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Company Description

Oregon Department of Energy is a government agency that conducts emergency preparedness, facility sitting, storage, and efficient devices programs. The department's mission is to lead Oregon to a safe, clean, equitable, and sustainable energy future. Oregon Department of Energy is accountable for energy production, conservation, and other related safety & environmental impact. Oregon Legislative Assembly established the Oregon Department of Energy in 1975, and its headquarter is located in Salem, Oregon, United States. The department was established due to recommendations of numerous task forces and research groups over several years. Hydropower is the biggest renewable energy resource in Oregon, which is followed by natural gas and coal. Oregon Department of Energy provides highly competitive pay packages, paid vacations, healthcare benefits, and other perks to its employees.

Job Description

The Oregon Department of Energy is hiring for two senior policy analysts. These policy analysts will serve two separate roles at the agency with different energy areas of expertise.

The Senior Climate Specialist will serve as the state’s expert on the nexus of climate and energy in Oregon.  The position will work towards achieving the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals and prepare for the impacts of a warming climate.  This will be accomplished by maintaining expertise on climate research and policy, analyzing greenhouse gas reduction strategies, assessing climate mitigation needs and strategies, informing state leadership on climate issues and research, and collaborating with diverse stakeholders on developing and evaluating policy options and strategies.

The Senior Policy Analyst on Natural Gas and Alternative Fuels will serve as the state’s expert on natural gas production, transmission, and consumption, including renewable natural gas and biogas opportunities in Oregon. The position will maintain the state’s renewable natural gas inventory and provide expertise on natural gas system resilience, greenhouse gas reduction strategies, transmission, and power-to-gas opportunities in the thermal energy sector. This role will also provide policy expertise on alternative fuel production, development, distribution, and consumption, particularly in the medium- and heavy-duty transportation sectors.

What's in it for you!
Join a great group of individuals who are passionate about developing options to meet both the state's energy needs and climate goals. Your contributions will make a difference for our state.

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 position that is not represented by a union.


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 five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.

The most successful candidates will also have the following skills, experience, and background

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in one or more of the following energy sectors, resources, or technologies:
    • impacts of energy systems on climate
    • climate adaptation in energy systems
    • natural gas utilities, systems, resiliency, and decarbonization actions
    • renewable natural gas
    • thermal energy sector systems and resiliency
    • alternative fuels
    • low- and zero-emission vehicles and fueling infrastructure
  • Excellent communication, leadership, public speaking, policy analysis, and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience in energy or natural resource related research, modeling, technical and policy analysis, program design and program evaluation in


  • Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.
  • Teach political science.
  • Develop and test theories, using information from interviews, newspapers, periodicals, case law, historical papers, polls, or statistical sources.
  • Identify issues for research and analysis.


  • Reading ComprehensionUnderstanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active ListeningGiving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • WritingCommunicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • SpeakingTalking to others to convey information effectively.


  • MathematicsKnowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Sociology and AnthropologyKnowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Education and TrainingKnowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • English LanguageKnowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Sick DaysDental Insurance
Vision InsurancePaid Holidays
Vacation & Paid Time OffHealth Insurance

Oregon Department of Energy






Salem, OR


Government/Civil Service/Military



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