Salary: $105,789.00 – $135,176.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-TCP4986-07913
Department: Dept. of Ecology
Division: Toxics Cleanup
Opening Date: 06/17/2023
Closing Date: Continuous

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Toxics Cleanup Deputy Program Manager (WMS Band 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters (HQ) in Lacey, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station. The Deputy Program Manager is a key leadership position in the Toxics Cleanup Program and within the agency. In this position, you will strategically plan for and have oversight of the policy, budgetary, and statewide operations functions of the Program. You will help to set program direction, oversee program and strategic planning initiatives, and ensure accountability measures are in place to promote consistent implementation of program procedures, guidance, and policy. You will also build and sustain a welcoming culture that engenders and supports a strong and diverse team atmosphere to maximize program performance, cohesion, and well-being. Apply to join our team today and help to set the course for the Toxics Cleanup Program for generations to come. The mission of the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Tele-work options for this position: This position will be eligible to tele-work two days per week. 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: This position will remain open until filled, we will review applications on July 6, 2023. In order to be considered, please submit an application on or before July 5, 2023. If your application isn’t received by this date, it may not be considered. The agency reserves the right to make a Hire any time after the initial screening date. 

What makes this role unique?
As the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) Deputy Program Manager, you will develop comprehensive operational plans and policies, and their associated budgets, to meet program objectives. This includes regulatory and non-regulatory elements of the federal and state cleanup and underground storage tank laws and fees, including establishment of cleanup standards, management of federal grants operating contracting funds, cost recovery, and coordination with EPA or other federal and state agencies as directed. Additionally, in this role, you will serve as an internal point of contact for TCP on select issues, including contact with legislators and staff, federal agencies, congressional staff, Tribes, local governments, state agencies, and interest groups. This position is also responsible for identifying and implementing opportunities to maximize program performance in a strong team atmosphere across all sections within the program.

What you will do:

  • Plan, lead, organize, and determine the work performed by the Toxics Cleanup Program. Guide staff to achieve objectives set by the Program Management Team, particularly work regarding policy, IT, records, Environmental Justice, human resources, DEIR (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect), and legislative initiatives.
  • Champion a supportive program culture through monitoring and assisting progress of program committee and workgroup initiatives, facilitating clear and effective communications, and coordinating staff growth/improvement opportunities.
  • Guide the work of seven direct reports by assigning work, engaging in performance management, encouraging and assigning development opportunities, evaluating and honing position descriptions, and managing recruitment and hiring processes.
  • Manage day-to-day internal program operations, including control of operating budget funds to facilitate purchasing, hiring, and program events. 
  • Coordinate Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act implementation within the program and serve as primary liaison between the Office of Environmental Equity and Justice (OEEJ) and Toxics Cleanup Program for HEAL Act implementation and other Environmental Justice initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the TCP Program Management Team to develop program plans and strategic initiatives, policies, and procedures, and address program-wide technical policy and professional issues, including information management. 
  • Promote significant program-wide initiatives related to continuous improvement, including instituting use of standard workbook tools for site managers, and enhancing the professional development program and growth opportunities within the Program.
  • Provide support and serve as a backup to the TCP Program Manager.

Required Qualifications
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.

A total of eleven years of experience and/or education as described below:
Professional experience in: planning, program development, or management. Experience in professional management to include:

  • Four years of professional-level supervisory responsibility, including experience-managing supervisors, including:
    • Providing direction to mid-level managers and supervisors in scientific, engineering and/ or public health fields, which included coaching, training, recruitment, evaluation, and performance.
    • Providing oversight of a program’s diverse functions combining and directing all aspects to meet overall program objectives.
  • A minimum of three years of budget management experience.
  • A minimum of two years of strategic planning or experience with planning in conjunction with executive-level management (annual or biennial-based business plan) including the ability to conceptualize and articulate the future direction of a program.
  • Experience in each of these areas may have been gained concurrently.

Education involving: major study in environmental, physical, or natural science, engineering, planning, public administration, business administration, or closely related field.

All experience and education combinations that meet the requirements for this position:

Possible Combinations College credit hours or degree Years of required experience
Combination 1 No college credit hours or degree 11 years of experience
Combination 2 30-59 semester or 45-89 quarter credits. 10 years of experience
Combination 3 60-89 semester or 90-134 quarter credits (AA degree). 9 years of experience
Combination 4 90-119 semester or 135-179 quarter credits. 8 years of experience
Combination 5  A Bachelor’s Degree 7 years of experience
Combination 6  A Master’s Degree or higher 5 years of experience

Specific skills required include:

  • Knowledge of state and federal processes, state legislative processes, principles of policy and program planning and development, principles of developing and managing program budget and workload, advanced principles of environmental management, basic knowledge of economics, multi-agency roles and responsibilities, and political interactions.
  • Advanced skills in performance assessment, budget management, human resource management, leadership development and operations and strategic planning.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment: 

  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Application Instructions
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:

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