Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 (Download PDF reader), Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with “COVID-19 Vaccination” in the subject line.
Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Air Quality Program (AQP) within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a VW Settlement Project: Lead Planner (Environmental Planner 5) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.
This position is located in the Climate Policy Section (CPS) in the Air Quality Program. Fighting climate change is what we do. We implement many of the state’s programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Come join our team of dedicated environmental professionals working to protect Washington’s future!
In this position you will oversee one of the largest funds in the state dedicated to cleaning up our transportation system and paving the way for zero emissions vehicles. The state’s VW settlement funds are the result of the “dieselgate” emissions violations. In this position you will invest those funds to offset the illegal emissions of VW vehicles as well as improve air quality for overburdened communities, improve public health, and shift the state toward electric vehicles. As the VW Team supervisor, you will set strategy for the team, assign work, and be accountable for performance. You will be the key contact for the Governor’s office, the Attorney General’s office, the Legislature, Ecology management, and other agencies on VW funds. You don’t need to know everything about VW vehicles to be successful in this job; if you are a skilled project manager and communicator and want to clean up the air and fight climate change, please apply!
The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) is to protect and improve air quality in Washington. The Air Quality Program’s vision is clean, healthy air and climate for all of Washington. We have many goals to achieve this mission and vision.
Please Note: This is a project position that is funded until December 31, 2032.
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 embrace the value of people.
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.
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.
During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.
Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of November 12, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 11, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
What makes this role unique?
You will have to think creatively and strategically about how to achieve the greatest impact with the VW settlement funds. Within terms of the settlement and the guidelines laid out in Washington’s investment plan, there’s a lot of room to design grant programs at the cutting edge of technology, climate policy, and environmental justice. You will design grant programs, provide data to justify them, and build support within leadership to make them a reality, all while keeping track of the large portfolio of grants already under management and supervising a team of four.
What you’ll do:
- Lead the planning, design, and implementation of Volkswagen Settlement grants to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles, promote electrification of public transit, and electrify port operations.
- Supervise three VW team staff, including recruiting, training, mentoring, evaluation, and promoting career development as needed.
- Oversee the portfolio of grants currently under management. Provide advice and technical support to grantees and make sure their projects are on schedule and meeting objectives.
- Prioritize funding that benefits communities that are overburdened with air pollution.
- Analyze technology and policy developments that may affect the VW settlement program and incorporate them into program planning.
- Serve as a liaison and subject matter expert to Ecology leadership, the Governor’s office, the Attorney General’s office, the Legislature, and other state agencies.
- Communicate with staff working on zero emissions transportation at other agencies to help ensure the state is investing in transportation electrification in a coordinated way.
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 One: A Bachelor’s degree with major emphasis in in transportation, energy, environmental, natural
resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field.
Seven years of professional experience transportation, energy, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, and/or program development.
Option Two: A Master’s degree or above with major emphasis in in transportation, energy, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental law, public administration with an environmental emphasis, or a closely related field.
Five years of professional experience in transportation, energy, environmental, natural resource, land use, urban, or regional planning, and/or program development.
Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:
- Ability to obtain and maintain a valid state drivers license
We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
- Knowledge in air quality and air quality regulation in Washington, transportation infrastructure and planning, and transportation electrification technology and policy.
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.
- A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
- Three professional references.
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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.
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 *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information
Student debt: how working for Ecology can help
The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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.