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Business Oregon - Ports Program Coordinator (Operations & Policy Analyst 4)

Posted: 2/25/2022
Salary: $6.285 - $9,254
Location: Salem, OR

Application deadline: March 16th



Business Oregon is currently hiring one (1) full time Ports Program Coordinator (Operations & Policy Analyst 4) and is looking for a Strategic Ports Coordinator to work closely with the ports of Oregon and play a key role in the economic development for the state. Ports are one of Oregon’s largest economic development drivers and if you are ready to lead the state in shaping the development of ports in Oregon, apply with us today!

Note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic this position will work from home until further notice. Additionally, we value our employees and want to encourage work-life balance and flexibility. Once we have returned to the office, this position may report to the Salem Business Oregon office or opt to continue to work remote, in-state upon manager approval. While some positions in state government may be suitable for working remotely from another state, this position does not have the flexibility to work out of the state of Oregon.

This position serves the Ports located throughout the state of Oregon. The person in this position needs to have close knowledge and working relationships with Oregon’s Ports and be available for the unique challenges they face by traveling in-person around the state.

What you will do:

  • Serve as the agency's subject matter expert on programming authorities, maintaining a range of programmatic materials, which support all 23 of Oregon's public port districts and their diverse business models statewide (e.g., port formation, planning and marketing, revolving fund, marine navigation);
  • Communicate and collaborate with internal teams charged with developing, onboarding, reviewing, approving and/or implementing strategic business plans, grant funded studies and loan financed infrastructure projects;
  • Administer a contract that enables the ports portfolio to be represented in the federal arena, engaging over policy and budget measures that impact port operations and interests through the Oregon Public Ports Federal Coordinating Committee,
  • Manage the state's dredging equipment and execution of an annual maintenance project
  • Coordinate with valued federal, state and other stakeholders to identify opportunities, plan and implement initiatives such as program overviews, planning workshops, issue engagement, technical skill development or quarterly presentations to increase port capacity
  • Make a positive difference within Business Oregon, port districts and respective regional economies as you take Ports Programming to new levels!

Business Oregon strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. 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 encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, feel free to contact us to discuss your application.

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of some or all of the following skills:

  • Demonstrated collaboration and relationship skills to work harmoniously with stakeholders such as businesses, communities, economic development partners, legislators, and local/state governments to reach a common goal.
  • Experience in the development of strategic planning, guidelines, policies, rules and statutes to achieve program goals.
  • Demonstrated experience in communicating concepts, and ideas to peers, management, and stakeholder groups in both written and verbal formats.
  • Ability to set measurable outcome-based objectives and measure program effectiveness.
  • Ability to present information in a public forum and effectively facilitate meetings that involve stakeholders with conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize projects while meeting overlapping deadlines.
  • Experience implementing change. Ability to keep pace with emerging issues, share information and represent Business Oregon and the ports community by fostering intergovernmental relations through memberships, committees, conference and events.


Please note: if you are interested in applying for this position, you must attach your current cover letter and resume to your application. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.

What you need to qualify: 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. OR Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.


What Business Oregon does:

Business Oregon is the economic development agency for the state of Oregon. We have about 140 people on our team, and we work with communities and businesses. We use our programs and expertise to help businesses grow, so they can in turn add jobs, diversify the economy, and increase Oregon prosperity. We work with communities to enhance and expand infrastructure and community safety with projects such as water/wastewater systems, seismic rehabilitation for schools, or rural broadband development. This also sets the stage for future business development. Our mission is to invest in Oregon’s businesses, communities, and people to promote a globally competitive, diverse, and inclusive economy, all carried out with an agency strategic plan.


How to Apply

Please Note: Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST on Monday, March 16th 2022.


Current Oregon Business Development Department employees can view the recruitment on the following link: Internal -$359069/5303$70525.htmld#TABINDEX=1&SUBTABINDEX=0

If you are not a current employee with the State of Oregon, you can view the recruitment at the following link: External –


  • Click the “Apply” button above to complete your online application.
  • Attach your current cover letter and resume. Failure to submit the required resume and cover letter will remove your application from consideration.
  • Complete the questionnaire.
  • The candidates whose work experience most closely matches the qualifications and skills of this position will be invited to interview.
  • Warning – Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity and will not save your application progress. You must submit your application after you begin the process. Additional Information:
  • It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodations to all applicants who may need them. Should you need assistance, or an accommodation please contact Olivia Huynh in Employee Services to discuss how we can best meet your needs.
  • The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.
  • Veterans’ Preference - Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process. Click on the Veterans’ Preference link for additional information.
  • Criminal Records Check - Hiring of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the results of a Criminal Background Check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.
  • Work Authorization - The Oregon Business Development Department (dba Business Oregon) does not offer visa sponsorship. 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.
  • This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current position and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
  • This position is a management service, full-time position, and is not represented by a union.
  • PERS – This is a PERS qualifying position. After a six-month waiting period eligible Management Service, Executive Service, and Unrepresented employees will have their base pay increased by 6.95% and the 6% PERS contribution deducted from their base pay rather than a direct 6% contribution by the State of Oregon to the employees PERS account. This will mirror the bargained SEIU and AFSCME PERS process.


Are you looking to live in and experience Oregon? Learn more about life in Pendleton, Salem, and Portland. Need help? For questions about this job, contact Olivia Huynh, HR Analyst in Employee Services at (971) 375-3458 or email Applicant FAQ Business Oregon Career Opportunities Business Oregon is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.