The location of this position is currently in Juneau. The position may be located in Anchorage or Juneau dependent upon the location of the most qualified candidate. There is only ONE position to be filled.
The Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Division of Water is recruiting for an Environmental Program Manager II with the Facility Programs. This is a dynamic and complex program and we are looking for an enthusiastic, independent and proactive individual to fill this key position. The activities of the program have a direct effect on public health and the sustainability of rural sanitation systems and can be politically sensitive.
This position is responsible for the overall management of the Technical Assistance and Financing (TAF) Program. The TAF Program is comprised of several smaller programs, including the State Revolving Fund (SRF), Capacity Development and Operator Certification (CDOC), and Remote Maintenance Worker programs, and all of which provide technical and financial assistance to Alaskan water and wastewater utilities.
Annual capitalization grants of approximately $10 million are awarded to DEC by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for each the Drinking Water and Clean Water funds. Including required State Match, the approximate total funding provided collectively by the two grants is nearly $25 million per year. During an average year, the program may commit to more than $50 million in new loans, and disperse an equal amount for existing loans, for a wide variety of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements projects initiated by communities and private utilities across the state.
As a condition of federal primacy for the Safe Drinking Water Act and funding from EPA for the annual Drinking Water State Revolving Fund capitalization grant, DEC must implement both a Capacity Development Program and an Operator Certification Program. Each must have an implementation plan, approved by EPA, which guides the efforts of the program. Capacity Development is meant to ensure public water systems throughout the state have sufficient technical, financial and managerial capacity to safely and effectively operate and maintain their utility in a manner that is protective of public health. Operator Certification is considered a component of technical capacity. Operators of Alaskan water and wastewater systems are required to hold certification and the CDOC Program is responsible for defining and implementing criteria for system classification, operator certification, training, and continuing education. Although Capacity Development is defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act, the concepts are pertinent to the success of wastewater systems as well and this program provides support to both water and wastewater systems.
The RMW Program provides on-site training, technical assistance, and emergency services to water and wastewater system operators in approximately 200 rural communities, in order to build technical capacity and prevent catastrophic failure of the utilities. The Program is funded through federal grants and state matching funds, with the majority of the work accomplished through sub-grants to five regional health organizations (RHOs). These five RHOs directly employ 12 Remote Maintenance Workers; additionally, DEC directly employs three RMWs.
In a leadership role, this position defines, plans, and implements this multifaceted statewide program. The position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling resources and statewide program delivery, including developing policies and procedures, budget development and control, and personnel administration.
In addition, this position is responsible for directly supervising four staff.
To be successful in this position, the incumbent must have, at a minimum, experience supervising staff, managing a budget, and coordinating the efforts of a program or large project. Knowledge of rural Alaskan culture, politics, and socio-economic conditions is highly desired, as it is key to the long term success of any incumbent.
The ideal applicant will have some or all of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience. All of these traits must be clearly and thoroughly identified and described in your cover letter and applicant profile. Applications that do not include a cover letter will be considered incomplete and will not be considered. Be specific in your descriptions; it is not sufficient to state that you have the desired knowledge or experience. If you don't have experience with one or more of the traits listed below, simply say so.
Please describe your experience with the following:
Experience in the water and/or wastewater industry, including operations, maintenance or management;
Knowledge and application of state and federal regulations pertaining to water and wastewater, including the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act and corresponding state regulations;
Cultural, political, social and economic conditions of rural Alaska;
Leading a team or direct supervision of full time staff;
Development and implementation of an organizational vision, while balancing change and continuity.
Creating a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity;
Facilitating resolution of difficult or complex issues related to completion of projects, which may also have political or cultural considerations;
Responding to emergency circumstances, including appropriately analyzing the situation, determining an appropriate course of action, and taking action in a timely and thoughtful manner;
This job requires occasional travel to remote Alaska villages in small aircraft and open air ground transportation in four wheelers, boats and snow mobiles. Applicants not interested in, or willing and able, to travel under these conditions need not apply.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration;
One year of experience managing the delivery of services in an environmental program and supervising professional level staff. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Manager I or Environmental Impact Analysis Manager I with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
One year of advanced level professional experience in environmental regulation compliance, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; or evaluating the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; preparing environmental documentation; and determining, negotiating, and monitoring permitted activities. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Specialist IV or Environmental Impact Analyst III with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
One year of professional supervisory experience in an environmental health or sanitation program. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Health Officer IV with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Two years of full-working level professional experience in environmental regulation compliance, pollution control, environmental damage recovery, or programs to improve or protect environmental quality; evaluating the potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of construction projects; preparing environmental documentation; and determining, negotiating, and monitoring permitted activities; or in an environmental engineering program. This experience is met by service as an Environmental Program Specialist III, Environmental Impact Analyst II, Environmental Engineering Associate, or Village Safe Water Engineering Associate with the State of Alaska, or the equivalent with another employer.
Three years of full performance professional experience the chemical analysis in areas such as air or water quality, food, drugs, and/toxicological. The experience is met by service as a Chemist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Three years of advanced professional or supervisory level experience in natural resource management. The required experience includes work such as a Natural Resource Specialist III, Natural Resource Manager I, Geologist III, Hydrologist II, Agronomist II, Forester III, Fishery Biologist III, Wildlife Biologist III, or Habitat Biologist III with the State of Alaska or the equivalent with another employer.
Four years of any combination of experience in environmental or scientific field work, sampling, and analysis; environmental regulation compliance; site remediation; emergency response; hydrologic or geologic studies; environmental planning; or environmental engineering and post-secondary education in an environmental, physical, biological, or natural science; engineering; planning; natural resources; or public or business administration from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION:
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. If you are not sure if you qualify for Residency Status, please contact the Workplace Alaska Hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907)465-4095.
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.
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SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.
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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:
Name: Carie Bohan - Environmental Program Manger III
Phone # (907) 465-5143