Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)-Director Search

NWETC has been asked to assist EFL Associates, a national retained executive search firm, who has been retained by the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), in their search for the Director of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Please see below for details:

Located in Portland, Oregon and with an annual budget of $300M, the DEQ’s mission is to be a leader in restoring, maintaining and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land and water.

Here are the brief basics regarding this position:

  • Reports to, and is selected by, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC), a volunteer five-member policy and administrative commission appointed by the Governor. Informally, also reports to the Governor, through the Governor’s Natural Resources Policy Advisor.
  • Lead an organization engaged in innovative, cutting-edge environmental and data management initiatives.
  • 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 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. Detailed position specifications are available by clicking the link below:


If you would like to apply – or to make a referral – please contact Lauren McElderry, with EFL Associates, as soon as possible at 720.200.7021 or

Best of Luck!

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