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Policy and Planning Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

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Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
March 18, 2019
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, WA
Years of Experiences
5 - 10
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, Doctorate, Professional
$86,391.00 - $107,820.00 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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Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Please apply through the following link:


Are you a strong leader that can manage a team of seasoned professionals who influence statewide clean air laws and policies?

The Department of Ecology is looking for an experienced policy strategist, effective manager and environmental professional to join our Air Quality program management team as the Policy and Planning Section Manager.

Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create a work environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

The successful candidate will play an important role within a leadership team in how our state, region and nation respond to air quality issues including climate change. If your career has focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment or public health, this may be the position for you.

The Air Quality program leadership team members are strategic thinkers. We influence state and federal clean air law and major policies by developing plans and interagency agreements on air quality issues with state and national significance.

The Policy and Planning Section Manager leads the development of Air Quality program plans and strategies to respond to high-profile, technically complex environmental issues. We work in a fast paced, politically-sensitive environment while balancing competing public demands.

High profile issues routinely involve coordination with the agency director, business and environmental leaders, the governor's office and the legislature.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at



Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts


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This high-energy position serves as a collaborative and integrated member of the Air Quality management team. The successful candidate reports directly to our Air Quality Program Manager, located at our headquarters in Lacey, Washington.

The successful candidate will manage a biennial budget of approximately $4 million, a capital budget of 9 million, and is accountable for supporting, managing, and coordinating the section's professional and technical staff.

The position manages a section of 14 environmental specialists, environmental engineers and environmental planners including a unit supervisor (WMS Band 1) who is responsible for the direct supervision of the environmental planners.

This talented and seasoned team works collaboratively with headquarters and regional team members and external stakeholders to accomplish the following:

  • Write and revise statewide air quality rules that establish agency and programmatic policies and practices that can be efficiently carried out.

  • Develop statewide implementation plans to bring back and keep areas in compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards and to meet federal Clean Air Act requirements.

  • Develop policies and regulations related to all sources of air pollution including motor vehicles, motor vehicle fuels, woodstoves and fireplaces, industrial and commercial facilities, and outdoor burning.

  • Develop port and heavy duty diesel policy and oversee clean diesel grant program

  • Develop smoke emissions reduction strategies and oversee woodstove grant program

The Policy and Planning Section Manager:

  • Recruits, selects, trains and manages the performance of all positions within the Air Quality Program Development Section.

  • Serves on ad hoc committees that directly influence and establish policies for the Air Quality Program statewide. These polices can affect other programs within our agency, the state's local air authorities, other governments, the general public and the private sector.

This position will remain open until filled. There will be an initial review on April 3, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial review, please submit an application on or before April 2, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in physical or natural science, engineering, planning, public policy, environmental law, environmental studies, or other related field.




Five (5) years of environmental project management, regulatory or planning experience.


A minimum of 18 months supervisory experience managing policy and technical staff.


Knowledge of advanced principles of management, budget planning, strategic planning, and personnel administration.


Experience deciphering multiple local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding environmental management and administrative procedures requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

A Master's Degree or higher in public administration or policy, law, or related field.


Two (2) years of air quality related policy, project management, supervisory, regulatory development or planning experience.

Three (3) years of experience supervising technical staff in a complex political environment.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.
*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.

  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

  • College transcripts showing degrees earned (unofficial transcripts are ok).

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information:

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Kathy Taylor at:  Please do not contact Kathy to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.