Spills Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program Manager; WA State Department of Ecology

Job Title: 
Spills Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program Manager
Job Location: 
Lacey, Washington
Full-Time Permanent
$115,000.00/ year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Department of Ecology is looking to fill the Spills Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program Manager (EMS Band 3) position. This position is located in our Headquarters Office in Lacey, WA.

Lead one of the nation’s premier programs in spill prevention, preparedness and response to protect Washington’s environment from oil spills and hazardous materials by formulating and implementing policy, procedures, guidelines, and rules for oil handling facilities, marine vessels, pipelines, rail, and emergency response to spills of all types in all of Washington's 39 counties.

The mission of the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (Spills) program is to protect, preserve and restore Washington's environment. Our vision is to create a zero spills world. 

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. Join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, with leadership who embrace the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:

  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities. 
  • A wellness program that offers education, and fitness classes; an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology’s work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology’s work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is maintaining less than maximum building occupancy, and requiring masks, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of July 2, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before July 1, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Who are we looking for?

  • A leader who can organize, inspire and is passionate about protecting our state’s beautiful environmental resources from the damage and danger of oil spills and other toxic pollutants.
  • A team player that will work across the agency to initiate, develop and implement processes, procedures, protocols to support the spills programs responsibilities to prepare for and protect against the environmental damages from toxic spills.
  • A manager that creates and nurtures a performance-based culture of continuous improvement. Is passionate about data informed decision-making, scientific problem solving, customer responsiveness and satisfaction, and maximizing resources across the organization. 
  • A passionate and committed public servant committed to eliminating barriers to increase equity and deliver on government’s promises.
  • Demonstrates a clear commitment to public service. Builds shared responsibility and ownership for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

A Key Member of Ecology's Executive Leadership Team  

It is critical that this important position maintains the highest standards of personal, professional, and ethical conduct to support the state's commitment to efficient, effective, and accountable government.   The incumbent has a highly visible role with other federal and state agencies, legislators, tribes, First Nations, Canadian Federal and Provincial governments, ports, local governments, industry, NGO's, and other interests involved in spill prevention and emergency response to accidents. This position is authorized to administer prevention and contingency plan approvals, legal enforcement actions, contract encumbrances, interpret and/or develop broad departmental policies and negotiate interagency agreements affecting departmental resources. 

As a key member of our Department's Executive Leadership Team, the successful candidate will:

  • Represent the Director with federal, state, local, tribal and elected officials, the general public, environmental groups, environmental justice advocacy groups and the business community.
  • Develop credibility for conceptualizing, initiating, developing, and implementing strategic components of the state's spill prevention, preparedness, and response goals under state law.
  • Make recommendations to the Executive Leadership Team on how to implement programs and develop policies including agency direction for work procedures to ensure responsive service delivery and consistency.
  • Foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive and respectful workplace by modeling the way.

Why join the team? 

This is an opportunity to make an impact! You'll lead one of the nation’s premier spill response and preparedness programs in a state the prioritizes environmental protection. You will have the opportunity to lead an amazing team of committed, knowledgeable, collaborative employees as they work strategically and proficiently 24/7 to protect our waters and land.

What makes this role unique? 

You’ll be responsible for regulatory and non-regulatory elements of state law including oil spill prevention, vessel and facility spill prevention plan approvals, substantial risk vessel screening inspections, vessel traffic risk modeling, marine oil spill risk assessments for the outer coastline, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, within Grays Harbor, Puget Sound, and on the Columbia River; oil spill preparedness and geographic response plan approvals, the approval of the Northwest Area Oil Spill Contingency Plan signatory, investigations, enforcements, natural resource damage assessments, and cost recovery, maintenance and development of associated information management tools, Oil and HazMat spill response including drug labs, growing operations, response to public requests for assistance in spill management and/or cleanups.

What you’ll do

  • Lead the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program in protecting our environment from oil spills and hazardous materials by formulating and implementing policy, procedures, guidelines, and rules for oil handling facilities, marine vessels, pipelines, rail, and emergency response to spills of all types in all of Washington's 39 counties.  
  • Establish the Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Program's strategic direction to carry out Ecology's role in oil spill prevention and emergency response and lead in defining that role.
  • Represent the agency on oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response issues to all stakeholders, including state legislators and Washington's Congressional delegation, the Governor's Office, local government, other state and federal agencies, tribes, environmental groups, business, and the general public.
  • This position represents the State's interests as the Executive Task Force member on the Pacific States/British Columbia Task Force where policies and procedures are established to coordinate as best as possible consistent regulations and practices for the States of California, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington and British Columbia for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response that support the states "zero spills" goal, and trans-boundary impacts from spills. 
  • This position is the Program Administrator for standing up the Crisis Management Team in supporting the early hours of a response. This position represents the state's natural resource trustee interests as the liaison officer within the unified command structure during a spill incident.
  • Represents Ecology and State on the Board of Pilotage Commission as a Commissioner appointed by the Director.
  • This position represents the State's interest on the Regional Response Team and is a co-vice chair for the Northwest Area Committee where policies and procedures are established for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, for all levels of government that guide our preparedness planning and coordinated response to oil and HazMat incidents. Ensures cross border and transboundary coordination.
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