Director of Ecosystem Recovery (Exempt)


$113,919.00 – $127,590.00 Annually


Thurston County – Olympia, WA

Job Type


Remote Employment


Job Number



Puget Sound Partnership

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/31/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



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Director of Ecosystem Recovery

Who We Are
The Puget Sound Partnership is a non-regulatory state agency leading the region’s collective effort to restore and protect the Puget Sound natural ecosystems. We are also one of the Executive Cabinet agencies under Governor Inslee’s Office. The Partnership brings together hundreds of partners to mobilize action around a common agenda, advance Puget Sound investments, and advance priority actions by supporting partners.
We are proud to offer a suite of “Employer of Choice” initiatives and benefits in addition to state government’s full compensation and benefits. All of the Partnership’s employees have access and are welcome to enjoy the following:
  • A healthy/work balance by offering flexible and alternative work schedules.
  • Active and engaging equity and inclusion programs, including an affinity group and an employee-led Accountability Buddy Program.
  • Exclusive access to the Employee Assistance Program’s Work/Life web portal that provides additional benefits and resources to Partnership employees.
  • An Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns. 
  • An agency-paid ORCA card for public transit use in the Puget Sound region.
  • A tax-free hiring incentive that includes a one-time $200 Amazon allowance for ordering at-home office equipment or preferred supplies to support the telework experience.  
  • An annual professional development allowance for gaining skills that advance the employee’s career in their current field of work.
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Position Details
This full-time unrepresented position is exempt from civil service law. Within the organizational chart, this position is a member of the leadership team and reports to the Deputy Director in the External Programs Division.
In this role, you will oversee three of the agency’s programs and supervise five staff who manage ecosystem recovery planning and implementation, the systems that track and communicate ecosystem recovery plans and their implementation, adaptive management, accountability, and coordination of the Local Implementation Organizations (LIO). You will lead a staff that develops the State of Washington’s goals and strategies for achieving Puget Sound recovery, including setting targets, ensuring system-wide accountability for achieving state goals and targets, and implementing adaptive management to ensure effective implementation of the Action Agenda.

Work Location
The Partnership offers a modern hybrid work environment, which includes both remote and office settings in Olympia and Tacoma. Although it’s not an official duty station of the Partnership, the agency currently utilizes a co-work space at a location in Seattle as a drop-in work environment option for staff.
All staff are required to report for in-person work in group settings or for in-person work at an office building at least once a week or for a specific number of hours monthly, including this position. You may be required to work more frequently in an office setting than others if you’re unable to effectively conduct work remotely or as business needs arise. You will be expected to report to the Olympia office on your first day of employment for onboarding.
Travel throughout the Puget Sound area occasionally will likely be necessary and you may not be eligible for mileage reimbursement depending on where you reside and the destination of the meeting. The Partnership offers agency vehicles for all staff when traveling to meetings, conferences, or other work-related events that are not part of the employee’s regular commute. Use of the vehicle and a gasoline card for fueling is at no cost to the employee.

The annual salary range of compensation for this position is between $113,919 to $127,590 depending upon qualifications, although the expected hiring salary will typically be less than the top of the range to allow for growth and development movement. Bonuses, benefits, and/or additional pay may be available based on recruitment, retention, and incentives approved through legislative acts.

Who should apply
We are looking for someone that meets the experience and education requirements listed below, but we also are looking for lived experience. Please consider applying if your lived experience meets the competencies of the requirements.

We encourage applicants from outside of Washington to apply! The successful candidate would be required to relocate to Washington state within 30 days of the appointment date. 

The expectation of this position’s starting appointment date is as soon as possible and no later than 60 days from the acceptance date of an employment offer from the Partnership. 



As the Ecosystem Recovery Director, you will direct and oversee all aspects of the Ecosystem Recovery function of the organization. You will also plan, lead, organize, and direct the work performed by staff and support external partners to ensure the agency is accomplishing its mission, goals, and objectives.

Some of what you will do includes:

