EMPLOYER: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), Wannalancit Mills, 650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410, Lowell, MA 01854
SALARY: Grade and Step dependent upon level of experience and qualifications.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Benefits provided but not included in salary range: vacation, personal and sick leave, health, dental, disability and life insurance, retirement plan. This position requires the incumbent to work five days a week, 7 ½ hours per day, except for approved compensatory time.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: 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.
JOB SUMMARY: Work on current municipal wastewater and onsite wastewater system projects, including Technical Guides. Assist in wastewater training related issues as needed. Assist Director of Wastewater and Onsite Programs with various program issues and grants and develops information on which Commission policy decisions are based. Work 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. Incumbent assists in the preparation of grant applications for new projects, contracts, and final project reports.
Activities are generally wastewater 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. The incumbent represents the Commission concerning those issues through public presentations, testimony, and participation in meetings and on various committees.
The incumbent assists the Executive Director, Deputy 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 York Water Environment Association (NYWEA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where appropriate; and coordinates on intermedia issues with Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Training. Assist in coordination of training schedule including production of the catalog, selection of courses, distribution of course information, and managing contract instructors, and coordinating venues. Develop new ideas including newer technologies for training platforms and marketing strategies. Manage database of NEI trainers, contract trainers, and venues. Assist in coordination of state wastewater management programs. Assist with the Massachusetts Wastewater Operation Training (MWOT) program and NEIWPCC’s general training schedule, working closely with trainers; develop curriculum, working with state agencies. Prepare and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for contract training clients and/or contract trainers. Coordinate wastewater short series webinars.
Project Management. Coordinate Youth in the Environment programs (YEP) based in Lowell and New York City. Seek approval for and coordinate NEIWPCC’s training with state Veterans’ agencies.
Workplans/budgets/contract/grants. Develop work plans, budgets, and contract/grant amendments. Track specific budget elements and contracts. Provide reporting on contract deliverables. Generate cost estimate for and track contract training.
Programmatic topics. Work with the Division Director and NEIWPCC’s Commissioners to identify and address regional priorities for the Residuals and NPDES Working Committees Work with NEIWPCC’s Workgroups and Commissioners to identify and address regional priorities for residuals and NPDES. Coordinate with staff from all Divisions on crosscutting program issues. Answer miscellaneous inquiries from state and federal agencies, consultants, and the general public about wastewater training, residuals, NPDES, water quality, technical publications, and NEIWPCC programs. Draft and review policy position papers.
Quality management. Assist Quality Assurance Program Manager with review of Quality Assurance Project Plans as needed.
Outreach. Maintain appropriate webpages on NEIWPCC website to ensure they are up-to-date and accurate. Draft or provide input for articles for various NEIWPCC, or other, publications. Present work products and programs to stakeholders and the general public.
Other duties as assigned.
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. The incumbent should also exercise initiative and resourcefulness in complicated situations, and be able to work effectively with state and federal contacts at both staff 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.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: Incumbent operates with substantial independence of action and delegation of professional decisions within his or her area of activity. Works closely with, and receives direct supervision from the Director of Wastewater and Onsite Programs, who provides policy guidance and assigns work. The Director of Wastewater and Onsite Programs evaluates job performance for conformance with professional standards and compliance with law, rules, regulations and established procedures.
The incumbent will rely on his/her ability, expertise, and commitment to excellence. S/he will also build NEIWPCC’s culture which focuses on honesty, ethical behavior, personal integrity, respect for others, transparency, hard work, and collaborative teamwork.
Incumbents of positions at this level may exercise direct supervision (i.e., not through an intermediate level supervisor) over, assign work to, and review the performance of 1-5 technical or professional personnel; may exercise indirect supervision (i.e., through an intermediate level supervisor) over 6-15 technical or other personnel.
A bachelor’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, environmental studies, natural science, public health, earth science, biology, chemistry or related field preferred.
Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part time, technical or professional experience in the field of studies listed above or related field, of which (B) at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and, of which (C) at least one year must have been in a supervisory, managerial or administrative capacity or, (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the following substitutions.
I. 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.*
II. A bachelor’s degree with a major in any of the fields above may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
III. 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 Wastewater and Onsite Programs 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
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
- Excellent organizational skills
- Highly motivated
- Keen attention to detail
- Ability to work both 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 would be helpful, although not a necessary requirement to qualify:
- Knowledge of budget preparation, grants writing, and contract management
- Knowledge and understanding of federal environmental laws and regulations
- Knowledge of wastewater systems
Duties will be performed largely in an office setting, but with need for travel throughout New England and New York for which a valid driver’s license and private means of transportation must be available
A valid driver’s license and access to own transportation required. Attendance at the annual All Staff Meeting is mandatory.