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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Ecology is looking to fill its Executive Advisor for Tribal Affairs (WMS Band 3) position. This position reports to Ecology's Director and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. It works out of Ecology's headquarters office located in Lacey, Washington.
This position is responsible for effective intergovernmental relations with tribal governments and federal agencies on cross-border, tribal federally reserved rights and jurisdictional issues.
This position assists environmental program managers and staff in carrying out their missions with respect to federal laws, cross-border jurisdictions, tribal federally reserved rights, and cultural resources and interests. It supports Ecology's environmental justice policies and goals and compliance with relevant state and federal laws, including the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This position is the first point of contact for tribal governments and works to maintain and improve intergovernmental relations by providing timely, accurate information, and generally serving as a resource. It also supports Ecology's Environmental Justice and Civil Rights Title VI work across our ten environmental programs and two water offices.
What is the job?
This position serves as the internal and external point of contact for the agency on tribal issues. It is responsible for cross program, cross border and statewide policies related to inter-jurisdictional and policy issues affecting Washington's 29 federally recognized tribes and 5 bordering states' tribes. These policy issues include tribal water rights, tribal clean water and air protection, independent sovereign authorities on tribal lands and cultural, environmental and economic interests throughout the state. It serves as the tribal liaison position and carries out duties identified in state law Chapter 122, Laws of 2012, STATE-TRIBAL RELATIONSHIP--INDIAN TRIBES. This position ensures executive government-to-government communication and consultation is in compliance with the Centennial Accord, an intergovernmental agreement between Washington's governor and 33 tribal governments.
This position provides analysis and recommendations for the agency's approach to tribal water rights. It facilitates Ecology's efforts to build and maintain effective relations with the 29 in-state federally recognized tribes, and the 5 bordering state's tribes with natural resources interests in Washington, to prevent or reduce conflict and litigation due to jurisdictional disputes, cross border issues or off-reservation treaty reserved rights and tribal cultural resources.
This position supports Ecology's senior expert on environmental justice who leads our work to develop and implement strategies and provide advice to ensure compliance with federal and state laws, policies and goals regarding environmental justice and compliance with federal Civil Rights Title VI, a law requiring non-discrimination associated with implementation of our environmental laws and rules.
Why you should be interested in this job?
Issues with tribal interests cut across every program and office at Ecology. This position is responsible for considering impacts to tribes, identifying potential risk or harm to tribal communities near project sites, and identifying opportunities for collaboration with tribal governments.
This position supports our Environmental Justice and Civil Rights Title VI efforts and initiatives to ensure compliance with federal and state law, policy and goals, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. It plays a key role in ensuring fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
The Executive Advisor for Tribal Affairs will:
This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 20, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 19, 2019. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
A Bachelor's Degree in public administration or related field and six (6) years of professional experience in tribal policy and environmental and/or natural resource management.
A Master's Degree in public administration or related field with five (5) years of professional experience as noted above.
A Juris Doctorate with four (4) years of professional experience as noted above.
Highly knowledgeable of and skilled at:
Why work for Ecology?
Joining Ecology means becoming part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington's environment.
A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping health and financial security for 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), 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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