Monday, April 20, 2015

Department of Ecology - Science and Engineering Section Manager (WMS Band 2)

The Department of Ecology is Hiring!
Science and Engineering Section Manager (WMS Band 2)
$6,469.92 - $8,075.00 Monthly
$77,639.00 - $96,900.00 Annually
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
Are you a strong leader that can manage a team of seasoned professionals who provide the scientific basis and technical support for statewide clean air and climate change policy?

The Department of Ecology is looking for an experienced environmental professional, scientist and effective manager to join our Air Quality program management team as the Science and Engineering Section Manager.

Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create a work environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

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The successful candidate will play an important role within a leadership team in how our state, region and nation respond to air quality issues including climate change. If your career has focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment or public health, this may be the position for you.

The Air Quality program management team members are strategic thinkers. We influence state and federal clean air law and major policies with strong science and develop plans, policies and agreements on air quality issues with state and national significance.

The Science and Engineering Section Manager leads the development and analysis of Air Quality data and analysis to understand and respond to high-profile, technically complex environmental issues. We work in a fast paced, politically-sensitive environment while balancing competing public demands.

High profile issues routinely involve coordination with the agency director, business and environmental leaders.
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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

This high-energy position serves as a collaborative and integrated member of the Air Quality management team. The successful candidate reports directly to our Air Quality Program Manager, located at our headquarters in Lacey, Washington.
The successful candidate will manage a biennial budget of approximately $2 million and is accountable for supporting, managing, and coordinating the section’s professional and technical staff.
The position manages a section of 12 environmental specialists, environmental engineers, toxicologists and atmospheric scientists.
This talented and seasoned team works collaboratively with headquarters and regional team members and external stakeholders to accomplish the following:
  • Aiqualitengineering analysis of industriaand commercial facilities anprocesses.
  • Plaand compile emissioninventories needed to support air qualitstrategy and policy development.
  • Toxicology assessments to support policsetting, rulemakingand public communication.
  • Dispersion modeling and meteorological forecasting for air quality policy development, permit decisions and field operations.
  • Data analysis to define and support program priorities, ambient monitoringmodeling and assessing public health risks.

The Science and Engineering Section Manager:
  • Recruits, selects, trains and manages the performance of all positions within the Air Quality Program Development Section.
  • Serves on ad hoc committees that directly influence and establish policies for the Air Quality Program statewide. These polices can affect other programs within our agency, the state's local air authorities, other governments, the general public and the private sector.

This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on April 20, 2015. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before April 19, 2015. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment anytime after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

A bachelors degree or higher in environmental studies, environmental engineering, physical or biological sciences or relatedfield. 

Fivyears of environmental projecmanagement, regulatory or technical experience.
minimuof 18 months supervisory experiencmanaging technicastaff.
Knowledge of advanceprinciples of management, budget planningstrategiplanning, environmental or environmental healthsciencand personnel administration.
Ability to deciphemultipllocalstate, anfederal laws and regulations regarding environmental managemenand administrative procedure requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

masters degree or higheienvironmental studies, environmental engineering, physical or biological sciences or relatefield.
At leastwyears aiquality-related project management, regulatory or technical experience.
Three years experience supervisintechnicastafin a complex politicaenvironment.

For immediate consideration, please apply online at:

Lisa Knutson-Sealey  | Senior Human Resource Consultant
Department of Ecology, Human Resources Office
Phone:  360.407.6020 | Fax:  360.407.6190 | Mailstop: 47600