Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau Chief

Materials Management and Compliance Assurance

Recruitment #210615-3477MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is currently seeking to hire a Bureau Chief to lead the Materials Management and Compliance Assurance Bureau in innovatively fulfilling its important mission and to be a part of DEEP’s senior leadership team.  The Bureau Chief of the MMCA directs the operation of three divisions: Waste Engineering and Enforcement, Water Permitting and Enforcement, and Emergency Response and Spill Prevention.  The Bureau Chief has supervisory responsibility for approximately 130 full time staff, administrative responsibility for an operating budget of approximately $15 million, including 5 federal grants.  This position also oversees an annual capital budget of upwards of $10 million.

Our Mission

DEEP is in charge with conserving, improving and protecting the natural resources and the environment of the State of Connecticut as well as making cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy available for the people and businesses of the state. The agency is also committed to playing a positive role in rebuilding Connecticut’s economy and creating jobs and to fostering a sustainable and prosperous economic future for the state. 

Within DEEP’s Branch of Environmental Quality is the Materials Management and Compliance Assurance Bureau which provides valuable public safety services to the citizens of the State of Connecticut and the environment.  The Bureau is responsible for the proper management- which includes handling, storage, use and disposal – of a plethora of materials – including solid waste, RCRA hazardous waste, pesticides, PCBs, and petroleum.  In addition, industrial wastewater processes, subsurface wastewater and storm water runoff are also managed.  The safety of the citizens of Connecticut and the long-term stewardship of our environment are dependent on the appropriate planning and administration of these programs.

Your Impact

This position offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity for an experienced, innovative and proven environmental manager at a critical point in the management of materials in Connecticut.  Connecticut is facing a waste crisis with the planned shutdown of one of the five waste to energy plants in the state.  Successfully navigating this challenge will require a strong commitment to public service, an ability to work with diverse stakeholders, and to provide dynamic  leadership to the Bureau’s engineers, scientists, administrative support staff, and managers who are working to make a real difference in the protection of public health and safety and sound management of Connecticut’s material resources.  

Position Details

The position will work out of our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historic Bushnell Park.  This is a full time, forty (40) hours per week, Monday through Friday position with an option for telework some portion of the week.  Some night and weekend work and travel are expected.

Job Details

Specific responsibilities of the Material Management and Compliance Assurance Bureau Chief will include but not be limited to:

  • Day-to-day management responsibility for approximately 130 fulltime staff including directly leading 3 Division Directors.
  • Oversee fiscal operation with a bureau operational budget of $15 million, administer 5 incoming federal grants, a capital program of upwards of $10 million, ensuring compliance with state and federal funding laws and policies, and prioritizing expenditures to advance objects in a cost effective and efficient manner.
  • Lead development of strategic plans for achieving goals and objectives utilizing innovative approaches when appropriate and oversee successful implementation of such plans while tracking progress.
  • Oversee and direct the development of policy and implements management of said policies, many of which set standards and establish protocols that protect the public from exposure to hazardous materials, ensure the proper management of solid waste, responds to releases of hazardous materials and enforces laws, regulations and licenses.  
  • Balance competing priorities and respond to changing circumstances to efficiently use available resources to meet goals and objectives.
  • Strive for certainty, transparency, and predictability in regulatory decision making through process improvements and program management.
  • Ensure that activities and objectives of the bureau are integrated and consistent with broader DEEP actions and clearly communicated to all stakeholders including staff.
  • Be an active, committed and effective member of the DEEP senior leadership team and build relationships and connections with peers across the agency and state government.
  • Support and foster the mentoring necessary to develop and expand staff capacity at all levels, with a focus on succession planning, leadership and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Build productive relationships with local, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the regulated community, interested citizens and other constituent groups.
  • Represent Connecticut on the local, state, regional and national level.
What We Can Offer You

The State of Connecticut provides a leading comprehensive benefits package including: 
Excellent health and dental coverage; 
A generous retirement plan; 
Paid time off; 
A healthy work/life balance!

Selection Plan

Applicants invited to the interview will be requested to supply the following:  
  • Non-State Employees - three (3) professional references with contact information
  • Current State employees - last two (2) performance appraisals
Please ensure your application is complete and you have included a resume within the “Resume Tab” of your application prior to submission.  You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the State of Connecticut.

Candidates who submit an untimely, incomplete or inaccurate application will not be considered for this employment opportunity.  Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s).  These documents may include: cover letter, performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.   

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applicants to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

Interviews may be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.

Any questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Erica McGuinness at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for planning, organizing, directing and controlling bureau programs and staff.


Directs bureau programs and staff activities and manages all related functions; develops comprehensive long and short range plans and strategies which support agency mission and goals; assists, participates and makes recommendations in review and formation of agency policy, program priorities, funding, legislation and regulations; implements agency policy within assigned bureau; controls fiscal operations within a bureau by determining priorities for expenditure of financial and related resources; develops bureau programs, strategies and policies consistent with agency policy; responds to inquiries from the public, Governor's office, General Assembly, Congress and federal, state and local officials concerning energy and/or environmental issues and programs; directs the development of position recommendations on major legislative and regulatory proposals; confers and negotiates agreements and strategies with federal and private agencies on energy and/or environmental issues and programs; may solicit, negotiate, administer and manage funds to support and/or develop programs or projects; maintains statewide responsibility for all bureau programs and activities and represents agency and state in related activities as required; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of energy integration and/or environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable analytical skills; considerable ability to organize and direct complex operating units and associated functions; considerable administrative ability; considerable ability to formulate and interpret agency policy, legislation and regulations.


Twelve (12) years of professional experience in natural resource management, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, environmental or energy conservation, environmental or energy regulatory programs, integration of energy and environmental policies and programs, energy research or policy development, strategic operational environmental or energy planning or other related environmental protection or energy field.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
1 Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring the budget.
2 For State employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director or other comparable managerial title responsible for the management of staff performing energy and/or environmental protection work.


1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field, including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in a scientific or technical discipline related to the energy or environmental field as listed above including but not limited to the biological, earth, or physical sciences; environmental planning; environmental law; economics; leisure services; geographic information systems; geography with a concentration in geographic information systems; natural sciences; natural resources, renewable energy, energy conservation or related area may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
3. A law degree with a concentration in energy, natural resources or environmental protection law or a doctorate degree in a field related to renewable energy, energy conservation or environmental protection may be substituted for six (6) years of the General Experience.
*Note: Education may only be substituted for a total of six (6) years.


  • Demonstrated leadership experience leading a highly skilled technical and professional workforce including commitment to workforce development, diversity, and motivation.
  • High emotional intelligence quotient and demonstrated self-awareness, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and public presentation experience.
  • Management skills and experience, including but not limited to, operating and capital budget execution, policy and regulation development, strategic planning, project management, and process improvement.
  • Experience with critical thinking, managing productivity, defining expectations and establishing measurable goals, providing constructive feedback and redirection, coordinating programs and making sound decisions in a timely manner.
  • Experience developing and implementing of state and federal laws and regulations related to environmental protection with a solid understanding of materials management strategies across a wide variety of programs including but not limited to emergency response, hazardous and solid waste, pesticides, industrial wastewater, subsurface wastewater, and underground storage tanks. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.