Climate, Coastal, & Energy Division Director

This Position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #032719-MUPA05-400400

Summary Statement

This position is responsible for developing and implementing the programmatic and budgetary policies, priorities, and functional plans of the Division of Climate, Coastal, & Energy in order to achieve the DNREC mission. Represents the Department at national, regional, statewide and local meetings and special events, and may serve on both national and statewide councils/committees.  Directs and manages professional and administrative staff as well as consultants in the development and implementation of complex programs related to climate change mitigation and adaptation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and management of coastal resources to achieve Departmental goals and objectives. This position is responsible for administration of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR).  All Division Directors are expected to embrace a LEAN culture of continuous process improvement.  Directs the preparation of, and has responsibility for, an annual operating budget of $10M. The Division Director is an exempt position and serves at the pleasure of the Governor and DNREC’s Cabinet Secretary. The Division Director reports to the Secretary, through the Deputy Secretary, and is responsible for managing 40 people in the Climate, Coastal, & Energy Division, including two Administrators, three managers and five principal planners.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Provides daily administrative and technical guidance to subordinate staff to insure the effective operation of the division.   
  • Insures compliance with all federal, state and agency rules, regulations, policies and procedures concerning fiscal activities, contracts administration, personnel/Merit system policies and budgets.   
  • Analyzes and evaluates all administrative functions and activities, develops new systems and procedures as deemed appropriate.   
  • Represents the Department at national, regional, statewide and local meetings and special events, and may serve on both national and statewide councils/committees.   
  • Directs and manages professional and administrative staff as well as consultants in the development and implementation of complex Climate, Coastal and Energy programs and Departmental goals and objectives.  
  • Coordinates short and long term planning for the administrative unit to ensure the ability to maintain cost effective, efficient operations. 
  • Develops solutions and provides recommendations, guidance and direction to management/officials in accomplishing organizational and operational goals and objectives and identifying and resolving issues.  
  • Provides in-depth review, analysis and recommendations regarding critical or complex environmental issues.

Job Requirements

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training. Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Experience in administering energy, climate, coastal or sustainability programs.
  2. Experience in establishing goals, objectives and priorities in accordance with an organization's overall mission.  
  3. Experience in policy administration which includes planning, developing, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures.  
  4. Experience in strategic planning which includes planning and mapping a path between the present and future usually for three to five years by determining key objectives, how to accomplish the key objectives, what strategies should be used, what activities would contribute to accomplishing the key objectives and developing performance measures to gauge and report progress or success.  
  5. Experience in operations management which includes planning, directing, coordinating, controlling, and evaluating operations typically through subordinate supervisors.  
  6. Experience in financial administration such as comprehensive analysis of programs, budgets, projects, services, alternatives, and costs; financial planning, revenue generation, revenue forecasting, expenditure forecasting, cash flow management and establishing internal control.
  7. Knowledge in climate change science and impact assessment.
  8. Knowledge of Coastal or Marine Policy.
  9. Knowledge of LEAN, Six Sigma or continuous process improvement. 

Additional Posting Information

This posting may be closed on or before 04/30/19 upon filling the vacant position.

Conditions of Hire

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.  DNREC does not provide sponsorship for holders of H-1 B Visas.

As a condition of hire you must possess a valid driver's license (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).


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Selection Process

The application and resume are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and resume to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.