Established: 10/98
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under direction, assists the director of a large department in the research, development, management, and administration of major projects and processes usually requiring input and coordination among several divisions within the department; and to do other work as required.


The Policy Analyst, Senior conducts comprehensive studies to analyze issues, problems and proposed changes to the operations of a large County department. Incumbents review, examine and evaluate organizational structures, administrative policies and management systems to determine the most effective methods of accomplishing work or implementing changes. Incumbents also serve as the Department Director's representative when working with committees or other jurisdictions.

The Policy Analyst, Senior is non-supervisory and reports to the Director of the department, but may have considerable interaction with division directors and managers on specific issues or assignments. Incumbents are a staff member of the management team and participate in the development of projects and policies.

The Policy Analyst, Senior differs from the Policy Analyst which reports to the director of a department but does not serve as the director's representative to other jurisdictions on significant issues.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Researches and manages special strategic and operational projects delegated from a Director which normally require participation of several division managers in analyzing department policies and operating procedures so problem areas can be identified; gathers, organizes and analyzes information for projects, identifies possible solutions and their impact and recommends appropriate action.
  2. Conducts special studies requiring coordination with other inter-jurisdictional projects and organization studies and reports findings to management; organizes, facilitates or participates with County departments and outside task forces to identify needs, evaluate services and establish objectives; participates in developing project/program goals, policies and procedures; promotes individual agreement and group consensus on project/program issues; represents the Director on project issues which require County participation with other jurisdictions.
  3. Represents a Director on internal department policy questions and directives and assists the department staff in the establishment of programs and objectives to comply with policy issues.
  4. Organizes and documents findings; prepares comprehensive reports and presentations; recommends the implementation of new/revised policies, systems, procedures or organizational changes.
  5. Develops and recommends program definitions and performance measures; evaluates project performance in relation to department/division goals.
  6. Coordinates the work of consultants and/or professional staff conducting project studies or surveys of organizations, programs, systems and methods; develops and organizes work program and time lines; provides organizational support, research and materials for committees.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration, organizational processes and design, budget preparation and administration techniques; legislative processes and local government operation; government accounting practices; techniques of contract and grant preparation and administration; office methods and procedures; quantitative analysis and statistical research methods, techniques and procedures; English grammar and composition; applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations and rules; principles of public and community relations.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; supervise or coordinate the work of professional staff; evaluate and develop improvements in operations, policies, procedures and methods; plan and conduct research projects; analyze issues and problems from multiple perspectives; identify alternative solutions and recommend appropriate action; prepare clear and concise reports; evaluate budget and grant proposals; establish and maintain effective working relationships with State and local elected officials, lobbyists, County employees and the public.


Some positions require designation as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as established by the State of Oregon Mental Health Division.

Positions within the County's Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass an extensive background investigation which may include national fingerprint records check; Some positions within Non-Criminal Justice agencies must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

All positions within the County's Criminal Justice agencies must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.