Do you enjoy building coalitions and leveraging resources to make a positive change?
If so, we encourage you to explore this opportunity!
DEEP is charged by CT General Statute section 23-8
to meet the open space protection goal of 21% of the state. This is to be accomplished by the state holding 10% of the state as open space and municipalities, land conservation organizations and water companies holding 11% of the state as open space.
The Land Acquisition and Management Office administers two programs to meet these goals. The Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program is a grant program for municipalities, land conservation organizations and water companies to permanently protect land as open space and the Recreation and Natural Heritage Trust Program which is a DEEP acquisition program. Preservation of open space also supports achieving the goals of Governor Lamont's Executive Order 3 on Climate Change mitigation and adaption measures.
The Office Director will lead a team to coordinate and administer the grant and acquisition opportunities and planning efforts in order to meet these goals including revisions to the State's five year Comprehensive Open Space Acquisition Strategy (Green Plan).
In addition, this position will oversee property management issues associated with protecting the 260,000 acres of open space that the state currently holds including requests for use of state land and resolution of encroachments on state land. These type of land acquisition and management matters require consideration of and coordination with multiple disciplines across DEEP and other agencies on matters of climate mitigation and adaptation, wildlife, fisheries, forestry, natural resources, parks, dam safety, flood control, wetlands, watershed and coastal management and other Environmental Quality Branch regulatory programs.
This position will report to DEEP's Chief of Staff. This position is 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. A flexible work schedule is possible with some telework, but must be available to be in the office or attend meetings or events on short notice.
What we can offer you:
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan
- Excellent health and dental coverage;
- A generous retirement plan;
- Paid time off;
- A healthy work - life balance!
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The DEEP Office Director (Program) job classification covers a number of programmatic functions. This specific position is focused on directing the Land Acquisition and Management program. Specific Knowledge, Skills and Ability, experience and education preferred for this position are noted in the sections below.
All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G
(as amended by Executive Order 14C
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
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.
The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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.
During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.
Please ensure that your application is complete. You will be unable to make revisions once you officially submit your application to the state of Connecticut.
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 the direction of the staff and programs of an office.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
• Coordinate, administer and support DEEP's two state open space
programs - the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program (a grant
program to municipalities, land conservation organizations and water companies
to permanently protect land as open space) and the Recreation and Natural
Heritage Trust Program (a DEEP acquisition program) to fulfill CT's open space
protection goal of 21% of the state in accordance with CT General Statute
section 23-8. In addition, to offset the state's investment in open space
acquisition, this position will also coordinate federal and private grants for
land acquisition such as the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
• Coordinate planning efforts to ensure DEEP’s open space acquisitions and
grant programs meet State and federal planning objectives including drafting
revisions to the State's five year Comprehensive Open Space Acquisition
Strategy (Green Plan).
• Coordinate and administer property management issues associated with
protecting the 260,000 acres of open space that the state currently holds
including requests for use of state land and resolution of encroachments on
• Address land acquisition and property management matters, coordinate with
multiple disciplines across DEEP and other agencies on including climate mitigation and adaptation,
environmental justice and equity, wildlife, fisheries, forestry, natural
resources, parks, dam safety, flood control, wetlands, watershed and coastal
management and other Environmental Quality Branch regulatory programs.
In this position, strong work planning, project management, and personnel
management skills are key to success. DEEP is committed to an equitable and
inclusive workplace representing the people it serves, and strongly encourages
applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.
For a full list of duties related to this job classification, please click here
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant environmental,
energy, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband,
telecommunications, conservation, and/or environmental justice or equity
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
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Nine (9) years of professional experience in the energy, environmental, broadband, and/or telecommunications field.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
- College training in a scientific or technical discipline in energy,
environmental, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband,
telecommunications, and/or environmental justice or equity fields including but
not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or environmental
sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy conservation,
public policy or administration, economics, 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
- A Master's Degree in a scientific or technical discipline in
the energy or environmental, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility,
broadband, telecommunications, and/or environmental justice or equity fields
including but not limited to engineering, biological, physical, earth or
environmental sciences, natural resources management, renewable energy, energy
conservation, public policy or administration, economics, or related field, or
a Juris Doctor degree, may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the
The preferred candidate will possess:
- Experience with complex project management;
- Experience multi-tasking and effectively prioritizing to achieve leadership's goals;
- Experience applying collaborative and conflict management skills to lead cross-functional teams;
- Experience developing, motivating, and mentoring junior team members;
- Experience fostering an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace;
- Experience comprehending and communicating technical, scientific, regulatory or policy information to a wide variety of audiences in a clear and understandable manner;
- Experience administering grants and developing/implementing policies and innovative approaches to address property, environmental and natural resource challenges;
- Experience in exercising critical thinking, planning and managing projects;
- Experience exercising information technology skills.
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.