Washington State Eastern Regional Office Air Quality Section Manager (WMS Band 2) in Spokane, 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, with leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a great fit.

The Air Quality Program (AQP) is looking to fill an Eastern Regional Office Air Quality Section Manager (WMS Band 2) position. This position will be located in our Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Spokane, WA.

The Eastern Regional Office Air Quality Section Manager position serves on the AQP Leadership Team (AQPLT) and the ERO Regional Management Team (ERO RMT). Both of these bodies establish and/or influence statewide laws, rules, policies, and procedures as well as agency and program strategic plans, policies and priorities. The position also serves as Ecology's liaison to the Spokane County Clean Air Agency.

This position and its section have responsibility for implementing those portions of the Air Quality Program (AQP) that are decentralized to the regions, as well as participating in various multi-program and government-government initiatives related to the Eastern Regional geographic coverage area. The section provides environmental services to protect air quality. The primary functions of the position include:

  • Controlling industrial and commercial facility air pollution by ensuring compliance with air quality regulations and issuing permits.
  • Reducing public health threats from smoke, from home heating, and outdoor burning by ensuring compliance with air quality regulations and issuing permits.
  • Managing daily direct service activities of the AQP in the eastern region.

This position directly supervises a section of 18 environmental professionals, manages the human and financial resources of the section and directs those resources to meet agency and program priorities primarily for industrial/commercial and wood smoke programs. The position carries signature authority for permits, contracts, enforcement, settlement, purchasing, evaluation, and discipline and recommending hiring.

We are looking for applicants who possess excellent leadership and management skills, the ability to make critical decisions regarding complex issues, excellent written and verbal communication skills, great coaching and mentoring skills, and a strong commitment to working collaboratively as a member of Ecology's Air Quality Program Leadership Team.

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


The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment, and promote the wise management of our air, land, and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

The mission of the Air Quality Program (AQP) within the Department of Ecology (Ecology) is to protect, preserve, and enhance the air quality of Washington, to safeguard public health and the environment and support high quality of life for current and future generations.

Some of the key work activities of the Eastern Regional Office Air Quality Section Manager position include:

  • This position reports to the Air Quality Deputy Program Manager, directly implements federal and state air quality laws and regulations in a 13 county area, manages the associated budget, and oversees the human resources involved to meet agency, program and section objectives.
  • Manages the ERO AQP section and provides environmental services to protect air quality and assure compliance with air quality laws, policies, regulations and procedures in the region through development and issuance of permits, technical assistance, consultation, community education and outreach including public meetings, air quality review, inspections, complaint response, enforcement actions, and legal defense of actions to achieve the maximum net benefit to citizens of the region and state.
  • Manages section staff charged with preventing unhealthy air and violations of air quality standards; reducing pollution from industrial and commercial sources; reducing health and environmental threats from smoke; and reducing health threats from toxic air pollutants.
  • Serves as the primary agency contact on interstate smoke and agricultural burn issues and cooperative agreements. Serves as the Chair of the state's Agricultural Burning Practices and Research Task Force and as the agency representative to EPA Region 10 Executive Smoke Team. Negotiate, develop and guide the implementation of regulations and policies to reduce the impact of agricultural burning on human health and the environment in the state, balancing air quality objectives with stakeholder interests.
  • Manages the section's operations using advanced managerial knowledge and skills. It 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 air quality program priorities, staff are focused to do their work more efficiently effectively and solutions to air quality problems are effective and balance the needs of staff, the public and decision makers.
  • The ERO AQP section manager controls a section biennial budget of approximately $3.2M and 18 FTEs; directly influences a program biennial operating budget of approximately $30.7 million; a capital budget of approximately $11.7 million; and indirectly influences the regional office administrative budget and use of regional support service positions. This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be August 24, 2017. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before August 23, 2017. 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, law, planning, public policy, environmental studies, or other related field.


Five (5) years of project management, regulatory, or planning experience.

A minimum of one year supervisory experience managing policy and technical staff.

Knowledge of advanced principles of management, budget planning, strategic planning, air quality science and personnel administration.

Ability to decipher multiple local, state, and federal laws and regulations regarding air quality management and administrative procedures requirements.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or higher in physical or natural science, engineering, law, planning, public policy, environmental studies, or other related field.
  • Three (3) years of experience supervising technical staff in complex political environments.

Supplemental Information

Application Instructions:

Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
  • A copy of your college transcript(s). (This may be an unofficial online transcript. It does NOT need to be a sealed, certified copy. HTML or PDF formats, or a screen print into Word are acceptable. Please do not paste text from the internet into Word).
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

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 on 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: kathy.taylor@ecy.wa.gov. 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.

Salary: $83,037.00 - $103,632.00 Annually

Location: Spokane County – Spokane, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Job Number: 2017-AQ1183-07406

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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