The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission serves as a forum for interstate communication and coordination on water related pollution control efforts among all the New England States and New York State.
Works with Director of Water Resource Protection Programs with various program issues and grants and develops information on which Commission policy decisions are based. Works with other project officers to prepare individual project/program element work plans and budgets, approves payments under those projects, and pursues potential new sources of funding for projects. Prepares grant applications for new projects, contracts, and final project reports.
Activities are generally source water protection oriented, but can cover a wide range of environmental issues, according to program needs and the incumbent’s areas of expertise. The incumbent acts as technical advisor for the Commission, state agency staff, and public on those program issues; serves as staff support, clearinghouse for information, and meeting chairman for state agency staff work groups for those issues. Represents the Commission concerning those issues through public presentations, written materials, testimony, and participation in meetings and on various committees.
Works with the Executive Director and staff in the general operations of the office in program planning and reporting. Participates in meetings of the Executive Committee, Commission, Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA), New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where appropriate. Coordinates on inter-media and emerging contaminant issues with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA).
Duties and Responsibilities:
Project management. Serve as project manager for work in support of the Commission’s mission, with guidance from the Division Director. Work closely with the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Water Supply Protection and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to plan and manage a statewide source water protection program and supervising NEIWPCC staff who will be located in New York in order to implement this program.
Workgroups. Organize workgroup meetings of appropriate state and federal staff. Arrange for meetings, distributes information, chairs or co-chairs meetings. Prepare workgroup updates for Executive Committee and Commission meetings. (Ground Water/Source Water Protection and Emerging Contaminant Workgroups)
Work plans/budgets/contracts/grants. Develop work plans, budgets, and contract/grant amendments. Track specific budget elements and contracts. Provide reporting on contract deliverables under NEIWPCC’s contracts with the New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Programmatic topics. Work with NEIWPCC’s Commissioners to identify and address regional priorities for better coordination of Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act activities. Work with NEIWPCC’s Workgroups and Commissioners to identify and address regional priorities for emerging contaminants. Coordinate with Wastewater and Onsite Program and Water Quality Program staff on crosscutting program issues. Answer miscellaneous inquiries from state and federal agencies, consultants, and the general public about drinking water, source water protection, emerging contaminants, wastewater, water quality, technical publications, and NEIWPCC programs. Draft or review policy position papers.
Quality management. Work with Quality Assurance Program Manager with review of Quality Assurance Project Plans as needed and train as QAPM designee.
Outreach. Maintain appropriate webpages on NEIWPCC website to ensure they are up-to-date and accurate. Provide background materials or write articles for various NEIWPCC, or other, publications.
The satisfactory performance of the above duties and responsibilities requires the incumbent to have a thorough understanding of the Commission’s programs, organization, and policies, to exercise initiative and resourcefulness in complicated situations, and to be able to work effectively with state and federal contacts at both staff and top management levels, and with varied professional backgrounds. The ability to organize workload, and perform tasks in an accurate, conclusive and timely manner is required.
Education: A master’s degree in environmental studies, natural science, public health, earth science, biology, chemistry, engineering, or related field preferred.
Experience: Applicants must have at least (A) six years of full-time, or equivalent part time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental studies, public policy, natural science, public health, earth science, biology, chemistry or related field preferred, of which (B) at least five years must have been in a professional capacity of which (C) at least three years must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutions.
- An associate’s degree with a major in any of the field listed above may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
- A bachelor’s degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
- A graduate degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
*Education towards such a degree will be prorated on the basis of proportion of the requirements actually completed.
- Think and act in a broad collaborative style. Care deeply about the health and impact of the entire organization, not just the Water Resource Protection division
- Comfortable in group settings and welcomes collaboration
- Naturally prone to action with a focus toward continuous improvement
- Diplomatic and welcoming in his/her approach to others
- Able to manage change and articulate the “value case” for it
- Comfortable working in a very collaborative environment and oriented toward getting things done; able to bring perspectives and ideas to the table while remaining open to perspectives and ideas from others. Open to lively debates
- Inclusive and interested in helping others
- Capable of fostering and deserving of trust
- Accept responsibility and is accountable for results
- Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence
Special Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge and experience with public water supply source water protection programs
- Experience working with state and local health and environmental departments on water-related issues
- Experience in helping plan statewide environmental programs
- Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders in implementing environmental programs
- Knowledge and experience with aspects of source water quality and watershed management
- Knowledge and experience supervising remote staff or contractors
- Knowledge of emerging contaminants in drinking water
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to work effectively with both scientists and non-scientists, and establish professional credibility
- Ability to work independently, and as part of a team
- Excellent computer skills
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to maintain accurate records
The following knowledge and skills are helpful, although not a necessary requirement to qualify:
- Knowledge of budget preparation, grant writing and contract management
- Knowledge and understanding of federal environmental laws and regulations