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.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
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Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. If you want to lead a highly effective, collaborative team that is dedicated to measuring and assessing environmental conditions in Washington State, and provides credible science to guide Washington's environmental choices, this may be the position for you.
The Environmental Assessment Program Manager is an Exempt Management Service Band 3 position that reports to Ecology's Deputy Director. The position is located in Lacey, WA, at our headquarters building.
We are seeking a respected scientist, strategic thinker and problem-solver to manage and lead our Environmental Assessment Program (EAP). This position leads Ecology's environmental monitoring and scientific studies program.
We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. This means protecting both people and the environment from pollution, restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life, and finding ways to meet human needs without destroying environmental resources and functions.
Our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public we assist and regulate is fundamental to achieving these results. We treat our customers as partners and collaborators, provide respectful and prompt service, explore creative solutions for the best results, and act with integrity. We maintain effective infrastructure and foster a workforce that is committed, productive and successful. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
Local efforts. Diverse people. Statewide impact.
We're looking for an experienced leader to manage our Environmental Assessment Program (EAP). The Program Manager serves as a principal advisor, decision-maker and spokesperson in carrying out the responsibilities of the program. Along with environmental monitoring and scientific studies, the program manager oversees environmental laboratory operations and an accreditation program for environmental and drinking water laboratories.
This position manages approximately 150 staff and a biennial operating budget of $35 million.
It is responsible for:
This position makes strategic decisions related to the direction taken on technical policy and supporting regulatory areas, human resource deployment to deliver services in Washington, and contractual relationships with public agencies and academic institutions. This position also makes tactical and operational decisions related to administrative systems, application of science to environmental monitoring and modeling, investments in instrumentation and equipment, studies to site facilities related to the program mission, information and communication technology and equipment. The position is responsible and accountable for the Environmental Assessment Program's budget.
As a Key Member of Ecology's Executive Management Team
It is critical that this important position maintains the highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct to support the state's commitment to efficient, effective, and accountable government. This is a highly visible role with other federal and state agencies involved in environmental management which impacts fisheries, hydropower, land use, and other aquatic related programs. Success in this position requires the use of advanced management, communication, negotiation, and consensus-building skills with high-level, influential elected and appointed officials.
As a key member of our Department's Executive Leadership Team, the successful candidate will:
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be April 30, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 29, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's Degree in environmental, physical or natural science, public health or other related qualifying discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with post graduate degrees in scientific and/or public health fields.
A minimum of:
Five (5) years of professional-level management experience which includes:
Three (3) years of strategic planning experience including development of annual and biennial based business plans with demonstrated ability to conceptualize and articulate the future direction of the business.
Five (5) years of experience managing relationships with a proven track record in consensus building, collaboration and negotiations.
Five (5) years of experience with a proven track record working with state agencies, city, county and federal governments.
Five (5) years of project management experience with a proven track record in managing complex projects with intersecting and interdependent timelines/deadlines.
Five (5) years of budget development and administrative experience.
Ability to motivate staff in a high pressure and high demand environment.
Please note: Experience in each of the areas may be gained concurrently.
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 Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth
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 https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see my resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a 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.
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