Ocean Career: Coastal Manager at Washington Department of Ecology

The Shorelands and Environmental Assistance (SEA) program within the Department of Ecology is looking to fill a Coastal/Shorelands Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, Washington.

In this role, you will provide strategic and tactical leadership for shoreline, floodplain, ocean and coastal zone management in Washington State. This key leadership position is critical to fostering and developing relations with impacted stakeholders, local governments and tribes, as well as federal and state agency partners.

We are looking for candidates who possess strong mediation and relationship-building skills and have a strong understanding of impacts to communities who are underserved and under resourced and qualify for environmental justice considerations. Must be familiar with relevant federal and state statute and must understand how to implement with maximum benefit and consideration for community needs and treaty rights.

The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s land, air and water for current and future generations. The mission of the SEA Program is to support community conservation efforts for our shorelands, wetlands, and floodplains.

This position supports the missions by managing the Coastal/Shorelands Section, and has direct influence on Ecology’s management of state shorelines and floodplains as well as coastal and ocean waters. This position is accountable for managing employees providing statewide services including policy assistance, regulatory and planning oversight of local governments, scientific support, and financial assistance to local communities. The position also leads policy initiatives to improve management and protection of state shoreline, ocean, and floodplain resources. During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. This position is eligible to telework up to 3 days per week. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding health-screening questions before entry, and social distancing.


What makes this role unique?

  • This leadership role manages a diverse team and portfolio. It requires the ability to hold broad perspective and vision and to generate meaningful and measurable results.
  • This position leads a section of professionals developing policy related to shoreline, floodplain and coastal zone management and supporting teams conducting scientific support to further inform decision-making.
  • This position is tasked with representing state interests through a number of organizations, and will interact consistently with Agency and State Officials.
  • Our changing climate is adversely impacting multiple areas of the work; this position must assist in the development of strategies to mitigate and minimize impacts where possible.

What you will do:

  • Manage all aspects of section administration including but not limited to budget, personnel and policy.
  • Oversee, participate in and support a team of professionals that:
    -Assist in Shoreline Management Act policy development, review, and implementation.
    -Develop Floodplain management policy and assist in review and implementation.
    -Co-lead the Floodplains by Design Initiative in a public-private partnership.
    -Manage the state partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
    -Administer Washington’s Coastal Zone Management Program (CZMP).
    -Develop coastal resilience programs and policies in collaboration with partner agencies and organizations.
    -Support ocean resource management through state and regional ocean policy development, implementation of the state’s Marine Spatial Plan, and collaboration with agencies, Tribes, and stakeholders.
    -Conduct scientific support to monitor and assess coastal processes in support of science-based resource management.
  • Represent state interests through membership or participation on the Coastal States Organization as well as regional initiatives.


Required Qualifications:

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Nine (9) years of experience and/or education:

Experience: Professional-level experience working in an environmental or environmental management field, which includes a minimum of two years of experience supervising staff and/or project management.

Education: With a major study in an environmental, physical, or natural science, land use, environmental or natural resource planning, environmental engineering, business administration, or closely allied field.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of May 17, 2022. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 16, 2022. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Salary: $91,652.00 - $114,396.00 Annually

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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