Assistant Director of Planning & Innovation

Oreogn Department of Energy
Closing Date: 
Tue, 03/13/2018

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Do you have strong leadership and management experience? Are you passionate about energy efficiency and renewable energy resources? Are you able to work with a variety of individuals with differing perspectives and priorities? Do you possess strong communication and interpersonal skills? If this sounds like you, come and join our dynamic executive leadership team!  

About the Oregon Department of Energy
At the Oregon Department of Energy, we're helping to shape the state's energy future. Our team is dedicated to keeping Oregon on the leading edge of renewable energy and efficiency while supporting energy innovation, investment, and resilience. From helping individual Oregonians save energy at home to overseeing the state's interests in the world's largest environmental cleanup at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington, our work is challenging, rewarding, and diverse. We work with developers and communities on proposed energy facilities, with schools and manufacturers looking to save energy and money, and with other agencies and stakeholders on meeting the challenges of climate change. Oregon is one of the most energy efficient states in the country, routinely landing near the top of annual national rankings. ODOE is committed to helping Oregon remain an energy leader, and that starts with hiring smart, engaged team members who are ready to deliver for Oregonians.

Working at ODOE
At the Oregon Department of Energy, we're driven by our mission to lead Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future. We take this responsibility seriously, with a commitment to challenging work that makes a difference in the lives of Oregonians. We're looking for individuals who are enthusiastic about making change through public service. We want people who get excited about new ideas, seeing projects through, and being part of a team. With about a hundred staff, our agency is made better through strong collaboration and communication. We recognize each other's talents, respect each other's diversity, and count on each other's word. Above all, we have fun working together on behalf of the state. Energy is one of the most important, fastest-moving issues in Oregon today. Come join our team and work on dynamic issues that affect current and future generations of Oregonians.
Working for the Energy Planning and Innovation Division
The Energy Planning and Innovation Division prioritizes diversifying Oregon's energy mix, successfully integrating renewable energy resources into our energy systems, developing innovative approaches to saving energy, better managing our use of energy, and supporting statewide efforts to meet Oregon's future energy and climate goals. Through statewide programs and projects, the division provides policy expertise and leadership on topics such as renewable and conventional energy resources, alternative fuel vehicles, demand response, energy storage, energy efficiency, and energy system resiliency. The team supports promising initiatives to advance energy innovation – from providing grants to energy technology demonstration projects, to developing energy policy recommendations, to providing technical expertise on emerging energy issues. In 1999, we were the first state in the nation to adopt carbon dioxide emission standards. Today, the division plays a key role in informing greenhouse gas policy discussions and developing options to meet both the state's energy needs and climate goals.

You will be part of the director's executive management team, which sets agency policies, goals, objectives, plans and implements strategies to meet them. Duties will include:

  • Working with the director to develop and implement a vision for carrying out the agency's mission.
  • Fostering collaboration and effective communications among agency's staff.
  • Providing support to other assistant directors in achieving their goals and objectives.
  • Providing leadership specifically to the Energy Planning & Innovation Division.
  • Directing and managing the division including developing and implementing long and short range plans, goals and objectives, supervising and developing two section managers, establishing budget priorities, controlling the division's budget, providing guidance to staff and representing the state and agency in a variety of forums.
  • Ensuring that the division provides outstanding customer service, effectively implements energy programs, and develops policies on energy resources, renewable energy technologies, energy conservation and energy efficiency consistent with the agency's mission.

For a complete listing of the duties and responsibilities for this position please review the position description by clicking here (Download PDF reader).

You will be a member of a diverse executive management team built on collaboration and support. You will be an integral part in ensuring that we continue our mission to lead Oregon to a safe, clean, and sustainable energy future.
We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 10 paid holidays a year.

This is a full-time, executive service position that is not represented by a union.


Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

To be considered for this position you must meet the following minimum qualifications (required skills):

  • Four (4) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: (a) development of program rules and policies, (b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, (c) program evaluation, and (d) budget preparation.
  • Three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: (a) development of program rules and policies, (b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, (c) program evaluation, and (d) budget preparation. AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management.

Note: The successful candidate is required to possess and maintain a valid driver's license issued by the state where they reside and maintain a satisfactory driving record.

Requested Skills
We are looking for qualified applicants whose work experience most closely demonstrates the following: 

  • ENERGY EXPERTISE: Extensive knowledge of energy demand and resources in the western U.S., particularly with respect to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, including demonstrated technical and policy expertise in these areas. 
  • LEADING CHANGE: Ability to develop and implement an organizational vision that integrates key statewide program goals, priorities, and values to improve customer service and program performance while maintaining an organizational climate that encourages innovation.
  • LEADING PEOPLE: Ability and experience in designing and implementing strategies that maximize employee potential and foster an environment where staff meet the organization's vision, mission and goals with integrity and professionalism. 
  • RESULTS DRIVEN: Ability and experience in developing, managing, and evaluating strategic plans, programs, and policies and in establishing performance measures that ensure accountability and continuous improvement from staff. 
  • BUSINESS ACUMEN: Ability and experience in managing human, financial, material, and information resources in ways that instill employee and public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission. 
  • BUILDING COALITIONS/COMMUNICATION: Strong communication and interpersonal skills to explain energy information, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, build trust, and facilitate successful outcomes. Works effectively with individuals, businesses, other government agencies, elected officials, news media, and others, developing a professional network with other organizations, and identifying the internal and external politics that impact the success of the agency.


Additional Information

To Apply

  • Click the "Apply" button above and complete the online application.
  • Attach a resume
  • Attach a letter of interest (up to three pages in length) that includes information on relevant experience, interest and specific skills you would bring to the position.  In your letter of interest please also address each of the requested skills listed above.
  • All application materials will be reviewed for communication at a professional level with attention to proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Attach Veterans' Preference documentation, if you are requesting veterans' preference. Veterans' preference information and appropriate documentation is outlined by the following website: Veterans Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.
  • Answer all the supplemental questions.

Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position will be eligible for an interview.

Finalists will be subject to a computerized criminal history check.  Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. 

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. Applicants who require VISA sponsorship will not be considered at this time.

Questions/Need Help?
Do you have questions about the recruitment and selection process (e.g., supplemental questions, clarification of job announcement information, etc.)? Contact Rebecca Wilson, Recruitment Analyst, at or call (503) 373-7655. If you need an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please contact Rebecca and be prepared to describe the alternate format needed.

If you have computer related difficulties (such as login issues, attaching documents, web browser issues, get an error message during the application process, etc.), please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627. You can also e-mail NEOGOV for support at Remember when submitting an applicant issue to include your name, if you have an applicant ID, a valid contact number, the issue, and if possible a time when you are available to be contacted.

Helpful Links
To learn more about the Oregon Department of Energy.
For information regarding the online application process.

Job Posting Reference Number: ODOE18-1014

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Oregon Department of Energy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability and is committed to workplace diversity.