Salary: $75,120.00 – $101,052.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-HWTR4960-05974
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction
Opening Date: 05/12/2023
Closing Date: Continuous
Do you excel at managing a team’s work portfolio by identifying priorities? Can you develop timelines that keep multiple complex projects moving forward in parallel ? Do you aspire to train and mentor our team of rule writers and policymakers?
The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Rules Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. In this position, you will coordinate the overall rulemaking portfolio for the program and supervise three staff members with rulemaking responsibilities. The rulemaking portfolio includes the Dangerous Waste Regulations, Safer Products for Washington, a new rule to implement SB 1047 – concerning the use of toxic chemicals in cosmetics, and more! You will coordinate and facilitate all HWTR rulemaking activities, including developing and maintaining the HWTR rulemaking schedules. You will train and mentor HWTR rulemaking project managers. You will also consult with and advise the Program Manager and HWTR Program Management Team on the prioritization of rulemaking needs, and the resources needed to accomplish those priorities.
Agency Mission: The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s land air and water for current and future generations.
Program Mission: The mission of the HWTR Program is to protect Washington’s residents and environment by reducing the use of toxic chemicals, safely managing dangerous waste, preventing new contaminated sites, and cleaning up contamination. The HWTR vision is to be national leaders in minimizing and eliminating the impacts of toxic chemicals and hazardous waste.
Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible for up to a 80% tele-work schedule. Applicants with questions about position location options, tele-work, and flexible or compressed schedules are encouraged to reach out to the contact person listed below in “other information.” Schedules are dependent upon position needs and are subject to change.
Application Timeline: The positions will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of June 02, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before of June 01, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
In this role, you will serve as the program lead for rulemaking. You will provide mentoring, assign work, and evaluate and check the work of other Rule Writers in the Pollution Prevention and Regulatory Assistance (P2RA) section and other sections of the Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) program.
What you will do:
- Develop and implement strategic and operation planning for HWTR Rulemaking.
- Develop and maintain processes and procedures for HWTR rulemaking.
- As the rulemaking point of contact, provide policy assistance for Ecology staff and the public to appropriately interpret and implement rulemaking efforts.
- Provide rulemaking guidance to rule staff in the HWTR rules unit and HWTR staff working on rules outside of the unit.
- Mentor and train HWTR rule writers and other staff assigned to work on rulemaking projects.
- Provide project planning and project management tools and mentoring to rulemaking and technical staff on rule planning and coordination to produce high quality documents and outreach materials in a timely manner.
- Assemble, organize, and provide oversight of multi-disciplinary HWTR teams assigned to resolve major policy issues or implement new rule provisions.
- Plan, lead, organize and manage the work performed by the unit.
- Identify and prioritize unit tasks, staff, and resources needs.
Years of required experience indicated below are full-time equivalent years. Full-time equivalent experience means that any experience where working hours were less than 40 hours per week will be prorated in order to meet the equivalency of full-time. We would calculate this by looking at the total hours worked per week, divide this by 40, and then multiply by the total number of months worked. Examples of the proration calculations are:
- 30 hours worked per week for 20 months: (30/40) x 20 months = 15 months full-time equivalent
- 20 hours worked per week for 12 months: (20/40) x 12 months = 6 months full-time equivalent
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, education, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.
Option 1: A Bachelor’s degree with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental or policy emphasis, or closely related field AND seven (7) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, policy, rulemaking, and/or program development.
Option 2: A Master’s degree or above with a major emphasis in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, landscape architecture, geography, land use or environmental law, public administration with an environmental or policy emphasis, or closely related field AND five (5) years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, policy, rulemaking, and/or program development.
Option 3: Two years of experience as an Environmental Planner 4, at the Department of Ecology.
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
Demonstrated ability to:
- Work in politically sensitive situations and maintain appropriate discretion.
- Understand rules at the federal, state, and local levels.
- Communicate through writing and verbally.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Richelle Perez at: Richelle.Perez@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Richelle to inquire about the status of your application. To request the full position description: email email@example.com
It’s in the applicant’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- A list of three professional references.
For more information and to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/washington/jobs/4025714/rules-unit-supervisor-environmental-planner-5