Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Environmental Protection Assistant Division Director

Water Permitting and Enforcement Division

Recruitment #220624-3400MP-001

Introduction


Are you an experienced leader looking to make an impact in Water Permitting and Enforcement?
If so, we may have the opportunity for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to join our team as an Assistant Division Director to help lead the Water Permitting and Enforcement Division located at 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT.

About Us:
DEEP is responsible for protecting and enhancing the quality of Connecticut's air, water, and lands. 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.

The Bureau of Materials Management and Compliance Assurance (MMCA) is responsible for the proper management - handling, use, and disposal - of materials including water, wastewater, petroleum products, pesticides, mercury, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and wastes.

Through a number of different mechanisms - outreach and education, product handling efforts and phase outs, training, and regulatory activity - the Department is working to develop better stewardship of these materials to protect environmental quality and public health and safety.

The Water Permitting and Enforcement Division is focused on protection of public health, safety and the environment through the permitting, compliance assurance and enforcement activities authorized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to ensure compliance with federal Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Act.

It is our policy to maintain and further enhance environmental protection in Connecticut by using permitting, technical and compliance assistance and enforcement resources in an integrated manner to solve the environmental problems identified as priorities. Programs in the division regulate industrial, agricultural, domestic sewage and stormwater discharges to surface water, ground water and sanitary sewers.

Position Details:
This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, Monday-Friday position. Core business hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am through 5:00 pm. Additional hours may be required on occasion to meet operational needs.

The position will be located at DEEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106, but will also manage staff who may be in the field or located at 9 Windsor St, Windsor, CT or working remotely. The position also offers a flexible work schedule and the opportunity to work remotely provided operational needs are met.

The Assistant Division Director will be providing managerial support directing employees, operations and assignments within the Water Permitting and Enforcement Division on a wide array of water pollution control program activities including permitting, compliance monitoring and reporting, and enforcement related to discharges from industrial, commercial and agricultural activities, stormwater discharges, and discharges from onsite subsurface disposal systems that protect Connecticut’s public health, safety, water resources and the environment from pollution. Specific responsibilities and duties of the Assistant Division Director will include, but are not limited to:
  • Assist in the interpretation and administration of the federal Clean Water Act, the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, and Connecticut's water pollution control laws and regulations;
  • Assist in determining the Division’s environmental program priorities, goals and objectives to meet federal and state commitments and funding obligations within available resources;
  • Assist in developing, coordinating and implementing plans, policies, procedures, workflows and budgets to assure projects, commitments and deliverables are completed within resource constraints to meet program priorities, goals and objectives;
  • Recommend improvements in program administration and implementation consistent with the Department’s priorities and the Division’s operational needs with a focus on innovative approaches to enhance and streamline administrative processes to improve timeliness and productivity while assuring improved environmental outcomes;
  • Lead the development, implementation and management of electronic permitting and compliance information management systems to manage workflows, and to monitor, track and report compliance information;
  • Work with Division supervisors on personnel recruitment, evaluating staff performance and directing professional development including in-service education and training, and exploring and pursuing promotional opportunities;
  • Further develop leadership and management skills and provide mentoring to enhance staff and supervisory capacity, and to empower innovative problem solving.
  • Oversee negotiations in enforcement and permitting proceedings to ensure consistency in application of laws, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Perform public relations, and facilitate communication and coordination with U.S. EPA, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, Office of the Attorney General, and the Office of the United States Attorney, other states, the regulated community, the media and other stakeholders to foster partnerships, achieve environmental results, and to further Connecticut’s water quality, energy and climate programs, and to represent the State of Connecticut on the regional and national level;
  • Oversee special projects, and prepare and/or oversee the preparation of reports and correspondence; and
  • Serves as director in his/her absence; perform related duties as required.
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!
Learn more about how you can make an impact with DEEP
         

Selection Plan

Before you apply, make note of the following:
  • 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 on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Important information for after you apply:
  • 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 questionnaire'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.
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
Questions about this position should be directed to Jake Ferrari via email at jake.ferrari@ct.gov.

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.

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

  • Experience leading scientific, regulatory or technical staff working in the area of water pollution control and wastewater treatment;
  • Experience in problem solving and managing priorities within resource and time constraints;
  • Experience managing productivity, defining expectations and coordinating programs;
  • Experience interpreting and utilizing environmental and engineering information in program planning and implementation;
  • Experience, course work and training in environmental protection principles and practices in water pollution control and wastewater treatment;
  • Experience managing program budgets, governmental grants, or infrastructure financing programs;
  • Experience interpreting and implementing state and federal laws and policies related to water pollution control, the federal Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and National Pretreatment programs, and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program;
  • Experience communicating technical and regulatory information pertaining to wastewater discharges and water pollution control to stakeholders including the media, the general public, the regulated community, state and federal agencies and environmental advocacy groups;
  • Experience negotiating settlements or agreements with other parties to resolve disputed matters concerning environmental regulation or compliance;
  • Experience developing and implementing Strategic Plans to address challenges and priorities.

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.