Energy and Environmental Protection Office Director (Program)


Recruitment #231113-1753MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is creating a new Office of Planning and Resilience and is recruiting for an Office Director to help stand up and run this new office at our downtown Hartford Office, located at 79 Elm Street, across from historical Bushnell Park.

The Office of Planning and Resilience will work with resilience practitioners within DEEP, other state agencies, federal agencies, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations. This office will manage DEEP’s climate resilience grant program, coordinate efforts to deploy green infrastructure and nature-based solutions that improve community resilience, and help to jump start projects and secure project funding that will be crucial to moving forward projects that have benefit on the aquatic environment, build resilience, and reduce risks to communities.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes: 
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings.
  • Sick and personal leave.
  • We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
Discover the opportunity to: 
  • To work for a Forbes top company: Forbes State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • Engage in a rewarding career.
  • Assist our employees so they can achieve success.
  • Make a difference in the public sector.
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.
Position Highlights
  • This position will support DEEP at the intersection of planning, policy development, technical analysis, permitting, and project development and management for hazard mitigation and climate change adaptation and resilience projects and programs. 
  • The Office Director will have responsibilities that include policy and program management, developing and leading an office of technical, environmental professionals, task management, and stakeholder engagement.
  • The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace with a talented and committed group of professionals, making a real difference in community resilience across Connecticut.
About Us
Within the Bureau of Water Protection & Land Reuse (WPLR), our mission is to work together with partners to protect and restore Connecticut’s freshwaters and coastal resources from the effects of chemical releases, development, and climate change for the benefit of current and future generations.

At the 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.

For an inside look at what it is like to work as a State of Connecticut employee, check out the video below!

Selection Plan

For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from branch to branch but it does not impact your state service credit.

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  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this 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.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Nicholas Naples at


In the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Office of Consumer Counsel this class is accountable for directing the staff and programs of an office.


  • Responsible for management of a major program office; 
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws; 
  • Meets with outside agencies to advise on departmental policies and procedures;
  • Serves as liaison with other agencies, municipal, state and federal governments; 
  • Evaluates operations and projects assigned to office; 
  • Makes recommendations for improvements; 
  • Provides technical direction to unit staff; 
  • Provides information to community; 
  • Represents department at meetings; 
  • Responds to inquires relating to assigned programs; 
  • May advise senior level staff on status of permits, process management, projects, legislation and policy and regulations pertaining to assigned areas of responsibility; 
  • Directs staff and operations of office; determines priorities and coordinates, plans and manages activities; 
  • Formulates office goals and objectives; 
  • Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of established or proposed policies and/or programs assessing options and developing recommendations for improvement;
  • Conducts performance evaluations; 
  • Prepares reports and correspondence;  
  • Recommends policy; 
  • Drafts policy statements and regulations; 
  • Prepares or assists in development of office budget. 


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal environmental, energy, climate mitigation or adaptation, public utility, broadband, telecommunications, conservation and/or environmental justice or equity programs laws statutes, and regulations;
    • environmental protection and energy principles, practices and issues; 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and practices;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Analytical, negotiation and organizational skills;
  • Ability to initiate and direct programs.


Nine (9) years of professional experience in the energy, environmental, broadband, and/or telecommunications field.


  1. 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 Bachelor's Degree.
  2. 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 General Experience.


  • Experience in personnel management, including experience leading engineers and scientists by measuring, tracking and managing productivity. 
  • Experience with recruiting and training staff.
  • Experience measuring and assessing program performance and communicating successes, challenges and needs for programs internally and externally.
  • Experience with federal and state emergency management, climate, and resilience laws, regulations, and guidance.
  • Experience conducting outreach and education to municipalities or stakeholders in climate resilience or environmental programs. 
  • Experience in climate resilience projects, including resilience strategy, plan and project development, hazard mitigation, climate change vulnerability assessment, climate risk assessment, and economic and demographic analysis. 



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.