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Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Specialist (Loan Specialist 1)

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, veteran, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, and is committed to workplace diversity.
Are you passionate about preserving, enhancing, and protecting Oregon’s environment? If so, please consider a career with the State of Oregon at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). At DEQ, employees have the opportunity to work with a dynamic and supportive team of mission-focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, land, and water. Here is a video about DEQ:
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has a full-time opportunity available for a Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan Specialist (Loan Specialist 1) located at DEQ’s Headquarters in Portland, Oregon.
Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality. The Water Quality Division has a critical role in achieving the Department’s mission by developing policy, implementation tools, and implementation priorities for improving and protecting the quality of water in Oregon’s waterways. The Water Quality Division works cooperatively with the Department’s three regional offices and the Laboratory to deliver programs and services that protect and enhance the quality of the waters of the state to protect public health and the environment. Click here to view a map of all of the DEQ offices.
What you will do!
You will provide financial assistance for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Loan program, including providing assistance to the Loan Specialist 3, Program Manager, and program staff for processing and servicing loans to public agencies under the requirements of the Clean Water Act, Oregon Revised Statutes, and Oregon Administrative Rules. You will provide underwriting, develop loan agreements, develop repayment plans, review disbursement requests, assist with cash flow modeling, participate in audits of the program, report loan activities to federal agencies, and provide analysis and information as needed for program reviews and legislative initiatives. 
What’s in it for you!
The opportunity to work in a productive and creative environment where no two days are ever the same! We offer a competitive benefits package that offers comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans for the employee and their qualified family members, as well as paid sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. In addition, we offer membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and you have the opportunity to potentially receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). If you are passionate about Oregon's environment, apply today!
This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What are we looking for?
Minimum Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Accounting, or a related field, OR 3 years of experience in one of the following: 1) preparing or analyzing residential, commercial, or public sector loan applications using cash flow, financial statements, and historic and annual operation analyses (including collections and foreclosing procedures); 2) processing real estate transactions including qualifying, evaluating, and extending credit to borrowers, and performing property inspections; 3) marketing, analyzing, servicing, or underwriting residential, commercial, or public sector loans; 4) economic or community development.
Candidates who are most competitive will also reflect the following:

  • General knowledge of finance and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook), as well as in various business software and databases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, presentation skills, conflict resolution skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills; ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Experience with business and management principles, including resource allocation and the coordination of people and resources.
  • Experience in records management.
  • Ability to use logic and reason to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and respectfully while providing customer service over the phone, in person, and in writing.
Working Conditions:
Work is primarily in an office setting. Periodic in-state and out-of-state travel for meetings, conferences, and project visits will be required.
How to Apply: (complete the application in full)

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Please Note: In addition to your related work experience and education, DEQ will use the desired attributes and minimum qualifications above, under the “What are we looking for?” section to determine whom to interview. Please make sure your attributes and minimum qualifications are clearly demonstrated in your application material.
Veterans Information:
DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here: For privacy reasons, please do not attach veterans’ preference documents when initially applying. You will be asked to submit those at a later time.
Pay Equity:
As an employer, the State of Oregon complies with HB 2005, the Pay Equity Bill. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class in the payment of wages, and we do not screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. Please visit for more information.
Work Authorization:
DEQ does not offer visa sponsorships. 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.
Questions/Need Help?
If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 347-5759. TTY users: please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900