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The Oregon Management Project


To develop, retain, and attract the kind of skilled senior leadership professionals capable of the service delivery transformation the Governor and Legislature envision, we must bring our employment system for managers into the modern day.

What: State leaders are developing a comprehensive package regarding the state’s relationship with our managers, including a series of legislative and administrative actions focused on our management philosophy, our system of classification and compensation, and our training practices, retention and recruitment.

How: The Enterprise Leadership Team has chartered a body of work to begin changing the current system with a series of recommended legislative and administrative steps over the next few years. Many of the proposed changes can be implemented administratively, while some components of the full package will require legislative approval. The purpose of this effort is to redesign/reconfigure our workforce systems (compensation, classification, performance management) to support getting the right people in the right job at the right time. 

We’ve engaged professionals who have helped other states update their classification system successfully, and have begun a comprehensive market comparison to develop a clear and useable classification system and a transparent, competitive and responsible compensation structure. The state has not completed a comprehensive evaluation of this system in almost 25 years, although we review it for classified employees every two years as part of the collective bargaining process.
We have committed to being fully transparent and to involve them in the development of the project.

 Project Work Streams

​The Oregon Management Project is comprised of three work streams. Click a work stream below to learn more.

Classification and Compensation
Work Stream

Manager Empowerment
and Accountability Work Stream

Management Career
Work Stream


Contact Information

Katy Coba
Enterprise Leadership Team Project Sponsor
Director, Department of Agriculture
Phone: 503-986-4552

Jeannine Beatrice
Project Manager
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Department of Administrative Services
Phone: 503-507-7479 
Madilyn Zike  
DAS Project Sponsor 
Chief Human Resource Officer
Department of Administrative Services
Phone: 503-378-3020 ​

Learn more about the work of the office of the Chief Operating Officer
and the Statewide Initiatives team. ​ 

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Project Links 

Webinar Recordings

The project team hosts live-streamed meetings with the Chief Human Resource Officer’s HR Advisory Board to discuss the Oregon Management Project. Visit the links below to view past recordings.
Project Overview with Katy Coba and Mark Rasmussen (Hosted on the DAS YouTube Channel)
Project Updates and Work Streams | 11.03.15 (Hosted on the DAS Ustream Channel)
Class Specification and the Allocating Process | 01.26.15 (Hosted on the DAS YouTube Channel)
Classification 101 | 10.31.15 (Hosted on iLinc)

Project Documents

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Media - Culture of State GovernmentStatesman Journal article (June 16, 2014) regarding Oregon state government HR transformation.8/14/2015 1:37 PM
Media - Finding the MarketStatesman Journal article (October 6, 2014) regarding finding the 'market' for state worker pay.8/14/2015 1:37 PM
Media - Manager Positions RedefinedStatesman Journal article (October 6, 2014) regarding state manager positions being redefined.8/14/2015 1:37 PM
Overall Project - CharterThe Oregon Management Project project charter.8/14/2015 1:38 PM
Overall Project - DescriptionOne-page overview of the project. 8/14/2015 1:38 PM
Phase 1 Closing Summary ReportClosing summary report and appendices of first phase of the project.8/18/2015 2:34 PM