Research and Policy Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5)
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Research and Policy Unit Supervisor (Environmental Planner 5) position. This position can be located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA or our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. Upon hire, you must live within a commutable distance from the duty station.
Please Note: If the final location of this position is determined to be in our Northwest Region Office (NWRO) in Shoreline, WA. there will be an additional 5% pay increase due to the position’s location in King County. In this instance the salary range will be $6,563 - $8,842 per month.
In this position, you will supervise a dynamic team supporting the state’s oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. This is a new unit established to assist the program in developing program policies, through rulemaking, research and analysis, data and performance management, and process tracking. This is critical work that supports advancing policy in the prevention of oil spills and protection of the environment.
Agency Mission: Ecology's mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.
Program Mission: The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (SPPR) Program’s mission is to protect, preserve, and restore Washington’s environment. The Spill Program’s vision is to create a zero spills world.
Tele-work options for this position: This position is eligible for up to a 90% telework 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 is subject to change.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of February 23, 2023. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before of February 22, 2023. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *Click here for more information
About the Department of Ecology
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embraces the value of people. To learn more, check out our Strategic Plan.
Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
- A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
- An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
- Continuous growth and development opportunities.
- A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
- Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.
Our commitment to DEIR
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.
Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.
Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.
Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.
Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.
We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.
What makes this role unique?
This is a new unit and some of the work in the unit is new to the program. In this role, you will need to have strong leadership, organizational, communication and analytical skills to ensure the team has clear direction and identity.
What you will do:
- Establish and lead a new team.
- Direct and coordinate the activities of employees engaged in the rulemaking, research and analysis, data and performance management, process tracking and contract management.
- Work with Program Management Leadership team to develop a 3-5 year strategic plan for modeling and analysis work.
- Participate on the Program Leadership Team.
- Mentor and coach staff development.
Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational 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, environmental or administrative law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND seven years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, 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, environmental or administrative law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or closely related field AND five years of professional experience in land use, urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning, and/or program development.
Option 3: Two years of experience as an Environmental Planner 4, at the Department of Ecology.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- 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 driver’s license and be able to operate a motor vehicle.
- This position is assigned positions on the Incident Management Team (IMT) and Crisis Management Team, in support of the Department of Ecology’s rapid, aggressive, and well-coordinated response to oil and hazardous material spills, and is also identified as a Critical Agency Employee and is expected to work during facility closures and natural disasters (in this event, additional compensation will apply).
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Possess the desire to mentor and coach individuals on their team.
- Knowledge of research and analysis methodology.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.
Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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- A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
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Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified prior to starting work. Being fully vaccinated means two weeks after you have received the second dose in a two-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use, licensed or otherwise authorized or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use or otherwise approved by the World Health Organization. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 vaccination” in the subject line.
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Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a 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.
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Why work for Ecology?
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.
Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.
To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
Equal Opportunity Employer: 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, military spouses 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.
Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency.