Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Program)

Recruitment #210617-1753MP-001


Do you enjoy thinking strategically and making a positive change? 
If so, we encourage you to discover this opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking to hire an Office Director to provide bureau-wide planning and policy development and strategic waste and capacity planning for the Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA). 

About Us: 

The MMCA consists of the Office of Planning and Policy, the Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, the Water Permitting and Enforcement Division and the Emergency Response and Spill Prevention Division. The three Divisions administer a wide variety of regulatory and preventative programs for proper and safe materials management in order to protect valuable ground and surface water resources and to minimize waste. These programs include regulation of solid and hazardous wastes, source reduction and recycling, industrial wastewater discharges, storm water management, PCB management, underground storage tanks and pesticide management as well as emergency spill response and site assessment activities. 

The Planning and Policy Office will, among other responsibilities, develop and recommend policies and directions that will advance sustainable materials management strategies and solutions thereby reducing reliance on out of state disposal and reinforcing the materials management hierarchy. 

Position Highlights: 

This position offers an opportunity to help shape the management of materials in Connecticut for the future. This is a critical time in Connecticut's waste management system as one of five waste to energy facilities is planned to close and regional landfill capacity is forecasted to decline by 40% in the next few years. With fewer and rapidly aging disposal options in state, municipalities are increasingly relying on out of state landfills to manage their municipal solid waste and can expect greater volatility in disposal costs over the long term. 

This position will work together with our DEEP programs, state, regional, and municipal government and industry partners to rethink our waste system and develop directions, strategies and policies to promote opportunities for innovation and investment in sustainable materials management systems. 

The Office Director will be responsible for: 
  • Planning, research, and policy and program evaluations to advance strategies for decreasing waste generation and increasing source reduction, reuse and recycling; 
  • The development of short and long range planning for bureau activities; 
  • Managing personnel and complex projects that implement strategic initiatives, legislative and program policy direction and recommendations; 
  • Developing and implementing operational and process improvements to streamline and enhance bureau regulatory programs. 
This position will have direct supervision of a team of professional staff. The incumbent will be key to helping the MMCA programs examine, rethink, transform, and create policies and strategic direction for a 21st century materials management system as well as provide assistance to the bureau's three divisions and their respective programs to create short and long-term planning goals. 

This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday position. The incumbent will work out of our office at 79 Elm Street located in Hartford, CT with an opportunity for teleworking a portion of the week. 

What we can offer you: 

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance! 
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Selection Plan

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

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, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the minimum qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date, unless otherwise specified. 

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for the direction of the staff and programs of an office.


Specific duties for this position include:

• Oversee strategic policy planning, initiative development and benchmarking progress to achieve waste reduction and diversion goals, and address current and emerging issues including materials of concern;
• Oversee planning, research and analytical support related to materials management policies and strategies, including waste capacity planning, waste characterization studies, infrastructure need assessments, data and market evaluation;
• Manage complex, concurrent projects and initiatives, and lead a team of personnel implementing those projects and initiatives; establish workplans and performance goals.
• Administer grant programs, infrastructure initiatives, and other financial assistance and regulatory programs to achieve policy goals
• Facilitate and coordinate key departmental initiatives, including complex stakeholder processes, across bureaus and divisions within DEEP; with other state agencies and quasi-publics; and with regional waste authorities, municipalities, and other waste sector participants
• Represent DEEP in relevant regional, multi-state organizations; on committees, task forces and interagency workgoups. 

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


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the area of environmental and/or energy regulatory or permitting programs or the operation of environmental and/or energy programs of large scale facilities.


1. College training in a scientific or technical discipline related to energy or environmental fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling 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 energy or environmental fields including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation or related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience thinking strategically, effecting change, and fostering acceptance of innovation solutions; 
  • Experience managing complex projects on concurrent timeframes using strong planning and organizational skills; 
  • Experience with marshaling personnel, consultant, and external resources to achieve on-time project completion; 
  • Experience and skill in effective personnel management and team leadership; 
  • Experience collaborating effectively across organizations and with external partners; 
  • Experience with innovative approaches in environmental protection and management, including specific experience in materials management; 
  • Experience working with underserved and overburdened communities, residents, and/or businesses and developing meaningful partnerships to achieve shared goals. 



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.