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Director, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs
SALEM OR 97309
Category: Other
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Director, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs
Director, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs



Director, Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs


$103,500.00 - $152,652.00 Annually


Salem, OR

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Veterans Affairs-Administration

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5/2/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking a Director to further our mission to serve and honor veterans through our leadership, advocacy and strong partnerships.

We are entrusted to provide advocacy and assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits entitled them through Federal, State and local programs. Our employees are some of the most passionate and dedicated people working toward a very noble mission, day in and day out. From our front line Statewide Veteran Services Division to operational services that support day to day business, our teams work together to deliver on a promise made more than 70 years ago.

ODVA unites government, private companies, nonprofits and other veteran service organizations to address issues facing veterans and their families. We are building support around specific issues that affect veterans. And, we maintain strong relationships with key partners that allow us to continue to be a leading voice and advocate for veterans.

An organization often reflects the salient beliefs and characteristics of its leadership. We need a Director whose values match ours: respect, integrity, stewardship and excellence.

Duties & Responsibilities

+ Direct all activities of the agency, including determining program policies, priorities, utilization of resources, and establishment of goals.

Program areas:

+ Veterans' home loans

+ Veteran claims for benefits and coordination of assistance to Oregon counties,National Service Organizations, and Oregon Native American Tribes

+ Conservatorship and federal representative payee programs

+ Veteran outreach including programs to support LGBTQ, women, and incarcerated veterans

+ Educational aid to veterans and campus student veteran programs

+ The Oregon Veterans' Home

+ Advise the Governor and state and federal elected officials on sensitive veterans' issues.

+ Develop and maintain strong relationships with veteran organizations that represent all veteran communities including but not limited to veterans of color, women, and LGBTQ communities.

+ Develop and maintain strong relationships with other government entities and the USDVA in Oregon and Washington, D.C.

+ Employ all available resources to organize and coordinate the administration of all present and future state and federal laws pertaining to veterans.

+ Speak at finance, mortgage, real estate, civic, and veteran organization events throughout Oregon and maintain extensive media contact regarding veteran programs.

+ Develop and present proposed legislation to the Oregon Legislature. Testify before committees regarding department programs and finances.

+ Maintain frequent contact with individual legislators and other elected state and federal officials.

+ Manage the General Obligation debt of the State of Oregon, specific to ODVA.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills

Minimum qualifications (Principal Executive/ Manager H):

Eight years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following:

a) development of program rules and policies,

b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans,

c) program evaluation, and

d) budget preparation.

The successful candidate must be a veteran.

The successful candidate will have these essential attributes:

+ Strategic thinker

+ Actively engaged with veteran community

+ Proven ability to leverage programs and resources to provide greater service to veterans

To Apply:

+ Complete electronic application

+ Attach a resume and cover letter


Additional Information

Criminal Records Check

Employment is contingent on the outcome of a criminal records check which requires fingerprints (FBI). Any history of criminal activity will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Credit Check

Due to the fiduciary responsibilities the employee must successfully pass a credit check revealing no history of bankruptcy filing.

Veterans' Preference

Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference you MUST attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website or you may call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.

Contact Information

For additional information or if you need an alternate format in order to complete the application process, please contact Jill Woods at 503-378-4202 or

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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