Jobs and Internships


Position Title: Director

Location: State of Oregan Department of Environmental Control



The Director reports to, and is selected by, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), a volunteer five-member policy and administrative commission appointed by the Governor. Informally, the Director also reports to the Governor, through the Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor. This is a permanent, full-time executive service position located in Portland, Oregon. The successful candidate will become part of the State’s Executive Service team.

The purpose of this position is to administer and enforce laws regulating air, water, and land pollution; administer authorities delegated by the EPA, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Resource Conservation and Recovery Acts; administer state statutes including solid waste management, recycling, and environmental cleanup; serve as a member of the Governor’s cabinet; and assist the Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor to coordinate natural resource agencies.



  • Lead an organization engaged in innovative, cutting-edge environmental and data management initiatives, including climate change, diesel emission controls, air toxins, clean fuels, public health and the environment.
  • Enforce environmental laws of the state and of the federal government where delegation has occurred, including levying civil penalties and seeking voluntary cooperation.
  • Develop the agency biennial budget request that implements the agency’s strategic planning goals and presents it to the Legislature.
  • Maintain knowledge of the environmental issues locally and nationally, in sufficient technical depth to allow for reasoned policy and administrative rules and recommendations to the EQC.



  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution ideally focused on the natural or physical sciences. A master’s degree in a natural or physical science or technically related field of study, a law degree in environmental law, or an MPA is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful management experience (ideally eight years or more) in an organization of similar size, scope and complexity to DEQ. The organization will ideally be related to environmental sciences or natural resources.
  • Experience in environmental regulatory oversight, including enforcement of rules, laws and statutes are a plus.
  • Prior experience leading major technology initiatives from an executive perspective is highly desired.
  • Politically astute; understands and appreciates differing viewpoints and the geographic/economic diversity in the State of Oregon; sensitive to public opinion and the necessity for clarity and transparency in all external stakeholder dealings.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; presence to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on complex and emotionally charged issues to diverse groups of stakeholders; a natural “connector” who enjoys meeting with and building rapport with stakeholders.
  • Humility and “servant-leadership” mindset incorporating a non-confrontational and consensus-building leadership style; a true public servant.


 EFL Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting the State of Oregon and EQC with this important search. All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm. Nominations and applications will be held in confidence. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until November 22, 2016. To apply or to make a referral please contact Research Associate, Lauren McElderry, with EFL Associates at 720.200.7021 or [email protected].


Location: University of Michigan

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109 

The University of Michigan, one of the world's premier research universities with tremendous breadth and depth of academic excellence across its nineteen schools and colleges, invites nominations and applications for the inaugural dean of a new interdisciplinary school for the environment and sustainability. This is an unprecedented opportunity for an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial leader with a passion for research and education.


The University of Michigan is pursuing major changes to its current environment and sustainability structure to strengthen U-M's position as a leader in interdisciplinary research and education that addresses global challenges in this area. Central to this new structure is a new school, to be named later this year, that addresses global sustainability challenges at the intersection of the environment and society through research, teaching and civic engagement.

U-M's expansive breadth and depth of expertise uniquely position the University to be at the forefront of an integrated, collaborative, innovative and dynamic set of programs that will magnify the impact of faculty, staff and student work in the environment and sustainability areas. While significant planning is being done over the coming year, the inaugural dean will be empowered to bring his or her vision to this transition process and will be charged with leading and shaping the new school over the coming years.

The new school will replace the current School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), build on its strengths, have a broader mission, and be structured to engage faculty from across the university. It will have porous boundaries so it can provide leadership and work collaboratively with other schools, institutes and programs at the university to develop solutions to the most challenging global sustainability issues.

The new school will bring together faculty from a wide variety of disciplines that will pursue collaborative and highly interdisciplinary approaches to issues that impact our environment, sustainable development and societal linkages. As a new type of school, it will be organized around disciplinary clusters and interdisciplinary sustainability themes. The school will educate and train students on environmental and sustainability concerns at all levels; and the University is committed to ensuring that the new school has sufficient resources to achieve its bold vision of interdisciplinary education, research and service.

The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer of the School and reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean provides leadership and is responsible for all matters relating to the administration of the School, including academic programs, personnel, budgets, alumni engagement, government and industry relations, and fundraising. Working collaboratively with faculty and staff to advance the School's mission, the Dean represents the School within the University and provides leadership for a wide range of external constituencies.

The Dean of the new school will also be responsible for jointly overseeing the undergraduate Program in the Environment with the Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, supporting the Program's mission of providing students with a liberal arts education in sustainability and the environment.

Qualifications include:

  • A distinguished research and teaching record commensurate with an appointment as a full professor in the School,
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially and cooperatively by reaching across school/college/unit boundaries to form positive, productive relationships,
  • Experience in and a commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion,
  • The ability to lead and manage via influence and collaboration,
  • The ability to consider issues and perspectives of multiple stakeholders and a wide range of disciplines,
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative experience,
  • Excellent communication skills,
  • An understanding of budgeting processes and financial acumen,
  • An aptitude for fundraising,
  • And entrepreneurial skills.

Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately and be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position profile. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner and should be submitted electronically to the consultants, Jane Gruenebaum, Jacki Mildner, Kahn Lee, and Carmen Delehanty at

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.