Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director

WPLR, Water Planning & Managment Division

Recruitment #200107-0240MP-001

Introduction

                                                                   

                              

 The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged 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 the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together for the restoration, protection and conservation of Connecticut’s water and land resources for current and future generations.

With this goal in mind, WPLR is looking for a Division Director to lead it’s Water Planning & Management Division.  The Division is responsible for implementing requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and state statutes and regulations to protect water quality and habitat, maintain water quantity, and protect public health and safety. Specific programmatic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

1.     Enforcing Connecticut’s dam safety laws and regulations; permitting repairs, modifications or construction of dams, maintaining an inventory of over 4,000 dams in CT and overseeing requirements for dam owners to periodically inspect and report on condition, and prepare Emergency Action Plans. 

2.     Maintaining, inspecting and repairing approximately 260 state-owned dams; monitoring and responding to flood events.

3.     Developing and updating Connecticut’s surface water quality standards and classifications for protection of human health and ecology, and establishing action plans to restore and protect water quality.

4.     Conducting water quantity planning and implementing programs to manage water resources.

5.     Monitoring of inland and marine water quality, including physical, chemical and biological and beach monitoring at State Park Beaches.

6.     Administering the Clean Water Fund for municipal wastewater projects including planning, design and construction projects, regulation of discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants to surface water, reducing combined sewer overflows, and administration of the “Sewerage Right to Know” reporting program.

The position will be located at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT  06106. 

This is a fulltime, 40 hour per week, Monday – Friday position.

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

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact DEEP.HumanResources@ct.gov,  or 860-424-3006.

Selection Plan

This position is competitive.

This position is open to the public.

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following:  Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals; External applicants, three (3) Professional References.

This posting MAY require completion of additional Referral Questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please also check your Junk or SPAM Folders, as emails may inadvertently end up there.

You must reply by the deadline indicated on the notification or you will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

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

 

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, for  opportunity, will include, but not be limited to: 

Day-to-day management responsibility for the Division, including:

1. Providing direction to the three assistant directors and staff and planning and prioritizing division activities;

2. Formulating program goals and objectives to evaluate and implement strategies that improve water quality and quantity issues statewide and improve the public safety, public health, and environmental protection outcomes for the Department;

3. Developing an implementation plan for achieving goals and objectives utilizing innovative approaches as appropriate;

4. Leading and overseeing implementation of a plan to achieve goals and objectives;

5. Balancing competing priorities to efficiently use available resources to meet goals and objectives;

6. Building and providing the mentoring necessary in the Division to develop and expand staff capacity at all levels, with a focus on succession planning;

7. Ensuring that the activities and objectives of the Division are integrated into Bureau and Department actions and clearly communicated to other stakeholders;

8. Coordinating with partners as appropriate, including local governments, other state agencies, the federal government (including US EPA),  non-governmental organizations, and other constituent groups regarding Connecticut’s water quality, quantity and management programs and regarding the management of dams in the state; and

9. Representing Connecticut on the local, state, regional and national level.

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

1)            Demonstrated leadership and personnel management skills including experience leading a highly skilled technical workforce;

2)            Demonstrated ability to exercise critical thinking, manage productivity, define expectations and establish measurable goals, coordinate programs and make sound decisions;

3)            Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex environmental and engineering data and utilize in program planning and implementation;

4)            Demonstrated ability to develop and implement innovative approaches and programs to address environmental and engineering problems, preferably related to water quality, quantity and management challenges.

5)            Demonstrated ability to perform and implement strategic actions to address change and future needs.

6)            Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills;

7)            Well-versed in state and federal laws and regulations related to environmental protection including enforcement and preferably also water resources management including the ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures to variable and diverse situations;

8)            Significant knowledge and experience in fiscal management of both appropriated and bonded funds;

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.