Friday, January 30, 2015

Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst - State of Washington Dept. of Ecology (Olympia, WA)

State of Washington
Dept. of Ecology

invites applications for the position of:
SALARY:$4,653.00 - $6,105.00 Monthly
$55,836.00 - $73,260.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 01/13/15
CLOSING DATE: Continuous
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land and water for current and future generations.

This means protecting both humans and the environment from pollution, restoring and preserving important ecosystems that sustain life, and finding ways to meet human needs without harming environmental resources and functions. Our everyday interaction with citizens, stakeholders, and the public 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 infrastructures 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.

The citizens of Washington trust that the Department of Ecology supports and assists them in promoting the sustainable environmental and economic well-being of the state. That trust, coupled with our effectiveness, helps Ecology to continue to receive the support it needs to advance our environmental mission.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at
Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts 


The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program is to protect Washington's environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness and response program. The Spill’s Program’s vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be seen as the best. Our Spills goal is “zero spills”.
The Statewide Resources Section supports the Agency and Program missions in maintaining 24/7 response capability, aggressive response to oil and hazardous substance spills through service delivery of legislative and policy support , program and strategic planning, data and IT management, performance reporting, statewide training, investigation, enforcement, outreach and education, file management and time accounting activities.

The Statewide Resources Section is looking for a Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (Environmental Planner 5) in Lacey, WA. This position is a planning consultant to the Spills Program Manager and is responsible for providing expert advice on complex policy issues as it relates to marine spill prevention, preparedness, and response legislation, regulatory development, legal and policy analysis. This position is critical in providing advice to the Program Management Team, Agency Senior Management, Legislature, federal and tribal governments, environmental organizations and other stakeholders. This position is also the Liaison to the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Workgroup.
Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (Environmental Planner 5) key work activities include the following areas:
Program Legislative Policy:  
  • Works with the Spills Program Manager and Program Management Team, to develop new state and federal legislative initiatives.
  • Actions include developing the concept, drafting the language, working with the program communication manager to develop the communication strategy, identifying key stakeholders, and working with program staff to ensure their input on bill and fiscal analyses; and ensuring good coordination with legislators and staff, congressional staff, Governor’s senior policy staff, senior agency management, and stakeholders representing diverse maritime interests as well as those representing environmental interests.

Strategic Planning:  
  • Responsible for the development and process of the Spills Program Strategic Plan as delegated by the Spills Program Manager.
  • Researches, formulates, analyzes, and recommends policy and strategic planning positions to the Program Manager on issues relating to safe marine transportation, marine oil spill prevention, oil spill preparedness and response to ensure environmental protection of the waters of the state and their natural, economic and cultural resources. 
  • Identifying, developing and tracking strategic issues. 
  • Works with the program’s managers to develop and look for strategic opportunities to help implement and track the progress of the plan.

Tribal Liaison:
  • Represents the Program in maintaining communication and coordination with tribal governments.  

External Communication: 
  • Represents the Program in intra-agency cross-program coordination.
  • Coordinates agency actions and initiatives with the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies; Canadian federal, provincial, and industry officials; tribal and local governments; state agencies; and industry organizations and special interest groups.

Special Projects: 
  • Leads and coordinates special projects related to program priorities. 

This position will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be January 27, 2015.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before January 26, 2015. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment anytime after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications

A Master's degree or above with 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 emphasis, or closely related field.
Five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations.  
This position requires a unique blend of experience and training in legislative and policy development, strategic and legislative analysis, strategic planning, and stakeholder communications, as well as excellent public speaking, presentation, and writing skills. 

Desirable Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of, or experience with Northwest Area Contingency plan policies and experience with the Incident Command System.
  • Independent analysis capabilities and 4 years of experience and training in legislative and policy development at the local, state, national and international level, strategic and program planning.
  • Three years managing complex projects using project management tools to track progress such as MS Excel, or MS Project.
  • Computer skills: Must be proficient in MS Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Ability to build relationships and work with diverse personalities.
  • Ability to lead others and openness to take direction.
  • Strong Communication skills both written and oral communication. Should be comfortable speaking in public forums.

Special Requirements
  • The position normally works in a relatively sedentary open office environment, working with computers and other office equipment for long periods of time. However, position also may require spill response in field work which could involve several hours of standing, walking, or squatting each day.
  • This position is part of the Spills Program Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team and is required to complete Incident Command System (ICS) training at the level of 100, 200, 300, 700 and 800. Maintain HAZWOPER certification annually and continual training as required by the Program as they come available to maintain IMT position qualifications.
  • Be able to obtain the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card) which entails a detailed background check.
  • Hold and maintain eligibility and certification to permit travel to and from Canada, including passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.
  • Hold and maintain a valid Washington driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.


Application Instructions
Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:
  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as 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.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.


Legislative/Strategic Policy Analyst (EP5) Supplemental Questionnaire
*1.How did you hear about this job posting?
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*2.If you selected Community Based Organization, Community / Technical College, Job Board, Job Fair, LinkedIn Group, Newspaper, Other State Agency, Other Website, Professional Association, University Job Board or WorkSource location then please share which one.

*3.Do you have a Master's degree or above with 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 emphasis, or closely related field?
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*4.Please indicate your degree and major.

*5.Do you have at least five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental or natural resource planning, and/or program development conducting research and analyzing policies, laws, rules or regulations?
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*6.Please provide additional information to support your response above. The following information is needed: position title(s), specific duties, and periods of employment. Make sure your response specifically addresses the qualification above. An incomplete answer, including "please see resume" may remove you from further consideration.

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