Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (Water Policy Analyst)

Oregon Water Resources Department
Salem, OR, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Junior (3-4 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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This full-time position is with the Oregon Water Resources Department in Salem. The position is located within the Director's office.

The Department's mission is to serve the public by practicing and promoting responsible water management through two key goals: to directly address Oregon's water supply needs; and to restore and protect streamflows and watersheds in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of Oregon's ecosystems, economy, and quality of life.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates.

This recruitment is open until filled. The first review of applications will occur on October 10, 2018. Apply now as this recruitment may close any time after October 10, 2018.

NOTE: The salary and step included in this job posting reflects base salary. Upon PERS eligibility, this position will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Duties & Responsibilities
The primary purpose of this position is to provide operations and policy support in the Director's Office concerning legislative coordination and administrative rule development and coordination. This position will also coordinate public records requests, ensuring timely and accurate responses. In addition this position serves as the agency's government-to-government liaison and assists with communications and public information activities.

Legislative Coordination:
Manage and coordinate agency legislative tracking system to keep senior management team and other staff informed. Coordinate with staff, appropriate legislative offices, agencies and stakeholders on legislative proposals and bills relating to Department. Assist with the internal review and analysis of program and fiscal impacts of legislation on the Department. Write suggested draft language for legislative bills. Assist with preparations for legislative hearings, workgroups and responses to legislator requests, including drafting testimony and reports, coordinating with appropriate staff, researching responses to questions and tracking key performance measures. Testify before legislative committees. Draft and present legislative reports to the Water Resources Commission. Monitor federal legislation.

Agency Administrative Rule Coordinator:
Knowledge of Oregon Laws and Administrative Rules related to the development, amendment, and adoption of administrative rules. Review agency rule notification lists to assure that rule notifications are sent to the required entities and individuals. Works with staff to assure that rules are written consistent with state law and guidelines and to inform staff of notice filing deadlines. Maintains a calendar of current and proposed rule activity. Works with appropriate staff to draft proposed rule language, lead workgroups and rules advisory committees. Draft and present rulemaking reports to the Water Resources Commission.

Public Information, Communications and Records:
Assist with developing public outreach materials or responding to media inquiries as needed. Monitor local and statewide media for coverage, pertinent information and developing issues. Assist program staff in developing and editing materials for conferences, workshops and other interactions with the public. Assist with the development of one-page and background articles to further the public's understanding of the Department's programs and issues. Evaluate and advise on the effectiveness of agency messages and communications relating to policies and programs.

Coordinate the statutory Public Records function for the Department. This includes coordinating with staff to be responsive to public records requests, properly gather records, provide estimates of time and cost to requestor, and determine responsiveness of records.

Government-to-Government Representation:
Represent the Department in explaining program priorities and operations to target populations, including the federally recognized Indian tribes and citizens living in reservation areas. The position maintains contact with the various Oregon tribes through the Government-to-Government natural resource working group and cultural resource cluster; prepares the annual report to the Legislative Commission on Indian Services. Acts as liaison between Oregon's Indian tribes and the Department's various divisions. This position coordinates contact with the tribes related to their involvement in Department programs such as the Water Resources Development Program.

Position is based in the Director's Office in Salem. It may require occasional travel for Commission or other meetings, occasionally overnight.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills
Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or other degree related to this position; and four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to this position. OR
  • Any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work related to the position.

Ideal candidates will also bring the following REQUESTED SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of Oregon natural resource issues, especially those related to water management and conservation;
  • Strong skills in both written and verbal communication, organization and project management;
  • Experience building relationships and establishing credibility with diverse and influential audiences such as Legislators, Board or Commission members and other significant stakeholders; 
  • Experience developing communication methods or strategies for both internal and public audiences
  • Knowledge or experience related to the public record request rules or procedures
  • Knowledge of legislative and administrative rulemaking processes

NOTE: You must attach a resume and no more than a two-page cover letter describing your experience in each of the Requested Skills.

Additional Information
Only complete applications submitted online will be considered. We do not accept paper or e-mail applications.


The state of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid e-mail address.


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You must have a current e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Water Resources Department. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail.


To apply, follow the "Apply" link above and complete the Oregon employment application online. All application materials must be received by the closing date and time posted on the job announcement.

  1. Completed E-recruit application: A resume (text or attachment) will not replace the work experience section of the application.
  2. Work experience is based on a 40 work week. (Example: 20 hours a week for one year would equate to six-months of full-time work experience.
  3. Transcripts: Must be attached if using education to meet minimum qualifications. Note: To protect your confidential information, please redact (black out) your social security number on all transcripts before attaching to your application.

Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach all required documents. Qualified applicants whose responses most closely match the requirements and/or the desired attributes for this position will be invited to an interview.


This job announcement has supplemental information required for submission. Please see the "Supplemental Questions" section of this announcement.


For information on veterans' preference points, please visit www.oregon.gov/DAS/STJOBS/pages/vetpoints.aspx


NOTE: The Oregon Water Resources Department does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's form I-9 confirming authorization to work in the United States.


The pay on all announcements may change without notice.