Stormwater Discharge Permits Unit Manager-2533

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO

Full-time | Part-time
Department Information

A residency waiver has been granted for this announcement. Applications will be considered from residents and non-residents of Colorado.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Make a real difference . . .

Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a healthier Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to contribute to its mission to protect and improve the health of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people at CDPHE. Our tobacco-free, walkable campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near the Cherry Creek bike path, Whole Foods, Glendale City Set, RTD bus lines, and the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Health Links certified Family Friendly Business
Tuition assistance for current enrollment in college coursework
Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules and a variety of employee resource groups
Employee wellness program including locker rooms, bike storage lockers, on-site yoga, and health insurance premium savings
Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
Internal professional development opportunities on a wide variety of subjects
Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
Strong retirement benefits through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
Medical and dental health insurance plans
State-paid life insurance and short-term disability and optional employee-paid long-term disability
10 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave, paid volunteer and parental academic leave, and educational leave

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Description of Job

About the Work Unit

This position leads the Permits Unit 1 in the Clean Water Program of the Water Quality Control Division. The Permits Unit 1 develops and issues state discharge permits for construction stormwater, industrial stormwater, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4), dewatering activities, and all domestic wastewater discharges to groundwater. Permits Unit 1 also develops proposed regulations and authorizations for water reuse. Other permits may be assigned to this unit based on the business needs of the section. The unit also provides collaborative support to the division as a whole, including permitting strategy development, compliance oversight, enforcement actions, proposed standards, and TMDL development. Unit staff provide general public assistance responding to inquiries and provide information for work planning and reporting.

About the position

Staff Supervision

Develop position descriptions and performance plans/evaluations for unit staff and frequently meet with staff to provide feedback and coaching.

Assign work to staff in accordance with program/section/unit priorities and staff position classification.

Review and track progress toward completing work assignments and provide ongoing feedback to unit staff regarding their performance.

Work with staff to ensure that completed work meets expected quality and quantity objectives as described in individual performance plans.

Issue corrective actions, resolve informal grievances, and initiate disciplinary actions, as necessary.

Approve or deny request for leave. Receive requests for LWOP and part-time status and provide input to Division director to support decision making.

Implement the hiring process as needed to fill vacancies. Provide ongoing information to the Section Manager on staff performance and professional development.

Train and mentor staff on work assignments.

Support staff's professional growth and satisfaction.

Implement the hiring process as needed to fill vacancies.

Provide ongoing information to the Section Manager on staff performance and professional development.

Unit Work Management

Lead program development and administration for municipal (MS4), industrial, and construction stormwater permits

Work closely with the unit's workgroup lead to support the dewatering and groundwater permitting programs, provide oversight in the development of dewatering general permits and renewal process.

Lead and coordinate reuse (Regulation 84) rulemaking work for the division before the Water Quality Control Commission.

Assist in standards and control regulation Water Quality Control Commission rulemakings that affect Unit 1 permitting actions.

Provide oversight and policy decisions on the preparation, review, and recommendation for issuance of discharge permits, general permit certifications for assigned general permits, notices of authorization (NOAs) and preliminary effluent limitations (PELs) assigned to Unit 1.

Ensure that certifications, NOAs, and PELs issued and permits recommended for issuance adhere to statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements.

Prepare a Unit Work Plan for the EPA and internal purposes and provide work plan reporting as needed (at a minimum, for EPA-midyear reporting and WQCC and EPA end of year reporting).

Identify opportunities to improve Section and Division work processes, recommend improvements to the Section Manager, and implement process improvements.

Division Representation, Leadership, and Other Duties

Facilitate, lead, and/or participate in efforts with internal staff or outside parties.

Work cooperatively with other members of the management team to ensure that communication with other units occurs at a high level and that the division activities are coordinated to the fullest extent possible. Implement new processes to facilitate this if needed.

Participate in strategic planning efforts and other Division or Department initiatives intended to improve the organization.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

At a minimum, you need to have have the following (we call these minimum qualifications)

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in environmental policy, environmental science, engineering, or a science related field.


Five years of progressively responsible experience in environmental protection

Three years of the five must be directly related to water quality or water reuse.

Two years drafting discharge permits under the Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) or state discharge permitting regulations.

One year drafting or conducting written analysis of clean water or reuse regulations.

At least one year of supervisory experience or responsibility for assigning work and overseeing the work of others (e.g. project management).


Experience in environmental protection will substitute for the bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.

An advanced degree in environmental policy, environmental science, engineering, or a science related field will substitute for the bachelor's degree and two years of the five years of general experience in environmental protection.

The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application. Your resume will not be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications; only the work experience section of your application will be reviewed to determine this. "See Resume" statements on the application will not be accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.

A copy of your college/university transcript must be submitted at the time of application (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)

Our ideal candidate also has (we call these preferred qualifications):

Two years experience with municipal stormwater (MS4) permitting.

Experience developing practice based permitting (construction, stormwater, MS4) requirements or experience implementing practice based permit requirements for specific sectors or facilities.

Experience interpreting and implementing federal or state environmental regulations.

Ability to work with staff to improve permits and NOAs.

Experience managing diverse teams.

Experience supporting the professional development of supervised staff or co-workers.

Your strengths are:
Ability to pay close attention to detail when completing work tasks.

Ability to think critically with demonstrated talent for analyzing and assessing all sides of a question or an issue in order to make a more informed decision.

Professional courage, including a willingness to speak unpopular truths.

Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Proactively acts and follows through on work activities to capitalize or resolve them.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Conditions of Employment

A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.

Supplemental Information
Applicant Checklist: The following must be submitted by the application deadline.

A completed State of Colorado application submitted online via by the application deadline.
A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position. Cover letters must be uploaded as an attachment to your application. Cover letters will not be accepted after the closing date and time of the announcement.
If you are a veteran, a copy of your DD214 attached to your application.
If using education to qualify, a copy of your college/university transcripts. Transcripts can be attached to your application.
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The Selection Process: Applicants will be notified at each step in the selection process via email. Emails will come from
All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.
A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also applies to all charges of discrimination.

E-Verify: CDPHE uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. CDPHE does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Katie Flood at at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.