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Senior Compliance Policy Specialist (Environmental Specialist 5)

Washington State Department of Ecology
City: 
Lacey
State: 
Washington
Zip Code: 
98503
Occupational fields: 
Architecture and Engineering
Life, Physical, and Social Science
Fields of study: 
Biology / Pharma
Electrical Engineering / Electronics
Environment / Agriculture
Employment type: 
Full time
Years of experience: 
3 - 5 years
Required degree level: 
Bachelors degree
Masters degree
Doctoral Degree
Remote Position: 
No
Job Expiration Date: 
05/01/2019

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen 

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Senior Compliance Policy Specialist. This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent people skills, the ability to understand and interpret complex regulations and make balanced policy decisions on unclear areas within the regulations. Applicants should have experience in working collaboratively on teams to solve complex problems with various stakeholders. Knowledge of the dangerous waste regulations or federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations is needed to successfully developed balanced policies and solutions.

As an agency, we invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov

Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

 

Duties

 

The Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction (HWTR) Program is made up of people dedicated to fostering sustainability, preventing pollution, and promoting safe waste management. We do many different things in a coordinated approach to protect the people and environment of Washington from pollution from hazardous products and waste.

What does the Senior Compliance Policy Specialist do?

This position is the agency's dangerous waste compliance policy expert. They are responsible for ensuring dangerous waste compliance policies are implemented across the agency. This position will:
 

  • Serve as the compliance policy technical expert to coordinate cross-agency communication and policy development with HWTR, Solid Waste Program Industrial Section, Nuclear Waste Program and TCP through the agency's Dangerous Waste Compliance Network.
  • Review, prioritize and update outdated compliance policy and guidance documents for the Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) implementation. 
  • Ensure consistent statewide implementation of the Interim Policy for Prepreg Waste to ensure consistency with the conditions that facilities must meet to comply with the agency policy. 
  • Provide compliance policy support to the interim pharmaceutical waste policy and participate on the pharmaceutical rulemaking team once the CR101 is filed in 2019 by the agency. 
  • Conduct inventory review of existing agency "dangerous waste interpretive and policy statements" required under RCW 34.05.010 as required by agency need to achieve compliance with the law.
  • Respond to highly complex and/or politically sensitive inquiries related to dangerous waste compliance policies. Review compliance related draft legislation, bill impact statements and prepare testimony for the program manager.  
  • Represent the agency on interagency, interstate organizations or federal EPA advisory committees working on RCRA compliance policy, legislation or other regulatory development.

Why join the team? 

  • This position gets to work with three programs in the agency to identify problematic areas within the dangerous waste rules, and create viable solutions for consistent implementation.
  • This position gets to work with other stakeholders to explore the intent of federal and state statues and rules in order to develop policy-based solutions for how these rules can be enforced in an environmentally sound, realistic, and economically viable way.
  • This position is part of a compliance team that is made up of passionate people who believe strongly in the agency and program missions.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be March 21, 2019.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before March 20, 2019 .The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

 

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences AND six years of professional level experience in environmental analysis or control, or environmental planning which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.

Additional qualifying experience will substitute, year for year, for education.

OR

A Master's degree in one of the above fields and four years of professional level experience as required above.

OR

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields and three years of professional-level experience as required above.

NOTE: At least 5 of the above years of education or experience must include coordinating, facilitating, leading group processes, running meetings, mediating, problem solving, and organizing/managing people, problems and projects.

NOTE: At least 2 of the above years of experience must include implementing the Dangerous Waste regulations, Chapter 173-303 WAC or equivalent state or federal RCRA regulations, 40 CFR Parts 260-280.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with environmental legislation, regulations and policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Experience using negotiation and conflict resolution skills to reach successful conclusions.
  • Experience reviewing and understanding complex technical documents and making them understandable by a wide range of audiences including managers, professional colleagues, facilities, and the public.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Valid Driver's License

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume", may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."

Other Information: 

If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Michelle Underwood at: MUND461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Michelle to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.  

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Ecology is Washington’s environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s land, air, and water for current and future generations. Our innovative partnerships support environmental work throughout the state.

We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or a job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.