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Title:  Environmental Conservation Director II

Application Deadline Date:  08/23/2020
Req ID:  7867
Department:  Environmental Conservation
Location: 

Montpelier, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $36.36
Overview

Are you interested in making environmental permitting processes more efficient, transparent, and user-friendly?  Do you believe better communication leads to greater understanding of the regulated community in complying with environmental rules?  Do you believe that environmental enforcement is an important tool in Vermont? The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking a Director of Environmental Compliance who will lead efforts to improve our permitting programs and remove internal barriers to how Vermonters access DEC's services, all while maintaining important environmental protections and ensuring robust environmental enforcement. The successful candidate for this position will have a broad perspective on how DEC accomplishes its mission, with strong critical thinking abilities to identify and implement effective improvements.

The Director of Environmental Compliance will lead a - "Tiger Team" that is tasked with addressing restart/stimulus activity, addressing longstanding structural and process issues with our permitting programs, and speeding up the transition to online permitting. This builds upon previous efforts DEC has undertaken to conduct an extensive evaluation of our permitting work, including identifying recommendations for how to better serve the regulated community. The Director will help the Commissioner's Office lead that effort, implementing the recommendations and identifying additional steps that will assist applicants in more transparent and predictable permitting efforts.

Additionally, the Director of Environmental Compliance will be a single point of contact for permitting issues and will oversee the enforcement team for the Department - a critical function to ensure robust enforcement, fairness and consistency across our regulatory programs. This is the sole position in the department that addresses compliance across all of our various programs.

Specific duties of the Director of Environmental Compliance include:
 

•    Implement outcomes from the permitting "Tiger Team" focused on process improvement for the regulated community, including the transition to 100% online submittal of permits, payments, and other processes
•    Work with permitting programs to develop and implement self-certification approaches
•    Oversee proactive communication to applicants, municipalities, and consultants related to regulatory compliance
•    Develop applicant support and internal coordination tools to support anticipated federal stimulus funding for infrastructure projects, including proposing a staffing approach that fully utilizes our four existing Permit Specialists
•    Strategically direct the actions of the Department's enforcement efforts.


Candidates should have strong experience in natural resources management and/or environmental conservation, or in another related field that requires involvement and/or knowledge in environmental permitting processes. Our ideal candidate will have strong critical thinking abilities, exhibit creativity in problem solving, have strong project and/or program management experience, and is effective in bringing staff from diverse areas together to achieve a shared goal.

Who May Apply

This position, Environmental Conservation Director II (Job Requisition # 7867), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact renita.marshall@vermont.gov.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting. Some out of state public speaking and attendance at meetings and hearings is necessary. An incumbent must be able to deal effectively with stressful public meetings where strongly divergent opinions are expressed. Private means of transportation must be available for required travel.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a physical or natural science, in engineering, or in a field closely related to natural resource management AND five (5) years or more at a professional level in a field directly related to environmental conservation or natural resources management INCLUDING three (3) years or more at or above a supervisory level in natural resources management.

OR

Master's degree or higher in a physical or natural science, in public or business administration, in engineering, or in law AND three (3) years or more at or above a supervisory level in a field directly related to environmental conservation or natural resources management.

OR

Associate's degree in a physical or natural science, in engineering, or in a field closely related to natural resource management AND seven (7) years or more at a professional level in a field directly related to environmental conservation or natural resources management INCLUDING three (3) years or more at or above a supervisory level in natural resources management.

OR

Nine (9) years or more at a professional level in a field directly related to environmental conservation or natural resources management INCLUDING three (3) years or more at or above a supervisory level in natural resources management.

Total Compensation
As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.