Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director

Municipal Wastewater, Water Planning and Management Division

Recruitment #200706-3400MP-001

Introduction

 

                                                                  

  

At the State of 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.

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 currently looking for an Assistant Division Director, Municipal Wastewater, Water Planning and Management Division, at our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historical Bushnell Park.  This is a fulltime, forty (40) hours per week, Monday-Friday, position.

The Water Planning and Management Division (WPMD)  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   The ultimate goal is to provide fishable, swimmable waters throughout the state for the use and enjoyment of all Connecticut citizens.   Programs revolve around state and federal programs for water quality and water quantity in our streams, rivers, lakes, and the Long Island Sound and its embayments.

This position is essential to coordinating with US EPA and meeting federal Clean Water Act requirements.  If water resource protection and wastewater infrastructure improvement are important to you, then perhaps this position is right for you. 

The position affords a dedicated and experienced environmental manager committed to public service and environmental protection, an exciting opportunity. The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, protecting Connecticut’s water resources.    

The Municipal Wastewater Section of the Water Planning and Management Division focuses on reducing impairments to water quality and quantity from municipal wastewater treatment plants and protecting high quality resources and identifying emerging issues through oversight of the planning, design and construction of municipal wastewater infrastructure improvements; implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit program; and administration of the Clean Water Fund. The Assistant Director’s duties will be to assist in directing the policy, regulatory and technical programs associated with this section. In addition, the Assistant Director will coordinate with the Assistant Directors of Planning and Dam Safety on cross cutting issues. The Assistant Director receives administrative direction from the Director of the Water Planning and Management Division within the Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse.  

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

Questions about the 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 open to the public.

This is a Competitive position.

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 check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.

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.

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following:  Current State Employees- Last two (2) performance appraisals; Non-State Employees, three (3) professional references

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 specific position duties include, but are not limited to:

Day to day management responsibility for the Municipal Wastewater Section within the Water Planning and Management Division, including:   Assists in direction of staff and operations of the Municipal Wastewater Section; 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 technical 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; and Performs related duties as required.

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

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

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

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

·         Proven public, written and interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, including effectively communicating complex technical information in a clear and concise manner with the regulated community, state and federal agencies and environmental advocacy groups;

·         Considerable knowledge of environmental protection principles, ideally practices and issues related to water quality, wastewater treatment and water resources management;

 ·         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;

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

 ·          Experience managing program budgets, governmental grants and infrastructure financing, including bond funded capital improvement projects.

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.