Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau Chief

Recruitment #210820-3477MP-001

Introduction


Are you an innovative and proven manager looking to advance your career in public service? 
If so, we encourage you to discover this unique opportunity! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is charged with developing policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, conserve, improve and protect Connecticut's natural resources and environment, and provide equitable access to broadband and affordable, clean and reliable energy to 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, equitable and prosperous economic future. 

DEEP invites qualified applicants to apply to the position of Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy (BETP). The BETP manages local, state, and regional energy and broadband policy and programs for DEEP. BETP is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace representing the people it serves, and strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply. 

The Bureau Chief should be an exceptionally well-organized leader, an expert in energy policy and programs, and a skilled people manager with a track record of delivering complex projects on time. 

Position Highlights: 

This position offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity for an experienced, innovative, and proven manager at a critical point in energy, broadband, and decarbonization policy and implementation in Connecticut. Successfully navigating these challenges will require a strong commitment to public service, an ability to work with diverse stakeholders, and to provide dynamic leadership to the Bureau's analysts, legal and administrative support staff, and managers who are working to make a real difference in achieving clean, reliable and affordable energy and accessible broadband for the State of Connecticut.

This position will work out of our New Britain office, located at 10 Franklin Square, and occasionally from our Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street.

This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday position with an option for telework some portion of the week. Some night and weekend work and travel is expected.

What we can offer you: 

The State of Connecticut provides a leading comprehensive benefits package including: 
  • Excellent health and dental coverage; 
  • A generous retirement plan; 
  • Paid time off; 
  • A healthy work - life balance!   
Learn more about how you can make a positive impact! 
               

About Us: 

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 DEEP's Energy Branch is the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy, which develops a wide range of policy and program areas, including energy efficiency, zero carbon energy generation, regional coordination of energy issues, transmission planning, utility finance and rate design, weatherization, telecommunications and broadband, and deploying comprehensive clean energy and broadband resources in coordination with municipalities and other state entities. In all areas, equitable policy and program design and inclusive processes for public input are prioritized. 

Examples of Bureau programs include: 
  • Delivers strategic and operational energy planning documents developed through inclusive stakeholder processes, such as the Comprehensive Energy Strategy (CES), Integrated Resources Plan (IRP), the Conservation and Load Management (C&LM) Plan, and GHG mitigation sector/technology-based plans, with a focus on how programs impact emissions, ratepayer costs, low-moderate income residents, and business competitiveness. 
  • Promotes policies and proceedings to enhance the affordability of energy supply and distribution for Connecticut families and businesses, including policies to address equitable participation of vulnerable populations in state energy programs, and programs to support utility customers facing financial hardship in utility bill repayment. 
  • Conducts procurements for grid-scale energy, storage and efficiency on behalf of the Connecticut electric ratepayers. 
  • Implements state programs in energy efficiency and demand management across state buildings and vehicle fleet, microgrids, federal weatherization programs, energy assurance planning, and pilot programs in new technologies or policy solutions. 
  • Collaborates with other states, regional organizations, PURA and/or the Office of Consumer Counsel to advance Connecticut's interests in regional energy market operations and policies. 
  • Collaborates with other bureaus within DEEP on cross-agency initiatives, like the siting of renewable energy resources. 
  • Implements federal grants related to the US DOE State Energy Program and the Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income households. 

Selection Plan

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.

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders  13F (3a) and 13G (3a) .

Applicants invited to interview will be requested to supply the following: 
  • Non-State Employees - three (3) professional references with contact information
  • State Employees - last two (2) performance appraisals
Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board  (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.

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

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Tyler Cashman at Tyler.Cashman@ct.gov.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection this class is accountable for planning, organizing, directing and controlling bureau programs and staff.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Specific responsibilities of the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy Bureau Chief will include but not be limited to:

·       Day-to-day management responsibility for approximately 25-30 fulltime staff; direct supervision of 4 Office Directors. working with them to balance workload and deadlines across the Bureau’s offices, and oversee their performance and professional development goals

·       Oversees administrative and operational functions of the Bureau such as staff recruitment, discretionary budget for staff trainings, developing and managing contracts with external contractors/consultants, travel authorizations, ensuring procedural requirements for public events, and ensuring staff office, IT and other resource needs are met

·       Fosters innovation and thought-leadership throughout the Bureau on new models for strategic electrification and cost-effective zero-carbon technologies; leads the development of strategic plans for achieving goals and objectives utilizing innovative approaches when appropriate and oversee successful implementation of such plans while tracking progress.

·       Balance competing priorities and respond to changing circumstances to efficiently use available resources to meet goals and objectives.

·       Ensure that activities and objectives of the bureau are integrated and consistent with broader DEEP actions and clearly communicated to all stakeholders including staff.

·       Be an active, committed and effective member of the DEEP senior leadership team and build relationships and connections with peers across the agency and state government.

·       Cultivates Bureau-wide team morale and focus on agency priorities through regular Bureau-wide communication and team building.

·       SuppExport and foster the mentoring necessary to develop and expand staff capacity at all levels, with a focus on succession planning, leadership and ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.

·       Build productive relationships with local, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, the regulated community, interested citizens and other constituent groups.

·       Represent Connecticut on the local, state, regional and national level.

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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 integration and/or environmental protection principles, techniques, practices and issues; considerable ability to apply relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable analytical skills; considerable ability to organize and direct complex operating units and associated functions; considerable administrative ability; considerable ability to formulate and interpret agency policy, legislation and regulations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Twelve (12) years of professional experience in natural resource management, public outdoor recreation, pollution prevention, reduction and management, 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 or energy planning or other related environmental protection or energy field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity.
Notes:
1 Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring the budget.
2 For State employees, the Special Experience is interpreted at the level of Energy and Environmental Protection Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director, Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director or other comparable managerial title responsible for the management of staff performing energy and/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; 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; 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 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

The preferred candidate will possess:
  • Experience leading a highly skilled technical and professional workforce including committment to motivation, workforce development, diversity, equity and inclusion; 
  • Experience presenting information formally to large groups; 
  • Experience with operation and capital budget execution; 
  • Experience with policy and regulation development; 
  • Experience with strategic planning, delegation and project management, and process improvement; 
  • Experience at a leadership level with managing productivity, defining expectations and establishing measurable goals, providing constructive feedback and redirection, coordinating programs and making sound decisions in a timely manner; 
  • Experience developing and implementing state policies and initiatives related to broadband, energy, and greenhouse gas mitigation across a wide variety of programs. 

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.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.