission by managing environmental cleanups, assessing cleanup sites, promoting manufacturing and recycling of non-toxic commercial products, safely managing the disposal of solid and hazardous wastes, overseeing the state's underground storage tank and heating oil tank programs, ensuring timely response and cleanup of spills of oil and hazardous materials, and regulating safe discharge of ballast water to state waters.

The Materials Management program takes a holistic approach, both regulatory and non-regulatory, to protecting the environment and conserving resources while working to enhance the well-being of people and communities. The program works with partners statewide and beyond to reduce the impacts of materials and products during their extraction, production, use, and end-of-life. Integral to these efforts is a focus on equity and environmental justice. Program work is based on rigorous, often original, research. This research is complemented by engagement with many voices across the state that bring their lived experience and expertise to work areas like the built environment, food waste, safe and accessible solid waste recycling and disposal, and efforts to support the take back and recycling of products like electronics, paint, and pharmaceuticals. Materials Management also awards grants to help communities and organizations reach their goals which align with Oregon’s 2050 Vision for Sustainable Materials Management.

The Life Cycle Programs section performs non-regulatory, innovative, and research based work in areas such as built environment, food waste, business initiatives, and grants. This work aims to be place-based and people-centered while moving towards more equitable outcomes.

What you will do!

  • You will direct the Life Cycle Programs section within the Headquarters Materials Management Program by developing and implementing strategies and activities to reduce the impacts of materials and products in prioritized areas in order to make progress towards the 2050 Vision.
  • You will manage staff responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting strategies for upstream activities; analyze legislative, administrative rule, policy, procedures, and guidance development and implementation; oversee contract and task order administration; and manage staff and contractors designing and implementing statewide research studies.
  • You will be responsible for strategic planning, training, and supervision of program staff, as well as other program development and administrative support functions.
  • In addition, you will ensure continuous, effective, and high quality cross program coordination as part of the Materials Management statewide management team and the Land Quality Headquarters management team.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! 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 today! 

  • This is a full-time, management service supervisory position.
  • This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

What are we looking for?

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 3 years of management experience in a public or private organization, which included responsibility for each of the following: development of program rules and policies, development of long and short-range goals and plans, program evaluation, and budget preparation.

Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • Public policy and program development experience in leading agency responsibilities to protect human health and the environment, preferably in the sustainable materials management subject area defined above.
  • Supervisory management experience in a government agency or organization; management experience with a union represented employer.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise executives and other decision-makers; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to be resourceful and pay attention to detail; ability to switch priorities or projects seamlessly.
  • Experience in strategic planning, plan implementation, and change management.
  • Demonstrated experience and personal commitment to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture where all team members feel empowered to contribute.
  • Ability and experience managing human, financial, and informational resources in a manner that instills employee and public trust, and accomplishes the organization's mission.
  • Proven experience fostering teamwork among subordinates; experience coaching, mentoring, and motivating subordinates.
  • Skill and experience in communication and outreach to underrepresented communities.
  • Ability to build partnerships across diverse community and stakeholder groups and interests.


Salary Range:

  • $6,132 - $9,485

Pay Equity:

  • 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 for more information. Please note: the salary listed is the non-PERS qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95% (6% goes to PERS and .95% covers payroll taxes). Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

How to Apply

  • Please click on "Apply on Company Website" below and when on the DEQ site: External Applicants Click on the “Apply” button and submit your application. Click this link for the External Candidate job aid, and view this video for additional information.
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  • Application Deadline: 10/24/2021

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Help Your Application Rise to the Top!

Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase your amazing skills and experience. Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position, and who attach all necessary documents, will be eligible for an interview. 

Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.). DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and the minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application materials

Additional Information

Working Conditions:

  • Most work is performed in a professional office setting.
  • This position requires occasional travel on official State business for meeting, conferences, or public hearing that may include overnight stays.
  • Meetings and public hearings are often held in the evenings requiring occasional irregular work hours. Extended work hours may be required during legislative sessions or emergencies.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information:

  • The State of Oregon is requiring all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series by October 18, 2021, unless the employee receives a medical or religious exception.
  • New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception by October 18, 2021. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Veterans Information:

  • DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information on veterans’ preference, please visit Veterans Resources, or call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666.
  • For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.

Work Authorization:

  • DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. On the first day of employment, all hires will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
  • In addition, hires will have three business days from their first day of employment to present documents that establish employment authorization and identity.

Questions/Need Help?

  • If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 347-5759.
  • TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality strives to build and sustain an inclusive environment that embraces and values diversity. Employees at all levels of the agency work together to foster fairness, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or physical or mental disability. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 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 qualification. 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.

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