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Water Quality Program Budget Manager (WMS Band 2) 

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
November 09, 2018
Expired on
January 08, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
$76,680.00 - $105,708.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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The Department of Ecology is looking for a new team member to join our Water Quality Program in Lacey, WA. If you have an interest in how the state protects water quality, enjoy working with a dynamic and diverse team of people, and are stimulated by a fast paced work environment, then this is a great job for you!
This position will serve as a critical member of the Water Quality Management Team responsible for setting the direction for protecting our state's waters.
This position will guide and assist the Water Quality Program in the forecasting of our financial resources and the day to day management of the largest Program Budget in the Department of Ecology – over $90 million operating budget that supports over 250 staff, and a capital budget of $418 million. With this comes the responsibilities of planning for the future and making tough decisions when resources are limited. We need somebody who is comfortable leading a group of other managers in the responsible management of our budget.
This position will be part of an agency-wide budget team that supports all of Ecology's work. This position is supported by other financial staff that help with the capital budget, and develop and manage tools for day to day budget operation.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages performance driven leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

To learn more about Ecology, please visit our website at and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.


The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The Water Quality Program is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying water bodies that fail to meet those standards, and providing technical and financial assistance to appropriate entities to help them protect and restore Washington's waters.


The Water Quality Program Budget Manager supports the Water Quality Program by:


  • Providing accurate and useful information and analysis, and making recommendations for sound decision making in order to maximize the use of our state resources.

  • Managing and monitoring budgets for the Water Quality Program's unique activities statewide, including projecting trends in revenues and expenditures, and preparing and recommending budget addition and reduction options.

  • Managing the Water Quality Program Permit Fee Unit in order to ensure timely and accurate billing of annual permit fees that support the operating budget.

  • Designing a long range strategic budget plan, which includes anticipating and identifying problems, creating solutions, making critical financial decisions, and developing financial contingency plans.

  • Assisting the Deputy Program Manager in developing short-term and long-term estimates for the financial impacts of proposed legislation.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, business, public administration or closely allied field
Three years of professional experience in public sector budget management, fiscal management, accounting or related work.

Knowledge and proficiency with computers including spreadsheets, database, word-processing and accounting or related work.

Desired Qualifications

  • Five years of experience in Washington State Agency budget management

  • Experience using Washington State budget and accounting systems and tools.

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