Washington State Policy and Technical Support Unit Manager (WMS Band 1) in Lacey, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have 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, Ecology is a good fit.

The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) is looking to fill a Policy and Technical Support Unit Manager (WMS Band 1)position. The position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA. This position is classified as Washington Management Service (WMS) Band 1. To learn more about the state's management classification system, please visit this link.

The Policy and Technical Support Unit Manager position is responsible for establishing statewide cleanup requirements, policies and procedures for implementing the Model Toxics Control Act (WAC 173-340). This includes requirements for cleanup standards, cleanup actions, site ranking, public participation and agency oversight of cleanup actions. This position works with Tribal Nations, local governments (counties, ports, and cities), state and federal agencies, environmental groups and businesses on issues of national significance and statewide importance. This position also supervises the implementation of Ecology's Brownfield's Program that works to cleanup and reuse contaminated properties.

We are looking for applicants who possess a technical background, have experience successfully leading a diverse group of technical staff, and ideally, who have experience cleaning up contaminated sites under MTCA, CERCLA, or RCRA.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. 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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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

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


Accidental spills of dangerous materials and past business practices have contaminated land and water throughout the state. The Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) works to remedy these situations, which range from cleaning up contamination from leaking underground storage tanks, to large, complex projects requiring engineering solutions. Our mission is to get and keep contaminants out of the environment.

Some of the Key Work Activities for the Policy and Technical Support Unit Managerposition include:

  • Planning, leading, organizing, and controlling the work performed by the organization.
  • Preparing work plans for the PTSU to meet program and agency goals and objectives.
  • Managing and directing professional staff in the PTSU.
  • Communicating with the regulated community, Tribes, local, state and federal governments, elected leaders and environmental organizations on statewide cleanup, underground storage tank and brownfield issues.
  • Directing statewide initiatives to develop and update TCP's regulatory requirements, guidance and policies.
  • Providing key management information to the TCP Program Management Team, upper management, the legislature, and interested members of the public on current and future policy work and cleanup activities.
  • Establishing priorities for PTSU work that takes into account program needs, evolving conditions and multiple - often contradicting - opinions.
  • Negotiating resource allocation among competing tasks and ensures staff are trained and supported on those tasks.
  • Providing technical assistance to consultants, industry, government authorities, the public and other agency staff.
  • Serving as an Ecology Representative with governmental agencies and other involved parties.
  • Managing and overseeing contracts and contractors that provide support on statewide programmatic initiatives (e.g., rulemaking, statewide investigations, etc.)

This recruitment will remain open until filled. Our next review date for this position will be June 27, 2016. To be considered for the next review date, please apply online by June 26, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree involving major study in environmental, physical, or one of the natural sciences, environmental planning or other allied field 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.


A Master's degree in one of the above fields AND four years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above. OR**

A Ph.D. in one of the above fields AND three years of professional-level experience as required above which includes two years equal to an Environmental Specialist 3 or above.


One year of experience as an Environmental Specialist 4.

The 2 years of experience as an Environmental Specialist 3 can include a combination of the following: 1) investigating and / or resolving complaints involving science or technology content, 2) performing inspections, 3) drafting technical evaluations and reports, 4) develops plans for researching information used for technical projects, regulatory or policy development, 5) plan and facilitate public meetings and hearings, 6) project work requiring specialized knowledge of industry processes, pollutant sources or natural processes, 7) providing technical assistance for complex scientific content and/ or support for implementing scientific content programs, 8) conducting tests, analyzing and evaluating data, 9) using environmental databases to support technical projects, 10) developing scientific studies and resource management plans, 11) providing environmental technical and administrative assistance to grant/ contract/ loan recipients of environmental protection projects.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Lead, plan, implement and manage cleanup projects.
  • Develop project work scope, schedule, budget and priorities.
  • Experience successfully developing and managing grants.
  • Evaluate progress and prepare and present project reports.
  • Direct and supervise project teams and team members engaged in environmental activities.
  • Schedule workloads and assign tasks.
  • Evaluate team member performance.
  • Working knowledge of the Model Toxics Control Act Cleanup Regulation, Chapter 173-340 WAC, and the Sediment Management Standards, Chapter 173-204 WAC.
  • Familiarity with site assessment and cleanup techniques, aquatic toxicology, marine ecology, sediment chemistry and biology, related testing protocols, remediation technologies and regulatory programs.
  • Strong negotiation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Must possess a valid Washington State Driver's License.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required 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 Jeff Johnston at: jeff.johnston@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jeff Johnston 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.

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, or Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at (360) 664-6211.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-TCP1195-05875

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $66,775.00 - $84,048.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Lacey, WA