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Salary: $88,983.00 – $111,060.00 Annually

Job Number: 2020-AQ3046-05724
Closing date and time: Continuous

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen
The Department of Ecology’s Air Quality Program (AQ) is looking for a collaborative, innovative, and solution-oriented Climate Policy Section Manager. This is an opportunity to lead a high performing team working to help slow climate change. The successful candidate will be a part of a collaborative team working with federal, state and local government agencies, environmental groups, elected officials and the regulated community to address the most significant environmental issue of our time.

As the Climate Policy Section Manager you will provide strategic direction and policy development and direct implementation of laws and rules tracking and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  This includes the Clean Air Rule (CAR), Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) transition, and Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA).  The section also tracks, monitors, and reports statewide greenhouse gas emissions data, including managing the greenhouse gas reporting program and the statewide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and implements the federal and state Volkswagen (VW) settlement projects and grant processes.  The Climate Policy section Manager ensures regulatory functions are in place so the policies can be implemented smoothly, clearly, and effectively.

In this position you will represent the agency on issues of national scope before elected bodies, the news media, other government agencies and the public. Expectations include providing policy advice and recommendations to senior management related to climate policy.

This position is located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, Washington and is classified as Washington Management Service 2 (WMS Band 2) position. To learn more about the state’s management classification system, please visit this link.

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.

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Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts


The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQ) is to protect public health and the environment from the effects of air pollution and climate change.

The primary functions of the Climate Policy section are to:

This position manages the Climate Policy Section (CPS) of the air quality program and provides environmental services to understand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect public health and the environment.  The CPS Manager has responsibility for managing, directing, developing, and supporting nine technical and professional staff to carry out the responsibilities of the section. This position is also a member of the Air Quality Program Leadership Team – a highly collaborative team working together to protect and enhance air quality and address climate change in Washington.

This position manages the section’s operations and directs, develops and supports nine technical and professional staff using advanced managerial knowledge and skills.  The position ensures that section employees have clear expectations, priorities and objectives and have the skills, training, and tools to effectively accomplish their work in a fiscally responsible, efficient, and customer friendly manner. This position ensures that resources are directed within the section to the most important work consistent with overall agency and program priorities, staff are focused to do their work efficiently and effectively, and that solutions to air quality problems are effective.

This position requires the evaluation of complex issues, such as emerging federal and state policies and provides strategic focus for the program and tactical focus for section staff. This position constantly requires the use of advanced negotiation skills, strategic and multi-disciplinary project planning.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 9, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 8, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in physical or natural science, engineering, planning, public policy, environmental law, environmental studies, or other related field.


Two years of environmental project management, regulatory, or planning experience.

A minimum of 18 months supervisory experience managing policy or technical staff.

Knowledge and demonstrated application of advanced principles of management, budget planning, strategic planning, and personnel administration.

Experience interpreting multiple local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding environmental protection, and administrative procedure requirements.

Preferred/Desired Experience:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a physical or natural science, public administration, environmental policy, law, or related field.
  • 18 months of experience supervising technical staff in a complex political environment.
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gas reduction or reporting programs.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as attachments 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.
  • College transcripts (unofficial is acceptable)

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 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 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 Kathy Taylor at: Please do not contact Kathy 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. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.