Manager, Environmental Management and Compliance Unit

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Jun 22, 2018
Full Time Administration and Management Code Enforcement and Inspections Environmental Services Natural Resources Regulatory and Licensing
  • Salary: $45.41 - $68.11 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

Seattle City Light, a department of the City of Seattle, is one of the nation's largest municipally owned utilities in terms of the number of customers served. Over the years we have worked diligently to keep Seattle's electricity affordable, reliable, and environmentally sound. Today, City Light is a recognized national leader in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

Manages and leads the Environmental Management and Compliance Unit and department-wide programs including Superfund and environmental compliance. Oversees operations that involve a combination of technical, research, analytical, and legal expertise related to compliance with the environmental laws and regulations concerning PCB management and reduction, hazardous waste management, pollution prevention and recycling, underground storage tanks, emergency spill response and training, water quality compliance, historic site cleanup, and environmental support including permitting. Oversees the Environmental Equity program. Supports and sustains Seattle City Light as a high performing organization by contributing to excellent organizational performance and customer service.

Supervises a staff of fifteen responsible for environmental programs that protect and enhance the environment affected by Utility operations through compliance and protection programs. These programs include the ones mentioned above as well as complex and long-term Superfund projects along the Duwamish Waterway, the East Waterway, the North Cascades National Park, and overseeing site assessments and due diligence during property transactions. Frequent contacts include regulatory agencies, other City departments, neighborhood groups, project managers and engineers within the Utility, and Utility upper management.

Contributes to the vision, mission, and values of Seattle City Light through responsible and effective work performance. Serves as a key member of the management team of Seattle City Light and reports to the Director of Environmental Management and Real Estate.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages a team of 13 environmental compliance professionals and 2 interns.
  • Manages a budget of over $13M in O&M and CIP, working with General Accounting regarding the management and tracking of Environmental Liability.
  • Oversees the management of over 20 programs that include, in addition to those listed above, Environmental Compliance Auditing, Reducing Environmental Liability, Electric Magnetic Fields, Water Rights, two Sewage Treatment Plants, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures, Safe Product evaluations, Storm Water management, and others.
  • Represents City Light and the City as part of the PRP Manager team of the Lower Duwamish River and the East Waterway Superfund Projects.
  • Member of Environment Land and Licensing Business Unit Management Team.
  • Promote environmental stewardship, best management practices, and the culture of environmental compliance throughout the utility.
  • Work with Federal, State, and Local officials in the regulating of utility operations and facilities and in Superfund and MTCA cleanups.
  • Develops, recommends, or provides input into City Light policy involving environmental compliance and/or environmental equity issues.
  • Represents City Light briefing elected officials and/or the public on environmental compliance or remediation issues.


Education: Bachelor's degree in natural sciences, environmental sciences, public policy, or related field (other combinations of education, training and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability). Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and policy.

Experience: Demonstrated management and leadership experience. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the environmental field, including project management, staff supervision and conflict resolution with at least three years management experience.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:
  • Work may be performed in the field including remote wilderness locations, on rivers and reservoirs, hazardous waste sites, household hazardous waste collection facilities and electrical facilities, and/or in a normal City office/work environment.
  • Occasional exposure to hazardous wastes, chemicals, and other conditions requiring safety precautions.
  • Current Washington State Driver's License.
Desired Qualifications: An advanced degree in an environmental discipline or related field. More than 3 years of management experience.
  • Extensive environmental compliance and regulations education/training and experience.
  • Extensive experience with Superfund and other historic cleanup sites and/or spill response.
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated sound judgement and problem-solving ability
  • Experience creating and administrating budgets
  • Demonstrates a clear vision on how to begin work and is clear and systematic in work planning
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation skills and experience
  • Experience with management systems and reporting
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing priorities and quick turnaround deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills allowing effective interaction with employees of the Department at all levels, as well as consultants, contractors, construction managers, regulatory agencies and the public.
  • Demonstrated performance taking initiative and going above and beyond.

Additional Information

Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes criminal history and driving history review.

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Closing Date/Time: 7/24/2018 4:00 PM Pacific