Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director

State Parks Operations

Recruitment #180614-3400MP-001

Introduction

At the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, we are dedicated to conserving, improving and protecting our natural resources and the environment- and increasing the availability of cheaper, cleaner and more reliable energy.

 

DEEP's State Parks and Public Outreach Division mission is to provide natural resource-based outdoor recreational and educational opportunities through a system of state parks and forest recreation areas.

 

Connecticut has over 255,000 acres of state-owned public lands that are part of our state park system, with 110 State Parks and 32 State Forest Recreation Areas.  The ultimate goal of our Division is, through the work of our team of dedicated professionals, to provide outstanding recreational opportunities across our state.  If outdoor recreation and working to create great experiences for our state’s citizens and visitors are important to you, then perhaps this position is the right fit for you. 

 

With this goal in mind, the State Parks and Public Outreach Division is currently looking for an Assistant Division Director- State Parks Operations, at our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historical Bushnell Park. The position affords a dedicated and experienced manager committed to public service and creating positive outdoor recreation experiences, an exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, working to plan and implement the future of Connecticut State Parks.

 

The Assistant Director’s primary duties will be to direct the Operations and Field Management section of the Division. The section is organized into two unique field operations districts, each managed by a district supervisor and overseen by the Assistant Director.  In addition, the Assistant Director manages the central operations unit which includes Infrastructure Planning and Project Management and Operations Planning and Grants Management. The Assistant Director coordinates with the Assistant Director of Education and Public Outreach on cross cutting issues in the Division. The Assistant Director receives administrative direction from the Director of the State Parks and Public Outreach Division within the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation.  

 

This position is fulltime, forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, with some limited weekend and holiday work required.

 

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals and attendance records for the last two (2) years; Non-State Employees- three (3) professional references, with contact information.

 

Applicants must upload a cover letter and resume with their applications. (Note: In order to upload documents you must ensure that your internet browser's 'pop-up' blocker is off.  Failure to do so may prevent you from being able to upload documentation and submit your application.)  Questions about these required documents should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov, (860)424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive. Open to the public.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, this class is accountable for assisting in the direction of the staff and programs of a scientific, regulatory or technical division.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Assists in direction of staff and operations of division; determines priorities, coordinates plans and manages activities; assists in formulating program goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same; assists in development of related policy, goals and objectives; interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; evaluates staff performance; provides or directs staff training and development; assists in preparation of division budget; prepares and/or oversees preparation of reports and correspondence; performs public relations tasks; oversees special projects; serves as director in his/her absence; establishes and maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of division who might impact on program activities; performs related duties as required.

This position is directly responsible for planning, organizing, managing and controlling the field operations of the state parks system including:

  • Day to day management responsibility of State Parks field operations.
  • Providing direction of staff and operations of CT State Parks; 
  • Determines priorities, coordinates plans and manages activities; 
  • Assists in formulating program policies, goals and objectives and ensures implementation of same by balancing competing priorities to efficiently use available resources; 
  • Prepares or directs the development of office implementation plans for achieving goals and objectives utilizing innovative approaches;
  • Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs assessing options and developing recommendations for improvement; 
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; 
  • Evaluates staff performance; 
  • Provides or directs staff training and development; 
  • Assists in preparation of division budget; 
  • Prepares and/or oversees preparation of reports and correspondence; 
  • Oversees special projects; 
  • Represent Connecticut on the local, state, regional and national level; 
  • May serve as director in his/her absence; 
  • Coordinates with partners as appropriate, including consultation to local, regional, state and federal officials; and non-governmental organizations and constituent groups; 
  • Builds and provides the mentoring necessary to develop and expand staff capacity at all levels, with a focus on managing change and succession planning. 

 

    

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; analytical, organizational and negotiating skills.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Nine (9) years of professional experience in natural resource management, environmental conservation, energy research, energy planning, energy policy development, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, environmental regulatory programs or other related environmental protection field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing environmental protection work. Notes:
1. Supervisory capacity is interpreted as scheduling, assigning and overseeing work, establishing performance standards for employees and taking corrective measures to implement those standards.
2. For State Employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Environmental Protection Supervising Sanitary Engineer (Environmental Protection), Environmental Protection Supervising Air Pollution Control Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Civil Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst, Environmental Protection Supervising Forester, Environmental Protection Supervising Fisheries Biologist, Environmental Protection Supervising Wildlife Biologist or other comparable supervisory title responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing environmental protection work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to the 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 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 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 may be substituted for five (5) years of the General Experience.
3. A law degree with a concentration in environmental protection or doctorate degree in a field related to 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

A.     Considerable knowledge of parks and recreation principles, administration, parks operations, construction management planning and practices.  

B.     Ten years of progressively responsible parks and recreation experience with five years of experience in program administration and supervision of substantive organizational unit.  

C.     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management, natural resource management or related environmental degree.

D.     Demonstrated leadership and personnel management skills including experience leading a decentralized workforce and a proven ability to manage productivity, identify problems, recognize opportunities and inspire and motivate the workforce to achieve the mission of the Division.   

E.     Proven public, written and interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, including effectively communicating information in a clear and concise manner with community members, state and federal agencies and environmental advocacy groups;  

F.     Proven track record of synthesizing data and utilizing that information in developing planning strategies and actions; 

G.     Demonstrated ability to exercise critical thinking, coordinate programs and make sound decisions;  

H.     Experience managing operating and capital budgets as well as state and federal grants; and  

I.      Ability to apply relevant state and federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures to diverse situations.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.