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We make sure that we have the right people working in the right places and doing the right things. We ensure that our people have everything they need to do our work. That includes budgets, technology and a building to work in.
We definitely stay busy! Our group puts together a legislative budget request for the entire agency, which is currently at $4.5 billion for the two-year biennium. We work with all eight divisions to determine how much money it will take to keep ODOT moving forward based on current law, and find out what additional projects/programs they would like to receive new funding for. Once the budget has been set, we monitor it to make sure funds are being used appropriately. As you can imagine, we get a lot of questions about the budget – from legislators, the governor, the public and others – and it is our job to answer them.
In addition, we manage the Highway Budget Office, which has a budget of $2.6 billion per biennium. This budget covers construction projects, road maintenance, fleet, facilities and other items. Again, it is our job to make sure that we know how much things will cost in advance, and that funds are being spent appropriately. We are experts at compiling this information into reports that help decision makers make more informed decisions. We also do many other things like train new managers about financial issues and deal with insurance companies to seek payment when ODOT property is damaged.
We show integrity by making ODOT accountable and transparent with public funds and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards.
We look for team players who are analytical and think critically. Many of our employees have financial backgrounds, which sometimes includes accounting work. We are always on the lookout for strong writers who can communicate financial information in both graphic and narrative form. We hire people with degrees in business management, finance, accounting, economics, public policy, political or social science and public administration.
Financial Services provides financial and accounting services for the agency. We are responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, asset accounting, payroll, cash forecasting and management, financial analysis, cost allocation and collections. Our section helps employees with travel expenses and benefits. We collect fuels taxes and manage funds collected through DMV and Motor Carrier fees. We also manage funds raised through selling bonds — this is one way we help finance large transportation projects and programs. Financial Services employees manage our debt to make sure we are paying the lowest possible interest rates.
We demonstrate excellence by providing excellent customer service and sound financial advice to those we interact with. We show integrity by providing effective, efficient stewardship of taxpayer funds.
We commonly employ people with degrees in accounting, business, finance, economics, business management, public policy, political science, public administration, social science and computer science.
We inspect, maintain and build ODOT facilities – which number in the thousands! These range from office buildings to rest areas, sheds, employee housing, maintenance yards and more. We consider things like safety, heavy equipment usage and maneuvering, environmental impact, structural conditions, security and how to conserve energy.
We keep people safe by ensuring that the places they work, travel to, and live in are in good condition. We have a high standard of excellence and use our skills and expertise to continually be more efficient, effective and innovative.
Our group is made up of self-starters and people with strong work ethics and good attitudes. Many of us have past experience working in the building trades, or in architecture, engineering or construction planning. Many of our positions do not require a college degree, but some may require degrees in construction management, architecture, engineering, business, public administration, social science or finance.
At ODOT, our employees are our most valuable resource, and it is our job to support them however we can. Our recruitment consultants help people post and apply for the nearly 5,000 jobs within the agency. Our business partners help managers and employees communicate effectively and resolve issues. Compensation specialists make sure that people are paid correctly for the work they do. We work hard to reach common ground with the unions that represent our employees.
In addition, we make sure people get paid when they can’t work due to illness or when their family members are sick. When people are injured on the job, we make certain that they get good medical care.
Others within our group handle internships and outreach to elementary, middle, high school and college students. Our learning and development team teaches classes that build job skills and help develop leadership.
We demonstrate integrity by making sure our current and future employees are being treated and paid fairly. We promote unity by making sure that consistent advice is given to all ODOT managers. We seek to be excellent by being experts in our field.
We hire people with human resource management degrees or certifications and those with degrees in organizational behavior, business or public administration, social sciences, psychology and education. Many people have past experience with interpreting information or providing administrative and clerical support.
We manage the technology that helps our employees do their jobs efficiently and effectively. The systems we manage help keep accurate records, make sure employees and contractors are paid correctly and on time, help track crash and safety data — and much more.
We design, build and maintain information systems that meet the needs of traveling Oregonians. For example, we manage the DMV systems that help people renew their licenses and register their vehicles, help trucking companies pay taxes and get permits, and provide traffic alerts to the public.
Information Systems Branch usually has over 40 information technology projects going at any time. We have offices in several divisions — DMV, Motor Carrier, Highway and Central Services.
We ensure the safety of information by handling cybersecurity and value excellence as we continuously work to be innovative, efficient and effective.
Many of our employees have degrees or experience in computer science or information technology.
We acquire all of the goods, services and outsourced work that our agency needs. Our office carefully writes solicitations and contracts for goods, services, public improvements and personal services. For example, we may enter into contracts with those who design or build roads, highways and bridges. We also enter contracts with programmers and system analysts, trainers, electricians, plumbers and consultants that help us improve our business practices. Some of the goods we acquire are hardware and software. We are experts at negotiating, selecting quality products and services, and finding ways to save costs.
We foster unity at ODOT by coordinating with people from all over the agency to help best meet their needs. We do this by making the procurement process easy and offering our expertise.
Before joining our team, many of our employees worked as business or project managers, lawyers, sales representatives, supply chain managers and construction schedulers. Many have degrees in business or public administration, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, law and political science.
We help things run efficiently and effectively here at ODOT. Our section is made up of three teams – the first helps others in the agency understand administrative rules and policies, fulfill public records requests, and get proper decision-making authority. The second, our Performance Excellence Team, helps ODOT employees see the big picture, gain confidence, and obtain real, measurable results. This team provides internal consulting, training and tools in strategic planning, performance measures, process improvement and change management. The third, our Forms Design Team, develops forms and keeps them current. This group helps people gather information efficiently and easily.
We promote integrity by making sure the agency stays informed about compliance with the law. We promote unity by partnering with teams to create a one-ODOT mindset. Together, we create and promote excellence by working with others to find better solutions, make sure that goals and processes align throughout the agency, and regularly share performance results.
We look for detail-oriented, resourceful, and independent people who have excellent communication skills. Our employees have a wide range of degrees, including graphic arts, business, public administration, social science, finance and political science. When hiring people for our Forms Team, we like to see experience with Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
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We love our agency and love telling the public why.
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