  • Develop a vision for the ecosystem recovery of Puget Sound, including through extensive partner engagement.
  • Lead and support the team that develops the Action Agenda and tracks its implementations.
  • Lead and support the development of regional and local goals, indicators, and targets for achieving ecosystem recovery, and oversee an accountability and adaptive management system to support partners achieving those goals and targets.
  • Oversee the technical systems which are the foundation for implementing and communicating adaptive management and accountability, including the web-based PSInfo and Action Agenda Explorer, and the Partnership’s Geographic Information System (GIS) initiatives.
  • Integrate local, state, tribal, federal, and private sector efforts to create, implement, and track the Action Agenda, and drive alignment across all partners behind shared goals and targets. Ensure implementation is being tracked.
  • Work with the Adaptive Systems and Accountability Program (ASAP) manager to develop and execute a vision for PS Info, Action Agenda Explorer, and the partnerships GIS initiatives.
  • Engage in close coordination with the Tribal Management Conference and state partners who are “Strategic Initiative Leads” and other state partners with a role in ecosystem and salmon recovery.
  • Create a vision for the program, and develop and implement work planning milestones and initiatives, and identify resources needed to accomplish work of the programs it oversees.
  • Manage the development, budget, and performance of staff.
  • Manage the efficient and effective execution of the program work plans.
  • Ensure the agency and the Planning Program, Adaptive Systems & Accountability Program, and LIO Program are meeting diversity, equity, inclusion and environmental justice goals and responsibilities.



Required Education, Experience, and Competencies:

  • Master’s degree or above in planning, environmental management, natural resources, public administration, public policy or planning, or a related field; AND
  • Seven (7) years of professional experience in an environmental-related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree focusing on planning, environmental management, natural resources, public administration, public policy or planning or related field; AND 
  • Nine (9) years of professional experience in an environmental-related field
  • Minimum of 13 years of professional experience in an environmental-related field or lived experience equivalent to competencies in environmental/natural resources management (e.g., management of salmon hatcheries, expertise developed from Tribal, Native, and Indigenous knowledge and practices, etc.)

Additional Requirements:
  • A minimum of six (6) years of supervisory and leadership experience.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of project management experience.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of strategic planning, policy development, and analysis experience.
  • Experience in science and/or data-informed planning.
  • Commitment to advancing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Enterprise Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Competencies:
  • Commitment to a Respectful Workplace: Willing to be exposed to, know and understanding the language and concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion and be committed to being part of creating, maintaining, and improving a diverse, equitable, respectful and inclusive workplace. 
  • Self-Awareness: Engages in self-reflection, lifelong learning and growth.
  • Cultivates Mutually Beneficial and Trusting Strategic Partnerships: Conducts self in a manner that builds trust, enhances work relationships and meaningfully partner and engage with those they serve and serve with.
  • Inclusive Excellence and Allyship: Demonstrate that all people are valued and engaged as members of the group, team, organization, or community through equitable, inclusive and respectful behavior.
  • Measuring for Success and Improvement: Develop, implement, evaluate and continually improve strategies that promote equity and inclusion.  

Conditions of the Working Environment:
   With or without accommodations, I am willing and able to:
  • Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions 
  • Work in a tobacco-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment
  • Work a 40-hour work week (A flexible work schedule may be considered upon request and supervisory approval, after an initial review period)
  • Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evenings and weekends, to meet program needs and critical deadlines
  • Occasionally travel throughout the state, which may include overnight stays, as required, while performing the duties of this position
  • Work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and competing deadlines
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding information accessed or discussed while performing the duties of the position
  • Interact and work with partners and staff in a positive, friendly, and supportive manner that meets the needs and standards of the office and the agency.
  • Permanently reside in Washington state throughout employment and available to report in person at Puget Sound agency offices and meetings on a weekly basis. If the successful candidate is currently living outside of Washington, relocation must occur within 30 days of the appointment date. 

Preferred Education, Experience, and Competencies:
  • High-level management and leadership experience in a complex, public sector work environment.
  • Program administration including personnel, budget, and grant/contract management, performance management and accountability.
  • Experience with tribal governments.
  • Experience working successfully in a political environment with sensitivity to controversial issues.
  • Experience and interest in process and performance improvement (LEAN, Baldridge, etc.).
  • Master’s degree or higher in environmental management, natural resources, planning, public administration or related field.


Supplemental Information

Intrigued?  We’d love to hear from you. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles. If you have lived experience that is equivalent to the required experience and education mentioned above, please apply! Tell us about it in your cover letter and how that experience qualifies you for this work.
Please attach the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • letter of interest that describes why you are a compelling candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position. If you’d like lived experience to be considered in lieu of any education or professional experience, please include how that lived experience is equivalent to any of the educational or professional experience requirements. You are welcome to include the name and pronouns you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization. 
  • Current resume, detailing experience, education, and relevant skills or talents
** You will want to ensure you have a current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information attached or available to provide at the time of the interview. For lived experience, a personal reference may be accepted in addition to the professional references.

Things we ask you NOT include in your submission:
  • Do not include your salary history. Salary offers are based on the quality of your skill set and not whether you have the right salary history.
  • Please remove any private or personal information such as your social security number, date of birth, marital status, family status, etc. 
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected.

Opportunity for All:
The Puget Sound Partnership celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Contact Information:
For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Jennifer McWaid at 360.407.8210 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. 


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