Water Quality Deputy Program Manager

Washington Water Quality Program
Lacey, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Has your career focused on protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment? Do you want to play an important role within our environmental leadership team? Our Water Quality Program is looking to hire a Deputy Program Manager (WMS Band 3). The position is located at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA

We are looking for an experienced manager who has knowledge of state and federal water quality law, excellent people and personnel management skills, and the ability to work with diverse internal and external partners and stakeholders.

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 performance driven leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism, and accountability. 

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov and check us out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.


The mission of the Water Quality Program is to protect and restore Washington's waters to sustain healthy watersheds and communities. Our work ensures that state waters support beneficial uses including recreational and business activities, supplies for clean drinking water, and the protection of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and public health.

The Water Quality Program is responsible for regulating discharges of pollutants to surface and ground waters by writing and managing wastewater and stormwater discharge permits, enforcing water quality laws, developing water quality standards and identifying water bodies that fail to meet those standards, and providing technical and financial assistance to appropriate entities to help them protect and restore Washington's waters.


The Deputy Program Manager supports the Water Quality Program by:

  • Managing the program budget, planning, central records, and public disclosure staff
  • Coordinating with the program's information technology development team
  • Acting as lead for policy and legislative issues
  • Researching and analyzing complex emerging statewide and interstate water quality policy issues
  • Consulting with Ecology management to best position the agency and the state to anticipate and respond to policy issues
  • Developing, analyzing, monitoring, and evaluating the success of water quality program initiatives
  • Serving as internal and external point of contact for the program on selected issues including contact with legislators and staff, federal agencies and congressional staff, tribes, local governments, state agencies, and interest groups
  • Providing staffing and information transfer to task groups, advisory committees, and high level executive and legislative branch groups that formulate water policy

This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on December 11, 2018. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 10, 2018. 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 natural science, engineering, planning, public administration, business administration, or closely related field


Five (5) years of professional experience in natural resource planning, program development or management


Two (2) years of supervisory experience


  • Advanced skills in performance assessment, budget management, human resource management, and strategic planning. 
  • Extensive knowledge of Washington State and federal water quality laws and regulations, enforcement policies, water quality permits and pollution reduction programs.
  • Experience in building consensus, conflict resolution and maintaining key relationships internally and externally. 


Knowledge Of:

  • State and federal statutory, administrative and case law governing water quality and related resources
  • State legislative processes
  • Principals of policy and program planning and development
  • State and national politics of water quality
  • Policies and procedures of the program
  • Principles of developing and managing program budget and workload and a basic understanding of watershed processes, surface and ground water, land use and aquatic biology, and advanced principles of environmental management.
  • Economics, multi-agency roles and responsibilities, and political interactions.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Introductory management courses
  • Knowledge and experience with complex computer databases and other information technology
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 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 Heather Bartlett at: Heather.Bartlett@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Heather 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.