Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director

Wildlife Division

Recruitment #190226-0240MP-001

Introduction

 

At the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), 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.  Within the Wildlife Division, our mission is the conservation, use and appreciation of Connecticut’s wildlife resources. 

With this mission in mind, the Wildlife Division is currently looking for a Division Director at our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historic Bushnell Park.  The Wildlife Division oversees the programs of Ecological Services, Wildlife Diversity, Research and Monitoring, Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, and Conservation Education and Firearms Safety.  The Division Director is also a senior team leader within DEEP’s Bureau of Natural Resources.

The Division’s scientists, technicians and professional staff conduct scientific investigations and assessments to manage the state’s wildlife resources.  They apply wildlife management principles to ensure the wise and sustainable use of Connecticut’s wildlife resources for this and future generations.  The position affords a dedicated and experienced environmental manager, committed to public service and wildlife conservation, an exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, making a real difference in the conservation and sustainable use of Connecticut’s natural resources.  

This is a fulltime, forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, position.  Some night and weekend work and travel is expected.

Applicants must include a resume within the "Resume Tab" of their application. 

Questions about this position should be directed to the hiring agency's human resources office:  Teresa Munson, Teresa.munson@ct.gov, 860-424-3187.

 

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 directing the staff and programs of a scientific, regulatory or technical division.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Directs staff and operations of division; develops, implements and evaluates division policies, goals and objectives; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; formulates and ensures implementation of program goals, objectives, new procedures and procedural revisions; recommends appropriate staffing levels; designs and implements performance review standards for division staff; administers state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to division; develops new laws and regulations related to division programs; serves as state liaison with federal programs; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget; maintains contacts and liaison with public and private individuals and organizations and other agency units with the potential to impact program activities; performs related duties as required.

Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

·        Day to day direction and evaluation of the staff and operations of the Wildlife Division of approximately 34 full time staff;

·        Develop recommendations and participate in the formation of agency policy, legislation and regulations;

·        Assist in the preparation of budgets and recommend staffing levels in support of the Wildlife Division that ensure compliance with state and federal funding laws and policies;

·        Lead in the development of strategic plans, including establishing goals and measurable objectives, to fulfill the Wildlife Division mission;

·        Develop, implement, evaluate and amend Division activities and procedures to achieve the goals and objectives of the Wildlife Division, with an emphasis on reducing risk to the environmental and human health and safety;

·        Ensure that the activities and procedures are aligned with the Division mission, complement Department goals, and are clearly communicated to all stakeholders;

·        Balance competing priorities to efficiently and effectively use available resources to meet goals and objectives;

·        Build and provide the mentoring necessary to develop and expand staff capacity at all levels, with a focus on succession planning and ensuring a diverse workforce;

·        Coordinate with partners as appropriate, including local governments, other state agencies, the federal government (DOI/USFWS, Commerce/NOAA, USDA Forest Service, EPA),  other states, non-governmental organizations , advisory councils and other constituent groups;

·        Represent Connecticut’s wildlife resource interests at local, state and regional levels;

·        Respond to inquiries from the public, Governor’s office, General Assembly and federal, state and local officials concerning natural resource programs and issues.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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, environmental or radiation protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; analytical, organizational and negotiating skills.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Ten (10) years of professional experience in natural resource management, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, radiation control, radiological regulatory programs or integration of radiological policies and programs, 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 planning, energy planning, radiological planning, emergency response or other related environmental protection or energy field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing energy or environmental protection work OR one (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity responsible for the management of professional and technical support staff performing energy or environmental protection work or accountable for establishing and monitoring energy and environmental financial and/or business policies and/or procedures.
NOTES:
1. Supervisory capacity is defined as scheduling, assigning, overseeing work, establishing performance standards for employees and taking corrective measures to implement those standards.
2. For State Employees, the supervisory Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Supervising Sanitary Engineer (Environmental Protection), Environmental Protection Supervising Air Pollution Control Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Radiation Control Physicist, Environmental Protection Supervising Civil Engineer, Environmental Protection Supervising Environmental Analyst, Environmental Protection Supervising Forester, Environmental Protection Supervising Fisheries Biologist, Environmental Protection Supervising Wildlife Biologist, Public Utilities Supervisor of Technical Analysis or other comparable supervisory title responsible for the supervision of professional and technical support staff performing energy or environmental protection work.
3. Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring the budget.
4. For State Employees, the managerial Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Energy and Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director or other comparable managerial title responsible for the management of professional and technical support staff performing energy or environmental protection work.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

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; health physics, physics, nuclear engineering or radiation science; 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; health physics, physics, nuclear engineering or radiation science; 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 the biological, earth or physical sciences; health physics, physics, nuclear engineering or radiation science or 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

A.     At least ten years of progressively responsible Natural Resources Management experience with at least three years in a leadership position, supervising an organizational unit.

B.     Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with wildlife management principles, practices, and programs;

C.     Demonstrated leadership and experience elevating members of a highly skilled scientific, technical and professional workforce;

D.     Outstanding ability to motivate and lead staff;

E.     Demonstrated success in defining expectations, establishing measurable objectives, and building effective teams;

F.     Experience collaborating with local governments, other state agencies, the federal government (DOI/USFWS, Commerce/NOAA),  other states, non-governmental organizations, and constituent groups to address complex natural resource conservation challenges;

G.     Considerable interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and public presentation experience;

H.     Well versed in the development and implementation of state laws and regulations related to natural resource management principles and priorities;

I.     Experience in collaborative efforts in natural resource management and wise public use of those resources, and a demonstrated ability to apply relevant policies and procedures to variable and diverse situations.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Radiation Division:
1. Incumbents may be required to travel and respond to radiological emergencies within Connecticut and other New England states.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to obtain a security clearance.

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.